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We arrived at college at 10am in the rain but then what do you expect from England in December. We're off to Prague on an A level Travel and Tourism trip, 8 girls, 1 boy and 2 teachers. Standing at the help desk in college with a suitcase does make you feel a bit stupid but it wasn't long before everyone met up then it was on to the minibus and off …
... Well a million is excessive, so let's so about 500). I didn't really know what to do so I started screaming and ran with them. (well not really) I then saw what the fuss was all about. An apparent Korean version of Justin Bieber had entered the airport. The screaming and excitement reached fever pitch as the braces filled smiles, all fought for the optimum position to photograph the Korean Biebster. I saw the little dude... He was wearing a ...
... were pretty good all round. We also saw Franz Kafka's house where he wrote many of his books in the famous "Golden Lane". We also saw the Alchemy museum where they had original underground alchemy labs on display from the 8th century. They even had the "elixir of youth" for sale. If you believe that sort of thing.
Prague has been good. It has managed to maintain it's culture despite there being heaps of tourism.
Off to the airport, see you in Russia.
I didn't do an entry yesterday because I fell asleep so I will make today two! Day 3 we visited the Prague Castle. It is the biggest castle in Europe and is still in use today. The castle is huge! The church was the most impressive just by the sheer size of it. It was just like we learn in school but in real life. The gargoyles were even cooler than explained in school and ...
... up the road. After getting settled in our nice hostel, we walked down to the river that cuts through the city, and followed it for a little while looking at all the beautiful gothic style statues and buildings that were all lit up. Most impressive was Prague Castle, the largest castle in the world, which sits atop a hill overlooking the city. We found a hole in the ...
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Good hotel, but it can get noisy
We stayed five nights at the Hotel Union and had a positive experience. Our deluxe room was very large and had a nice view of the castle's fortifications. The tram stop was right outside and the breakfast was better than expected. On the downside, the sink and tub in the bathroom both drained poorly and the passing trains could be noisy. But, as a previous reviewer stated, a few Czech beers helps alleviate the noise ...
We stayed for 4 nights in February 2005. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful at all times. Our room was large and cleaned to a high standard every day. Breakfast had a wide range of food to choose from, a fry, various cooked meats, cheese, 4 different cereals and fresh fruit salad, 3 different types of brown bread as well as white, mixed bread rolls, cakes and fresh fruit. Dining room staff were attentive to restocking food and clearing tables.
Value for money hotel, beware the noise
We stayed at the Union Hotel 11th to 13th November 2004. For cleanliness, good service and value for money this hotel can not be faulted. However the handiness of the tram stop outside is made less attractive by the fact the the trams and trains run from early in the morning and did disturb our sleep on the first night. The second nights sleep was made better by earplugs, cotton wool and vast quantities of Czech beer. Only a few queit rooms so make sure you book one in advance.
My family and I enjoyed our two-night stay at the Union Hotel in Prague in Nov 2004. It is an older building with character and has been nicely updated. We stayed in room 208 which is a corner room on the front side of the hotel - bigger than the other rooms on the floor. The room was more the size of a suite even though it was classified as a double. It had a huge bathroom with a large tub and sink - though no stand up shower - and a separate bathroom with the toilet and another sink. The buffet breakfast was very satisfying and above average in quality. The waitresses were exceptionally efficient in keeping the tables cleared and supplying refills of coffee, tea or hot chocolate - much better than fancy five-star hotels I've stayed at. I would recommend getting down to breakfast before 0900 because the breakfast room does get full - though they have a spill over room near the bar. The various front desk receptionists on duty throughout our stay were all very friendly and helpful. The city tram line stops right outside the hotel making it very easy to get around town. The only negative was that the tram makes quite a bit of noise starting at about 0400 so if your room is on the side of the hotel near the tracks and you are a light sleeper, you may be disturbed by the noise. For us it was not a big deal given all the other positive aspects of this hotel. We booked a few days before our visit with Hotels and paid $95 per night for our double room (no extra charge for our 5 year old son). You may be able to do better with more advanced booking time through some of the other online hotel reservation services. The room rates include the breakfast buffet and free parking right in front of the hotel. For us it was well worth the money and we would definitely stay here again.
Very Good Hotel
We were at the Union hotel in Prague Sept 13th to 18th 2004. The hotel is comfortable. The staff is extremely helpful and some of the staff even spoke French in the dining room. If you do not like noise, you should ask for a quiet room at the back of the hotel. The tram and train pass in front of the hotel and if you open the window it is very noisy. The good side is that Trams number 18 and 24 get you directly around Charles Bridge! Rooms come in different sizes and if you want a room with single beds you may have a room with two beds "in line" instead of being side by side. Then, the size of the room isn't that good as it is a corridor type.
All in all, I would stay there again.
We stayed at the Union Hotel 17-20 September 2004 and it was great. We had a deluxe room which had two twin beds, tv, two balconies, a room with a wardrobe and a sink and a toilet off this area and a bathroom with corner bath. There was ample space in the room.
We got a three day pass for the trams from reception. The tram stops just outside the hotel and different trams can take you to Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square.
There was enough choice at breakfast - cereals, breads, cheases, meat, cakes, sausages, eggs, potatoes and fruit.
Stayed at the Union june 04. Found the hotel to be very adequate for the price I paid, easily accesible by public transport and friendly staff. Breakfast was OK, but there was a shortage of seating at busy times (9-9.30) and one domestic toaster if you didnt like the limited selection of bread offered.
My bed was particularly firm - not a bad thing and as with all hotels the mini bar was a rip off, this is czech after all and there are much cheaper ways to enjoy a beer. My biggest gripe was that the shower plug hole was never cleaned and that is always a good indication of general hygiene, but as I said satisfied for the money I paid.
Great Place to Stay
We stayed at the Union Hotel for 4 nights and it was great value. It is a little bit out of the centre of Prague, but the tram stop is just round the corner from the hotel and the frequent service has you in Wenceslas Square in 10 minutes. The hotel restaurant and wine cellar were excellent and staff very friendly. I would highly recommend a visit.
A good deal outside the centre
The Union Hotel was by far the cheapest place I could find during the winter. I was very satisfied with it. It's well outside the normal tourist routes (not even on the maps!) but it's easy to get to/from all the sites, since the tram stop is right outside [However, I'd recommend a taxi when you have luggage!] The room was comfortable, and the breakfast was OK (but nothing special). Staff were helpful and had excellent English.
A good hotel. Bar and restaurant are nicely decorated. Very friendly staff. Rooms come in different sizes. I had one of the larger double rooms. Plenty of space in it. Breakfast buffet was adequate. Tramstop right in the front of the hotel. Approx. 10 minutes by tram to the centre of town. Buy a three-day travel card for tram, bus and subway for ?6,30 at the reception desk. Parking lot for the hotel does not seem to have security (this is a necessity in Prague). Park your car in the Prague Congress Centre (KCP) (?9,50 per day), a 15 minute (steep) walk from the hotel (need suitcase with wheels !).