Stayed here with a friend last week for three nights. We arrived very late (our flight landed at midnight), but Nico who greeted us at reception was full of beans and very helpful. There had been a slight mix-up with our booking and we were placed in a 10-bed dorm, instead of the 6-bed we'd asked for, but the staff were very apologetic and we didn't mind since it was still an all-girl room and turned out to be about half the price! We were in the Angel room, which was spacious and clean with comfy bunks and big lockers under the bed (take your own padlock) to store our stuff securely. The only slight downside was the lack of plug sockets in the room - try to bag a bed that's next to one to avoid having to crawl over other peoples' sleeping bodies to get your phone back! In our experience the other girls in the dorm were very considerate when coming in late etc, but it's always a good idea to take an eye mask and ear plugs with you to make sure you get a good night's sleep :)
Once we'd dropped off our bags we were in need of a drink, and once again Nico came to our rescue by giving us a map and marking all of the nearby clubs, bars and shops. The hostel is in a fairly quiet area in the north east of Prague, but is only a 10 minute tram ride away from the centre of town. Public transport is very cheap, and the hostel have discounted 24-hour tickets at reception.
Breakfast isn't included in the room price, but costs about £4 per day for an all you can eat buffet, with a wide selection including bread, cheese, ham, muesli, cereals, yogurt, fruit, etc. You can also cook your own pancakes or eggs, which is included in the price. It's great value if you're hungry, but if you're just after a snack then there's a supermarket at the end of the street (towards the tram line) which has croissants, pastries, etc.
There is a free walking tour of the city run by the hostel each morning - one of the guides picks you up at about 10.30am and takes you into the city on the tram. The tour lasted about three hours and was really interesting, we definitely got more out of it than we would if we'd been stumbling about with our noses stuck in the guide book.
The pub at the hostel is nice and cosy, and there's space to sit outside in the garden until 10pm. We didn't actually buy drinks at the bar, so I can't comment on the value, but it's perfectly ok to bring your own drinks/food along with you. The kitchen is pretty spacious and very useful if you don't fancy eating out.
Overall we had a brilliant stay, and in fact it ruined the hostel we went on to stay in in Amsterdam, which was perfectly fine, but just not as good as Sir Toby's! Would definitely stay here again if I return to Prague.
As an aside, if you're arriving in Prague at night it's definitely worth booking a transfer bus/cab, since public transport from the airport is a bit complicated to say the least! We used the shuttle recommended on the hostel's website, they were very professional and it cost about £20 for two people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A genuine hostel experience with unrivaled guest service! We love Prague and want you to love it too. With almost two whole floors of common space (including a full guest kitchen, garden with guest grill, basement Pub with drinks and board games, and a cozy reading room), you're sure to make new friends at Sir Toby's. Plus, we offer a wide variety of accommodation options to fit your budget and your preference. Sir Toby's offers the kind of personal attention and service that only come with experience. ... more less
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