I usually stay in Accor chain hotels as I have a discount card for the chain, but for this stay in Prague the Accor hotels were asking what I considered to be unacceptably high prices. So I looked on HRS for an alternative and came up with the Hotel Karlin.
I chose the Karlin for two main reasons: location (close to a Metro station) and the fact that they offered Wifi. Oh, and because they were significantly cheaper than anything Accor were offering.
Arriving at 3 p.m. the lady on the front desk was very friendly, checking that my room was ready and dealing with payment.
The room itself was a spacious twin room, although I'm not sure what particularly was supposed to justify the extra CZK400 (about GBP12) I'd paid per night for a "business" room.
Waiting in the room for me was a bottle of water (most welcome on a hot day) and a selection of fruit. Cheers! :-)
Facing the street it did, of course, have one disadvantage: opening the windows (no air-conditioning) meant that the trams rattling past regularly could clearly be heard. It's unreasonable to expect air conditioning in such a cheap hotel, but equally in this day and age it's something we're all used to having...
One other minor niggle: I was supplied one small bar of soap and nothing in the way of shower gel or shampoo. Hmm. OK, I always carry my own (generally that picked up in any 4* hotel I stay in!) but surely any hotel supplies these things nowadays?
I'm not 100% happy about handing over my room key nowadays when I leave each day, either, although that's mostly because I'm used to key cards; the staff I met were pretty efficient and I doubt anyone wandering in off the street would have been able to get their hands on the keys.
The hotel claims to have a restaurant, but it was permanently closed when I was there. Breakfast is served in the attractive basement, and is a pretty basic assortment: bread, cereal, plain yoghurt.
Overall, an OK hotel with potential but let down by silly little things like the lack of bathroom supplies. The free WiFi and friendly staff could have seen me mark it up to a 4 but the faults knock it back down to a 3 - and, if I'm honest, almost down to 2 stars.
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