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“Five Days in Prague” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Galileo Prague
Ranked #116 of 670 Hotels in Prague
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Five Days in Prague”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2007

Interesting experience. Reserved a non-smoking room with a queen bed and ended up in a smoking room with two single beds. When I asked the Front Desk why this happened I was told that it was the busiest weekend of the year (English public holiday and boy do the come in droves) and that was the best they could do. So, someone else took precedence over me for whatever reason as I have confirmation of a queen bed, non-smoking. To be fair, there was only a slight smell in the room from cigarette smoke but it still irritated me that I was subject to change w/o notice and especially when it comes to smoking and its associated odours. As for the room, with two twin beds, it couldn't have been more than 10' X 12' in size, leaving little space for anything but the furniture. Both beds had to be pushed together to access the side tables. I can't imagine what two people would have done in such a small space. Early morning showers—up to 9am—were cold, at least on the busiest weekend of the year!

Bathroom was large and comfortable. Large hallway but small closet space, again, how two people can be accommodated comfortably here is a hard to imagine, unless they are Lilliputians.

Breakfast was good and the time allocated each day was very generous; 6:30-10:30 AM. Internet access is free and rarely busy. The facility is clean. No AC and Prague can get hot and humid in the summer. It is not a hotel; rather, it is more like a guest house/pension. It is situated about a five minute walk from the underground Metro and from there you can access most anywhere in the city. It is a good—nice paced—15 minute walk to the Museum which is at the top of Wenceslaus Square.

Overall, I was disappointed but willing to make do given the lack of an alternative at such a late stage. I do not think I would return. The restaurant across the street, Le Pizzeria Romantica, has the best food in the city and at incredible prices. It was good to experience a residential neighbourhood but it wasn’t exactly quiet given the three bars/cafes that were on the same block, which was short. Noise level was medium and occasionally high at the front until early AM all weekend. This is not, as they claim, a four-star hotel, more like a three-star pension. You could do a lot worse, though, and it certainly gives you a taste of what the real Prague is about.

  • Liked — Clean
  • Disliked — Reservation changes w/o notice; small rooms; cold showers (sat & sun)
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2007

This is a really nice hotel. It's on a quite street. Rooms are large and fabulous. If visiting Prague again we would certainly come back to the Residence Galileo. Also if you're looking for a really good meal at a low cost visit the restaurant on the side street. I think it's called La Romantica Pizzeria or something like that. Fabulous!

Stayed March 2007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2007

I loved everything about this place - the location, the rooms, the free Internet access for guests. The rooms are nice and clean. The bed is really comfy! We got upgrated from a single room to an appartment with a living room and an open plan kitchen. Would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2007

We have just returned from a long weekend staying at the Galileo - what a find! The taxi dropped us off on the corner so we had no real idea where the hotel was and thought, at first, we were a long way out of the town. However on the first day we walked into town (a very circuiteous route), and then we found the.......trams - every 6 minutes and only a two minute walk from the hotel to get to Wenclelas Square or a 5 minute walk to get a tram to the Charles Bridge. We walked and walked and saw some of the most beautiful sights in Europe - especially beautiful in the snow.

On the Galileo - a 3 star belies is true worth. As you walk up to the huge front door and press the buzzer the door opens as if by magic and you walk into a large marble hall, very elegant with extremely pleasant staff to greet you. The hotel is so warm (heat and atmosphere) with lovely furnishings, I loved the floor to ceiling drapes. On the ground floor is a lounge (a bit lacking in atmosphere) is a computer with internet access for all to use.

The bedroom was large with 2 huge double glazed windows, floor to ceiling drapes and nets with matching throw on the bed. Lovely furniture and an comfortable chair, king size bed, minibar and TV. The bathroom was fabulous, large bath, loads of boiling hot water, powerful over the bath shower, bidet - loads of white towels. Great hairdryer, next to a mirror with over head light. In the entrance hallway to the room were two huge wardrobes and a safe (no deposit) - having said that there is a safe, I felt extrememly safe and comfortable in this hotel - no least due to the fact that the front door only opened on request.

Execellent breakfast - plenty of fresh meat, bread and cheeses. bread, cereals etc. A shame there is no bar in the hotel, but there is a bar nextdoor, a restaurant next door but one and two restaurants directly across the road. We really enjoyed the food a U Webrer - fantastic steak (this coming from a virtual non-meat eater), plenty of cheap beer. We had a fantastic long weekend and would recommend this hotel to everyone who wants some sophistication at a realistic price.

  • Liked — Size of the room, cleanliness and warmth
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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nantyglo south wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2007

The Hotel Galileo was a fabulous hotel for a stay in Prague. It was in a quiet street so there was no noise at night. We travelled in a party of ten and all the rooms were well appointed. They were all large and spotlessly clean. It is a three star hotel but more like a four or five. The continental buffet breakfast in the morning was delicious with plenty of choice. The food was continuously replenished and there was adequate for everyone. I certainly would stay at this hotel again and unreservedly recommend it. It is about a mile walk to Wenceslas Square which is more like a street than a square and really quite insignificant as a tourist attraction. However it would interest the shoppers among you. The old town which is about half a mile further is the real gem of Prague. It is very picturesque and quite beautiful. The old buildings give this part of Prague a unique ambience. We went just before Christmas time and the old square was decorated with many lights and xmas stalls selling food, mulled wine and presents. What a great atmosphere. Dress up warm because the weather is cold. Our visit to Prague was for four nights and it is well worth going for that lengh of time. We will certainly return to this delightful city.

