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I found a gay bar last night, where I met a couple from Stockholm and where I was given a gay map (!) of Prague. This is apparently a very liberal city and we are staying in the gayborhood. The next morning I had a leisurely breakfast at a tiny cafe. Erin arrived late afternoon and I dragged her tired butt all over old town. We had dinner on a quiet plaza at a fun restaurant serving local cuisine and beer. There was a band ...
... ice cream and more delicate. Well worth a try and likely to come to NZ some time, if they haven’t already.
The evening was devoted to dinner with David’s colleague Petr and two of his students, Tereza and Tomas who are planning on starting a PhD in the near future. We had a wonderful meal at a restaurant, called U Seminaristy, that we had visited with Petr on an earlier visit. Marion got the chance to eat ...
... Astrological clock and spied where the Dali exhibit is so we plan to check that out tomorrow if its open. Then we wandered around town some more and hit a couple interesting hole in the wall bars before heading to the 5 story club, the Karlovy Lazne. Every floor on the Karlovy Lazne is a different theme. We didn't make it to all five floors but we did make it to the ice floor, the radio hits floor, the oldies floor and spent the majority of the time ...
... still remain. It is said the Czech people loved their city so much they would rather hand it over without a fight in order to save the buildings and streets – lucky they did!
During our lunch break at a very busy bagel café we booked on the Prague castle tour for the afternoon, our day now was planned and we would be seeing all the main sites Prague has to offer.
When we got to the Old Jewish Quarter we were informed who so much of it remains today; ...
... Merry Xmas to all. Hope you all had a great day with family and loved
ones. Had a pretty casual sort of a day. Cooked up a storm in the
kitchen for lunch. Throw in a couple of bottles of wine, a scotch or
two, and pretty soon we were getting into the spirit of the day.
Lots of people out and about during the evening. The Xmas markets were in
full swing. Restaurants and bars were full. Quite a festive feel to the
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Historical Traveler Reviews Botel Albatros Prague
For the price you pay this hotel is more than adaquate. if you know you are not going to be spending lots of time in your room it is also good fu. I stayed there and I am going back, yeah rooms are small but what do you expect> Rooms could be tider neater etc but then you would be satying in a higher class hotel with a higher price
Walked in then checked back out
My partner took me to Prague for a special weekend without the children it cost him GB£320 we were very disappointed when we arrived we had 2 single beds that you couldn't pull together you couldn't swing a cat it was that small we checked out to stay in a 5* hotel called the President hotel it cost us GB£330 for the same number of nights the staff were a lot more friendly. hotel Albatross is very basic and is ok 4 a stag weekend but i wouldn't advise any couples to stay there.
We went to Prague in Sep for two days and found the Botel Albatros ok. The rooms are small and the shower room also.
The breakfast was continental with cheese and meats plus cerials etc.
It was good to sit outside on top of the boat drinking beer and watching all the boats going up and down the river. The beer was about £1.50 a pint thats what you can expect from a hotel.
Safe deposit 50ck per day plus 500ck deposit for the key you get this back when you hand the key.The Location is great not far to walk into the old town.
I would stay there again, mainly for the location and the view of the river
We booked to stay here for three nights in august of this year. When we got there, the lobby area was fine and the staff friendly. However, when we entered the room, it was shocking. The carpet was ripped up, the furniture tatty, the bathroom was grimy and dirty, and although we had a window onto the river, you could hardly see it because of all the muck on the window. We asked for another room, and were told that there were none available, and they were all the same anyway. We then went into the bar area for a drink to decide what to do. The bar looks really nice, but when you're sat down with a beer, and the wall is covered with huge cobwebs with dead flies hanging off it, it loses its appeal rapidly. We're not snobs by any means, but there was no way we were staying there. It was 3 star accomodation; I wouldn't give it anymore than one. When checked out straight away, and booked into another three star that was a lot cheaper and a lot better (which wasn't difficult). The hotel is on a boat; I expect the rooms to be small, but I also expect them to be clean and hospitable. Fortunately, we managed to get a full refund from the holiday company. I've stayed in Prague many times, always in three or four star hotels, and the Botel Albatros is by a long way the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. We lasted a total of 45 minutes. Never again.......
