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Historical Traveler Reviews Ellangowan Ullswater
Nice clean Hotel
We stayed at the Quality Hotel in Prague between 13 and 17 February 2006. We found the rooms to be clean and tidy and with the sheets changed daily. The reception staff were friendly and helpful, especially when we arrived and found we couldn't find the key to the lock on our suitcase! The location of the hotel is slightly away from the centre of Prague but easily accessible by way of tram, with the tram stop being right outside the hotel. The buffet breakfast was nice (even if Lasagne for breakfast is a little strange!) and plentiful.
I would stay here again, for the price that you pay to stay here you don't expect the best but I would say that this hotel is more than adequate.
My wife and I are just back from spending three nights, along with eighteen people in our group. We didn't see a single trace of bedbugs, or anything else of an unsavoury nature. In my opinion, that report about bedbugs was written by a mischief-maker of the highest order. Either that, or he brought them with him from another bed.
The hotel was basic, as already described, with basic food served buffet-style. Apart from that, the staff were friendly and the hotel was clean, tidy, and well-maintained.
A pleasant surprise in Prague
Given both positive and negative comments below, my expectations for this hotel were quite low, and as a result I was pleasantly surprised. Rooms and public areas were spacious and tasteful. Room itself had few amenities. Lack of AC could be an issue in warm weather. Breakfast buffet is bountiful and tasty. Access to center city by tram is simple. Young staff was uniformly pleasant and accomodating.
It is not necessary, by the way to surrender your passport to reception, but you are asked to complete a simple form and provide your passport number. It was my impression that this is a policy in all Prague hotels.
Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel for visits to Prague in cool weather.
Quality leaves at the front desk
It was 40 degrees with no air-conditioning. We tried to draw the drapes across our sun drenched room but they were torn down the middle, so only a piece of it came. Our beds were comfortable but the room was very dusty - obviously the cleaning was selective. We could write our names on the bed side tables. The carpets were awful and need replacing. The bathroom had some clean parts but the top of the shower rail was covered with grime - out of sight, out of mind. The front entrance and desk gives one the impression of a three star hotel but once check has been done, the hotel goes downhill. The sombre hallways reminded us of the communist days. A good coat of paint is needed.
Prague's very own faulty towers!!
OK, so the hotel wasn't all that bad. On first impressions it looked exactly like it did in the photos right down to the room that we were staying in. The problem was when you looked a little closer - the leaking shower, the TV that didn't really work, the bedside light that had at some time been on fire by the looks of it and never been fixed, the lack of alarm clock. The staff were frightening too but that might have been due to the language barrier. We stayed there for 5 nights and I would strongly recommend to anyone thinking of staying for more than 2 nights to think again.
The location is quite far out of the centre but across the road from the hotel is a tram stop. Number 11 will take you to the rear of the national museum at the top of wenslaslas square and if you walk up to the next tram stop number 26 will take you to sparta prague's stadium and also a quick walk away from prague castle. If you catch number 7 or 9 (i can't remember which) outside the hotel it will take you to the nearest underground.
Would advise anyone to save money by buying a ticket from the airport for unlimited bus, tram and underground. These tickets can be bought for 1, 3 or 7 days and we saved a fortune on taxis by getting 7 day passes for £6.25 each. We took bus number 119 right outside the airport which took us to Dejvicka metro station. From there you can get anywhere in the city on the underground - just pick the nearest metro station to where you want to go. The nearest for the Quality Hotel is Strasnicka.
We found all this transport information out by trial and error so I thought it best to pass on my travel knowledge to others so they don't make the same mistakes. Prague is a beatiful city and seeing it by tram is quite fun.
A pleasant Stay
We stayed at this hotel for three nights and were a little nervous after reading some of the reviews. We were pleasantly surprised. Location wise its in a quiet part of prague. A previous reveiwer wasnt too sure where to walk from the strasnicka station, so here is a few tips. Outside and at the back of the station building is the small ticket window to buy your 3 day prague bus, subway and tram pass. the tram stop is right there and tram 7 will take you to the door of the hotel. (stop called serenitie ...or similar..sorry for spelling) tram 11 will take you into town and back from the hotel.
