Travel Blogs from Prague
... hours to prepare for the Prague Pubcrawl which we'd booked through Busabout, renowned as the best pubcrawl on the northern loop. We gathered our crowns and headed to a local store where we encountered alcohol prices which were lower than that of Berlins ! We bought a 1 litre bottle of Absolut Vodka for about $15 !!! and pre-drinks were underway.
A dangerous hour of power!
Ready and rearing to go ...
... be a person at the window who can sell you the appropriate ticket. If you are unlucky you must use a confusing machine, that only takes coins and although there is an English button, it quickly reverts back to Czech. Despite its confusingness (if thats a word) after 3-4 trials I have become somewhat adept at using this machine. Its all part of the adventure and what a great adventure we are having.
After we got our tickets, we got ...
... a number of interesting pieces detailing the burial ceremonies used in this cemetery. Lastly, we entered the Spanish Synagogue. The Muslim-inspired images and architecture were interwoven with Jewish symbols and artifacts. The ceilings especially caught my interest, with swirling star patterns in red and gold colors. I would say the Jewish quarter in Prague is a very important site for any traveler, and I was glad I got a chance to experience it. ...
... t next to each other, but found a nice guy willing to swap with us.
It started to snow as we were leaving Nuremberg (Joanna’s singing the night before must have worked), and as we drove out into the countryside, we enjoyed the blanket of snow across the rolling hills.
We were on the top level of the bus, so Joanna got motion sick. Well, she said it was just motion sickness, but I have a few other theories involving German beer and lots of it…
... and watched some films about the veterinary profession in the Czech Republic. There was even a real dog in the ceremony; when he walked across the stage almost every single person took out their smart phone and started taking pictures of him. Leave it to a bunch of veterinarians to find the dog the most picture-worthy part of the two-hour long ceremony!
I would not be surprised if there was someone from every country on earth in attendance at ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Floor Hotel Prague
Good hotel for tourists !
We stayed at the Floor Hotel for 3 nights and the hotel is very nice. We had the "royal suite", which is very spacious and is equipped with a jacuzzi-bathtub. The hotel is ideally placed for tourists, centrally in the centre of Prague. Breakfast is OK but not extraordenary. Unfortunately, we can't recommend the restaurant of the hotel too much : the dishes are ok but the prices are too high for what is served. Every side-dish (chips, vegetables, sauce) must ne paid supplementary.Also the wines are pretty high-priced. You are better off too search for a restaurant with local specialities in the neighbourhood (for exemple : U Suteru (Palackeho street)).
Loved the Location!
The location was excellent! Easy to find, a simple 4-5 minute walk from the airport "Mini-Bus" main drop off at Namesti Republic. Well positioned, between Wenceslas Square and Old Town, and easy access to the Mustek Metro station.
Upon entry the staff, who due to availability upgraded to a double from a single, warmly greeted me. My second floor room was clean, comfortable and large, and well appointed, with a mini-bar, and a Jacuzzi-style tub.
Reading some comments here, I was concerned about sleeping and street noise, however neither were problems. On occasion street sounds could be heard, but no more than I'd heard when staying recently at the Austin Hilton, or the Barbary Coast in Vegas. Thankfully what I did not hear was the constant opening and closing of other guests room doors, which seems to plague many a European Hotel.
The breakfast room was a delight, serving from 7:30-10:30. An array of choices abounded, including hot & cold meats, cheeses, potatoes, eggs cooked to order (on request), salad bar, fresh breads & fruits, juices and tea & coffee. Hosted by a friendly, yet unobtrusive, young Czech woman.
Prague was great. The architecture was spectacular. A week was perhaps too long, but I would come back, and I would happy stay at "The Floor" again, and recommend to anyone.
The hotel is undoubtedly in a good position for the old town, but rather inconvenient for car access being in a pedestrian zone. The refurbished rooms are very good, but lacking in lighting, both in the bedroom and bathroom. I was on the first floor which was rather noisey, being so near to street level. There was no Hotel Services Guide in my room, so that information was missing. Breakfast was adequate. The lady in reception in the morning was unfriendly, unhelpful and a bit rude. I left some clothes for dry-cleaning, and she had no idea if they would be back the same day, the next, or back ever....!!! I would not recommend this hotel for a business traveller, but would do so for tourists.
Fantastic location at a great price.
Just come back from a 4 day break in Prague where we stayed in the Floor Hotel.