  • Liked — The cleanliness and the buffet breakfast
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — quite a way to the old town which is the main tourist attraction
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Muscat, Oman
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2006

I stay in Prague from time to time for the weekend, when visiting from the city I have been working in for some time which is about an hour to the North. As a result, I am always on the lookout for good deals, but not just the kind of place to doff and sack out - I prefer a place that satisfies the senses and offers luxury a la champagne taste on a beer budget. Kinda apropos for Prague, don't ya think?

This past weekend, as relatives were staying at the Hotel Josef (a rather glitzy five-star etablissement in the north of the Old Town (Stare Mesto)), I needed to stay over, did a little research and came up with an amazing find, the Hotel Residence Galileo. Residence hotels here accept not only nightly bookings, but also provide accommodations for long-stay/corporate guests, and this place, opened only 2 weeks ago, has so much to offer, it is a true find.

Located in Vinohrady, the genteel middle-class section of Prague boasting tree-lined streets flanked by lovely old art nouveau facades, the Galileo is stunningly renovated on the exterior and completely new on the interior at Bruselská 3, 120 00 Praha 2, Vinohrady. After being buzzed in at the huge, ornately carved oak door, the tiled floors beckon visitors into the elegant, italianate lobby with a 24-hour reception. Italianate describes the entire operation very fittingly; the Galileo is one of four hotels owned by a small Italian-owned company which has been renovating old apartment buildings into hotels and equipping them with elegant, upscale Italian designed furnishings, rich textures, great bathrooms (with bidets!) and many luxury amenties not often found at the ranking (3 stars, official) and the price (WOW - 40 Euros/night single occupancy).

All rooms are suites; mine had a chic sitting area with two snazzy Italian sofas (which convert to beds handily incase you are staying alla familia), and a master bedroom with a lovely big double bed. Coordinated, rich draperies, upholstery, duvets, lots of cherry wood, a minibar nicely stocked, a tv with channels in Czech, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian and a few others on a nice big desk with internet jacks, convenient bedside lighting controls, large windows with a view of the garden, and terrazzo floors throughout rounded out the picture. Thed bathroom was large, stocked with beautiful thirsty soft towels, excellent personal care products, designer fixtures including the oh-so-fashionable Hans Grohe taps and faucets, as well as - unusual in hotels below the 5-star zone here - a bidet!

A wake-up call came punctually as ordered and delivered by a friendly, personable chap rather than by mechanical means. Information was readily available in English from the two desk clearks I met, and the staff was - also unusual for the often dour to sour Czech Republic - friendly and personable with ready smiles.

Breakfast, a very lovely buffet affair served in a brick-lined cellar reminiscent of Tuscany, was included and very generous. I requested, and received, a non-smoking room to the rear to avoid any and all noise, and was delighted to find that the rich drapes had black-out lining, thus ensuring darkness and a nice chance to sleep in. Even though the weather here is muggy right now and the guest rooms are not air-conditioned, there was agentle breeye and the wonderful duvets came in quite handy in the middle of the night when the temperatures receded to nearly chilly.

The Galileo belongs to a small group in Prague, which also owns Hotel Residence Praga 1(***), Hotel Roma and Hotel Caesar Palace (both ****). The Hotel Galileo is a true find in Prague, which has seen prices even for the most distasteful of its hostels and pensions rocket skywards thanks to an influx of EsyJet-fueled drunken stag parties and British hen parties. The hotel offers larger suites and self-catering apartments too. The basement breakfast room appears to be a restaurant, which has not yet opened, although an exterior terrace and a large bar area including a lovely Italian espresso machine have been installed already.

On-line bookings and all major credit cards are accepted. The hotel's English website is found at --- where photos of all the rooms and various other features are also displayed along with an excellent map showing the Galielo and its sister hotels in relation to the main sights of the Czech capital.

To me the ultimate test of a good hotel is whether you would go back there without hesitating. So, putting my money where my mouth is, the answer would be yes. I will be there beginning tomorrow for the next three nights as I escort the family around town... why not do yourself the favor and book a room there yourself?

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Crawley, Sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2006

A great little hotel! 28 newly refurbished rooms, quiet and friendly within 7 minutes of centre but in a quiet street.
The staff were helpful and unobtrusive. Our twin room was of an excellent standard, ansolutely everything was new and clean; plenty of storage space, a brand new bathroom with walk in shower cubicle and power shower and the bed was the most comfortable I have slept in. Highly recommended if you want a relaxing nights sleep just a few minutes away from the bustle of Wenceslas Square. Cellar breakfast room with a good buffet style breakfast til 10.30

Although the hotel does not have its own bar there is a wide range of local bars and restaurants nearby, from the very smart Sahara cafe to more tradtiional cafes and bars with huge portions of more traditional fare.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Galileo Prague
Address: Bruselska 239/3, Prague 120 00, Czech Republic
Location: Czech Republic > Bohemia > Prague > Praha 2
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#102 Luxury Hotel in Prague
#105 Romantic Hotel in Prague
#147 Family Hotel in Prague
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Galileo Prague 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The GALILEO hotel is situated in the Vinohrady historic residential area of the centre of Prague. It has been renovated with care recently, so that our guests can enjoy a stay in the magical atmosphere of the golden city in elegant, comfortable surroundings. The hotel is served by public transport stops close by (underground and tram) and the famous Wenceslas Square is only 10 minutes' walk away. ... more   less 
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