My partner, his brother, and I stayed in 2 rooms at the Botel Albatros in Dec 2004. We booked through Codan Agentura and had no problems. The price was 34 euros/nt for the double and 26 euros/nt for the single and included breakfast. Staying on a boat on the Vltava was great. We were a little north from most of the major sights, but the river was beautiful and the walk to/from the sights always provided us with something new and interesting. Having stayed on boats before, I was not surprised at the small but efficient rooms. They were clean and comfortable. Be sure to request a river view room where you'll see the swans in the morning. Hungarian buffet breakfast got a little tedious on the 4th morning, but it was filling, hearty, and included in the price. Meats, cheese, bread, yogurt, coffee (sort of), juice-water, some dried fruits and nuts. Don't get turned off by the small, smoky, and somehwat dingy lobby area or the cheesy blue Pepsi awning. If you're looking for a great value and don't mind being a little further out, this is it. Would definitely go back.
Two adults and two teenagers stayed for five days. The snow was thick outside but the heating was more than adequate. You have to remember that it is a boat so you are staying in a cabin, not a hotel room. Consequently, the bathroom is very small but perfectly adequate. If you want a bubble bath and a bidet, the Hilton is just up the road but you'll pay extra for it. We had a family room which was one twin and one double in adjoining rooms. There was a tv with MTV and Sky news which catered for most tastes. We could have done with a kettle in the room but we coped without one! It was kept really clean. The maid came in every day to make beds and change all the towels. The location is great. It was 650 kc in a taxi from the airport but we never paid a penny for transport whilst we were there. You can walk to all the sights and there are plenty pubs and restaurants locally. The restaurant on the boat was closed while we were there so we just got a cold, continental breakfast. It was quite good but after five days we were sick of the sight of cheese buns! The staff weren't the happiest bunch of ladies but we found this was the case in a lot of shops and pubs. There were a mixed bunch on the boat, older couples, families and students. No-one seemed out of place.
Confortable and convenient
We have just returned from a weekend in Prague. We found the Albatross comfortable and worth the price we paid. It is within 20 minutes stroll from the Old Town Square. We were received well and had no difficulty when we arrived we just handed over our hotel voucher. The staff were helpful and the room was cleaned to our satisfaction - in fact we got clean towels for the second night - not what I have experienced in other 3* hotels.
The continental breakfast was of a good standard with a selection of cereals, cheeses and meats.
The staff were also helpful upon our departure and arranged a taxi to get us to the airport for our flight.
We will certainly use this accomodation again when we return to Prague.
Just read the two reviews on here about the Botel. One is a fair review and it is a cheap and central place to stay in Prague. It's easy to find as it's on the river, near where the buses from the airport drop you off (don't trust any taxis in Prague ever the WILL rip you off!).
Great location and it is cheap after alll....
We stayed here at New Year and chose the Albatros for its central location and budget price. In this respect we got what we paid for. The room and ensuite shower were small but adequate. There was a TV in the room. Standards of cleanliness were acceptable, but the whole place was a bit tatty.
Breakfast was fairly average and the reception staff were heroically unhelpful and surly. Anyway, we didn't care because Prague was lovely and our accommodation cost about half of what we were quoted elsewhere. We had a fantastic time and I wouldn't mind staying on the Albatros again because it was so conveniently situated and it certainly didn't break the bank.
This lodging is an absolute dump. Granted, it is relatively cheap accomodation, but it is dirty, smells bad, is cramped, and the service is horrific. The bathroom is so tiny with a stand up shower that you literally have to climb over the toilet to get out of the shower.The biggest issue was upon our arrival, we had clearly booked the room ahead of time through hotels and had a receipt showing a zero balance (hotels won't book unless paid in full) The receptionist claimed that they had been using hotels for over a year and it was never paid in full and she didn't believe our receipt and that we had to pay for the room and sort it out ourselves with hotels. At this point I knew we were being scammed b/c after enough arguing, she gave us the room key and said she had to call her manager and would "get back to us." Well, two days later into our stay...no one had kicked us out, and we hadn't heard anything. I then approached her at the desk and asked if she got herself sorted out. She was clearly embarassed, and very well should have been for the way she treated us. It was quite obvious that they try and do this to guests in hopes that they will pay twice.I would never stay there again.