Travel Blogs from Prague
We got a bit of a sleep in today, then went for a walk into town to the Wenceslas Square, where we retraced our steps from the other day to find the vegetarian restaurant we had passed the other day. We found it without too much trouble and went inside. It was a buffet style, that goes by weight, so we just got one plate to share, because we didn't know how much it was going to cost us! We shared our plate of food, which was pretty nice, but nowhere near as good as our other ...
... 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 ...
... rejuvenating ourselves, we decided to climb the Petrin lookout tower that is 62 metres tall and looks like the Eiffel tower but is actually taller, with the little help of a hill. It was built in 1891 for the Prague exposition. We climbed the 291 steps to the top and snapped some pictures of the view.
We stayed at Obrany Heights apartment that was located a little outside of Prague central town. It was within 20 min walking distance and situated on the train ...
... It was very tasty. Then we walked back to the clock to see the clock show on the hour from the outside. It was a bit more exciting than watching it from the inside.
The afternoon was used to rest and catch up on housework (read as blog and washing). Our last meal in Czech was probably the best. It was just a casual pub meal near to our accomm’s where Evan had duck with dumplings and I had lamb with dumplings (getting sick of dumplings by now). We enjoyed ...
... emergency. Germany also has the highest number of (costly) American bases outside America, which America wants to reduce but the Germans are protesting since the Americans are such good business for them. We crossed the border to the Czech republic with no problem like most of the countries before it, because they are all part of the Schengen Agreement, which allows people to cross freely between the borders of the countries who signed it. It makes life a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Duo Prague
Rooms are basic,clean and small. Breakfast is wonderful. Only cable internet in the rooms. Wifi in the lobby. About 6 subway stops from the city and limited restaurants locally although there is a great pasta , pizza spot about half a mile away.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Duo Prague
Great hotel, great price
Stayed in Hotel Duo off-peak in January 2005 at a great price of around £25 per night for the room with Superbreak. It is rated at 4* for its amenities, but the rooms are clean but basic, more like what you'd expect of 3*.
Nevertheless, The staff were helpful, the Czech restaurant in the hotel was great, and breakfast buffet excellent with a huge range of options.
The hotel operates a very efficient free minibus service every 15 minutes to the Ladvi metro station, and we found it to be no problem. It's a good idea to arrange the hotel bus from the airport to save hassle and money. I would highly recommend this hotel if you want to see fabulous Prague without spending a fortune.
Had agreat time in Prague,the hotel was exceptionally clean ,fresh towels every day.Good food,excellent hot and cold buffet breakfast,so much choice.Prague centre easy to reach via hotel curtesy bus or local bus and metro,the transport system is fantastic,and will only get better for duo guests when the new metro is opened across the rosd from the hotel.Although situated in a big housing/commercial area the hotel was very quiet and peaceful no traffic noise.We shall return to Prague and hopefully the Hotel Duo.
We had a short weekend break at this hotel. On the plus side, it has good amenities, with a good pool and sauna, although at an extra cost. Breakfasts are generous with a good choice, and the bar is quite comfortable. It's main downside is the distance from the city centre, although the transport system is good - it just takes time. The shuttle bus to the Metro is quite efficient, but usually only at peak times. When the Metro extension is finished, it will be much more convenient as it seems to be going past the front of the hotel. On a word of warning, the Metro is rife with thieves, watch out for the main interchanges in the centre. They operate in teams, surrounding you and jostle around, getting into your bags and pockets. It happened to us 3 times, and I am now minus one digital camera. The police are totally disinterested, and the locals just shrug as they see it happening - what do they care about us tourists. But Prague sure is a lovely city.
I have just returned from a great weekend in a really beautiful city. Having read some of the more negative reviews of the Hotel Duo I was a little apprehensive as I arrived following a 30 minute taxi ride from the airport. The taxi price was agreed beforehand and cost 800 crowns. If we had emailed the hotel before departure, we could have booked the hotel taxi to meet us and it would have cost 600 crowns (a lesson to be learnt!) The hotel is large and was absolutely full of guests. We had a good sized room with mini bar and TV and it was really clean! Breakfast was good with a great selection of fruit, cereal, cooked food, bread, yoghurt, salamis and cheese. The hotel has a leisure complex, lots of shops, a casino and efficient (though in our experience a little sullen!) staff. Although the hotel is located outside the city centre, the hotel taxi costs 350 crowns or there is a free shuttle bus every 15 mins that takes you to the metro. The metro is cheap and efficient and we used it all the time. I am sure you will enjoy your stay at the Duo.
