Hotel Residence Mala Strana
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This hotel is in a great location, just a short stroll from the Charles Bridge. It is ideally located as there are many bars and restaurants right on your doorstep. The hotel is great value for money. The rooms are very clean and have everything you need. We found the staff to be most efficient, and we enjoyed our stay so much that we have already booked our return trip. Highly recommended.
Good value for great location
Just got back from our first visist to Prague. On arriving at the Hotel Residence we were told we had no room for the night due to a double booking. However, the hotel was most apologetic and offered us a room in their sister hotel on the other side of the river for the night. They paid for the taxi ride to and from the alternative hotel as well as offering us two complimentary tickets for the Grand City Tour. It was clear that the hotel was trying to make ammends for their mistake. After the inital hiccup, and once in the hotel we found it to be clean, well located for all the sights (we never needed to take public transport) and very well priced.
Its best attribute is the location, with a 10min walk to Charles Bridge (which can be done via Kampa Island, alongside the river) and about another 5-10 mins to the old square/Prague Castle. The funicular that takes you up to Petrin Hill is about 3 mns walk away. The hotel is located in Mala Strana, the quiet quarter which offers a welcome respite from the tourist hoardes found on the other side of the river. The area also has some excellent eateries, such as Olympia, Bohemia Bagel and my favourite, the fish restaurant Rybarsky Klub, a 5 min walk away on Kampa island.
Good choice hotel, which i would use again when i hopefully return to Prague.
Look beyond the Ice Maiden
Okay, if, like me you have looked at 300 websites for different hotels and you are worried, then let me direct you to Mala Strana.
The hotel was more than I expected for the price I paid, it was clean, roomy, and warm. It had a TV (BBC World (which was boring after a while) and CNN which kept me up to date on Yasser Arafat). The room was tastefully styled and the beds were as comfy as I had ever slept it.
It is a 15 min walk to Chrles Bridge, there is a fantastic Bagel Shop near the Tram Stop (go in there and enjoy one for me). There is a supermarket nearby (dont use the Mini bar unless you have to - £1 for a coke etc).
When I got to Prague I got lost finding this hotel, so I ended up dragging my pensioner companion miles round the block. So as a useful tip, here is the difinitie cheap way of getting to the Hotel.
1) When you leave the Airport, cross the road and head over the Buses. There will be a BUS to Dejvika. Jump on and buy a 15Kr ticket, which lasts one hour. When you get your ticket Stamp it on the yellow machine.
At Dejvika, walk down to the Metro (its right in front of you). When at the bottom (dont buy a new ticket, the one you just bought lasts 1hr)
Veer right and jump on the Metro and get off at Malostranska.
Exit the station. At the top of the elevator you can either exit left or right. Leave by the left door, you will see a hotdog stand and news stall.
Cross over the road and wait for either the number 12 Tram or Number 20. Your ticket should still be valid (cheap isnt it). Remember you want to get on the Tram that is travelling from the right (look at the metro station for guidance).
Jump on, and stay on as it takes you through town. After 4 stops, look out for Ujezd. Get off here. The bagel shop is opposite. Cross over, and carry on walking down. After a couple of streets, you will see a Pizzerea, and on the corner is a Budweiser Bar. It is down the road, mid way on the right you will find your hotel. Enjoy. If i didnt think it was worth going, I wouldnt have written this essay!!
Amazing value for money!
Just returned from another fantastic break in Prague and i'm planning my next trip already. The Residence Mala Strana is quite possibly the oddest place i have ever stayed in my whole life! Don't get me wrong i enjoyed my stay but the customer service was just ... strange.
