Travel Blogs from Prague
The tour service Orbridge is ok. We have Amy our designated coordinator, separate from Avalon cruise ship which helps because there are 150 people from all over. The usual ocean cruise ship has 3000 to 5000. Some of these were moaning and *****ing about this river cruise. I don't think I would do the big cruise ships even if I had the dough, too many elderly and some sick people thrown together ...
... at all you should know I am the worst artist on the face of the planet so that is a big step for me! Petra gave us a suggestion for dinner and I was excited for the boys to eat an authentic meal since they admitted they had been finding the most American places since coming to Europe. This was also St. Patricks day so we met up with Sarah and Christina and headed to "The Pub". This is not a very original name for a bar but the concept was great. When you sit at a table you have ...
... we'd checked in, we commenced an induction tour of Prague.
One of the great things about Intrepid tours is that you don't get carted around on a coach, nor do you get dragged from location to location. Our tour leader gave us a quick walking induction of Prague - he couldn't give us an official tour (as he's not an approved city guide), but the quick walk around Prague gave us a good ...
... what to do. He was walking around assisting but he didn't speak any English so it was just pointing and grunting! Some of the guys were scared because they hadn't shot any kind of weapon before (pfft, country kids!) I did good in that station but then we moved further back and it was big gun time! Again, he qclky showed us how to load and unload and left us to it! We all sucked at this station though. Then we did shot guns which I was the best at. We were aiming ...
... I very large group of drunk German football (soccer to some) team got on and took the cabin at the opposite end of the car I was in. They were loud. Very loud. And drunk, very drunk. It provided some amusement though, they sang their football songs and shouted at each other in German. At one point I could hear them discussing whether or not each of them could speak English. I have never heard someone of another language try and speak a language they don't know amongst their ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Boutique Prague
Wir hatten das "Apartment in separatem Gebäude" gebucht, um die erwähnte Geruchs- und Geräuschkulisse der Brauerei zu umgehen. Daß sich ein "Apartment" von einem einfachen (Doppel-)zimmer - so die in der Hotellerie allgemein übliche Definition - durch einen separaten Koch- und Wohnbereich unterscheidet, war der Rezeptionistin allerdings leider nicht zu vermitteln; sie rief stattdessen ungerührt die Geschäftsführerin, die uns ebenso lapidar mitteilte, daß man uns auch alternativ kein reguläres Zimmer anbieten könne.
Siamo tornati da pochissimo da Praga che già di per se è una città stupenda e sicuramente la Boutique hotel ha contribuito a rendere il nostro soggiorno ancora più piacevole. Le stanze sebbene non molto grandi sono nuovissime, ben arredate e pulite. Le asciugamani vengono cambiate tutti i giorni e per di più vi è un ottimo televisore al palsma (che non guasta mai, anche se a dire vero stando a Praga, guardare la Tv è l'utima cosa che passa per la testa...) in ogni stanza. Alla reception sono molto disponibili, parlano l'inglese, ma la cosa probabilmente che più di ogni altra si nota è la colazione che è ricchissima, qualunque cosa di cui si abbia voglia al risveglio, può essere trovata nell'immenso buffet che questo albergo offre.
We've just returned from a 3-night stay at La Boutique and were as pleasantly surprised with the hotel as we were with Prague as a whole. I say surprised because from some of the comments in the earlier reviews (esp Jan 06) we were starting to dread the prospect! However, what I would say is this:
Nice buget hotel
A nice little hotel with clean rooms and lovely breakfast. Slightly outside of the town but with good links. Unfortunately I did pay extra to upgrade my room on my booking website but was told at the hotel that all the rooms were the same. Also, there was no air con in the rooms and as I was on the groung floor couldn't open the windows. Prague itself was top notch though :).
Kaye J London
I'll have to start this by saying, on the day my boyfriend and I were due to leave for Prague, I stumbled across this website, which had 2 very bad reviews of the hotel and 1 distinctly unremarkable one. Needless to say... I was slightly worried that our trip would turn into the sort of nightmarish ones you see on television. Nevertheless, upon arriving at the hotel we were very pleasantly surprised. The staff were lovely, and we came to realise over the course of our stay that occasionally what may be perceived as rudeness is often simply the result of the language barrier - this may explain the very bad review.
Great hotel, shame about the en suite brewery!
Myself and my husband stayed here during the heatwave of July 2006 and found it to be a nice hotel, but rather noisy. We were given a room on the top floor, which was unfortunately very hot and opening the windows exposed us to the noise of the next door brewery! Saying that, the service was friendly and helpful and the breakfast selection was excellent. So all in all, pack your earplugs and enjoy!
We had some concerns after reading the January revue. However, we suspect that reviewer stayed at a different hotel ....
My wife and I stayed at La Boutique Hotel, Prague, for two nights in June 2006. We had a pleasant stay. Yes, it is literally next to a brewery and, yes, it is on a street that lacks charm. But, we found the reception staff to be friendly and competent, not rude in any way. Our room was quiet. An earlier post said that room 25 was quiet, ours was 27, just down the hall. I predict that all the west rooms are quiet, the north rooms do face a street that is busy during the day but seems calm at night. It is the south and east rooms that must deal with the brewery. The hotel has been remodeled and was the nicest room we had in 5 hotels in Germany, Austria, and Prague. But the kicker was the breakfast! Scrambled eggs and fantastic bacon both days, plus all the fruit, cereal, yogurt, rolls and bread, juice, etc, you would want. The breakfast room is a lovely room to boot. If the brewery isn't a problem, then this is a fine hotel. Otherwise, you might lose lots of sleep, or, you could just drink a few beers and put yourself to sleep! Due to its recent name change, it's hard to get info on this hotel, in fact, the Orbitz map shows a wrong location. The former name was Hotel Berlin, that may help. La Boutique is at the dead end of Staropramenna, where the street runs right into the brewery (indeed the street is named after the brewery!), is 250 meters from the Andel metro station and 180 meters from a major tram stop. It is a very convenient location. We enjoyed our stay and La Boutique deserves better reviews.
The hotel has been refurbished on the inside, and apparently also has been given a new name, namely "La Boutique Hotel Prague" - but the sign outside still says "Hotel Berlin" (or rather "Hotel Berli", with an "n" missing).
Me and a friend had the pleasure of staying in Hotel BerBIN in January. The hotel is situated down an extremely grim side street whcih has an industrial criminal urban feel to it. We were greeted at reception but an exceptionally rude and unhelpful woman who looked at us like we had just asked her what came after A in the alphabet when we asked how to reach the metrostation. I would go as far to say that this woman was offensive and quite frankly p*ssed us off everytime we collected out key which put a downer on the whole hotel experience. Our room was extremely basic but very clean. The headboard to my bed and the TV remote were broken but everything else was in working order. The "mini bar" appeared to be a £20 fridge from argos with a couple of cans of Stella and a kitkat wacked in the corner of the room on the floor. The complimentry shampoo and hand soap came in a form reminiscent to that of a train stations toilet, a large dispensor screwed into the wall. On Thursday night we were woken up a number of times by the noisy brewry next door but also but racous shouting in the street (which went on for about an hour) and mysterious banging on our walls that were unrelated to the plant. Locationwise the hotel is a short walk from the metro and tram stop (which can get you anywhere). It is also near some pretty cool modern bars and reasonably priced cafes/restaurants.