Oh, Hotel Gromada, we thought you were the most perfect hotel but...
Let's start at the beginning. We paid a ridiculously low rate for this hotel and weren't expecting much. But we were blown away. The room was good-sized, fantastic, and everything you could ask for, with a large bed (2 twins pushed together), a great view of the street below, a perfectly serviceable bathroom (complete with a full-sized hairdryer you can borrow from the front desk), and the whole thing was cleaned to within an inch of its life. Sure, the decor was very dated but that doesn't really matter when you consider you have your eyes closed for most of the time spent in the room.
In addition, the location is perfect, right in Old Town and steps from the river. The staff we encountered were all super cheery and professional. Breakfast was the traditional buffet and a good value.
But. A tragic, tragic flaw we discovered with this hotel (and it may have been an isolated incident - I don't know) was the street noise. And we aren't usually light sleepers or disturbed easily. As mentioned before, our room faced the street and just below us was a popular outdoor terrace bar where, even with our windows and curtains shut tightly, we could hear every laugh, conversation, chair movement, and shriek. This went on until about 3:00 am, when the party mercifully ended.
So I would recommend you see if there is a room away from the street to be had. Seriously, we loved everything about this hotel (except the sleeping part) and wish we could find more tremendous values like this in our travels. But the noise wasn't insignificant and had to be factored into this review, which is why we very sadly had to give it a 3-bubble review, although we so desperately wanted to give it 5.
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