We've just returned from Prague having stayed at Andel's Hotel.
Eating & drinking:
Turn left out of the hotel, at the end of the road there is a big shopping mall with restaurants & cafes on the top floor. There is also a small square on the left hand side with a couple bars. We tried "Jet Set"....quite cheap, but only average food. Also if you turn right at the end of the road towards the mall, it's a short walk to several other bars & cafes....mainly pizzarias (which are also abundant in the town centre!).
We didn't tour the brewery, but had a drink there. Although only a short walk from the hotel it's in quite a tatty area. Far better to spend your time visiting the the old town centre.
Use the metro to get into town, only takes 10 mins & you seldom have to wait more than 2 or 3 mins for a train. Only 80 crowns (less than 2 quid) for a 24 hour ticket which you can buy at the tobacconist in the station or from ticket machine, but you do need coins for the machines. We used the trams too, not that easy to work out the routes & we went on several "mystery" rides, but that was all part of the fun. The service is very frequent & you can soon get back to the main centre.
Friendly English speaking staff. Clean bright modern rooms. Good breakfasts to set you up for the day. Free use of internet (at a pc near the reception desk).
Hope this helps
Thanks Brozzers, thats really helpfull.
I stayed at the Andel's in August-
Ask the hotel to arrange for a taxi to pick you up at the airport or train station where you will be arriving. They can charge to your hotel bill-keeping you from having to have bad exchange rates at the airport or train station.
You can stock up on snacks and bottled water at the grocery store in the mall at the end of the street. You need a 10 cent piece (I know that isn't the correct term for the money-but you get the idea) to put in the shopping cart. They will change your money for you at the informaiton desk at the door into the store. The bread is good there and they have some premade items.
I disagree with the post that the breakfasts are good at Andel's...but I'm a chef/caterer-and found the quality disappointing and I never saw a service person smile. Hopefully, you will have a better experience.
I liked the restaurant across the Charles Bridge-SQUARE. Very good food, well presented with great service and they were open nearly all day so you could have a coffee and sweet or a full meal either inside or on their terrace.
Czech Republic is famous for its Absinthe-makes a good and interesting gift. :) One of the better ones is the one they call 35-in an artistic bottle.
we used www.prague-airport-shuttle.com for transfer to/from hotel. Check out their web site. Very efficient service.
Square is the name of the restaurant - in Malostranske namesti. If you like that, you can also try Cihelna Hergetova on Cihelna, not far from the Charles Bridge, run by the same group
Yes SQUARE was where the last poster said.
As a professional chef, I found many of the restaurants that I tried ok but nothing worth recommending (or going back to)...but I went to SQUARE 4 times in my 10 day stay in Prague.