Golden Well (U Zlate Studne)
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We arrived in Prague around 11 AM (Thursday, Sept. 12) and found mom wandering around the hotel while the desk clerk was showing us around. The three of us left for a nice, short walk over to Letna Park, where we could sit at a nice little restaurant on the hill overlooking the city and have a glass of wine. We then headed over to the beer garden …
... were magnificent and received appropriate standing ovationsl
The next morning we got up early and moved our luggage to the Corinthia Hotel which was a move from a one star to a five star. It was quite a beautiful high rise hotel with the latest accommodations, however, Sheila and I enjoyed the quaintness of the Hastal. We met with our tour leader Tom and got on board another bus for a tour ...
... this tight little block in front of the clock. We fought our way through, carefully making sure we didn't get lost and found the guide.
Our guide was great. He gave us the run down on Prague's history and pointed out the main sights in the central square (lopsided church, astronomical clock). He gave everyone loads of pointers about not getting ripped off, especially by money changers (don't know why people don't just use ATMs) and also stories about people offering to ...
... the family. We skype Sharni and the kids for an hour, then Bradden's parents for an hour then my mum. This causes us to lose half the day, again. Oops! We get ready and head out. We decide to not plan much because we are going on the pub crawl tonight. We look in a few shops and make our way to where we book the pub crawl tickets. We meet the guy and he takes us to the office to buy our tickets and collect our tshirts. It's late in the arvo now so we decide to go back to the room ...
... Yes a morbid choice, but we were hitting the unusual museums and Max suggested it and I eagerly agreed!) it was very interesting and informative! I enjoyed it. We then met with our most of the group at Charles Bridge to go get some drinks and dinner. The first place we stopped at was a bit difficult as the waiter didn't seem to want to help us, which is apparently common here according to our guide. So we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Golden Well (U Zlate Studne) Prague
A couple of recent reviews of this hotel read more like the work of an over-eager hotel p.r. person than that of a recent hotel guest but I have no quibble with any of the content. I stayed here for 3 nights in mid-September in a jr. suite on the 3rd floor with a tremendous view and thoroughly enjoyed it. The location is superb because it's close to the castle and the Charles Bridge but away from the direct footpath of the masses of tourists. The room was of nice size with hardwood floors and a fantastic whirlpool tub. Breakfast was nice though not elaborate.
To mention a couple of other points regarding location, this hotel is very convenient to both the subway and the metro should you want to access any areas of the city not easily accessible by foot (the zoo, Vinohrady, train station). This hotel is also equidistant to the Charles Bridge and another bridge leading to the stunning philharmonic facility and the historic jewish quarters.
I really enjoyed the small size and coziness of this hotel. I suppose the downside to the size is that there isn't always a staff person around when you want one. Indeed, one evening the only staff person on duty was finally located sitting on the terrace watching a fireworks display. That hardly spoiled my stay though.
I would recommend this hotel for couples or for business. (Wireless internet access is included.)
The Hotel with the view
An incredible location, unbeatable view over Prague .
Definitely the closest hotel to the Castle.
Very centrally located, you can reach a lot of sight venues walking.
The hotel is not too large, very charming and romantic. Nestled between the gardens of the castle, its rooms overlook what Prague has best to offer as a view.
Rooms are not overdone, pleasantly furnished wit taste; just what it takes to combine luxury with local, elegant atmosphere.
Restaurant offers, here again, a breathtaking view over the historic part of Prague.
The hotel staff is very helpful, courteous and friendly.
U Zlate Studne is without a doubt a hotel to keep seriously in mind when going to Prague.
Excellence in all categories
A superlative staff. An incredible location. A great restaurant.
Nothing else to say but "Bravo".
A very welcoming and comfortable hotel
A relaxed, friendly but professional welcome, wonderful views over the city. A quiet comfortable oasis within easy walking distance from all the key tourist sites but away from the trourist bustle of the city. Strongly recommended.
A crowned jewel in Prague
My husband and I were looking for a smallish hotel with local charm which also provided updated amenities. Additionally we wanted to be within walking distance of the sights. U Zlate Studne seemed to fit the bill from all the internet research I was able to uncover, particularly from the previous reviewers. All of our wishes were satisfied and so much more. The hotel is tucked down a tiny alleyway and is not viewable until you happen upon its front door. Once you see the welcoming entrance you know you have come upon a special place. From the moment we were greeted at the front desk we knew we were in good hands. The staff was cheerful and helpful. No request was too much for them to handle. I would highly recommend the junior suite which offers the most magnificent view of the entire city. The rooms are very nicely appointed and scrupulously clean. The bathrooms are ultra modern and even offer whirlpool baths which are quite enjoyable after a long day of walking around the cobblestone streets. Breakfasts are included in the price and the buffet is more than admirable. Eggs may also be cooked to order. There is a beautiful terrace restaurant for dinner that is expensive but quite good. We did actually have better meals elsewhere, but the view is incomparable. We particularly loved the location of this hotel. It is literally steps away from Prague Castle. The Mala Strana neighborhood is peaceful and lovely. Every place you want to visit in Prague is within walking distance, including the Charles Bridge, the Jewish Ghetto, Old Town and New Town. My best advise in this beautiful old city is to enhance your exprience with a hotel like this. DO NOT stay at an American chain! You will be missing so much of what makes this city what it is all about.
