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... to hear. Once our tour was over I asked the people I had visited with at our beer break if they wanted to grab a lunch together. We crossed Charles Bridge to check out restaurants on the other side of the river. Charles Bridge is another one of those amazing things to see because it was built in the early 1400s. On our way to find somewhere to go for lunch we stumbled upon the John Lennon wall. I ...
... br> On Sunday we spent more time wandering the city, it was pretty chilly out so we tried to find something to do indoors. We went to the Gastronomy museum which is about the history of food in the Czech Republic. It was a pretty small place but a fun way to explore a less commonly taught piece of the culture. There is a beautiful music hall and we tried to get tickets to the Cinderella ballet. Unfortunately by the time we got to the ticket office only the most expensive ...
... etc are doing these days though. Then we walked around a bit more down the river it was nice. Then went to the sex machines museum and yet it was disturbing as it sounds! Went for a drink then we split up and I went with the other girl to go buy me a ticket for tonight's concert. It is the best of musicals and the next one is classics with some opera. Hauled ass back to hostel then I left again. Concert ...
... felt the coldest so far this afternoon as a sneaky breeze blows right through you.
Dark by the time we get off the boat at 17.00. Walked back into Old City Square now enjoying the major buildings all lit up. Went on to a large shopping complex and bought 'snow shoes' for Peter. Back towards Wenceslas Square where we enjoyed another beautiful meal and beer to wash it all down. Home by about 20.00 and completed diary etc before ...
I spent the night tossing on the top bunk listening to the squeaks in the bed and the traffic outside the window. We woke up at 6 to catch the train for Beron about 40 kilometers outside of prague. We ended up in the first class section of the train and were nicely (cough) asked to move to second class. We talk on the train and got to know the basic: what everyone's degree was in, what they were doing now and what they were doing in Prague.
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Historical Traveler Reviews King Charles Boutique Hotel Residence Prague
Great staff and room
We have just returned from a 4 night stay and I would recommend this hotel for those looking for a very comfortable room, good breakfast and helpful staff. It is about 5/6 mins from the city centre / Charles Bridge (3 tram stops) and a 5 min walk up the hill to the Vysehrad Castle. The info on-line is a bit miss leading as there is no bar or restaurant. For us this was no problem as the closest place to eat and drink was 20 mtrs away. Here you can have Chez food and beer at very reasonable prices (50p .5l beer goulash and dumplins £3). The only no smoking restaurant we found was Rio's within the Vysehrad Castle grounds 5* food at 3* prices. Use the trams they are clean and safe and run on time, All the info you need for a great stay can be provided by the hotel front desk satff. We had a room at the back and slept with the windows open on 2 nights so noise to us was not a problem and the castle walls look great at night all lite up. There is a building site over the road at the front but is far enough away not to bother you and with all the brilliant buildinds around why look at it? A stay here is highly reccommended and great value for money. We will be going back next year.
Incredibly helpful staff
We felt slightly anxious after reading some of the more negative reviews but overall could not fault the hotel and certainly not for the incredibly low price we paid. Our room was on the fourth floor and at the back of the hotel so we didn't experience any noise which did seem to be a problem for the front facing rooms. The bed was fantastically comfortable,the bathroom very swish though I couldn't work out how to use the jacuzzi without flooding the entire room,a problem experienced by another guest I spoke to at breakfast.I am sure that Andrei,the Russian manager would have explained what we were doing wrong but somehow we didn't get round to asking him. He was charming,interesting and very helpful and spoke very good English,as did all the other staff on the front desk. The location of the hotel probably wasn't very central but we enjoyed walking in to the centre along the river and felt perfectly safe walking back late at night. If we didn't feel like walking,it was very easy to use the trams which seemed to run after midnight though with changed numbers,the 18 becoming 52(or 53?) We stayed three nights and only had to share a table at breakfast on the first morning,though this was no real problem even for someone as notoriously grumpy as I am before about 11a.m. Having spoken with others at the airport on our return, I think we had a fantastic deal in terms of the range of food available and certainly in terms of the helpfulness of the hotel staff and the comfort of the room. We visited all the main tourist sights but really enjoyed Vysherad castle and cemetery and the Botanic Gardens which are on the doorstep and probably missed by many others. We hope to return to Prague and aim to travel outside the capital as the public transport system really does seem to work and is very cheap. Only moan---as non smokers we were gasping for breath in every bar,cafe,or restaurant we visited where,irrespective of the time of day or whether it was a 1 or 5 star establishment,everybody else seemed to be puffing away!
