When you plan on visiting a city, it’s always hard to find the right accommodation. Usually you swim, or rather drown, in an ocean of options. Unfortunately, hotel star ratings aren’t always helpful and prices in our imperfect world don’t always reflect the relative value of one property over another; independent reviews, while useful, can be a tremendous task to go through and often force you to read between the lines. You’d probably prefer to have someone you trust make the choice for you. We share that feeling. As Prague experts, we have tried to stand in your shoes and pick some hotels for you to consider. These are hotels that offer something extra besides their own facilities: like a good location, for example, near a restaurant, a cafe, or something else that we believe could make your daily experience as a Prague visitor more enjoyable. We call this a smart guide; it is, of course, our arbitrary interpretation of smart. If you find it useful, please share it. We have another section of the guide for luxury and boutique hotels, so please make sure to check that one out too.
A smart urban aesthetic informs the look and feel of this upscale hybrid hostel and hotel. The lobby is a cool minimalist with exposed concrete flooring and furnishings. The rooms are done up in trendy chocolate browns, dark leathers and brushed stainless. Colorful toiletries, included with the room, add playful tones to the baths. A popular choice for style-seekers on a budget.
Described by one recent visitor as ‘fab and funky’ the Fusion was the mostly highly anticipated opening in the ‘upscale budget’ category in 2012. The owners appear to be big fans of eclectic, midcentury-inspired design and each of the rooms is individually and tastefully appointed with high-end touches like Eames chairs and lamps, big shag rugs and comfy contemporary beds. Choose between hostel-style dorm accommodation and private singles and doubles, all at very reasonable prices for the location and quality.
The Czech Inn was one of the first hybrid hostel/hotel combinations that feature the low cost, low frills of a hostel, while offering upscale standards for cleanliness, contemporary design and convenience. Both multi-bed dorms and chicly minimalist private singles and doubles are offered. Guests tend to love the big breakfasts and the excellent value for money.
A classic traditional inn and restaurant occupying a house that was designed in the 18th century by none other than Baroque architect Kryštof Dientzenhofer (who designed Malá Strana’s St Nicholas Church), as a family dwelling. Rooms sport painted, wood-beamed ceilings and handmade furniture.
The super-friendly young and energetic owner gives this place a dash of added personality. Rooms are tastefully minimalist, meaning a comfy bed, stylish writing desk, a flat screen TV, and not much else. Lots of personal touches like attractive, updated baths designed by the owner’s mother. The Dahlia is a popular choice among discriminating students and young professionals looking for style and value.
This stylish hostel and hotel is located on Nerudova, the historic, sloping street that links Malá Strana square (Malostranské náměstí) with Prague Castle. The Little Quarter draws a fair amount students and young people, with upscale dorm accommodation (2-5 beds) that far exceeds the norm for this category, with clean, well-appointed ensuite baths. There are also three-star singles and doubles, and in summer, the roof terrace offers great views.
This small inn is situated on the upper (quieter) side of Malostranské náměstí, in the middle of Malá Strana. Rooms are arrayed on two floors, some with arresting views over the square, with Prague Castle in the background. The rooms are spotlessly clean and modestly furnished, with white walls. Some have modest kitchens for in-room self-catering. Rooms 206a and 206b have views out over the square and a glimpse of St Vitus Cathedral in the distance. Room 101 has less light but offers six beds and so is ideal for small groups.
Maybe the best of the new breed of designer budget boutiques that do double duty as high-style hostels. Mosaic House offers both dorm beds for backpackers and quiet, more refined single and double rooms for those looking for more privacy. The décor is a mix of modern with old-fashioned designer touches. Check out the upper floor rooms that have their own balconies and cityscape vistas.
The Coronet is a classic small hotel that regularly garners superb marks from guests for cleanliness, quiet and the quality of the in-room amenities, which include (small) flat screen TVs, safes and minibars, all at rates that range somewhere between budget and midrange (depending on the season). Reception is helpful and if you’re traveling by car, the hotel is not far from the main D1 highway and there’s usually a place to park your car on the quiet street outside.
This eclectic, family-run inn in on a quiet square in Malá Strana has no sign on the doors and that’s how the owners want it: discreet and special. The house dates from the 17th century, and furnishings range from original Biedermeier to Functionalist; rooms sport 19th-century armoires, early-20th-century brass beds and original artwork. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore, and the English-speaking owners could not be more hospitable.