On first impression you do worry about the location of the hotel. It's based on the very busy Na Prikope pedestrian shopping area, just yards from the bustling Wenceslas Square. Our initial worries were totally unfounded.
The reception is small and bright, all very modern. Check in was swift and efficient and done by a friendly English speaking woman.
We were given a room on the 3rd floor. The lift was small, but big enough for two people with luggage. The landings were well furnished with some lovely chandeliers and plush carpet.
The room we booked was supposedly a suite, having not had the chance to look in another room we can only presume it was what we had booked.
The wardrobe didn't have many hangers, but it had plenty of space. Inside the wardrobe was a free safe, which I'm sure everyone would find extremely useful. The bathroom was the centrepiece of the room. A large Jacuzzi bath and separate shower cubicle. Plentiful mirrors and space to keep your toiletries. Also the bathroom had under floor heating.
The bed itself was huge and comfortable, probably room enough for 4 people! It was comfortable although the duvet did seem a little small for the bed, the lack of extra pillows was also a disappointment, but I am sure if we had asked we would have been given more.
The room was a little dark, as it only had two small skylight type windows. Big TV with English speaking news channels in the room too.
The breakfast was continental. Plentiful supply of breads, hams, cheeses, salads etc. They also served hot tomatoes, sausages and bacon. Selection of hot drinks too.
As soon as we started to explore we realised that the hotel was in an absolutely perfect location. About 5 minutes stroll to the old town square. Nowhere you would want to see is outside of walking distance from this hotel. Maybe because we went in March the noise issue was never a problem. Maybe later in the year when Wenceslas becomes a Stag Party haven it might be.
All in all an excellent, clean, comfortable hotel with a perfect location for a first time visitor wanting to fit everything in.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Fantastic Hotel in a Great Location!!
Upon arriving at the hotel were slightly worried as the hotel was above some shops, and did not look too promising, But were pleasantly suprised.
the hotel looks as if it has been recently refurbished with a modern feel to it. although the downstairs reception area is quite small it should not put you off as the breakfast room was large enough and served a good continental breakfast.
Our room was lovely with a juccuzi bath, and very spacious although a lack of light due to just one window could have been improved.
If you want to be in a central location then this hotel could not be more highly recommended, as it is in walking distance to everything worth seeing. But you are not affected by any noise.
The staff at this hotel were fantastic, when we arrived we had forgotten our adaptor and couldnt find a shop that sold one, so they sent someone out for us to find us one. Quality service!!!! Quite well spoken english as well!
overall a very good city break hotel.
I went to the Floor Hotel in October for 3 nights the room was large and in good condition. Breakfast was good and I did enjoy my stay at this Hotel. I will recommend it to anyone going to Prague wishing to stay in the city center.
Best value for money
At (-) we got such a great price for this hotel (euro 110 for a double room incl. breakfast) that i was expecting an unpleasant surprise at check-out -- perhaps i mis-entered something when booking? but everything was ok.
this is a fine hotel, with luxurious, modern, spacious rooms, an attentive staff, excellent inner-city location, and a delicious breakfast. the decor is much nicer than the photos to be found by other reviewers here. it has all the convenience and security of a generic chain-hotel such as hilton's but with much, much more charm. strongly recommended at any price up to euro 150, and a steal at the price we got.
Floor Hotel Prague 23rd October 2005
Just spent 3 glorious days here - excellent hotel - location superb - had a modern room on the first floor which was very quiet at night due to the location on a walking street. Breakfast up to 11.30am was a big bonus. The staff were delightful - lovely helpful English lady on reception- nothing was a problem, only too pleased to be of assistance in any way. The hotel restaurant, also modern in design was superb - designer food but with large portions and excellent service especially from the Manager who was from Bishops Stortford! Can't praise this hotel enough - will definitely stay here again when we go back for another visit.
Just back from a 3 night stay in the Floor Hotel, Prague (Formerly known as Joe Hotel).
First off absolutely brilliant location - right off Wenscles Square. On a pedestrian shopping street (Zara, Mango and New Yorker to name a few of the well known shops).Within 5 minutes walking distance of the old town square and ten minutes to the steps leading up to the castle.Therefore all tourist sites are within a stone's throw away.
Opposite front of the hotel is the Metro the Green Line (Mustek Station)if you get the Metro 3 stops to Jiriho Z Podebrad you will see the TV Tower in which you can pay approx €5 to go to 150 metres high and you will have a fantastic view of the city (dusk is a gorgeous time to go - city by day and night).
