Just got through with a two day stay at the Askania. If you are researching the location on Google Earth you will not see the restoration of this "new" Hotel (since 2010). It, however, will be the older version of the narrow building just to the right of the older SIS Hotel.
The Askania is very neat and modern inside. All the rooms are small (I had a single room), but well appointed, especially the beautifully titled bathrooms. The shower stalls are a bit cramped, but the nice part is all the fixtures, water pressure and hair drying function well. The windows open. There is a safe in the small closet which is easy to use. The stairwells are emaculate with fine dark red carpeting. There is a new, well functioning elevator. The lobby is small and not one where you will "hang out", but who needs that when you have a nice room to use. I did not use the swimming pool or billards area (borth which cost extra I believe to use) as my purpose for a hotel is just for sleeping and breakfast. Speaking of breakfast and its choices, which is included in the price of the room, it was superb! An excellent assortment of breakfast food choices to satisfy various tastes. The lady in charge of breakfast's did a marvelous job of providing and replacing the supply of items used by the guests. The breakfast room itself is spacious with plenty of room between tables. There is a purchase mini-bar in the room, as well as at the reception desk where one can buy an assortment of goodies, to include beers, wines. etc. to take to your room. The # 11 and #18 TRAMS can be caught at a stop about two blocks from the hotel, called "Namesti Brati Synku",which is the best stop to use because both these trams stop there. The other Tram stop a long block away from the Hotel, called "Horky", after the stop above and farther from city center, can also be used, but just the #11 Tram goes in that direction and stops there. The # 18 Tram turns in another direction at the previously mentioned stop. It takes about 10 minutes by Tram to get to Old Town Prague. You can purchase tickets for the Tram (one way-30 minutes time frame for 24 Kr. Have a 90 minute for 32Kr) from the reception desk clerk. The clerks, especially Stephan, are helpful and speak English along with their native language and a few more. There is a nice restaurant/bar a block away near the "Honky" Tram Stop. The clerks will tell you about it.
So, if you are looking for a not too expensive small, well-kept, Hotel from which to explore Prague, this should fit the bill nicely!
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