Prague is by far one of the most stunning cities in Europe, the ‘City of a Thousand Spires’ and countless other clichs. The Czech capital has become the archetypal post-communist city success story. The last few years have shown a huge surge in the number of tourists visiting the city, and it has now become one of Europe’s most romantic city break destinations.
Its architecture is noticeably diverse and much of it was miraculously undamaged by World War II. Thus, intriguing architectural details and faades can be found on every corner. With flights cheaper than ever to this place, you have no excuse not to visit this gem!
Prague is charming city valued by its intact historical monuments and buildings. Why stay in impersonal hotel then? Experience the old Prague atmosphere in selected historical hotels, pensions, apartments and residences! Most visitors to Prague want to stay in the medieval centre, one of the best preserved of any European city. Happily, its back lanes house plenty of character small hotels, often with elaborately painted ceilings and vaulted cellars. Many have opened in recent years, converted from what were apartment blocks in communist times.
The Mala Strana district, on the west bank of the River Vltava, is the most peaceful part, with little traffic and a good choice of Prague hotels, pubs and restaurants. It’s ideally placed for visiting Prague Castle, which towers directly above it, and strolling across the Charles Bridge to the livelier Stare Mesto district (the Old Town).
Hradcany, the area around the castle, is atmospheric, but be prepared for a steep climb back to your hotel at the end of the day. If you stay in Stare Mesto, bear in mind that some hotels and streets can be noisy at night.
Nearly all of Prague hotels (like this one http://www.prague-hotels.org.uk/) offer 24-hour service and accept major credit cards, and English and German are widely spoken – it is only in the smaller guest houses that language may be a difficulty. Parking in some areas can be a problem and it would be a good idea to check on this prior to a definite booking. In the Old Town for example, space is limited and the only parking available may be on the street.
While the more luxurious hotels cater to the wealthy and offer their guests just about everything they could possibly need, Prague also has a range of accommodation for travelers on a budget. Due to its compact layout, the majority of Prague hotels and tourist accommodations are located within a very short distance of its attractions, which can also be reached using the city’s fast and efficient transport system. It should be noted however, that there are one or two districts of Prague which are in the hills and which could therefore be fairly inaccessible to the disabled and the less physically inclined, e.g. the area around Prague Castle (Hradcany) where public transport can be further away and where accommodation is sometimes situated on a steep incline.