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It was a nice quiet ride from Germany into the Czech Republic. The train even followed a river for most of the journey in the Czech Repubic to Praha (Prague). The train stopped at Nadrazi Holesovice and the announcement said that the train will not be stopping at Hlavni Nadrazi. I was not sure where we were and I knew was that I was supposed to …
The bus ride to the race site did not leave until 10:30am and I thought I could sleep in a bit. No such luck, our heroine had to get ready and we ended up going for breakfast around 8:30am. Not too bad a breakfast, cold cuts, cheese, tomatoes, beans, wieners, hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, bread, cereal, croissants and juice or coffee/tea. I …
The Premiere Men's team had an early start but luckily I got to leave at 10:30am! I was able to get a bus ticket but once again wondered if I was going to have problems getting into the race site. But like last time, I just walked in as the girl at the entrance did not seem too concerned as we got off the bus. The final day of racing and the …
I was awoken to some rumbling noises. What the heck was that noise and what time is it?!? I was told that it was 5am by our heroine, who was busy looking for her race pass. Why was she doing this now??? Why she could not do this at another time or in the sectioned off foyer, I just don't know! But wake me up she did!!! She finally gave up her …
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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.
Hotel OK, shame about the location
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.
Just like home
Hotel Duo, Prague.
With architectural features strongly reminiscent of urban 1960s high-rise 'brutalism' overlain with unremittingly, cold-war utilitarianism, the Hotel Duo is best appreciated from a single perspective: namely, from over one's shoulder.
This is not an expensive place to stay, and for those whose principal objective in visiting Prague is to over-indulge on the city's famous brews, then it has to be allowed the Duo is a better place to lay one's intoxicated head than say, in the doorway of some street in a less salubrious part of town. On reflection though, you might actually get a better night's sleep with the latter option, as the Duo is little more than a 24-7 international transit camp where, it seems, very few customers - either arriving or departing, particularly in the small hours - seem able to converse in its echoing corridors in volumes of less than 120 decibels, other that is, save our German cousins, whose unmatched 180 dbs could even make aspiring town criers weep with envy. (And here I must especially thank Gunter and Wolfgang from Heidelberg, whose illuminating exchange of Teutonic epithets at 3am one night during our stay did much to broaden my grasp of conversational Deutsch.).
There's not much I can say about the food in the hotel's Galerie restaurant, though I'm sure Gordon Ramsey might have a word for it. In truth, it's edible and filling and, in some instances, actually quite palatable - although identifying some of the cuts of meat on offer could present a real challenge to those whose name doesn't happen to be Tarzan.
On the plus side: the lounge and bar area is comfortably furnished; there's a good swimming pool, bowling bar, fitness centre, internet café and a free hotel shuttle bus to and from the local metro station.
On the minus side: the views from the hotel are uniformly depressing; the beds feel as though they are hewn from local stone; the rooms are decorated and furnished in a style hovering somewhere between Lubyanka and San Quentin, and the staff are all graduates of the Joseph Stalin Charm School.
But then, you're only here for the beer, aren't you?
(English Mick, December 2004)
A very pleasant stay
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.
What a weekend
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.
Breakfast was good, with everything available from traditional cereal, to cooked breakfast, cheese & salami's, plus cake & fruit! LAGER IN THE HOTEL- 95p in the main reception lounge-open until 2 a.m.
40p in the bowling alley-open until 11 p.m.
30p in the pool room-open until 5 a.m. (this can be found just off the bowling alley and must not be mistaken with the pool table that is in the casino) They just rip you off in the casino for drinks so steer clear or stay lucky if betting. A cheap place to stay but you are a long way from the centre of Prague. GETTING TO TOWN-You can get into Prague town centre by taxi for about 7.00 pounds it takes about 15 Min's if you are not in the rush hour traffic.Watch out as one tried to charge us 20.00 pounds back from the town centre. FINAL-A cheap place to stay but you are a long way from the centre of Prague. MY TIP-Stay out all day in the town,see all the beauty that Prague has to offer.Drink the bear in the great bars,eat yourself stupid (as the food is not at all as bad as people say) then come back and drink even more Lager at 30p a pint in the pool room. "CHEAP AS CHIPS" as Mr Dickinson would say!
GREAT CHEAP HOTEL!
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!