Prague Accommodation Tips and What to Expect
Prague has some of the most beautiful buildings in the world and some of them are also hotels but regardless of the quality of the Prague accommodation there are certain things that you can expect from both the hotel and the room.
So below are a few tips and pointers on what to look out for and how to avoid troublesome issues when dealing with Prague accommodation and/or inaccurate descriptions..
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I offer a FREE service to anybody who wants to stay here. If somebody reaches a point where they have a choice of hotels and really cannot decide between them then simply Contact Me with the choice and I’ll give whatever local knowledge I know about the place and the surroundings.
My initial advice is to start on the Prague Accommodation in the Old Town page because if you find places that you like in this area you’ll be very central and largely pedestrian friendly.
If you are looking for a quiet area but still central then start on the Prague Accommodation in the Lesser Town page. Finally if you want to be close to the Old Town but not pay Old Town prices then try the Prague Accommodation around the Republic Square page.
What some Price Comparison sites forget to tell you is that you are paying for the rooms that the hotel has not already reserved for somebody else so booking direct with the hotel can still be the same price but you get a better room. Also check the hotel website because a price comparison “30% off” may simply be a “buy 2 and get 1 free” offer from the hotel.
Beware of apparently cheap prices and see if they are charging “per person”. This is not usual for Prague accommodation where them norm is “per room”.
On average, the price for an equivalent room rises by CZK1000 for each star so if a 3 star hotel is charging CZK2500 then expect a 4 star to be charging CZK3500 and a 5 star CZK4500 per room per night.
MY TIP: Always email the hotel. At the minimum it will confirm your reservation and you can also ask for little things like room preference and more detail on facilities. It can’t do any harm.
Some places publish the room size so anything over 25 square metres is a good size even if it includes the bathroom. The bed will be the most important thing in the room so note the following. There are 3 different types of bed here 1) Double, 2) Twin and 3) Marriage.
A double may be a King or Queen i.e. always 2 metres long but the width varies. A twin will be a European size 2 metres by 90cm. A marriage bed is 2x twin mattresses in a single frame i.e. a big bed with a crack down the middle and separate quilts. As usual some hotels and apartments view a double as two twins pushed together so if in doubt, email the Prague accommodation.
Beware of the word “Deluxe”. Deluxe is a word that the hotel uses to differentiate it’s rooms. Uses include size where you’d expect at least 10% more room. It may relate to a view from the room i.e. something of significance, not just a street view. It may relate to the specification of the room i.e. tea service or additional seated area.
If a hotel says it has air-conditioning then first check that it is in the room and not just in the public areas. Second check if it’s individually controlled.
Finally the bathroom. In modern Prague accommodation you’ll have a 3-piece bath set but unless it’s a dedicated shower stall you may get the “bath shower” where you mix the hot and cold on the bath taps first.
If I had a pound for every “nice place, shame about the area”, I’d be rich.
It can have a significant impact on your enjoyment to be surprised about some aspect of the location like the fact it’s on a main road, that it’s next to a sex shop, that it’s out of the centre etc. Part of my FREE service is that you get the info that you need to make your decision. One quick way to allay any fear is simply to put the Prague Accommodation address into Google Earth or a local map website like mapy.cz. Then switch to Street view (Google) or Panorama (Mapy.cz) to have a look at the area.
If you are staying outside the centre then at least make sure that you are within a few minutes walk of some public transport. Metro stations are quite widespread and quick to use but the tram service has more coverage plus a night service. Read more about Using Prague Public Transport.