Hotel is simple, breakfast is simple, but its a great place to enjoy your trip to prague.
ps.. do the walking tour!
We stayed at the Quality Hotel for three nights, from January 6-January 9, 2005. Although the basic room and complimentary breakfast were adequate, our room and beds had bedbugs, and we were literally covered with hundreds of itchy bites by the last day of our vacation. We initially thought it was some kind of contact dermatitis or allergic reaction, but on the morning of our last day found four live blood-filled bedbugs in our beds. We had wondered why the sheets had been speckled with old blood stains, and now we knew! We captured three of the bugs and brought them to the hotel desk staff, who proceeded to call the manager. I showed them my welt-covered back and neck, with over a hundred bites on them, and all they could muster was a lame apology and said that it had never happened before. I thought this was hard to believe, given the old blood stains on the sheets, but the manager did not offer any kind of refund or compensation, and merely apologized when we asked what he was going to do about it. We hope to get some kind of refund via our travel agent, but I'm not holding my breath. It is true that the metro and tram are close to the hotel, but there are other comparably-priced hotels in the area that are equally close and offer the same basic accomodations. I would advise anyone to check them out before staying at the inaptly-named Quality Hotel.
Really pleasantly surprised!
We stayed at the Quality Hotel from 27/09/04-01/10/2004 and had read a previous review which worried us - we were very pleasantly surprised. Our room was large, clean and well presented with a large balcony. Breakfasts were very good hot and cold buffet. There was also a nice bar for coffee, tea etc and also alcoholic drinks. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. It is a little way out of the city but so easy to get to. You use the green line on the metro and stay on until the stop before last! (Stasnicka). My only slight grouse was that in the information it stated that it was only 500 metres from the metro which was true but which way?! We actually got a taxi outside the metro for 100 crowns. In fact we could have caught the numer 37 or 19 tram and that took us to right outside of our hotel. Tram number 11 takes you into the centre of Prague to the top of Wenceslas Square.
It pays to buy either a three day pass for 200 crowns or a seven day pass for about 350 crowns and that covers buses, trams and the metro. Prague was beautiful and would love to go again.
We found this a bit grim
We stayed here for a night during the Prague element of a two week COSMOS coach tour of Europe. It's below par compared to the other hotels we encountered on this tour - the rooms are large but the bathroom makes poor use of the space and lacks anywhere to put kit. Beds were comfortable, rooms have TV but no minibar or safe (in ours anyway). The corridors of the hotel are wide and rather dimly lit by motion-sensor lighting - so you walk down a passage and the lights come on, er, seemingly in the bit you just finished walking through. The shared areas seem to be somewhat spartan and poorly furnished. We didn't stay in the hotel long enough to explore the slightly seedy-looking local area, but there's a tram stop outside. Note that the hotel reception takes your passport for a few hours on arrival. The staff were not the most friendly and seemed to object to us wanting to collect our passports at the time they said they'd be ready. Food (evening meal and breakfast) was basic and they were totally unable to cater for the members of our tour who were vegetarian.
Overall, we came away with the impression that this hotel was designed and still being operated as though it was in the communist era.
A good hotel in Prague
I had a pleasant stay at the Quality Hotel Prague. The rooms are very nice, bathrooms are spotless. TV, clock radio and mini bar. The lobby is nice with a spacious bar, and there is a dinning room for the complimentary breakfast, which could be a little better, they also serve lunch and dinner. The staff is very helpful. There is a tram stop across the street that will take you downtown or to the Metro. The hotel is out of the city centre, the Metro will have you city centre in about 10 minutes. If you like to stay up very late, there is a night tram which runs from the city centre past the hotel all night. I would recommend this hotel, as I would stay here again the next time I visit Prague.
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