Prague Old Town Hotels – My Favourites
The challenge here is to take the 250+ Prague Old Town hotels and pick out my favourites in each class. If you can book any of them you’ll really enjoy your stay. If they’re full then you’ll at least get a shortlist of similar places and if you do get a choice of hotels then Contact Me and I’ll tell you any local knowledge that I can about them. If you want to be at the centre of Prague life then the Old Town is where you want to be.
5 Star Prague Old Town Hotels – Grand Hotel Praha
Contains a second building called the Apostlistic Residence (no lift in this part). I guess if you’ve seen one 12th Century townhouse you’ve seen them all. Now add the location right on the Old Town Square and right in front of the Old Town Hall and you’ve got a good thing going. Classic decor, sumptuous furnishings and loads of original features from Gothic to Renaissance. If you want the beamed/mural ceilings then look for the “historical” rooms. I’d say it was unique if it wasn’t for U Prince just along from it.
5 Star – Hotel U Prince
One of the original five star Prague Old Town hotels in one of the oldest buildings (12th Century). Rooms are classically decorated (heavy) with visible wood beams in some. Front facing rooms have a view of the Old Town Square itself. It has a hugely popular and very scenic public cafe/restaurant on the roof. The ground floor restaurant is generally taken over by tourists in the evening (live music nightly). Many rooms have beamed fresco decorated ceilings and small family wedding receptions are often held in the Knights Salon (18 persons). Ideal choice if you like the original features.
5 Star – Hotel Paris
One of the Prague Old Town hotels often associated with the words “charming, “fabulous” and “classical”. One of the original 5 star hotels in Prague. Bordered on two sides by minor roads so it’s active but, quiet. It’s a “must see” for people interested in Art Nouveau (especially the Sarah Bernhardt restaurant). Rooms are reasonably spacious for a five star hotel in Prague with the room class starting at “deluxe” (22m room) and “executive” (25-30m). The Junior suite class is a large studio (35m). The luxury suite is a split level attic room with stunning view. The Hotel Paris has also now opened it’s wellness centre.
5 Star – Buddha Bar Hotel
Something different this way comes. I hope Ray Bradbury would excuse me twisting his title a little but, of all the Prague Old Town hotels the Buddha Bar opened as a clear “lifestyle” hotel in Jakubska (behind the Tyn church and 90 seconds walk to the Old Town Square). Be prepared for dark red/black, gold dragons and incense in your face. It has the five star service, looks great and as with all “lifestyle” hotels it comes complete with it’s own pampering and “eatertainment” (yes I have spelt it correctly) centres.
5 Star – Hotel Iron Gate
Hotel Iron Gate Iron Gate has 44 rooms and suites. It’s one road back from the Old Town Square but it’s on a quiet part-pedestrianised road. Top floor front facing rooms have a view of the Old Town Hall. The street is very Bohemian with small cafes, art galleries, jazz club, restaurants and tea rooms etc. One of my favourite areas and my favourite Czech restaurant U Modre Kachnicky II is opposite. Eclectic furnishing style and low ceilings in most rooms. Two couples sharing the Family Royal Suite would get a great deal. Recommended especially if you can afford the Royal Suite class.
4 Star – Monastery Garden
For a long time this was known as Casa Marcello and this is what I consider as one of the “chic but, charming” Prague Old Town hotels suited to couples who would go for a modern hotel in quiet historic surroundings. Its also commonly listed as a “romantic” hotel. It has the nice courtyard restaurant. Spacious suites. Look out for the “3 day package” which appears very popular. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Hastalske Square, its a three minute walk to the Jewish Quarter (Spanish Synagogue) and 5 minutes to the Old Town Square. Personally recommended.
4 Star Hotel Metamorphis
This has lots of options from suites and apartments down to singles. Some rooms are inter-connectable. Tynsky Dvur (courtyard) facing rooms are the best. Breakfast is in the basement restaurant. Metamorphis (one of four Prague Old Town hotels located in the courtyard) also has a public restaurant on the ground floor and outside called “Vabene”. The courtyard has a couple of cafes, a beer spa and it’s a 30 second walk to Zdeneks Oyster Bar. Both hotel and restaurant are personally recommended. The Old Town Square is literally 60 seconds walk. It recently opened a “beer bath” tourist attraction and note that it shares it’s restaurant facilities with the Residence Metamorphis Excellent which is opposite.
4 Star Hotel U Zlateho Jelena (at the Golden Stag)
This is accessed via one of two fairly quiet streets (one of them pedestrianised) about 1 minute walk from the Old Town Square. Its a 14th Century building. Modernised but left structurally almost the same so this means you’ll get bigger rooms with eclectic but stylish furnishing. Unique in the city. I recommend getting a room which overlooks the rear courtyard if possible. Rooms offering Jacuzzi have the adapted baths. It’s a very elegant place with rack-rate starting at 100 Euros for a standard double which I think is good value. Personally recommended but note that the layout of the hotel means that you’ll have to go outside from many of the rooms to get to the breakfast.
4 Star – Hotel Leonardo
Located in Karoliny Svetle which is set one road back from the river road and its a pleasant 5 minute walk to either the Charles Bridge via the river road or the Old Town Square. Five star prices but it’s got a lot of facilities. Suites and rooms facing the rear have a river/castle view. Rooms at the front overlook a quiet Old Town road and inside facing rooms overlook a really nice courtyard/atrium. Extra sofa-beds, kitchenettes and adjoining rooms provide family options.
4 Star – Hotel Red Chair
Upgraded from the really nice Pension Red Chair in 2009 after turning their ground floor into a breakfast room and Cafe. Buried in the Old Town, it is a 3 minute walk from Charles Bridge. Located in Liliova at the “Bethlehem Square” end (nice outdoor eating area) of the road. It has 15 rooms from small-single up to two rooms that can sleep four and the attic room could easily sleep six. Look out for 4 nights for the price of 3 discounts off-season. Use the hotel taxi for airport transfers (good price) and the hotel offers other local discounts.
4 Star – Hotel Clementin
Hotel Clementin Prague accommodation that sells itself as the “smallest building” in Prague. Actually it can only claim “narrowest building used as a hotel” but, it’s still got some class. Only has 9 rooms over three floors. The public areas are a bit cramped but, the extra space went into the rooms which is good. It’s located between the Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge (2 minute walk either way) but, it’s just off the beaten track making it a central but quiet location. Opposite is the Klementinum. Views to the small square and you are a 1 minute walk to either the Old Town Square or the Charles Bridge.
3 Star – U Tri Bubnu (at the Three Drums)
Also known as “House at the Three Drums Hotel” is one of the original buildings in the Old Town. Next door is the apartment residence. You are thirty seconds from the Old Town Square. The hotel attic room is the biggest (Room 14). In the apartment hotel, suite 5 is the attic area (sleeps six) but, not suitable for young children as it’s a split floor with no real protection against falling through the banister. Fine for adults. No lifts in the buildings so it’s up the windy stairs. If the “suitcase” guy is in reception then the going tip rate is 50kc.
3 Star – Cloister Inn
The hotel is one of my personal favourites. Top of the 3 star range and could make the 4th star if it increased the room spec. Frightening when you first arrive and see the bars on the windows (the whole street used to consist of various police offices and cells) but, inside is a modern friendly three star. Five minutes walk to Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square or the National Theatre. Really in the centre of town.
MY TIP: Some hotels advertise themselves as being in the Old Town when in fact they are not. If using Booking.com simply expand the map and you’ll see the location.