Just got back from spending four nights in the Hotel City Centre from 07/07/08 and to some it up in one word would be average. I read the bad reviews on here before i booked so i was expecting the worst but for the money it looked like a good location so I was willing to take the risk and i was pleasantly suprised, although I would not class it as a 3* Hotel.
I will agree with what most people on here have said, it is very basic but the location makes up for it. It really was so easy to get around from here - no more that a 5 minute walk to Wencelas Square.
The hotel staff were as polite as an average czech person and spoke english quite well. You can borrow a hairdryer (you have to put a 100k deposit down which you get back when you return it) but you do have to pay 50k to use the in-room safe. There is a fridge selling cans of beer and pop in reception (although not the cheapest) and newspapers as well.
The room itself was spotlessly clean and easily the biggest hotel room i have stayed in for a while. In our room we had a double bed, a writing desk with chairs, a massive armchair, two sidetables, another table for general use and a big wardrobe and it still felt very spacious. There was also a small colour TV on the wall, the only channel we could find in english was CNN News but its something to watch. The carpet was enough to give you a headache! The bathroom was also spotless as well, although the toilet paper (like i found everywhere else in Prague) seems to be recycled and it really wasn't very nice. There is a shower gel attached to the shower wall and soap by the sink.
We were staying on the 5th floor and although the lift does only go to the 4th floor you literally only have to climb about 8 steps to get to the 5th, although there was a glass lift away from the main reception which went to the 5th floor. The room was very quiet and you coudn't hear anything from outside but the curtains were about two inches short so they didn't block out all of the light. The bed wasn't the most comfortable, we had two singles pushed together to make a double and I have to say the pillow was very uncomfortable. It wasn't the best 4 nights sleep I have had as it was a warm room and I didn't want to open my window for all the moths flying about outside. You do get nice little suprises though like sweets on your pillow. Remember to pack your plug adaptor as the plug sockets are different from england.
We personally didn't try the breakfast just simply because neither of us are really "morning people" and I never want anything to eat at that time.
The hotel "pub/casino" was a small basement pub next door that had a few slot machines pushed together and was so hot I had to walk straight back out. There was a small garden just off from the main reception that you could sit in.
Overall I would say for the money and the location it is a decent little hotel and whilst I have no plan to return to Prague again (been there, done that, try something different next time) I would consider it if I did go back. If like us you don't go on holiday for a luxury place to stay, more just a place to sleep and shower then it's fine. Expect the worst and you will be pleasantly suprised.
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- Also Known As:
- City Centre Hotel
- City Centre Prague