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Today we started by wandering around a market just down from out hotel. Such a cool little place, the market is set up in the morning and has lots of local arts and crafts. There were a lot of people just wandering around and checking out the merchandise.
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Watch out - Very expensive phone charges
Stayed here from 16th to 19th August. Got a good rate direct from the hotel. Room on 5th floor overlooking the square - rather small for 2, but perfectly adequate. Cleaning staff were very good.
Breakfast was adequate, but table availability & cleaning were haphazard - they do not have enough hard working staff for such a busy period. I booked their airport pick up/drop off service, which was expensive at 750crowns each way. I was very sorry that I did so, as neither driver spoke much English and thought it OK to speed and answer their mobile phones whilst doing so.
However, my major complaint is about their extortionate phone charges. I was charged 2895crowns, approximately £72/100euros fror a total of 16 minutes and 46 seconds of evening calls. 13 minutes 56 seconds of calls to my landline in England and the remainder to landlines in Prague. They even charged me 75 crowns for an abortive call of 12 seconds - the number rang but I received no answer. I have stayed in expensive hotels in London and abroad, but have never experienced thievery like this before. I certainly will not be staying there again and would advise others against using the airport service or using the phone there.
We have just returned from a 3 day trip to Prague and stayed at the Jalta Hotel on Wenceslas Square. It was very good value for money, we emailed the hotel directly for a rate for bed and breakfast, we also organised taxi transfers with them. The response was very good. Staff were very friendly and cooperative.
Our room was very clean and the bedding and towels were changed every day. Our room was on the second floor at the back of the hotel so we heard no noise from the square. We didn't go to Prague to stay in a hotel room but we can recommend this hotel as a good base for all the sights. Breakfast was very good with a very good choice of cooked English breakfast or continental breakfast and you could have as much or little as you wanted. If you like a good cup of tea take your own teabags as their breakfast tea is very weak.
Prague is a good place to visit and 3 days is plenty time to see everything, if you don't want to use the mini-bar there are plenty of shops where you can buy drinks and there is a Tesco nearby also.
Good place to eat is KOGO there are 2 not far from the hotel especially if you like Italian food, take care as some of the hotel cafe's on the side of the street charge a service charge and its included in the price which you don't know about until you get the receipt.
The only downside for us was that there was no tea/coffee making facilities in the room but the little coke a cola stalls all around the square do a nice cup of coffee if you really want one and not as expensive as the hotels, the beer is also very cheap from them if you are that way inclined
Excellent hotel, great location
My fiance and I stayed at the Jalta in December 2003 for New Years Eve. We found the room to be very comfortable and clean, the staff were very friendly and helpful and there was everything you could possibly want to eat from the buffet-style breakfast, although we did find breakfast was a little too early when you're trying to have a relaxing break (we missed it completely on one occasion!).
At the time of booking, the hotel advertised a Japanese style restaurant but this was no longer available. However, the restaurant that was there was excellent and, if anything, we thought under-priced for what we were getting!! We ate there every night because we felt it was pointless spending valuable time and effort trying to find anywhere better.
The hotel is excellently located on Wenceslas Square which was within easy walking distance to all the major sights. On New Years Eve the locals have their own "fireworks display" in both Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square, which is great fun but not for the faint-hearted!!
Prague is a beautiful city and, due to the hotels location, we managed to see everything we wanted in one long weekend on foot. I didn't think that Wenceslas Square was a 'seedy' area, but as with most cities please be aware of pickpockets, especially around Charles Bridge.
All in all, we would definitely stay at the Jalta again.
I have stayed in the Jalta Hotel twice, in June 04 and February 05. I agree with other comments that the reception area is rather dull and the rooms, whilst immaculate are small for a 5* rating. The "Hot" restaurant was excellent and although pricey residents do get 15% discount on meals there. Each room has a mini bar and it is very tempting to delve in the fridge and help yourself to the contents, but beware one small bottle of beer is £3.00. I found the reception staff very helpful and professional. I hope to return to Prague at the end of the year. It is a great city with beautiful buildings and great places to visit, all within easy walking distance. Next time however I will be staying in the "Lesser Town" on the other side of Charles Bridge. The streets and buildings are quaint, less commercialised and far prettier than those in Wenceslas Square.
