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Hotel Cisar Ferdinand
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Loket
Reviewed June 6, 2014

Initially we were a little disappointed by this hotel; its reception area is poky and unimpressive but the staff were helpful despite having little English. The rooms were large and clean but quite characterless considering the lovely old building. Nevertheless the beds were comfortable and the basement restaurant very good. I could live with the mismatched towels as, like everything else, they were clean and as we were only there for two nights, it was fine.
The small village is very pretty and the castle is lovely. Our Czech friend was getting married in the castle which was a delightful occasion with Czech and English participants enjoying themselves immensely. There isn't much to do in Loket but it is in a beautiful setting with the river running close by and the tree clad mountains all around. Unfortunately it was cold and damp during our stay but I can imagine that it is beautiful in good weather.

Room Tip: Try tyo book a room overlooking the river for a quieter time
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

Cisar Ferdinand is located in one of the most beautiful and carefully restored buildings just over the bridge of the medieval town. You just can't pass it... Especially because there is a well known restaurant with a garden (great view to the river) in front of it. And even more tempting is the pub and home micro brewery in the vaulted cellars. It is like a living museum with old beer mugs, barrels, and big collection of spa drinking cups. Black beer is really good! The hotel is named after Austrian emperor Ferdinand I., who visited the town. And he is also the main theme in the hotel – rooms are decorated with old pictures and there are even old crests all over the furniture... Rooms are big and bright. Mine (nr. 3) had a view to the main street with some other restored houses in sight. Although the hotel staff speaks more German than English, the communication was not a problem with some smiles and czech words... The choice of TV programs was bigger than in most other hotels I stayed in Czech republic. Breakfast was another surprise! It is served in a really nice decorated dinning room. The walls are full of old pictures and paintings and they even displayed tools with which emperor Ferdinand officially ended the building of the bridge ! Not to mention, the food was good, lot of selection...

Room Tip: try the home made beer!
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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2  Thank izi f
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

This hotel was an incredible repose on a long trek through Europe! While the staff didn't speak much English, they were incredibly helpful throughout our stay. The town is beautiful, and the hotel was equally as charming, with modest but well-appointed rooms in a historic setting. Rooms were also quite large.

One downside was that insulation between rooms was pretty thin, so you could hear most everything going on in adjacent rooms. And breakfast was somewhat disappointing - not terrible, but a little odd.

Room Tip: The fewer rooms around you, the likelier to avoid noise from adjacent rooms between thin walls.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Great restaurant and home brewery in hotel. Quality cuisine. Especially liked their signature dish - roasted pig, which is baked at a depth of several meters below ground by the old Slavic recipe. Beer is also very tasty and light, and dark. The atmosphere of the restaurant-brewery is very cozy, the restaurant is beautifully decorated and adorned with antiques and antiques. The restaurant several halls. The prices are very reasonable.
Pleasant impression and the city Loket with its old castle.
All recommend this restaurant.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank pcmaxim
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Loket is a picturesque little town which is well worth a visit and this hotel is well located at the end of the bridge leading into the main square.
Our room was clean and adequately equipped although the mattresses were a bit firm. The shower room was fine albeit that ours was equipped for a disabled user. As others have said, try to avoid a room facing the street as they are overlloked by the St Florian hotel opposite. I imagine that the rooms on the riverside would have the best views.
Whilst we were there, the majority of the other guests were coach parties of middle aged German tourists - a different party on each of the two nights that we stayed. This deterred us from eating in the hotel as did the poor qulity of the breakfasts - by far the worst on our whole trip. There was no fresh fruit juice - just a lurid orange coloured cordial the origin of which was difficult to decide. Fresh fruit was only available in the form of very large fresh apples and oranges - a bowl of mixed fruit salad would have been preferable. The usual range of cold meat and cheeses beloved of Germans looked particularly poor quality and unappetising. Rather stale coffee was served in thermos jugs which were placed on some of the tables, but if you sat on a table without one - as we did on the first morning - the waitresses made no attempt to help. The rest of the staff were quite pleasant and helpful although only one spoke English. German is the best language to have if you visit anywere in Loket.
There is a courtyard overlooking the river were there are tables to sample the excellent beer from their in-house brewery - by far the best thing about the establishment! They also offer a menu of typically Czech cuisine in the brewery restaurant. On a Thursday evening they have a suckling pig roast but you need to book in advance if you want to participate.
We ate in the Restaurant Atmosfera in the main square (see separate report) and I think I would be tempted to try the rooms in the Pension attached to the restaurant if I returned to the town.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms facing the road, which are overlooked by the hotel opposite. Those overlooking the riv...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank André l'Anglais
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Loket is a gem for its situation on a hill almost surrounded by a river, for the surrounding forest environment and for its architecture.

