At the start here I have to admit to being an older traveller with limited hostel experience; this probably colors what I have to say.
There were a number of good things about this hostel.
- It is very well located, very near the Charles Bridge and the rest of the “tourist” part of Prague.
- It is fairly easy to get to (a moderate walk with luggage from the Malastranska subway station).
- It has a decent shared kitchen allowing you to do your own food preparation, stovetop, microwave, but no oven
- It has self-serve laundry facilities (see below for more on this….)
However I have significant complaints about the noise. Two things:
- There is an open courtyard from which noise easily travelled to at least our room (a two person room at the top of the stairs)
- More significantly, there is a bar downstairs that produces a LOT of noise. On our first night there was someone playing trumpet until 2 AM until I went down and complained directly to the trumpeter. On the third night there was a lot of noise off and on to at least 1:30 AM.
So for two nights out of the four I stayed I got very poor sleep due to the noise.
When I complained about the bar at the front desk on the two noisy nights they told me that the bar was separate from them and they had no control of it. That may be; but there was a direct door between the bar and the hostel, the hostel provided the bar with their WC facilities, and the hostel’s advertising proudly boasts a bar among their facilities. But regardless of whether they have control of it or not, having a noisy bar in the same building as a place where people are sleeping is a recipe for disaster.
I do have to note that someone else we knew was staying in another room in the hostel and did not have as much problem with noise. But then they are experienced hostellers and may just be more tolerant; or perhaps some of the rooms are worse than others.
On some of the other reviews I have seen complaints about the laundry facilities. I used them, and found them to work OK. They were a little expensive. Also, the front desk did not seem to be equipped to explain how to use them to me. They were European washers and dryers, quite unfamiliar to a North American such as myself. But I figured them out, and my clothes were washed. So overall I found this to be a big plus, as I discovered that laundry facilities are not at all easy to come by for a traveller in Europe.
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