Ibis Praha Mala Strana
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We awoke in Dresden and hit the breakfast area where all the usual suspects (of food) were laid out. After proteining-up it was off to the hauptbahnhof for our train to Prague.
While on our Dresden walk-about, we went to a money-exchange where we swapped a few Euros for a lot of Czech Krowns. One Euro bought around 27 …
Day4-8 began 5.30am after midnight flight from Bangkok. Prague card gave us travel on buses,metro &trams &entry to half of Prague. We began walking cobbled streets of Mala Strana-the little quarter. Buildings were a mix of Medieval, Georgian,Bohemian, Baroque architecture. We passed wrought iron gated courtyards &railings, …
... path a bit but we didn't fancy that so went for the through the trees and up the muddy bank option, seemed easier and quicker and we were in a rush.... IDIOTS!!! Well that's my brand new white converse trashed as well as my t-shirt and I realised that when I got to the top, my ray bans were no longer on the top o my head... Back down I went! There was no chance i was losing them, managed to find them stuck in the trees and eventually came back out ...
... in affluence. Unfortunately the silver eventually dried up and seems to have left downtown Kutna Hora frozen in time. Fortunately this means that it is remarkably well preserved, which has landed it on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But I was mainly going for another reason. The Black Death and countless wars had left the grounds of the Sedlec Ossuary overflowing with skeletons. In 1870 a woodcarver by the name of Frantisek ...
... with the two other people at the reception.
Next day I went to the Old city and absolutely loved the place. Soon I was having portions of grilled pork and the oven reminded me of old days in Hyderabad when we used to frequent Siddiqui. After the breakfast I roamed around the streets and reached the Astronomical Clock. It was another over hyped location. However, I met a couple of people who were doing the free tours of the city. I ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsIbis Praha Mala Strana Prague
First off - The desk manager Tomas was excellent and helpful. For us English speakers in Prague, Tomas was Gold!! The rooms were clean and comfortable and we had no complaints. Also, our room rate included breakfast.
We awoke in Dresden and hit the breakfast area where all the usual suspects (of food) were laid out. After proteining-up it was off to the hauptbahnhof for our train to Prague
While on our Dresden walk-about, we went to a money-change where we swapped a few Euros for a lot of Czech Krowns. One Euro bought around 27 Krowns. We did not want to hit the ground in Prague with no "readies".
When the train finally arrived, it was as full as an egg. compartments were full and the aisles were packed. We were like a clog in a drain and this clog wanted to move.
And we had reservations. We elbowed ourselves through the crowd to get to 2 of the 4 seats we had reserved: #13 & #14. Joan and Shelly Got these seats after ejecting a couple of squatters from them.
James and I had a problem though. The other 2 seats we had reserved, #17 & #18, did not exist. We had reservations for seats that dis not exist. So we stood for the 2-3 hour trip.
It was surprisingly okay. While standing in the aisle, James and I met an Australian couple and they were held captive in the aisle with us. So we engaged them and we all yakked the whole time. 'twas an excellent discussion.
Finally we arrived in Prague, to an alphabet that was a bit different and a language we could not even guess at. Now we had to get to our hotel.
The attendant at the info booth gave us directions. Not very helpful and we had to re-check with another Czech. Finally, we took the subway to the station we wanted but it was still a long way from the hotel.
As we stood outside the subway station looking lost and confused, a young guy came up to us and offered to help. Turns out he is an American teaching ESL in Prague. He was great and got us on the tram that took us to the hotel.
First off - The desk manager at the ibis hotel, Tomas, was excellent and helpful. For us English speakers in Prague, Tomas was Gold!! The rooms were clean and comfortable and we had no complaints. Also, our room rate included breakfast.We checked in, the luggage was jettisoned, we ate peanut-butter and banana sandwiches then set out for the sites of Prague.
I have to say that it was difficult to look in a direction and see something that you did not want to photograph. Every view, it seemed was worth saving. We walked along the Vltava River then across one if the many bridges. There was a little cafe by the river and we rested there with a cold Czech beer. Another bridge brought us back to our hotel.
For supper, we went to the TESCO next to the hotel and picked up cold cuts, cheese and rolls to make sandwiches.
Before long it was 9:00 and time for bed.
