Grand Hotel Bohemia
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Today we went on a short orientation city tour to see where everything is. Our guide’s name was Helen, but I nicknamed her Svetlana as she just looked like a Svetlana. She gave the driver her best “Oh Victor, you are very unattractive man” look when he turned the radio on during her spiel. We visited lots of different places, …
Feeling a tad seedy after our Czech beer hall crawl last night so had a sleep in until about 9am then ****** around having breakfast and trying to get the wifi to work on Jeff's laptop (still no success).
Finally left around 1pm and had a browse along some other shopping streets before meeting Amanda at the National Theatre for the …
Awake early but late starting out as messing with blog / Internet / photo editing. Much muttering from Jeff as for once it's his laptop that won't connect to the WiFi yet mine is OK. I shouldn't laugh... hahaha.
Visited the Jewish ghetto museum & cemetery this morning. Extremely moving in the memorial hall with the names of those who …
... we walked up to the metrodome where a gigantic statue of Stalin used to stand back in communist days and walked across to Prague castle which was nice and St Vitius church was impressive. We're glad it was free to wander through though. The next morning we caught a train out to Kutna Hora which is famous for its bone chapel (quite literally a chapel decorated with human bones). We only stayed for about 5 minutes as every man and his dog was in there and ...
This post covers both our second day in Prague and a subject near and dear to all travelers - the loo.
Our second day in Prague:
We hung out this morning as we had a good internet connection and we had a lot of blogging to catch up on. The kids also wanted to get on Facebook and Carson and I wanted to check our email. On one hand, it's been great to be relatively unplugged on this trip but on the other hand it’s been hard to be away ...
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The Grand Hotel Bohemia has a good location - quiet, but only a few minutes walk to Old Town Square. It is also generally a friendly hotel, is relatively clean and has some old school charm to it. However, if thinking about staying here you should be aware that it is nowhere near the 5 stars that is advertised and is not even comparable to many of the true 5 star hotels in Prague. Some of the reviews suggest that it is probably nearer 4 stars than 5. This is a very generous interpretation of the hotel star system to say the least - the hotel is clearly no more than a 3 star hotel. The room that I stayed in was very small and the facilities in it (and the hotel generally) were lacking. The decor was pretty shabby (the curtain fell off when I tried to pull it closed) and the bed was no more than a piece of foam on a hard slab of wood. This is not a bad hotel per se if you are expecting to stay in a 3 star (and the price is pretty reasonable), but you should not think that you are getting a 5 star hotel for a good price or you will, like me, have a fairly rude awakening upon arrival!
Glad I chose the Grand Hotel Bohemia
As a first time visitor to Prague and having read some of the reviews on tripadvisor, I was uncertain whether to book a hotel in the centre or a little further out. I need have had no fears, as I found the centre of the city to be very safe and relatively crime free.
Thanks to reviews on Tripadvisor I chose the Grand Hotel Bohemia as my base and was glad I did. The hotel is located near the Old Square and Wencelas Square, both within a few minutes walk. A metro station is literally on the doorstep so access to all the sights is easy. Service in the hotel was excellent, no sign of the famous Czech surliness here. I arrived very late, due to mechanical problems on the flight, and was relieved to find everything (reservation wise) in order, even though I had only booked through Expedia the night before. Decided to use room service due to the flight delay and found it to be quick and the food was very tasty.
Room was an excellent size with a good seating area. The bed was comfortable and air-conditioning excellent (and quiet, so did not keep me awake at night). The rooms were spotless and the cleaning excellent, as should be expected in a five star. Room security was also A1. Rooms had an electronic card access system and there was a good sized safe in the room. Breakfasts were ample with a reasonable selection, without being outstanding, but the staff were very attentive and special requests were not treated as a problem.
Noted an earlier comment by a reviewer that this hotel was really a four star due to the lack of a gym and pool. This was not a problem for me as I would have been too tired to use them after walking round Prague all day. This hotel ticked all the five star boxes for me and I would happily recommend it to anyone visiting Prague and will certainly use it again on my next visit.
Grland Hotel Bohemis is an excellent choice!
Recently returned fron a 4 night stay at the Grand Hotel Bohemia which was a superb hotel, but a 4 star not a 5 as was advertised. Our room was large, but the "excellent city view" is of roof tops only. The buffet breakfast was delicious, the staff was very helpful. The location couldn't be better. It is a 2 or 3 minutes walk from the Old Town Square and around the corner from the Municipal Building where they hold concerts in the evening. Excellent restaurants in the immediate area.
I made my first trip to Europe alone in October '04 and I was happily surprised to discover this first-rate hotel. All staff spoke English, the breakfasts were wonderful, and the room and hotel were extraordinarily clean. I felt safe and taken care of. Also, the hotel was within close walking distance to the many historic spots in Prague. I will definitely return to this hotel in the future!
Just returned from a three-night stay at the Grand Hotel Bohemia. We got a low rate through a Czech booking office, so we thought getting a smallish room was part of the deal and did not complain. However, the porter, totally unprompted, offered to see if they could move us to a larger room as soon as it became available; sure enough, the next day we were given a large room with separate sitting area and city view. Impeccable bathroom, generous breakfast buffet, friendly and competent staff: ok, ther's no fitness room, but after a full day walking around to take in the wonderful sights we doubt whether your legs will be aching for a treadmill (ours were aching, period). Just a little note: the "double" beds have two separate mattresses placed side by side, which can be awkward on instances. All in all we'd definitely recommend this hotel.
We ended up here as a free upgrade when the hotel we booked hadnt finished decorating. what an upgrade. Fantastic hotel. Quiet and friendly and only a stones throw from the centre of it all. The best weekend away we have ever had. Make room for the breakfast tho....it's a good hearty affair!
Great place to stay
Stayed at the hotel over Christmas 2004 and was very impressed especially with the great location and friendly staff. Room was a good size and the bathroom spotless. Had a problem with the heating in the room and a maintenance man arrives within a few minutes of it being reported to reception, likewise additional pillows were supplied as soon as requested. On arrival we were given a voucher offering 50% off a bill in the hotel restaurant which was a nice touch. The buffet breakfast was excellent with plenty to set you up for a days sightseeing and the times sensible too being available up to 10.30. Would not hesitate to recomment this hotel.
Great hotel - especially service and location
Just finished a 5 day stay at this hotel - agree that it is not quite 5* - enjoyed the service and hospitality. Great location for getting into the heart of Prague. Definately would return when next in the city.
The Grand Hotel Bohemia is terrific
Excellent hotel- I agree with the earlier comments. I changed from a very large 5* hotel which was more like a 3* Holiday Inn in the US- but the place was really shabby and the GHBP is spotless with very helpful multi lingual staff.
Lovely hotel, fantastic location
This is a lovely hotel situated in the heart of the old town. It is literally just next to the old town square and is a 10 minute walk from Charles Bridge. It is also very close to the main shopping street in Prague and to Wencelas Square.
The hotel is a 5* property although in my experience it is more like a good 4* (I only say this as there are no leisure ameneties such as gym, pool etc that one would normally find in a 5* and there is only a small bar). The hotel has a lovely lobby and both the public areas and rooms are spotlessly clean. On arrival, I was given a room that was very small and next to the lift. When I asked to have a room change and advised I would be staying there for 12 nights, I was upgraded (free of charge) to a very large room which had a seperate sitting area and a balcony overlooking the old town. Nice comfrotable bathroom too.
I would wholly recommend this hotel for a memorable stay in one of the best cities in the world.