Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town
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... years old. It was clearly the oldest thing we've seen thus far. From the Kinsky we popped over into the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn which was started in 1365. Unfortunately mass was about to start so we ran through it pretty quickly. We quickly popped into St. Nicholas' church across the way where the organist was practicing classical music and we admired the giant chandelier. Before leaving Old Town Square, we also stopped at the famous astronomical clock which ...
... boy and wanted to party with us. He cackled as he told us about the 'Czech surprise', some kind of drug or maybe tourist torture. Eventually realised we'd overstayed our unwelcome and we headed back to the centre.
A local showed us a unique pub concept on Thursday evening. Beer taps at the tables. You do not have to get up at all. Each person has a number so you can keep track of how much you drink. Table tallies displayed on a big screen ensuredres ...
So my final day in Prague, and since I had already covered the major sites, I took today a bit slower and visited so more off the beaten track areas. I started the day in Wenceslas Square, the site where in 1989 the end of Communism was declared. It is fitting that this historical site where capitalism was declared has become a monument to the best and worst of capitalism. There is shop after shop of Western Brand stores ...
... the next day and walked into Pragues old city. It was bursting with tourists (of course) but definately very charming. Prague has a famous old bridge, several old churches and something called the astronomical clock, which is a clock that shows not only the time but the day, year, season, astrological zone and the time untill the prime ministers next haircut (OK, I made that last one up). Anyway it was very impressive. We then left the tourists and walked up ...
... at the open green. Can't see the river nor the Castle from there but the shaded green was pleasant enough. The strawberries were so luscious and sweet but the sno glass for the sekt!!!!I we had to drink it from the cap which reminded me of medicine. No glasses that went "ting". Hmm, the picnic in Cambridge beats this hands down....
we took a leisurely walk around the grounds and took lovely pictures. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town
Stayed here with a package from Gate 1 Travel. Very pleasant hotel. The rooms were clean, modern and spacious, the complimentary breakfast was impressive. It is a healthy walk to most of the attractions in the old city, but that wasn't a problem for us. Would stay there again.
Hotel Clarion Prague was great
The Clarion Hotel in Prague was a pleasant surprise. It was even better than it looked online. Conveniently located about a 20 minute walk from Charles Bridge, overlooking the Vlatva River, it was spotlessly clean and the staff was pleasant with decent English. Their driver was waiting for us at the airport (750 crowns - about $30 - for airport ride). Room was large and very comfortable. Bring your own facecloths - none are provided - but I hear that's true of most of Europe. First class restaurant should have been busier, but it was not in the immediate downtown area, so not a lot of walk-by traffic. Breakfast buffet (included w/room) was very good. Had a little trouble with the wireless internet the last day, but they let us use the computer in the lobby. Only a 5 minute walk to the subway. Public transit in Prague is phenomenal - three day pass unlimited subway/bus/tram was about $8.00. Would definitely stay there again.
Just arrived from Prague and staid at Clarion.
Prague is a wonderful city, i loved it !!!!!
The Hotel was good, with not very big, but modern and clean rooms.
The Hotel is not in the central area of the old town, but you can get there by walking about 10-15 minutes.
Breakfast had all the essencials, altough not stunning.
Don´t forget to give a tip to the guy that carryes the luggage, even if he does it for only five meters, or he can be very rude, as it happened to me.
Clean Pleasent Hotel
The hotel is located to the north east of the old town square about 10 min walk.
On arrival reception staff were helpfull and efficent. Room was spacious with large clean bathroom.
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant was good, not british style, but still plenty of choice.
We tried evening dinner in hotel restaurant, we walked in at 630pm, restaurant opens at 6pm, but it was barren, eventually a waiter appeared who was not very helpful. We ordered our food from a pricey menu by Prague standards, and after 45mins wait nothing had appeared and waiter could not be found! We walked out and informed recepition. We left hotel turned right and took first street on our right walked 100m and found a fantastic restaurant with brilliant prices, meal for 3 plus drinks was £16!
The evening meal issue did not spoil our overall impression of this nice hotel, but I would recommend that you avoid the restaurant.
Comfortable but small rooms
Prague: September 27, 2005 Comfortable but small room
Clarion, Hrrrradebni 9, is located within walking distance to most attactions such as Main Square, Charles Bridge, etc. Clean room but very samll. Breakfast is good but not outstanding. Nice lounge in lobby. Did not eat meals at hotel other than breakfast so don't know how good the food is at the resturant. We would stay again.
