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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard Prague Flora
This was my second stay at this hotel. The first was with my husband and son last August.
This time I went with a friend for a quick visit to show her the sights of Prague which we had enjoyed the previous summer.
I stayed here as for two women travelling alone, feeling safe is important. The metro is only about 50 yards from the front door of the hotel and in a safe district.
The hotel is very clean and has good facilities,coffee maker in room etc. I had booked this hotel through an on line agent and got a deal which included breakfast for £57pn, which I felt was a good deal.
Getting into the center is no problem at only 14kc and to the airport via metro/bus 20kc. Unless you have loads of cases there is no need to get a taxi.
I would recommend this hotel for anyone.
Fantastic value for money!
My girl-friend and I stayed here on a promo rate for about 70 EUR a night including breakfast. For our money we got a fairly big and well designed room in a crisp new hotel, extremely motivated and friendly young staff that catered to our every need, and a very good, fresh breakfast.
Of course this is a business hotel and not a five star palace. So you don't get all the pampering you can expect from a 200 EUR hotel. But we were served in a friendly and efficient manor and always felt treated as valued customers.
The room, as I said before, was nice, too. With coffee making facilities and a very comfortable bed - I like harder beds mind you. It also had an empty mini bar fridge, which I thought is a fantastic idea. You can fill it up with your supplies from the super market literally across the street from the hotel.
We also liked the area which gives you an inkling what actually living in Prague might be like. There is a big and very beautiful park-like cemetary nearby. But you still have easy access to the old town which is only a five minute subway ride or a ten minute tram ride away.
Thumps up, Flora!
No surprises - but Great Hotel
A new hotel which is 200m from the Flora Metro Station and next to Mall where there are plenty of coffee shops and a few restaurants if you want to eat close to the hotel.
Probably the cleanest Marriott I've ever stayed in
Great location, great value, great stay
I am rewriting this as the Trip Advisor process deleted my first attempt so this will be brief. We stayed at the Hotel October 25-29, 2006 on reward points. Since we are Marriott Platinum a great buffet breakfast was included in our stay. The hotel was directly across the street from a mall with a easy subway and tram connection. The hotel and mall are new with everything you could want. This was my wife and my first visit to Prague and the hotel with easy connection to Public transport was great. It was only three subway stops from the Old town and the subway was very easy to use. We heard about pick pockets but never saw anything and took reasonable precautions. The hotel has 6-9 english speaking channels on the the TV and also had a refrigerator in the room. The room and bathroom were large and clean. The staff was very helpful. A great visit at the best Courtyard that I have ever stayed at.
I have just returned from a weekend at the Courtyard Prague Flora hotel, and I have nothing but good things to say about the hotel and staff.
As many previous reviewers have commented, this is a new hotel - only opened in May 2006. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the overall design of the hotel is modern and pleasing to the eye. In my opinion the hotel is superior to some full-scale Marriott hotels that I've stayed at in the past, and at a fraction of the cost!
The hotel location couldn't be better - Flora metro station is less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel, and is only 3 stops (<10 mins) away from the city centre. The metro station is attached to the Palac Flora shopping mall which opens late every evening and has just about anything you might need.
The hotel provides a good breakfast buffet, and what distinguishes it from many hotels is that you can choose from three rates: continental breakfast, healthy breakfast or full buffet, ranging from 295czk to 495czk. You must try the waffles as they're simply mouthwatering! If this is too rich for your budget then there are plenty of alternatives in the Palac Flora shopping centre across the street.
Overall I would highly recommend this hotel. I will definitely be staying there the next time I'm in Prague.
We were three couples staying at the Courtyard this september and I really didn't expect what I saw. I've stayed at Courtyards before but this is really the best! It just opened this may and it's super modern and comfortable. I chose this hotel because I read the first review here on tripadvisor of a lady that said that the location is not a problem and spoke very well of the hotel. Ok. She was so right!!! I thank her so much. It was a wonderful experience!