Fabulous City of Spires Views
This small hotel, converted from the one time home of the astronomer/scientist Tycho, is nestled between Prague Castle and the Castle gardens, just an easy 10 minute walk to the Bridge. Recent renovations have brought modern conveniences that elevate this hotel to one of the best I have stayed in. The windows in our room provided almost 180 degree views of the incredible historical district of Prague and you could truely see why the city is called the City of Spires. The staff was professional, pleasant, and courteous; always empowered to provide the best of service with the least hassle. The rooftop restaurant was a bit pricey, but the quality of the food was top notch, varied dishes with an excellent selection of local wines. In keeping with the rest of the staff, the wait staff were helpful and attentive without hovering. I would also recommend having the hotel set up a walking tour...our package included this and we were thrilled to see some of the less popular areas.
A gem of a hotel
We stayed at U Zlate Studne for 4 nights and enjoyed it very much. Although you can reach many of the most important toursit sites in Prague on foot from the hotel, or via subway or tram stops within 5 minutes' walk, U Zlate Studne is in a very quiet and elegant location (embassies and gevernment buildings nearby; also quite close to good restaurants). As previous reviewers have noted, the view from the restaurant and terrace is spectacular. You can also get a great view from some (but not all) of the rooms. The hotel is directly under Prague Castle and you can get there by taking a path from the hotel terrace.
The hotel is not elaborate or fussy; if anything it is understated. Our room was very quiet, very spacious for a European hotel and tastefully decorated (a bit more desk space would have been helpful). We especially appreciated WIFI access in the rooms (there is also a computer with Internet access in the lobby) and the jacuzzi was a real bonus. Breakfast, which was included in the rate, was very satisfactory -- although the prepared buffet was not as elaborate as at some hotels, the wait staff was eager to please and brought us eggs cooked as requested. Although not overly friendly, the individuals at the front desk were very polite and helpful when asked. Overall, a very fine hotel and we readily recommend it.
We wanted to stay in a small hotel with atmosphere, and we picked the perfect place. Just walking up to the hotel from the quaint street, you know it's going to be a special place. It's a romantic hotel with wonderful views of the city (especially from the restaurant), and the hotel itself is literally steps away from the castle (you walk up a few steps, and you're there). I would highly recommend this hotel, and would definitely go back.
From the Terrace
U Zlate Studne, a small hotel at the end of a narrow street backed up to Prague Castle, is a fine place to rest and recover from Prague's hectic tourist scene. The restaurant has wonderful food and a terrace view that can't be equaled in Prague. While we were staying there the prime minsters of the Czech Republic and Greece had lunch on the hotel terrace. We had two wonderful dinners out on the terrace where the city is spread out below. Try the cucumber soup and sea bass with fennel. Our room had modern decor in an old building with a small window over looking the city and a large window looking into a courtyard. After trudging over the cobblestones and up and down hills, we recovered in the jacuzzi in our bathroom. We loved this hotel. Very nice and helpful staff. Oh did I mention we also had a fine breakfast out on the terrace.
We recently had a 2 night stay in the U Zlate Studne hotel that was in the castle district (Mala Strana). This 20 room hotel is located RIGHT next to the castle wall, the gardens are literally located next to the hotel coming down from the castle. We ended up at this hotel b/c their 'sister hotel' Hotel Sax was overbooked. That was a blessing in disguise.
The room was very pleasantly furnished, w/ a heated floor in the bathroom and a wonderful view of the city from our window. We ate breakfast every morning in their restaurant located at the top of the hotel, again w/ a full view of Prague. The staff was very accomodating and friendly. Internet access was free to guests. They also had their driver take us to the train station for a reasonable fee.
The hotel is located up a slight hill (down a narrow cobblestone street all by itself at the very end), so if you're not a walker, it may not appeal to you. It's a bit more pricey than the average hotel, but we thought it was really worth the extra cost. We would highly recommend this hotel if you're looking for a more up-scale yet charming place to stay. Can't say enough about it....