Average with fantastic restaurant
We stayed at this hotel for two nights in November. It is situated on Wenceslas Square - which is wonderful. However, the rooms are very basic for 4*, more like 3* , plus there is no room service available in this hotel. If you get a room at the rear of the hotel, like us, you will have window views of run down buildings. We booked a room at the front of the hotel, but were told on arrival that it was not available. Good size bathrooms with fluffy towels. The main attraction for this hotel would be the wonderful 'HOT' restaurant on the ground floor. The food and the service was fantastic, including breakfast. It feels luxurious and eludes a warm relaxed atmosphere with unusual after dinner entertainment (robotic man display)! The reception staff for the hotel were not particularly accommodating or helpful. Prague is a wonderful place though, with wonderful sights and some wonderful people..Old Town Square is fantastic.
Very Pleasant Hotel
We stayed in the Jalta for two nights in November and found it to be a nice hotel in a good location. The standard rooms were clean and modern but a little small. The staff were very friendly and the adjoining bar/restaurant, HOT, is an excellent place for a few drinks. We enjoyed our stay there but don't let the hotel call you a taxi because they use an executive car service.
Good, no problems.
Stayed at hotel 4 nights from 29 August 2004. Very clean, comfortable and efficient, good room on quiet 7th floor, large bed, new furnishings, nice bathroom. Balcony but back view. Large ground-floor restaurant, international cuisine, superb breakfasr buffet. Decor throughout clean but plain and dull. Position central for city, close to Metro. Taxi to airport £17.50 or Cityrama Minibus £15.
Would happily stay here again; the staff were pleasant and helpful.
Stayed at the hotel from 1st June for 4 nights. Didn't recognise the description the people from Holland gave. The hotel was very good, lovely restaurant (on ground floor), good rooms, nice and clean, perfect location for getting all around. Only downfall was the break went too quickly. Would go back again most definately. Took airport bus direct to hotel and arranged for them to pick us up on return, much cheaper than a taxi.
Value for Money ??????
For a 4 star hotel, I am sorry to report that it did not meet my expectations. The first 5 of the 7 floors have been re-modelled and when we first checked in they put us on the 6th floor. The hallway and room were dingy and the bed looked very small, old and lumpy. We asked for a larger bed and they put us on the 3rd floor which was better. The room was nicely appointed albeit fairly small. Even though the bed seemed new, it was not very comfortable, yet beautiful bedspreads etc.
The bathroom was new and nicely appointed.
The lobby is quite small and average, not what you'd expect for a 4 star. The staff were pleasant enough but lacked a bit of polish or professionalism.
Breakfast was quite varied, but it was located in a convention room; really felt like you could have been anywhere. When I asked the front desk if the facilities were temporary, no-one was able to provide a clear answer. The breakfast staff were incredibly efficient, to the point that they would whisk away your plate, cutlery and cups even if you weren't finished with them.
Althought the hotel advertises a restaurant, there isn't one. There is an adjoining restaurant of a different owner which is newly opened (beg. April 2004). It is fabulous, trendy and efficient staff, but it is not part of the hotel.
I would not stay on Wenceles Square if I stayed in Prague again. It is the commercial seedy part of town; with it's share of homeless and drunk sorts, casinos, fast food restaurants, etc. The advantage is that it is close to the State Opera and the National Museum and within walking distance of all the majoer sites. I would rather choose the quainter Old Town or the Little Quarter.
During our stay, we visited the lobbies a few other 4 star hotels and by comparison found the Jalta to be a disappointment. All in all, considering the star rating and the accompanying nightly rate, didn't find value for money.
Ideal location for tourist break.
As guide books say " pretty dreary entance and corridors". However, if you want a clean comfortable room, very good breakfast at a fair price to use as a base for your visit -this is ideal as it is within walking distance of all the main tourist attractions. Would use again on a further visit.