Great Hotel - Could have been closer to attractions
Just got back from Prague and stayed at the Clarion on the recommendations of this website. The Hotel was excellent, could not fault the rooms and the staff. The only problem we had is that we booked a taxi to pick us from the Airport, via the hotel, and we got charged CK200 more than quoted on the phone - CK1000 in total. We were told by the Hotel that it is CK800 from the Hotel to the Airport but CK1000 from the airport to the Hotel. So if you are booking via the Hotel, make sure they inform you about this extra CK200 charge. TBH I think we were over-charged quite a lot and would, in future, just pick-up a taxi at the airport and agree a price beforehand.
Onto the Hotel location, it was close enough to the sites, around a 10/15 minute walk but could have been closer, bearing in mind Prague is quite a big city with lots to do and see.
I would definitely go back to Prague and indeed stay at the Clarion again.
Clean, modern and close to everything
Quick review...clean and modern rooms, air conditioning, hot shower. Hotel is not fancy by any Western standars, but right up there for Eastern Europe. I did not notice anything wrong with my room. I only slept there, meaning...Prague is such a wonderful place to visit that if you are wasting time in your room shame on you!
My only problem at all in Prague was paying high rates for taxi service, including the driver from the train station wanting 700K (about $28US) for a 5-10 minute ride. The metro is so cheap (less than $1US) for a trip that you are silly not to use it.
Enjoy your trip. Prague is everything you have read about and more. Try to get out to the countryside as well. Driving is reasonably easy, but a little on the pricy side to rent a car. DO NOT drive a rental in from Germany or Austria or the local crime element will have new toy to play with.
Don't underestimate the Clarion
I have just returned from a 3 day / 2 night break in Prague, staying at the Clarion Hotel. I was let down by another on-line booking agent, and was struggling to find accomodation in the centre of Prague.
I was offerred this hotel, and quite frankly I took it because they could supply me with 8 twin rooms for my group of 16, and at short notice
The photographs on their website didn't look that great, but as I said I was desperate and booked it. We arrived at the hotel, and was immediately impressed by the friendly staff.
The hotel was fully renovated in 2004, and one thing that really stood out to me was how spotlessly clean it was. The hotel is NOT decorated in lavish rich colours with gold and marble everywhere, but rather in a more simple way with no fuss. But never the less impressive.
Our room was of average size, with comfortable beds, TV, free safe, trouser press, mini bar etc. etc........The bathroom was well equiped with a great power shower. Once again the thing that impressed most was how clean and fresh it all was.
The hotel has a nice lobby bar, and a restaurant which we only used for breakfast. The food was very nice and service friendly.The location is great for walking to the nearby attractions, weather permitting, with the Old Town Square being about 15 mins - max.
The town is beautiful, and if I can recommend a place to visit, it's the rooftop restaurant at the U PRINCE HOTEL situated on The Old Town Sqaure. It has spectacular views, with food and drink being reasonably priced and of a high standard. It's a great place to relax in the sun with a beer in your hand.
The only thing we had a problem with were the gypsy women and girls coming on to us offering 'certain services'. This only happened after about 2.00am - they are really pickpockets so keep your hand on your wallet and tell them to go away.
I certainly got the impression that Prague is not really for children, there seemed very little for kids to do or to entertain them with, as the city is more geared up for adults.
I had a wonderful time in Prague, and staying at the Clarion made it all the better. I would recommend it.
Loved it !!!
Just back from Prague and have to say WE LOVED IT!!!
We were a bit on the cautious side after reading some reviews about pickpockets, people asking for your passports, money etc to verify them, we did not experience anything like this? Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful.
We got an airport taxi direct from the airport to our hotel for 650kc an arranged cost at the airport before aggreeing to the journey, all above board as it would be at any international airport, the taxi driver was very pleasant and welcomed us to Prague, pointing out places of interest along the way, the journey took approx 20mins.
We stayed at the Clarion Hotel in Praha 1 area (Hradebni) which we could not fault, views of the castle across the river from our hotel room window!
10mins walking distance from Charles bridge, passing the astronomical clock en route, approx 15mins to Wenceslas Sq (If you don't stop off for a hot wine or two on the way!!)
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We visited Red Hot Blues in Jakubska Praha 1, eating in the winter garden area under patio heating listening to live jazz, two meals and drinks approx £500kc (£13).
We also found an excellent Italian just around the corner off of Rybna, just along from 'our local 'Bonanza' 2 for 1 cocktails 3-6pm!!
After crossing the Charles bridge we were in need of a light refreshment, we found a cafe just on the right hand side which comes highly recommended for a snack and a beer/hot wine!
Keep to the quieter streets for cheaper food and drink, beer anything from 35kc upwards.
Lots of places to stop off for drinks, snacks etc.
We'll definately be returning although possibly at a warmer time, very very cold and that was with a sunny clear blue sky!!