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Domus Balthasar Design Hotel
3.5 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   Mostecka 5 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic   |  
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Ranked #36 of 661 Hotels in Prague
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“OTT”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

With the room rates and a staircase to match, what with no lift, Domus Balthasar is truly Over The Top. Truly a valiant attempt in a tatty tourist district but falling quite short of the mark.
Breakfasts are catered in the affiliated bagel shop in which the lighting is mercifully subdued.

Room Tip: Impossible location for a quite night. Select a property away from the tourist centre.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DomusDD, receptionist at Domus Balthasar Design Hotel, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
We are really sorry that you were not satisfied with our services. Our hotel is a part of an ancient building preserved within the Prague UNESCO zone what makes us limited in bigger reconstructions. The fact that we do not have a lift is mentioned on our web page, booking systems as well as in our e-mail correspondence. On the other hand we think that our central position in the historic part of Prague is a good compensation for this inconvenience. Our double rooms are both attic (4th floor) and also our most economic rooms. They are normally quiet and romantic and many guests praise this. You might have had a bad luck if there was some more noise on the street that night.

Regarding the breakfast, the reception staff as well as the Bagel staff is always ready to meet the requirements of our guests when they are missing something for their perfect breakfast.

We are constantly trying to improve our services but unfortunatelly not all the requests can be solved that easily. We honestly think that we do not deserve that much irony and we hope that your bad experience (from not having a lift..) did not totally ruin your trip to Prague.

Yours sincerely,
Zuzana Cinková & Domus Balthasar team
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

I loved everything about my stay here. I don't usually write reviews, but I was such a fan of this place. I traveled by myself, and I stayed in the back attic room which was awesome (exposed beams, spacious, etc.- prob not ideal for anyone 6ft or so but awesome otherwise). The location was ideal- just on the other side of the Charles Bridge. I had never been to Prague before, so I did not know if this would be close or far, but it was perfect- go into town for the day and/or for dinner, and then leave all the madness and walk back over the bridge for the evening. It's such a short walk into town, but it was so nice being able to sleep away from the frenzy. Plus the walk across the bridge is ridiculously beautiful. Awesome staff, delicious breakfast in cute cafe next door every morning (cold buffet plus made-to-order whatever you want from menu). Can't recommend enough.

Room Tip: I stayed in the least expensive room- attic room- and loved it, so I can only imagine it only gets b...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DomusDD, receptionist at Domus Balthasar Design Hotel, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thank you very much for staying with us and spending your time on sharing your good experiences! We really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards and all the best for the new year 2013! :) Zuzana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

Myself and my partner are just back from a 3 night stay in Prague and we cannot wait to go back next year!

The hotel, the staff and the rooms all exceeded expectations - this is really a hidden gem in Prague! The location is second to none, a 15minute stroll over the bridge and through the cobbled streets to the Christmas markets and near the castle.

We booked the 'good luck' room and were offered a free upgrade to a suite on arrival, we were shown both the attic room that we originally reserved and the suite - we could choose either. As we were staying for 4 days we opted for the extra space that the suite offered but the attic rooms were georgous and we would of been delighted with this room even if an upgrade had not been available! (given the age of the house the attic rooms are a quite the trek up steep stairs so I would keep that mind when booking)

The room was spotless, it had a fabulous bathroom with heated floors, a seperate shower and deep set bath. It also had a small kitchen area with kettle, mini bar, microwave & hob.

Breakfast was in a little cafe attached to the hotel. The staff were so friendly and the food was lovely. There was a choice of fresh bagels, pastries, fruit, yoghurts etc from the buffet or if your preferred eggs and pancakes from the main menu.

The staff on reception were a joy to deal with and recommended a fabulous restaurant for my birthday dinner -'Bellevue'.
They handled tours/tickets and literally anything else you may require during your stay!