Even though the hotel is not centric (but not in a dangerous zone), you have the metro stop just at the corner and in 5 minutes you are in the middle of everything. The room has an empty fridge for your use (not those you can't touch a bottle because they charge you) and an electric kettle for coffe, and because there is a shopping center in front of the hotel with a supermarket, you can buy everything for breakfast...we really think that 23 euros for the breakfast buffet was too expensive and enjoyed very much saving that money. I definitely, but definitely recommend this hotel to everybody. We stayed at the hotel with Marriott Rewards Points.
Courtyard Marriott Prague is a newly built hotel nicely located 3/ or 4 metro stops from the city center.
We arrived at the hotel very early in the morning and after a speedy check-in by a polite staff member we were informed that our room would be available at 12.00.
During this waiting period we decided to visit the Flora Palac mall which is located across the street. The mall offers very limited choice of quality goods, a couple of good cafes and a typical food court where you can have lunch or dinner at places like KFC,MacDonalds,Nordsee(fish and chips), and other average, but very cheap fast foods joints,offering a wide range of chinese food ,thai-spice,pizza,gyros etc.
The Flora metro stop is located beneath the main gate of the mall and from there you can be in center of Prague in 5 minutes.
A smart alternative to the gloomy Prague metro is to take the tram.
The tram stop is across the main gate of Flora Palac and downtown direction is on your right hand, tram line # 5-11 & 26.
There is nothing exciting around the hotel neighborhood.
For those of you who have not experienced Eastern Europe before the fall of the Iron curtain, you can come close, by taking a stroll around the hotel and into dim-lit streets with uninspiring window shops and a few small pubs where the locals gather.
Back to hotel itself the main clientele consists of typical groups of Japanese, Spaniards, Italians, Greeks and few Americans.
The small lobby is close to the typical and expensive restaurant and bar.For your convinience there is a mini-market next to the bar but with prices slightly higher that the super-market across the Flora mall.
The superior room is very clean and large indeed with basic bathroom amenities but few towels.
In the room there is a sofa too.
Breakfast was adequate but nothing exciting.
At the Courtyard Marriott Prague you can get value for money rate for standard accomodation and this is music to the ears of budget travellers in city where downtown hotels charge much for a lot less.
Nice, new hotel
I stayed at this hotel for 48 hours while visiting Prague by myself. It is not in any of the tourist areas but very accessible by metro. The Flora stop is right across the street. For a woman traveling alone, I felt very safe since the stop is so close and it is also inside the mall. I only ate breakfast at the hotel but it was very expensive. If you are looking to save, try some of the food places inside the mall across the street. The room is pretty large for European standards. The bed was very comfortable and as it is a new hotel, it is very clean! The staff was very nice -- they helped me book a tour, gave tips on metro cards, etc.
New hotel with same old Marriott Courtyard look and feel
Having spent the better part of the last few years staying at Marriott hotels on a weekly basis, the new Flora Courtyard provides little in the way of surprises, good or bad. It continues the Marriott Courtyard tradition of catering to business travelers, with rooms designed for efficiency at the expense of individuality, sincere if somewhat clumsy service, and an inconsistent kitchen producing food that ranges from good to disastorous, and is uniformly overpriced.
The location is moderately suburban, in the quiet but growing Flora district. Across the street is a multi-story mall, also fairly new, containing most of the mid-level types of clothing and food chain outlets you'll find in any other mall around the world. It's a quick metro ride on the green line to the central district of the city, but tourists seeking a Prague experience will likely be disappointed by the remoteness of the location and blandness of the nearby surroundings. Business travelers will probably like it just fine.
Rooms are reasonably sized, and beds and bedding are quite comfortable. If you've stayed in a Marriott Courtyard anywhere in the world, this one is just like every other recently constructed or refurbished facility, a bewildering or reassuring reminder of globalization, depending on ones point of view.
