We stayed at the Waldstein in early May 2014. The hotel was clean and the staffs were very helpful. The buffet breakfast was all and more than you'd need, ranging from a tea or coffee to a choice of cooked eggs and bacon, cereals, fruit and a choice of different breads - all included.
The exchange rate offered by the hotel was the best we could see in our 7 day stay. They were matched a couple of times, but never beaten. We were changing Euros to Czech crowns but their Sterling/Crown rates were also very good, with no commission. The daily rate you see in their daily newsletter, is the rate you get.
We were put in a luxury suite (room 121) - which had 4 beds, lounge/tv room and bathroom.
The suite was on the dark side - with no views or direct sunlight. If your staying there, I'd ensure you had a room with views. (Natural light)
The staff at reception were extremely helpful and in particular one of the young man who told us about a Czech restaurant scam currently in play. They include a service charge on the bill total, usually 10 0r 15% AND then they include a line to say that the tip has not been included.
You do not have to pay the service charge or the tip, in fact when they tried this on - we paid only for the food which is shown as the first total and because of this, we did not pay any tip. When they didn't include this service charge - and the meal was good - we always paid an additional 10+% tip to the waiter. The authorities are aware of this and now have the authorities have their own 'tourists' catching these establishments out ‘live’ and there are some heavy fines being served out to these establishments/criminals.
The transport system is very good, with the travel ticket, 24 euros for 30 mins travel and 32 euros for 90 mins travel, on the whole system. Tram, bus, tube and funicular. This helps a lot if your travelling on both bus and tram, i.e. coming in from the airport to the hotel, Nr. 119 bus and then tram Nr. 20 – all on one ticket.
There are some very good restaurants close by, in fact two on the street (Tomasska) from the hotel to the square that leads up to the Nerudova. The 3+3+3 and the U Zlateho.
The hotel is in the Little or Lesser quarter and is literally minutes from Charles Bridge and the Old and New towns, in the centre of Prague. It is an amazing city - the hotel is ideally situated making a trip anywhere easy. At night, it is a quiet area - being amongst some of the Embassy’s, with a discreet police presence.
To sum up, good hotel, exceptional staff, hearty breakfast in a wonderful and fascinating city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The romantic Hotel Waldstein is situated directly in the historical centre of Prague in the neighborhood of the Prague Castle, close to all places of interest and a metro station. Due to the preserved unique architectural elements, the building was included in the Czech National Immovable Heritage List. ... more less
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