On July 26 we made arrangements for a walking tour of Prague. After we ate in the hotel, the tour shuttle collected us at the hotel. We then went through other parts of the city to pick up a few more folks.
The bus dropped us at the Prague Castle and we worked our way down into the "Lesser City" or New Town, the smaller, less old part of the city. We crossed the Charles Bridge to the Old Town from back before the 14th century.
The tour took us on a little river excursion that showed us views with a different perspective. Once off the boat, we went to lunch in a tavern below the street level that has been a tavern since the 1500's. After the lunch we checked out the astronomical clock on the old town hall.
There was an endless supply of scenes to be photographed and our tour guide made the history of Bohemia Come alive. Alex had excellent English and we learned that he has been studying at the University of Sterling in Scotland. This guy knew his stuff, he was funny and great to talk with one on one.
The tour began at 10:00am and we walked until 3:45pm in 30+C heat. After that, we walked back to our hotel along the river. We were back to the hotel by 5:00.
Before we decided on a supper plan, showers were needed to cool down and re-charge our human batteries. We checked e-mail and the like, I put down some blogging notes and it was decided to head to the hotel restaurant for a meal. Then, by 9:15 it was time to prep for our departure from Prague and trip to Munich.
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Quando estivemos no Ibis Smichov ele era bem novinho. Tudo funcionava maravilhosamente bem. Até hoje foi o melhor desjejum que tomei num hotel na Europa. Os quartos novos, claros, arejados e grandes. Não fica no centro, mas a meia quadra do metro e de inúmeras linhas de bonde. E, do lado do Shopping Smichov. Tínhamos supermercado, inúmeras opções de alimentalção, e muitas, muitas lojas.
Foi ótimo ter estado lá.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Ibis Praha Mala Strana Prague
Bright clean modern budget chain hotel.Staff mainly young,friendly,good english.Rooms fine,breakfast cold buffet,decent choice.Two minutes walk to metro and trams,but can walk into town.Try bar opposite,half price of hotel,friendly staff,v good food.
Really Good Hotel
We stayed in this hotel for four nights in September. It was a really nice clean, friendly and good located hotel. The public transport is really easy to use and right outside the hotel. We found it was just as easy and more fun to walk to all the attractions (keeps you really fit as well). Prague is a really beautiful city. Would definately recommend going and would definately recommend staying in this hotel. If you can go to Bohemia Bagel it does the most gorgeous bagels at really reasonable prices and you can have bottomless cups of tea or coffee - especially good if your a student!
We just returned (7 American women) from a six day trip to Prague during which we stayed at the Ibis Praha Smichov. This is an excellent hotel for travelers. While the rooms might not meet up to American standards regarding size, the quality, cleanliness and service at this hotel are wonderful. The buffet breakfast, that is included in the price, is tremendous with a wide variety of choices. If you walk away hungry, it's your own fault. The front desk staff is very helpful and can make reservations and suggestions in regard to restaurants or events. There are a few good locations to eat nearby as well as a very large and fairly new shopping mall, complete with a food court and supermarket. Additionally, the hotel is within two blocks of the Andel metro station and numerous trams. These can get you into the city center within ten minutes. It's also safe and quite easy to get around and into town on foot from this location. One of our group went running every mornign by herself and she was never bothered. While there is a traffic outside, we had no complaints about noise from outside or room to room. The rooms are well insulated. There is also a full service restaurant, bar and internet service at this site. All of us agreed that we would highly recommend this hotel to any traveler...you definitely get your monies worth and more.
Recently stayed at the IBIS Praha Smichov and would highly recommend it to anyone. It is a modern looking building on the outside (rather box like) however once you are inside it is very pleasant. The reception is very clean and modern, it links into the bar and breakfast area.
Why are Ibis hotels so popular? Because they are the McDonald's of hotel chains in Europe - you know what you're getting, they're in a great location, it's well kept up, and you can't beat the price in comparison to the other hotels in the area. I stayed here in September, 2004 for 3 nights. 84 Euros per night (half the price of the other hotels in Smichov), the hotel is new (6 months old) but already looks a bit lived in. The shower drain in my room was clogged (they give you a handy maintenance card to hang on the door - wonder if that was an omen?) and it was fixed the same day. No hair dryer in the room (you can ask for one at the front desk), 2 paper thin bath towels (again, ask for more). Room size is, well, Motel 6-like (they're both owned by Accor). BUT again, the money you save by staying here can go a long way towards your touristing in beautiful Prague. Staff is friendly, efficient, there is a bar and a breakfast area. Unfortunately, breakfast is only available until 10AM. I would stay here again because of the price, location, and the hotel is fairly new.
