Hotel Olympik Tristar
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Historical Traveler Reviews NT0513 Nantong
stayed here for four nights celebrating husbands 70th birthday. food inedible. had to make do with chips and rice for dinner. lost 2 lbs weight. nights disturbed by 3 coach loads of students/teenagers apparantly playing football till 3.am in rooms or corridors above.and generally making a lot of noise. hotel in unattractive area. nothing to do in evening, no lounge to relax in after tiring day in city.rooms were clean and comfortable if a little small. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO STAY HERE.
Too little, too far
The room I stayed in was small with two separate beds pushed against a wall. The bathroom was surprisingly clean but again very small. The noisy italian teenagers on the same floor were making my life miserable, though. Sleep was non-existent for four consecutive nights. I cannot recommend the breakfast either: coffee was awful. The hotel is too far from the city.
BASIC B&B OK
I was part of a group of 34 young (and not so young) adults from a UK university visiting Prague from Monday to Friday as part of our degree course. We were booked and stayed at the Olympik for this period. We arrived at midday on the Monday to discover that the rooms were not available to us until 3pm and so we had to put all our luggage into their left luggage room (Rooms we discovered don't have to be vacated until midday hence the 3pm availability).
The rooms were basic with adequate washing facilities and TVs although there were some channel reception problems (Eurosport was the only English speaking channel available).
Breakfast was also adequate although if you wanted real orange juice it cost £1.50 for a small glass extra, every morning and there was never any jam available. Evening meals though were very variable in quality, one night a large quantity of "smash" potato was on offer together with fish fingers: not very appetising!
In addition while we were there the hotel (and others around it) were full with extremely immature, unruly and unbelievably badly behaved Italians. They were obviously on school trips but were completely unsupervised at night when they decided to smoke, drink and make as much noise as they could in the hotel much to our and others annoyance.
Suggest the hotel is best avoided unless you like loads of foreign screaming schoolkids around you!
Not the best holiday we ever had
We were supposed to be staying in a different hotel but we were moved to Olympik tristar. Already tired and confused as to why we were moving, we walked in and we were at first impressed. Unfortunatly our "double bed" was two single beds pushed together which meant our romantic weekend together wasn't going to be so romantic. The guard dogs didn't stop barking, the walls were so thin that we could hear the tour groups shouting next door, our beds were incredibly uncomfortable, and it was so hot in our room that we had to sleep with the window open. The worst thing about the whole trip were the rude hotel staff. They didn't smile once, they shouted at me down the phone when i asked if they had a nokia phone charger, and they couldn't ever make our beds correctly. The food was also terrible and we had breakfast there on the first morning only. Prague is beautiful, but that was the only good thing about our "Romantic weekend".
Good Basic Accommodation
My fiance and I visited the Olympik Tristar in November 2005. The hotel itself is 20 minutes from the Airport and there are plenty of taxis available to take you to your destination.
The Olympik Tristar is located within a residential suburb of Prague and has excellent tram and metro links to Prague Centre. The nearest Metro Station "Invalidovna" is 5 minutes walk from the hotel. Travel tickets can be bought fron the station of from the hotel reception.
We found the rooms to be basic but comfortable. We didnt spend much time in our rooms as we found that there were so many taverna's, bars and restaurants to explore. The TV also doesnt pick up all the listed channels, I dont think I have ever watched so much CNN!!
The breakfast buffet was ok but for the fussy eater it may be pertinent to travel into town and find a cosy taverna offering breakfat crepes or full english breakfasts.
The mini bar is also very reasonable but I would recommend visiting the local supermarket next to the metro station as their prices for all groceries were very cheap.
The Olympik Tristar is an excellent base of operations when exploring Prague.
My wife and i have just returned from a weeks stay at the tristar , before i left i read the reviews and left it to my own judgement ,the hotel was easy to find using public transport and found the room well up to standard ,the breakfast was well stocked up and varied every day ,on the whole we had a very pleasant and enjoyable stay and will be returning again in the future
This is definitely not 3 star hotel! We stayed at much nicer places in Germany and France for less than we paid here. It was not clean. There was actually dirt on the shelves in the closet. The sheets were not changed in 3 nights. We had to ask for soap and shampoo. Where was the "panoramic view of Prague", the "satellite TV". and the "international cuisine" as promised in the hotel's web description. We had a view of the parking lot from our extremely dark and dingy room. Our TV emitted shrieking noises that obliterated the sound. We asked to have it fixed three different times but to no avail. We ate at the "restaurant" in the hotel. We only made that mistake once, on the first day after a long flight and a drive from Germany. Too tired to look for a restaurant elsewhere. we partook of the buffet which was unappetizing and tasteless (unless you like frozen mixed vegetables, rice, potatoes, undescribable pasta, chicken wings and the same stale cake which they served for breakfast the next day). International CUISINE?? Breakfast wasn't too bad if you like watered down orange drink (which they described as juice) and didn't expect to partake of the cold meats which were reluctantly replenished. To assume that the two elevators would be operational would be expecting too much. One of them did not work at all during our stay. There were continuous busloads of teenagers from a variety of countries, and, though they were well behaved, it became very noisy and negotiating around them and their luggage in the lobby was a constant problem. We stayed at this hotel with another couple. None of us was impressed with the staff who wer neither polite or helpful. Happily, the hotels that we stayed in later, in Germany and France were a vast improvement and the people were wonderful.
Olympik Tristar - disaster
A plain monolith of a building that acts as symbol of iron curtain concrete. Not the best sight after a long coach journey.
The staff were hard working and helpful and kept the continuous buffet meal compartments well stocked. The staff get the star.
Our room though was not great. It was very warm at night and three star accomodation in Prague, apparently means there is NO air conditioning. This was the case in the Tristar. Five nights in an uncomfortably stuffy room soon takes its toll on you. The fridge did not work and the TV picked up fewer channels than advertised.
Avoid the hotel bar. The prices in the pubs around the hotel are at least 60% cheaper.
Prague in itself was fantastic. Good people.
Good basic accomodation
Hotel in residential area outside Prague city centre. Has excellent connections to the centre by both tram and metro (about a 5 min walk from hotel). Room was clean but very basic, double room had twin beds lengthways to each other. Minibar and TV (although we did not get all the channels stated) provided but no tea/coffee facilities. Breakfast was a buffet of cereals, cold meats, rolls and cakes. Our biggest downside was that there was a guard dog in the car park outside who was barking very frequently throughout the night. Would stay there again though.
Loved the Garni
I had never been in Eastern Europe, and the Olympik Garni was certainly an excellent way of starting off. The room was large and comfy, as was the bathroom. The minibar was always fully stocked and very inexpensive, too. What I loved was the people, who could not do enough for you. Right by the Metro station, too, which is a big plus!
Highly recommend it!!
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