I wouldn't hesitate in booking this hotel again and really wouldn't consider staying anywhere else when visiting Prague.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DomusDD, receptionist at Domus Balthasar Design Hotel, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thank you very much for such nice words!! :) We are very happy that your stay here exceeded your expectations! We were pleased that we were able to provide you a free room upgrade. Hope to see you again soon! Kind regards and happy new year 2013! Zuzana
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Leakey, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

This place is truly amazing! The rooms are huge and comfortable, the staff is superb, the location is perfect! This was the perfect place for our visit to Prague! I highly recommend the Domus Balthasar!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DomusDD, receptionist at Domus Balthasar Design Hotel, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thank you very much, these words are very kind of you! :) I wish you all the best for the new year 2013! Best regards, Zuzana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stayed in the Attic room from 22-26 November 2012. The room was surprisingly large and is at the top of the hotel - 76 steps. This didn't bother us (too much) but wouldn't be great for anyone with mobility problems. The room itself was surprisingly large (the photos undersell it) and stylishly furnished without being too self conscious about it. The mini bar was comprehensive and reasonably priced. Dvds can be borrowed from reception if needed. In summary it felt more like an upmarket studio flat - a quiet hideaway. Ideal for a romantic break.

The hotel is superbly situated 30m from Charles Bridge so you can get the best of both the Old Town and charming Mala Strana. The reception staff were extremely helpful with everything from ipod charging sockets to printing boarding passes. Breakfasts in the Bohemia Bagel next door were good and served with a smile. You can order from the menu as well as use the buffet.

All in all I can't fault it and would return again without hesitation. We paid 95 euros per night and I think this was excellent value for the location and service.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DomusDD, receptionist at Domus Balthasar Design Hotel, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Allow me to thank you for such a nice review. We do our best and this is what gives us motivation to be even better. We hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Zuzana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stayed at the Domus Balthasar hotel for 3 nights and would highly recommend this boutique hotel. We stayed in Room 5 (more of a suite), which has a view of the Charles Bridge. The room was huge and very tastefully and comfortably decorated - lots of windows so very light and airy and a gorgeous beamed ceiling. The bathroom (and room) was very clean and the shower a great power shower!
The location is perfect - very close to Charles Bridge and all the sights (and restaurants and bars) but being on the slighly quieter (less frenetic) side of the river meant room very quiet at night. A perfect base to explore the city.
The staff were all extremely helpful - they organised the transfer to and from the airport for us which would recommend.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DomusDD, receptionist at Domus Balthasar Design Hotel, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Thank you very much for such a positive feedback!! We are really happy that you enjoyed your stay and liked our services. Looking forward to your next visit in Prague. Warm regards, Zuzana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed at the Domus Balthasar October 23 through October 29, 2012. We reserved one of the suite rooms, and it was exactly as depicted on the web site. We were traveling with another couple, and they reserved the other suite. We were all very happy with the rooms. The breakfast at the bagel place next door was excellent. Offered all the normal buffet items you would expect and then they would ask each morning if we would like an omlette or other hot item. They were very attentive to our needs. The hotel staff was also very helpful in getting us the bus tours we were wanting and arranging a car back to the airport on our last day. There was a small convenience store right next door to the hotel. You are literally steps away from the Charles Bridge. A short 5-10 minute walk puts you in old town. Would highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DomusDD, receptionist at Domus Balthasar Design Hotel at Domus Balthasar Design Hotel, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Thank you very much for such a nice review. We are very happy you have chosen our hotel and that your stay here met your expectations. Thank you for nice words about our staff, rooms, breakfast etc. We highly appreciate that you would recommend our hotel. Best regards, Zuzana
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Address: Mostecka 5 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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Location: Czech Republic > Bohemia > Prague
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#41 Romantic Hotel in Prague
#106 Family Hotel in Prague
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Domus Balthasar Design Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Design boutique hotel Domus Balthasar is a baroque building with medieval foundation and 21st century design, situated on the Royal Route, in the heart of the oldest and most romantic part of Prague - Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana), few steps from Charles Bridge, close to Old Town and Prague Castle.Domus Balthasar is nearly of all most popular sights within easy reach on foot or by tram. Although is situated in the centre, also in a neighborbood of nicest parks. Business centers easily accessible. It is the ideal place for a holiday as well as for an enjoyable business trip. The building's history goes back to the 14th century, though the fittings are either modern or timeless. We do our best to respect history while at the same time respecting the current needs and tastes of our guests. Our interiors are made warm by wooden, atypical furniture with clean lines in dark colours which combines well with the light, creamy tones of the carpets, curtains and other decorations. Hotel has 8 rooms including 2 Double attic rooms, 3 generously spacious deluxe double rooms, 2 Suites with kitchenette and 1 Royal. ... more   less 
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