Good hotel, good location
Just back from 4 nights at the Ibis Praha Smichov in August 2004. We were very pleased with the hotel. Rooms slightly on the small side but very modern and clean. Continental breakfast was good and available up to 11am. Staff were very helpful and all spoke English. The location is excellent. The hotel is next to large shopping centre with Carrefour supermarket. We used to the tram to get about and this was very easy and very cheap. The tram stop is 2 minutes from the hotel (even closer than the metro) and the no. 9 takes you directly to Wenceslas Square in 5-10 minutes. I would definitely recommend this hotel.
Benefits greatly from the fact it is so new but nevertheless, the stay was highly satisfactory with spotless rooms, functional air con, good service (esp. the reception taxi service), a long and varied breakfast, decent snacks and bar prices. If you want to be certain of high standards and no surprises in Prague, would recommend this.
Great place to stay
We stayed at the ibis in june, it was a lovely hotel, the staff were all very nice and helpful, the room was nice and clean as was the rest of the hotel, breakfast was buffet style cold meats, cheese and fruit which was all good. The bar was open till 1am and was not any dearer than the restaurants in the towns. The location was excellent with a shopping centre round the corner as was the metro station, which was two stops from the town centre. Even to walk it was not too far.
We really enjoyed staying at the ibis and would def stay there again.
Standard Ibis hotel in good location
We stayed at this Ibis at the end of May and we were very pleased with it. When booking we were thinking of staying closer to the main tourist centre, but in hindsight I think this hotel is a much better bet. The nearest tube is very close by, and there is a convienent shopping centre next to the hotel.
The centre of prague although more scenic are very cramped and more expensive. It only takes about 10 mins to get to the centre of town from this hotel. Ideal if you want to be somewhere a little quieter in the evenings.
The food is also ok, there is always someone in reception and they are friendly. I definitely recommend staying here.
The Smichov just opened at the end of March 2004 (official opening was scheduled for April 2004.) The other two IBIS locations were also available, but the Karlin's location wasn't nearly as convenient and the price for the City hotel was slightly higher than for the Smichov. The standard rate for the Smichov is 69 EURO during peak season, but in the off-season it drops to below 40 EUROS in case you are considering a trip in the winter. + The hotel is located very close to the Andel Metro stop, just four or five stops from the city center, so to get to the Old Town you can get there very quickly and easily. The area around the Andel metro stop is also residential, so there is a shopping center geared towards the local residents, including a very convenient Carrefour hypermarket open until very late (24:00 when I was there.) Nearby are shops, restaurants, Mc Donalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and within walking distance, a brewery (Staropramen), which has an excellent in-store brewery/restaurant. + I took breakfast at the hotel and though it was a cold buffet, it was excellent. Cold cuts and cheese, hard-boiled eggs, cereals,yogurt, at least ten different kinds of breads, plus hot and cold beverages. Enough to give your day a good start. + Rooms are generously large, but only equipped with a shower (though the shower has good water pressure.) Towels are very fluffy. The bed is big and comfortable and the furniture sparse but modern (and brand-new). + In addition, as a security feature, in order to go to your room by elevator you do need to use your room key card to activate the elevator (that way, outsiders generally cannot gain access to the hotel rooms). + The lobby is brightly lit, and there were two or three persons at reception most of the times I passed through there. There is a hotel-affiliated taxi service that, for fixed rates, will take you to various locations in Prague. (EX: Holosevice Train Station, 350 CZK) + Access to the hotel, for those arriving by train, would be via subway connections through the subway network. From the airport, you first take a CEDAZ bus to Namesti Republiky and then transfer there to a subway. + An excellent hotel, and its remote -- yet convenient -- location (away from the souvenir shops and loud music that have overrun the main Old Town areas) actually work in its favor. I would definitely stay here again.