The hotel itself - newly refurbished - very nice decor but our room was not finished to a perfect standard, but for somebody not overally fussy it wont affect your stay. Quiet at night, even though it was a very central location.
Hotel had very few facilities - very small reception area etc, However for a city break we didn't expect these.
Breakfast quite nice - not a huge choice but would probably cater for different tastes. This was served until 11.30 which is good for those who enjoy their extra few minutes sleep in the mornings.
Still a bit of minor ongoing work - but this did not affect our stay.
Staff extremely friendly and helpful unlike a lot of nationals we met during our stay.
Please note - don't try to speak the language unless helped by a Czech speaker - they don't acknowledge your attempts. We were advised by Czech friends not to try as even phonetical Phrase Books are no good. (We were quite embarrassed on one occasion trying to say thank you in Mc
Donalds - and were met with a rude remark)
We only had 2 minor compliants about our hotel.
Firstly the safe in our room did not work and after unsuccessfully attempting to reset it, the staff advised us that they would call an engineer to fix but this never came about (but in defense of the hotel we arrived mid weekend - on a Saturday, so they accomodated us by keeping our valuables in reception)
Secondly - there seemed a constant noise in our room coming from the air vent, although it appeared quite loud at night it was consistent and it did not prevent us from sleeping.
If you are looking for a good english speaking bar with cheap prices and good craic - go to Rocky O' Reillys Irish Bar- just off Wencles square - you can't miss the signs.
We went to Caffrey's Irish Bar in the Old town Square and weren't impressed - double the price of Rocky's and no atmosphere.
If you are looking for a city break with centrally located reasonably priced hotel the Floor Hotel is a brilliant place to stay.
What a pleasant surprise!
I am quite excited to be writing the first review for the Joe Hotel Prague on tripadvisor.com and even more happy that I am able to give it is a 5-star rating!
This was my first time in Prague and as such I had no idea which areas to focus on when searching for accommodation, never mind which specific hotels to try. I was looking for something that was in a good location and a good star rating, but without the mega expensive price tag.
Having searched and searched (and searched some more) I eventually decided that I was not going to compromise on the location...I wanted to be central and didn't want to have to rely on public transport to get around. I came across the Joe Hotel as there was a special offer on the room rates for the weekend I wanted. I have to say, it was a bit of a gamble because there were no reviews available and it did seem cheap for a 4-star hotel on Na Prikope 13 (central location).
I'd already heard from people contributing to the Prague forums on this web site that the Joe Hotel is fairly new as it was the Royal Hotel & Casino until recently. I'd also heard that the hotel was undergoing some renovations. I was therefore not surprised to find when we arrived that building work was underway in the main lobby, restaurant area etc. The building work did not continue over the weekend, however, and it really wasn't an inconvenience for us at all. The Joe Restaurant is just over the road and breakfast vouchers were provided for us to use in this restaurant because of the building work taking place in the hotel itself. We were so impressed with the Joe Restaurant that we ate there one evening too!
The reception staff in the hotel spoke excellent English and were very friendly and helpful. Our room was traditionally decorated and had all the modern amenities (satellite TV, mini bar, coffee facilities etc).
I have to say, the location of the hotel was brilliant...perfect for us. Just 1 minute walk from Wenceslas Square, 5 minutes from the old town and 10 minutes from the river. The street seemed to be the main shoppong street (a bit like London's Oxford St) and the rooms are above the shops. This meant that it was nice and busy in the day but was not noisy at night.
A mini bus from the airport to the Namesty Republiky which is at the end of the Na Prikope street is just 90 CZK each, which is only £2. A word of warning though, if you get a Cedaz mini bus from the desk at the airport without specifying that you want to be dropped off at the Nam. Rep. they will take you 50 metres closer to the hotel and charge something like 500 CZK (the bus can't actually go up to the front of the hotel as it is in a pedestrian zone anyway). It is a 6-7 minute walk up the main street to the hotel from where the mini bus stops.
I heard that the renovation work in the hotel is expected to be finished some time in June but I really wouldn't let it put you off. If you want a hotel with a gym, spa, pool etc then go for one of the big chain hotels further out...but if you are going to Prague to enjoy the city and all you want from the hotel is a great location, excellent room, friendly staff and a reasonable price then in my opinion the Joe is a good choice.
I'd heard that the weather is always poor in Prague, the people are unfriendly and everything is expensive. My experience was therefore a pleasant surprise as I found it to be exactly the opposite!