I had quite a difficult time choosing where to stay in Prague. You see, it is far from being cheap when it comes to accommodation and, as I prefer to stay in the center, it was even more expensive. I ended up booking a hostel and an apartment, and I am here to say that I loved both of them 🙂
I spent the first week of my trip to Czech Republic in Prague, where I stayed in a hostel, and then traveled to the other parts of the country. As my flight back home was from Prague’s airport, I came there a day before and booked an apartment for my last night. Thus, while in Prague I stayed in two different places and I can wholeheartedly recommend both of them. It means that everything below is based on my experience solely, not on someone’s suggestions and booking.com reviews.
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Where to stay in Prague: Charles Bridge Economic Hostel
I think that Charles Bridge Economic Hostel is one of the best hostels in Prague. This hostel has everything I need when I travel so it was a more or less easy decision to book it. I chose it for its central location and twin beds instead of bunk ones. The price was high in my opinion, but, as I wanted to stay in the center of Prague, I decided to go for it.
The advantages of the hostel:
– it is hard to find a more central hostel: it is literally five steps away from Charles Bridge
– the beds in the room I booked were twin beds not bunk: no need to climb up
– there was a private bathroom in the room
– the reception of the hostel is a tourist information center as well, so they have all the info you might need
– there is a ticket machine at the reception, so everyone can buy their bus/tram/subway tickets there
– the room and bathroom were clean, but, let’s be fair, in hostels a lot depends on your neighbors. I saw the shared bathrooms as well, and they were very clean.
– the hostel’s guests are offered free spots in the Ghosts of Prague evening tour. The tour itself is quite expensive – 450 Czech Crowns, so I would definitely not have booked it otherwise. I liked the tour, it was very informative, but, in my opinion, not worth its price, so I am glad I got it for free.
– there is an exchange bureau next to the hostel where they don’t scam tourists. Be careful when you exchange money as many tourists have been scammed. Read more about it here.
Not so bright sides:
– there is Wi-Fi available in the entire hostel, it was very good at the reception, but not so good in the rooms. It would browse just some websites, the rest could not be opened. I still wonder how it decided which ones to browse 🙂
– my room faced the main street, and, as the hostel is in the very center of Prague, it was noisy. It was not a problem at all during the daytime, but in the morning, if the windows are open, it can be a problem.
– I did not see air conditioners. I don’t claim there are not any, I just did not see them. There was a fan in our bathroom, so.
I just want to say that these 3 points I enumerated above are really not important and they definitely aren’t deal breakers. I still loved the hostel, and I had great neighbors while I stayed there, despite the fact that all of them woke up very early every morning 🙂 In addition, almost all tourist attractions were accessible on foot, and, if something was far, there is always a tram stop nearby to take you whenever you want.
Where to stay in Prague: Prague Siesta Apartments
When I was choosing where to stay in Prague my last night, I knew I wanted to spend it in a hotel where I would have the bathroom for myself only 🙂 I booked a hotel, not the best one but the cheapest for my dates. But the thought that this hotel has bad reviews just kept following me, so a week after booking it I went back to booking.com and canceled it. Thank you, booking.com, for allowing cancellations without any fees! When I was looking yet again for a place to spend my last night in Prague, I came across Prague Siesta Apartments. They have brilliant reviews and they were cheaper and more central than the hotel I had just canceled. I just booked it and never regretted my decision 🙂
The advantages of the apartment:
– it is very central, like 20 meters away from the Old Square!
– it is quiet! It is on a side street with apartments inside a building block facing the courtyard.
– the apartment I booked was on the ground floor, so no stairs 🙂
– it is spacious, good enough for 3 people it can accommodate. There are two beds: one is queen size (or king, never knew the difference 🙂 ), and the other is twin.
– it was very clean: the bathroom was spotless.
– I loved the bed 🙂 It was huge and very comfy. And the decor of walls is cool 🙂
– as it is an apartment, there is a kitchen with supplies and a fridge. Works really good to save money on food.
– they have an excellent Wi-Fi: it is fast and without any glitches.
– I got a welcome drink when I arrived
– Michael, the guy at the reception, is very nice and funny.
Not so bright sides:
– just like with the hostel, I did not see air conditioners. I don’t claim there are not any, I just did not see them. But I don’t think an air conditioner is needed, at least, not in the apartment I stayed, as it was cool inside due to the shade.
Things to pay attention to:
– as it is a serviced apartment, the reception is not open 24/7, and the check-in closes at 10 PM. I am sure there is a way to deal with it if you warn them in advance of your arrival time.
Honestly, this apartment is the best place to stay in Prague. I give this apartment 10/10. I liked absolutely everything about it. And its price was more than appealing. Just for comparison: I paid 28 EUR per night for a bed in the room with another 6 beds in the hostel and 55 EUR per night here for the entire apartment! I highly recommend it for families, groups and solo travelers alike as it is safe and absolutely fantastic!