The restaurant must be given credit for trying to put on a good show. As with many Marriott eateries, the execution is somewhat ham-fisted, with few subtleties and an excess of heavy sauces. The chicken in my pasta was quite good and cooked properly, but this was lost in the otherwise generic dish. Breakfast the next morning was another matter, with scrambled eggs containing one or more mystery ingredients that were some of the worst I've ever tasted in my life. Dinner for two ran approximately $65, which seemed pricey for the quality of food, but was a positive bargain compared with the $33 for the pedestrian breakfast buffet.
Service is attentive but inexperienced. They were extremely helpful in giving tips on taking the public metro/bus alternative to get to the airport, which at $1.00 was an easy and inexpensive alternative to the various shuttle and cab options (and helped offset the damage to our wallets from the dining room fleecing).
This hotel works well for business travelers who want the surprise-free Marriott experience, or for budget travelers who don't mind the out of the way location. For leisure travelers with moderate or better means, I'd suggest one of the central hotels for a better Prague visit.
Courtyard - Prague Flora
My husband and I just returned from a long-weekend trip to Prague and decided to stay in the brand-new Courtyard Prague-Flora Hotel. Overall, this hotel was was very nice. I have made a few individual comments below.
The hotel is not is the Centrum area. It is a more residential or business area and is a little quieter. Don't let this dissuade you... one the best features of the mall is that it is situated directly across from the Palace Flora mall and the Flora metro station. The 3+ story mall is open 7 days a week and houses a grocery store, a drug store, a pharmacy + the normal mall-type stores.
Accessibility to local transport:
The Flora stop is on the Green metro line (or line A) and is only 3-5 stops to the downtown tourist district - depending on where you are going. The National Museum is 3 stops, the square is 4 stops, and the bridge is 5 stops.
There are also tram lines and bus stops in front of the mall, but since we didn't use these, you'll have to wait for another travelor's feedback on their usefulness.
The restaurant is cozy and well staffed. We ate both breakfast and dinner at the restaurant.
The breakfast was very diverse; a little something for all tastes (cereals, breads, pastries, eggs, breakfast meats, french toast, asian varieties, etc). I would send one word of caution... unless your hotel rate includes breakfast or you have Marriott seniority, I would suggest not eating your breakfast at the hotel. It is very, very expensive. The cost for a hot breakfast (around Kc500) was higher than a full course dinner in the tourist district downtown.
The dinner was terrific and better priced. Dinners are served with a bread basket that is phenomenal! The menu is not large, but it is diverse enough to fit various meal preferences and appetite sizes.
The rooms were very nice; in fact, they were nicer than many of the full service Marriotts that I have visited over the last couple of years. The rooms we stayed in had the normal hotel things, plus a safe and refigerator. I only had two small beefs with the room itself... first, the only mirrors were in the bathroom and second, there are no electric outlets in the bathroom (except the razor outlet). For those of us that use electric gadgets (curling iron, etc) when getting ready, this was a nuisance. Plus, the nearest outlet was in the hallway and too far for the cord to reach. And due to no mirrors in the hallway, one couldn't see what one was doing!
It was very obvious that the hotel has "arrangements" with local eateries, etc. We asked for a dinner recommendation and were suggested to go to a place not too far away. When we inquired about other options, we were told that we should just go to this place because the hotel had a special relationship with it.
What was funny is that the place turned out to be a pub and when we presented our very official looking Courtyard referral card to the host, he seated us and immediately balled up the referral card and tossed it in the trash.
Transportation (by taxi):
The hotel has some very nice black transport cars available almost all of the time; however, they are expensive. We took an airport cab to the hotel and even after getting lost a little (since the hotel was new, the driver didn't know exactly where it was) and taking a slight detour, the fare was only around Kc500. When we took the hotel transit cars, there was no cab meter and it was a flat rate of Kc 790. There is a cab line next to the Mall (across the street), and I would suggest using these if you need a ride.