Nice hotel, shame about the view
Stayed here October 26-29th. Arrived by taxi late at night, receptionist was very friendly and accomodating. We had asked for a double and found ourselves with twin beds, receptionist allowed us to look at other rooms available, before we decided that original room (apart from bed size) was fine. Found out that it overlooked the road/rail/building site combination mentioned elsewhere, but the windows were double glazed as well as having secondary glazing, so didn't keep us awake or woke us in the morning. Breakfast is excellent value. They do have an evening meal service but I think they have thrown in the towel when it comes to competing with U Neklana around the corner. (Even the recptionist was taking his tray back one night, so that says something about the competition).
The only drawback with U Neklana is the service is on the slow side (50 min wait) but I think it's all freshly cooked so is worth the wait especially when 2 main dishes and 4 beers came to about £10
Graeat hotel in a great location
We stayed here for a week in Sept this year. It is situated in Vhysrad but the tram is very close to the hotel so it's only a few stops to the centre. There are local Tabak shops opposite the tram stop where you can buy your tram tickets and some of the shops were open until 10pm - very handy.
The rooms were a good size and very clean. There was an LCD tv with computer for internet access (fee payable). The jacuzzi bath was great and perfect for resting those tired feet. You are also provided with bath robes. The bed was very comfortable and the pillows were lovely and thick.
There was no sound from trams, cars, crowds etc but we were at the back of the hotel away from the road. saying that it's not on a busy road anyway so I am sure there wouldn't be a problem. There is a great restaurant next door on the corner serving very good and reasonably priced food - the peppered steak was lovely. The waitresses speak a little english too but if you get stuck just point at the english menu. There is a lift so you don't have to worry about lots of steps.
The staff were very pleasant at the hotel and english speaking. They will give you advice on anything should you need it. You are also given an information sheet which is very helpful. The maids and breakfast staff were also very friendly and obliging. Breakfast was very ample - bacon and eggs, toast, bread rolls, cheeses, cereals, fruit, yoghurts, tea/coffe/juice - basic fair but sets you up for the day. There's also a bottle of champagne (fizzy cava) so you can have bucks fizz at breakfast - it's first come first served though!
Overall a reasonable hotel
Stayed at this hotel for 4 nights (Oct 15-19th 2006) recently with my wife. I booked it through expedia and chose it because it was the best value 4* hotel on offer. From the airport we got a bus/metro/tram to Albertov (nearest stop). However the hotel wassn't the easiet to find as the street lights were out and there is only a tiny sign on the door of the hotel itself. After arriving we were given the usual info (room no., breakfast times, map, how to get around etc) by the friendly guy at reception. I has booked a deluxe room on expedia. It seems this meant we got a king size bed.
The room (No.18) was fine except that the size of the bed meant you couldn't open the wardrobe door fully! All in all the room was cramped but perfectly clean. The bathroom was fine with a really nice shower (you could adjust direction and power of water - and sit down if you wanted to). Slight downside was the tower radiator in bathroom didn't work meaning it was slightly cold relative to the room itself . However this wasn't a big enough deal to complain about. The TV had 6 channels - none of which were English language - so pretty useless to us. There was internet access and pay movies available but we didn't bother. The King size bed was very comfortable but almost totally filled the room. We saw other people had bigger rooms with 4 poster beds so if ours was a deluxe room what were these?? Also there were no tea/coffe making facilities - bit surprising for a 4* hotel.
Breakfast was interesting experience. The room provided is too small - can accomodate about 30 people at 8 tables. Basically this means you have to join other people at a table when you come in to eat. Personally I'd prefer the privacy of my own table for breakfast but after the first couple of days we became used to this. No matter what time we came down we either had to join a table or people joined our table. It is a buffet style set up with a good selection on offer (juices/cereals/cakes/bread/eggs-bacon-sausage/tea-coffee-milk).
Location: the hotel is on the edge of the city near the Vysehrad castle. You can walk into the city centre along the Vltvava river in 20 mins. The nearest tram stop is Albertov. The pubic transport system is excellent. There is a Czech bar called U Neklana next store which is very nice, friendly staff and excellent food and beer. We had a two course meal with 2 pints of beer each for about £15. This pub is very recommended if you are staying at this hotel. Our only complaint is we found it a bit smokey - Czechs LOVE smoking.
Staff: we didn't have too many dealings with hotel staff but we did find them friendly at all times. There were a number of trips on offer but we decided to find our own way around.
Overall we loved Prague - an absolutely beautiful city. The weather was great as well. We would definitely go back as there is a lot to do and lots of options for day trips. The hotel was fine and its poorer features definitely weren't enough to upset our holiday.
