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TravelPod Member ReviewsHouse at the Big Boot (Dum u velke boty) Prague
We decided on the Big Boot because of the prior reviews in TripAdvisor and were not disappointed. The house and the rooms are charming but the staff makes the place wonderful and charming. We enjoyed Jan (who picked us up from the airport and gave us a late night tour of Prague), his son Jake and at breakfast the beautiful and efficient Marketa. We would be happy to recommend this place to friendsl
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Historical Traveler Reviews House at the Big Boot (Dum u velke boty) Prague
Great Staff, Super Location, Good Value, Wonderful Breakfast and Coffee! Jon & Tammy
Beautiful room, excellent breakfast, superb hospitality
I spent two nights with my girlfriend at this lovely boarding house and everything about the place exceeded our expectations. The warming plum brandy on arrival, the stone spiral staircase, the hulking antique oak furniture in the large tastefully decorated room, the very clean and modern on suite bathroom, the almost unnerving serenity (we didn't once hear a TV or a radio), the delicious breakfast and the genuine friendliness of our hosts made our weekend. The location is also excellent for the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the viewing tower. I will be recommending Dum u velke boty to friends and family - 10/10
The previous reviews on this beautiful small family run Guest House are all fully justified.
We arrived late evening to an extremely warm and inviting welcome from Jan Rippl (Host). Jan provided us with all the essential information we required as well as providing us with some very interesting Czech history.
Our room (No 23) was spacious and tastefully decorated with antique period furniture and included a seperate toilet and shower. The room was cleaned daily and each night we returned from exploring the delights of Prague we were met by a fully aired room and a small sweet on our pillow.
Breakfast is served daily between 8am and 10am although Jan was more than willing to accommodate those arriving later than this. The breakfasts are an extra (200Kr / 5 Pounds) and are worth every crown and should certainly not be missed.
The accommodation is situated in the Marla Strana district which in our opinion is the most picturesque region of Prague. It is an excellent location from which to explore all the highlights that Prague has to offer. The Charles Bridge is 800 steps and the Castle 500. There are numerous cafes and restaurants around Marla Strana that cater for all tastes. We had an excellent Paella at El Centro and Pasta at Kogo which was just off the Old Town Square.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Prague and this can be put down to the delights that Prague had to offer as well as the fantastic and warm welcome we received during our stay with the Rippl family.
Hope to stay with them again soon.
PS - Don't forget your Rough Guide and a pair of good walking shoes.
This is a great place to stay. A lovely looking place in a quiet square in the Mala Strana, and within short walking distances of so much (5 minutes to the Castle, 10 to the Charles Bridge, 15 to the Old Town Square). Rooms are spacious, clean and well appointed, and the breakfasts are worth every Crown. Add to that the real friendliness of the Rippl family, and their staff, (for example, we'd booked for the opera but the combination of the Friday rush hour and a sudden thunderstorm had delayed our taxi, so the owner's son insisted in driving us across Prague in filthy traffic conditions and only looked put out when we mentioned recompense) and this is one of the best places we've been to.
Even better than expected
Everything that has already been said about this small hotel in Prague is true. It is in an excellent location, it has individual charm, it is good value for money and the staff are great. This was our first visit to Prague and we loved the city and hope to return and if we do we would definately stay at Dum u velke boty again. We would recommend it to anyone
Would recommend this place to anyone
Visited this place on the personal recommendation of a friend and have been raving about it ever since. From the beautiful antique furniture in the rooms to the honesty box drinks bar this was more of a home from home than anything else.
The personal service was great - the chef couldn't have tried harder to please at breakfast time. The reception was lovely: first time I've ever been invited to sit down for a chat and advice about the hotel and the city I'm visiting!
The location was perfect - right next to the German embassy and up the road from the American embassy, so lovely and quiet but still within easy walking distance of the Charles Bridge and all the action of Prague.
I've kept their card and if I go back to Prague I'll definitely be staying at the 'house of the little boot' again!
Such a great little hotel, the nicest I've stayed in ANYWHERE, let alone Prague. Gorgeous location, and perfect room in a the hotel's amusingly complicated interior. The staff are saint-like: they treat you like guests rather than consumers, and make excellent breakfasts as well as patiently dealing with the stupidest touristy questions. Book early, it fills up fast, for extremely good reasons.
A little gem
Have just returned from a 5 day trip to Prague. I liked the sound of this small hotel having read the other reviews and looked at the hotel website. I e-mailed them to try to book a double room with en-suite 2 weeks before our departure date. The actual hotel was fully booked but we decided to accept their offer of a suite, literally just around the corner in another historic building called 'The Donkey in the Cradle', for 4100Kc with the option of breakfast in the hotel at 200Kc. Payment is made in cash at the end of the stay and can be in mixed currencies. My enquiries by e-mail were promptly replied to in good English plus additional information about transfer from the airport. The suite was great. On the ground floor but very secure with a small kitchen, bathroom and separate toilet. Next door was an art deco shop and opposite a tiny mini-market. The bedroom had a canopied bed, vaulted ceiling and a sitting area. All accommodation in central Prague is expensive so I think this was good value for money in a quiet location with all major attractions accessible on foot. Metro was a 10 minute walk away going past splendid embassy buildings for trips further afield. Breakfasts are well worth having in a convivial dining room. They surprised my husband with the gift of a bottle of Bohemia sekt (like champagne) at breakfast on the morning of his birthday and a rendition of "Happy Birthday to you". Apparently they had noticed his birthdate on his passport when we registered. On our last day we left our luggage in the main hotel till early evening and were able to wash and change using their facilities in the basement and enjoy a cup of tea while we waited for our taxi to the airport. Owners and staff could not be more helpful or friendly. Best meal in Prague was at Cafe Imperial, Na porici 15, not far from Obecni dum ( Municipal House), with its art nouveau tiled decor, 98Kc 3 course menu of the day and free doughnuts! Best evening was at the Narodni divadlo( National Theatre) for the Dvorak opera, Rusalka. We're not massive opera buffs but the building, setting, staging, performance and price were magical. We booked at Bohemia Ticket International.
We spent 2 nights at this wonderful inn during the beginning of April. It far surpassed our expectations in every way! It is a small, cozy,
family-run hotel with lovely, large-sized, clean rooms. It is ideally located, in a quiet and safe
neighborhood, within walking distance to Prague's inspiring sights. You should
definitely opt for the breakfast, which only costs an extra 200 kc...very good home-cooked food
with nice variety. The best part of this inn is the
feeling that you have stepped inside the life of a family who is happy to share their city with you. When we return to Prague, we will most definitely stay at Dum u velke Boty.
We have just returned from 3 nights in Prague. I seen this hotel reviewed in the Telegraph and it exceeded our expectations. It is a small hotel[12 rooms] run by the Rippl family who treat you as friends and can't do enough for you. Ideally situated just under the castle and within walking distance of Prague old and new town[15 mins]. This hotel is 450 years old and has been restored over the years by the family- the rooms are beautiful, they are 3760kc per night and the breakfast is 200kc [not to be missed] They don't advertise with travel agents - it is mostly recommendations and justifiably so. We booked a flight with easyjet and booked airport shuttle taxis- Chris was a mine of information, he gave us some good tips. We also went to the opera one night and booked it through ticketpro online. We had a great holiday, all booked online and will be returning to Dum u velke boty next year. If anyone wants any more info - give me an e-mail