The Cisar Ferdinand is the best place in town with large, clean rooms, elegant public spaces festooned with artefacts from the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, an excellent micro-brewery next door and a nice restaurant with reasonable food. The place is independently owned, service is friendly, prices are moderate, parking is easy on the town square beside the hotel, the beer is first class, the food is Czech.

Really handy for visiting the spa town of Karlovy Vary/Karlsbad which is about ~15km away by road or by a riverside cycling/walking trail (there are also local canoe/rafting outfits if you want to float downstream).

There is an open air auditorium just across the river in view from the hotel, it has a lively music program on summer week-ends including Electric Light Orchestra and Jethro Tull this year, but don't worry, the concerts are over before midnight!

Room Tip: We had the 1st floor corner room which was large and had great views of town from the windows.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

I am a bit surprised that there are not more reviews for this hotel, although I have a feeling that it is possibly due to Lokets more 'remote' location. We stayed here a couple of years ago and had a fantastic time and whilst reminiscing I thought it overdue that I commit a review to Trip Advisor.

The hotel enjoys a strategic and very scenic postion at the western end of the village and just down from the very impessive Castle, this was our first view of the hotel and certainly from the outside the view couldnt have been better. We also noted on arrival the beer garden/courtyard where during the summer months the hotel staged barbeque/roast evenings (unfortunately we missed!).

Initially the only thing that we were slightly worried about was the language barrier, I need not have worried as all the hotel staff spoke fluent (at least to my ear anyway!) German, bonus indeed as I can get by without to much difficulty. Check in was easy and our first impressions were good, seemingly a balance between modernisation and keeping an 'old world' feel.

We were given a HUGE room overlooking the main street, which was very nice as we were able to look almost into the main square and also out past the bridge at the western end, very nice indeed and in all the years my wife and I have travelled possibly the largest hotel room ever! Everything was very clean and certainly met with my wifes high standards.(Beware though if you have a room facing the street as you can be looked into from the hotel opposite, the St Florian)

Breakfast was a fairly standard continental affair, although that is not a critiscism as less is sometimes best and it certainly set us up for the day. I particurlarly enjoyed the poppy seed cakes and czech cheese. We never dined in the hotel restaurant as we both liked to eat out during the evening, although over a beer the menu certainly looked appetising.

Tip: Due to its size there are few restaurants in Loket. We ate at the majority and all were fairly good. However, our personal recommendation is the restaurant Svejk where we almost became regulars. The food was great, empty plates eaten with gusto were testament to our enjoyment and we loved the olde world decor. The staff were also very nice and friendly which helped with our enjoyment; thanks Aladar!. The prices were also very hard to beat as a similar meal in Karlovy Vary was found to be THREE times as much!

In terms of surroundings the Hotel is situated in a very good location, allowing you to stay and explore Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) at a third of the price, just beware of Taxi scams if you are returning from Karlovy Vary later than the last buses as some unscrupulous Taxi drivers will take you the 'scenic' route (yes, we learned the hard way although it was worth it to watch the wife give the guilty Taxi driver a piece of her mind!!!). The hotel is also ideal for those with canine companions as it is dog friendly and the surrounding forestry make for some beautiful, beautiful walks;Loket from the surrounding hills is simply breathtaking.

There is not much more to say about the Hotel except we found all the staff to be helpful and friendly and we enjoyed our stay in Loket, great hotel and I heartily commend to all those wishing an ideal and quiet hotel to explore the tranquill countryside.
(Note; The Hotel St Florian is located opposite operated by same company, but we noted this to be used more by coach trips than individual travellers).

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Sith8140
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Address: T. G. Masaryka 136/81, Loket 357 33, Czech Republic
Location: Czech Republic > Bohemia > Karlovy Vary Region > Loket
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Loket
Price Range: $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cisar Ferdinand 3*
Number of rooms: 24

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