My family and I have just returned from a Christmas in Prague. We wanted to sample an alternative Christmas experience to that of the traditional family Christmas in the UK - a getaway from the usual shopping frenzy.
We arrived in Prague the evening of the 22nd December. We had booked our Hotel via a Czech travel agency on the web. Included in the price was a free airport transfer and the taxi driver was waiting for us in the arrivals hall as we came through customs. Our transfer took approximately 20 minutes.
I personally have been to Prague before and had stopped out of the centre necessitating the use of the metro. We decided that we would like to have a more central location as we were unsure of transport over the Christmas period in Prague, hence the booking of Cerny Slon.
The Hotel is situated just off the old town square, right next to the Church of our Lady before Tyn. The Church and the Hotel are 14th century. The Cerny Slon is a listed Unesco building.
The position therefore of the Hotel is splendid and totally central to all the sightseeing we wished to do.
We had booked a triple room. This was on the 3rd Floor (an attic room). We had three single beds. The room was large and comfortable. The room had 2 very small windows from which you could just about see some of the surrounding roof tops. The room was beamed and the walls were rendered in places ands stone/brick in others. There was a very modern bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and bidet. Towels and bedding were clean and white and changed on a daily basis. Toiletries, shower cap, shoe shine etc. were also provided. The room had a mini bar at the usual hotel prices.
The room had a slightly damp smell just on entering which quickly disipated when inside. We presumed this was in keeping with the stone facade and age of the building. The room was warm and also had radiator and air conditioning if required. There was plenty of storage space and a free safe available in the room.
There is no lift in the hotel. If you have any disability associated with climbing stairs to your room, I would not recommend being on the 3rd floor! It was considered our daily workout! There was no porter to carry your cases, so you need to be in a position to be able to carry your cases upstairs - at least one floor.
Breakfast was served from 7.00 - 10 a.m. in the Restaurant. The Hotel is not very big therefore the restaurant has 6 tables only, However, we were never in a position where we could not get a table.
The breakfast was quite varied, serving a choice of apple or orange fruit juice, water, speciality teas and coffee. 4 Cereals and milk. Cheese platter and meat board. Fresh fuit salad, yoghurts, assortment of breads and spreads as well as hot food if requested (scrambled egg etc.) A toaster was provided. The breakfast was self service.
The staffing over the Christmas holiday were well mannered, polite and helpful.
We reserved a meal in the downstairs cellar restaurant on Christmas Eve. The food was varied and well priced. The drinks were also well priced in comparison to restaurants and cafes in the local vicinity.
Our triple room cost 4600 czeck crowns per night (£560) for a 5 night stay.
We would definitely book again.
Prague is beautiful, especially this time of year with the Christmas markets and christmas decorations. Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, the Palace and Castle are all within easy walking distance.
Try little restaurants off the main streets - we had some of the nicest food at excellent prices in these. The main streets in both old town and Hradcany charge more and some charge 15% service charge which is not always evident from your menu.
A word of warning about the Old Town outside cafes, particularly the one opposite the Astronimic clock - very expensive. Check the menu before sitting down - 4 drinks and 2 liqueur coffees stripped us of £40!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Cerny Slon Black Elephant