This place is really nice. I spent four weeks here between November and December this year, and I can say without a doubt that I'll be staying here again.
I've probably stayed at probably two dozen Mercure hotels, and this was one of the nicest. My bathroom was large, and the shower head (under which I probably spent 40 minutes a day) is SO nice. It was about a foot in diameter, and was like standing under steaming hot rain. My room was quiet, though my colleagues who stayed on the side of the hotel facing the main avenue said they had some street noise, but nothing too bad apparently.
Interestingly, my colleague who's from the neighborhood tells me that this building used to be the local communist party headquarters. There's still a plaque in the entryway dedicated to resistance fighters and party members who died fighting the Nazi occupation. I thought it was nice that the hotel left it up. Certainly they should be remembered.
There are plenty of good restaurants within walking distance, and plenty of places to have a beer. The hotel's restaurant is good, though I wish they'd serve more traditional Czech soups (which in general are awesome).
The internet service is free (do you hear that Mercure France and Germany?), and generally fast enough. I suppose that if you're downloading movies 24/7 it's going to be insufficient, but I had no problems.
Not to mention that a lot of restaurants in the area have free wifi, which is really nice.
I didn't try the gym or steam room, but my colleagues did, and they tell me it was quite good.
The parking was OK, but if there was a conference at the hotel, it got pretty full. I suppose that's my one complaint: the parking, during conferences.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Ostrava Center is a brand new 4star hotel in the city center of Ostrava with 139 rooms, restaurant, bar, summer terrace, fitness area with a steam bath and excellent meeting facilities fully equipped with state of the art technology. Only 10 minutes from the Central railway station and within the walking distance to the cultural and commercial parts of the city as well as the famous and trendy Stodolni street. ... more less
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