Just returned from a four night stay at The King Charles Boutique Hotel in Prague and would highly recommend it as a base. The rooms were spacious and clean and the beds comfortable. The staff were all helpful and offerred advice on places of interest. All the hotel lacks is a bar. However theres a fantastic bar/restaurant next door. Don't let the outside put you off.
The hotel is a bit out of the way for the main attractions in Prague but fantastically handy for Vyserhad which is more than worth a visit. There are regular trams to take you into the city but we preferred to walk along the riverside. It's a gentle 20 minute or so stroll which is great on a nice day. The walk back could be broken by visiting one of the numerous bars that are between Charles Bridge and the hotel.
Sono stata in questo hotel per tre notti.L'ambiente è stato subito piacevole.Le stanze sono arredate bene.La jacuzzi in bagno dopo i km a piedi in giro per Praga è una manosanta.Il personale è giovane e cordiale.Parlano bene inglese ma per niente italiano.
La colazione è buona anche se non all'altezza delle 4 stelle dell'Hotel.Unico problema :pochi tavoli.Consiglio di scendere presto per non trovare "traffico"!
Le stanze che si affacciano sulla Neklanova sono rumorose causa tram, treno e (quando ci sono stata io)lavori in corso.
Tutto sommato ci tornerei.Il tram 18(a 100m dall'albergo)vi porta in centro in pochi minuti)
Awesome Room, Awesome Service!
My partner & I stayed here recently on our month-long trip around Europe & probably enjoyed this hotel more than anywhere else that we stayed! On arrival it was a bit bizarre, as we were checked into a room where someone else was already staying (we had requested this room, as my partner is very tall & needs a larger bed). Unfortunately we were relegated to a twin room, which was not overly romantic, but we still got to have the superior room we had paid for.
The room did not have much of a view (just of the train tracks) & there was a noisy construction site outside, BUT everything else here was excellent! The room was farily large, with a desk, chair, bedside tables & wardrobes, all macthing in antique styles (the beds matched too). Everything was really pretty & comfortable, & the bathroom was quite large & included a spa bath - nice! The TV doubled as an internet computer which you could use for an extra 3 euro/day. Everything was just so cheap & we got great value for our money!
The service was also excellent (both day & night staff), & we received a lot of help, like directions & recommendations easily. The manager even printed out several things for us on the computer when we asked.
While it is a bit of a walk into twon (about 20 minutes), it is really pleasant & relaxing there, with an excellent buffet breakfast available in the mornings - nice bacon too, by the way! There are not too many services right by the hotel, but they are only a few minutes walk away, & we do recommend a small local pub (with menus in English), which is just 50 paces towards town from the hotel door (literally).
We were really happy we stayed here, & intend on returning here next time we are in Prague. There's some freaky Geiger art on the walls if you don't mind that kind of thing - excellent!
we have just returned from a 4 day trip to prague and stopped for 3 nights at the king charles which is located under the walls of vysehrad castle .
this was a fantastic hotel with very spacious bedrooms which for a very reasonable €3 for 24 hours you could have the use of a pc in your room great for keeping in touch with folks at home as well as lcd tv in your room.
the staff were very pleasant and helpful. a 5 minute walk from the hotel and you are at vysehrad castle with mind numbing views over the city.
we used the 18 tram to go to old town and 24 to wenceslas square and found it to be a quick and easy way to get about with a 3 day pass costing just 220 csk crowns or £5.50 each we paid 400 crowns for a taxi to the old town so over the 3 days the tram tickets are a bargain.
outside the hotel was a bar with a pint of beer costing just 18 crowns a pint and very nice it was friendly staff and their meals were nice and well priced.
we loved the charles bridge with the vibrancy and atmosphere and will be back sooner rather than later.
old town square was a great night out but watch for the conmen who will offer you a very high exchange rate and then give you worthless currency. we were approached once but did not take him up on his "very good offer".
if you are changing money use atm or exchange booths
overall prague surprised me and i am still in awe of it we must return as there is so much of it left to see
it really is a must do
go and enjoy
The furniture of the rooms is a bit cheap but actually quite nice and stylish and the bathrooms are wonderful (jacuzzi, marble) BUT the outer noise is terrible! In front of the hotel there are two main roads, a railway, a tramline and a builders'yard! If you go there in winter you will probably be able to keep the window closed, but you know.. I stayed there in August!! Best choice is asking for a room on the back.
And the booking management is very unexperienced (the hotel is newly opened) and very confused! We made THREE room changes in TWO days and finally we were moved to another hotel because of overbooking! (and also other guests were overbooked in those days). Maybe with the time they will improve their management.... (hopefully)!