Hotel Union Praha
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... architecture courtesy of filip's friend who is a tour guide. Dorothy and I played the architecture 101 game, "which era????" whenever we saw a historical building. I'm going to exhaust my limited knowledge of architecture here: post(?)Roman buildings are domed with narrow windows which are grouped to maximize sunlight. Gothic buildings have arched windows because they haven't figured out how to make square ones yet, plus they're narrow. ...
... the original owners, still baking bread or painting wooden toys. In some ways it still feels like an occupied city, with thousands of tourists swelling the place every weekend. In the nicest sense possible, I get the impression that Czechs are used to be overrun, and dare I even say it, comfortable with it. They in turn can feel comfortable being who they are, by enjoying the tradition of drink and revelry laid down by their forefathers without being too concerned about that ...
We awoke in Budapest in the midst of trippy colorful walls. Cooked up some ramen noodles for breakfast and headed out to explore the city. We started walking towards the Danube river and ran into a couple of young tour salesman. We asked them a couple of questions and they told us ...
... versus the touristy type things I'd mostly been a part of since getting here. I had an incredible time, even with my limited Czech. Knowing the key phrases "Nerozumim Česky"* and "Mluvite Anglicky?"** were incredibly helpful though. I managed to get an amazing coat (almost knee-length) for 570Kč (~$29.90). I also got a little re-usable lunch bag with cute scottie dog print on it for 130Kč (~$6.80), recycling is huge ...
... left to go get drinks. We chilled out for a bit longer then when they got back they hung out with us too. They were all from Uruguay except one guy from Spain. They were so noisy too! This is in a hostel that is much more of a homely family feel than a party hostel, but no one was sleeping in our room, which was next to the kitchen where we were hanging out, so it was okay. I went to bed not long after and Darren stayed up for a bit playing guitar with them and hanging ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Union Praha Prague
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.
There are frequent trams passing the hotel, numbers 18 and 24 will have you in the center of Prague in 7/8 minutes. There is a nice Italian restaurant
about 200mts around the corner from the hotel, 9 on the street with the tram lines). It is on a corner and down a set of steps. Very reasonable prices and excellent food.
The hotel has a loft and also does evening meals. As we were there in winter, we had the windows closed at night, and as they are double glazed, there was not too much street noise.
We were very satisfied with our stay in both the hotel and the city which is very beautiful.
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.
Nice Old Hotel
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 !).