The 6 of us (3 married couples) trekked off to our first taste of Prague and the hotel Duo. Having read the reviews prior to leaving it was with some trepidation that I led our group of 5 other 40 somethings off to Prague. We were met at the airport as arranged via the hotel by a mini bus which whisked us to the hotel, cost was 1100 crowns which for 6 bods and luggage was a bargain. At the hotel we were met at reception by the smiling head man who booked us straight in to our rooms (it was about 11.10am) so I was suprised at that as in the UK you,d be sent away until 3pm!!. The rooms are simple but the accommodation was immaculate with excellent bathroom facilities. The bars and facilities were all we expected and the staff were A1. We didnt spend too much time in the hotel as we were there to see Prague, what a city FANTASTIC, great restaurants beautiful architechture. Beer cheap as chips and the chips are even cheaper. There were reports in the reviews that there were prosstitutes hanging about the hotel but no matter how hard we three chaps tried we couldnt find one!!!. Security was evident. No complaints at all about this hotel and we are all seasoned travellers. A free mini bus shuttles you to the Metro for the main town. The evenings on our return were spent in the very comfortable lounge area having a drink and watching the people come and go . All in all a very enjoyable experience which we will repeat at the Duo. Do your homework and you wont be dissapointed.
I was rather disappointed about this hotel. The closest metro station is still too far walking. (Prague is extending the metro and building a station close to the hotel, but that is probably finished medio 2005). You need to pay 150 CZK for the (guarded) parking lot. There was no breakfast included in the price that was not even that cheap. The rooms were clean though. The hotel is easy to find and accesible by car. I wouldn't quickly return to this hotel.
Quite good but.....
My problem was that in the room (room 371) they only had twin beds pushed together and a double quilt put over the top (to make you to think it was a large bed). When I phoned reception, they said they didn't have any double beds at all in the hotel! Like they didn't exsist. What lies. I asked again face to face with another person (possibly manager) and he said that they are only for honeymooners. Yeah whatever. Maybe it was because me and my partner had different surnames or maybe it was because we booked through hotels and only paid a very cheap £41/night. Also, I don't think the cleaners work in the rooms in the afternoon even if you hang a sign off your door. Otherwise, the hotel was very good.
ARRIVAL-On landing at Prague airport it was about a 35 Min's taxi ride to the Hotel Duo. The hotel is in Praha 9, which is a long way from Praha 1 (the town centre). THE HOTEL-Very large and busy.There are prostitutes that hang out in the reception lounge waiting for your trade, not really what you expect on arrival to a 4 star hotel (There are plenty other places to go in Prague if you fancy something erotic).The room we had was equip with a T.V. en-suite bathroom and was clean.Our view out of the window was straight onto the car park!! Praha 9 landscape isn't pretty, lots of ugly looking flats. It's very very limiting of where to go locally if you fancy change at night.We found an Italian Restaurant over the road (about 400metres away) which was Good.No other bars or anything. You have to pay to use the swimming pool as it is not part of the hotel but part of the leisure centre under the hotel. FOOD IN THE HOTEL-There are 3 restaurants but we didn't get a chance to try all of them.You can get served with food until 1 a.m. reasonably priced too.Be aware of a dish called Tiddler's it looks like whitebait when served, but tastes nothing like it's Terrible.I tried a pike-perch dish from the menu, this was O.K.
On landing at Prague airport it was about a 45 mins very fast taxi drive to the Hotel Duo. The hotel is in Praha 9, which is quite a way out from Praha 1 (the town centre). The hotel is very large and bustling, a bit like a Premier Lodge. The room we had was great, had a fridge, hairdryer in the bathroom and was very clean. The hotel has a few restuarants which we didn't get a chance to try, plus a casino which was over-run with school children most nights! Breakfast was fantastic, with everything available from traditional cereal, to cooked breakfast, cheese & salami's, plus cake & fruit! Our view out of the window looked like a German concentration camp!! Praha 9 landscape isn't pretty, lots of flats with washing hanging out on the balconies. You can get into Prague town centre quite easily on the 187 bus outside the hotel & then the Metro C line into Prague. It can be tempting to not buy a travel ticket as no-one seems to check, but please do as a group who was there the same time as us did end up getting fined about ?8.50 each! It takes about 20-25mins in the daytime to get into town, slightly longer at night. Best to stay out all day, drink beer & roll back to the hotel to the on-site bowling alley where the pints were about 40p each!! A great cheap place to stay but a little too far away from the beauty of Prague!