We arrived at reception where we were greeted by a woman whose facial expression was the only one she'd ever had and probably ever would have, she was colder than an October day on Blackpool Promenade. However she checked us in effortlessly and informed us of our free drink.. Bonus! We got into our room which was smaller than i thought but large enough for a couple who just wanted a base point. After giving the place the once over we hurried downstairs to claim our first Czech Beer. We asked at reception which now come to think of it seemed to have a rather sterile atmosphere, either that or i asked for my drink a little too abruptly. We were directed to the "Winter Gardens" This was a room with 2 seater setees all over, it was like walking into an Elderly Persons Home and this was the proposed room where guests relaxed. No music, no other people and no bar. Basically our drinks came from some random fridge under the receptionists desk in can form, i was shocked when she gave us glasses! We drank our beers and proceeded into Prague where the real fun is to be had.
Throughout the week our run-in's with the ice queen / receptionist became frequent but in all fairness she wasn't that bad. But mentally i still can't escape her icy glare *shudder*.
Stay at the Residence Mala Strana but if you fall into her evil hands, don't say i didn't warn you! Muhahahah
Good for the money
I would stay here again. Its a good location 15 mins stroll away from Wenceslas Square on one side, the castle on the other, and gives you a chance to have a mosey around places that you wouldn't probably explore if you were staying right in town. Its clean, and the kitchen in the cupboard provided no end of amusement!! Although this is probably the cause of the slight odour of kebab outside the rooms, as other residents are using the kitchen, but the rooms themselves are fresh and clean. The staff were polite, and there was good selection at breakfast. As good as anything you are going to get for the price.
A Five Star Suite for the Price of a Three Star Hotel
I recently went to Prague for five days and stayed at this hotel. When I walked into the room they had reserved for me I was surprised to find that it is in fact an apartment complete with a living room, a dining area, a cooking area(!), and a separate room for the bedroom. It was well beyond my expectations. It really enhanced my first time experience visiting this wonderful city. It was well within walking distance of the major attractions of Prague i.e. Charles Bridge, the Holy Infant Jesus Church, Prague Castle, and the new town (Nove Mesto). It was also close to a tram station where it was easily accessible to all the major sights of the city. The staff were courteous and spoke perfect English which is so hard to find in an Eastern European country. The breakfast was okay. If anyone is going to Prague or plans on going to Prague on a budget but would like to a superb hotel, I would highly recommend Residence Mala Strana especially to families and people who are staying longer than three days.
Great hotel if you they don't give your room away.
We came to Prague with a wedding party. We booked the Mala Strana way in advance. Prepaid for 2 rooms. My friend got there the day before me and he was checked in. No problem. He checked on our reservations. They said there was no problem. We get there from Flying for 14 hours and they start questioning me about all my paper work. After I produced all the paper work, the receptionist pulls out an envelope with my name on it. She told me they were booked up and that they had moved me to a hotel 4 blocks away. I will give another review for that hotel. The Best Western. (hotel-Kampa) Which was horrible. The room they gave us was full of spiders and about the size of a broom closet. 2 days later they let me return back to the Mala Strana. It is a great hotel and I would have loved to stay there my whole time. I have heard this is common practice in Prague, but now I know this is what they do. These rooms were fully prepaid. They would not give my money back.
As for the hotel the beds are nice and it is like a mini suite. The location is great to the Charles Bridge. The breakfast is ok, but for the price awesome. The rooms are very large. I would recommend this hotel to everyone if they were not over booking.
P.S. My friend travelled back to prague a week later and they did the same thing to him.
Good Luck. Great hotel if they let you stay were you paid for.
A Suite for the Price of a Standard Room!
My family and I stayed here in 2001 and again in 2003--each time while on a week-long vacation--and we couldn't have been more satisfied. The hotel consists of 35 suites (they call them "apartments"), accomodating from 2-4 persons. (Both times we stayed in a 4-person suite.) Currently, it is managed by Minotel, which has 650 properties in Europe, but it has retained its local feel. 1. We LOVE this location: Melnicka (Street) is a residential street of older apartment buildings, perpendicular to Uzed (Boulevard), at the foot of Petrin Hill on the southern edge of Mala Strana. (Just south of the funicular.) Trams #22 and #9 (among others) run frequently on Uzed (within 100 yards), and transport you within MINUTES to the edge of Old Town and Wenceslas Square, respectively--or to the heart of Mala Strana or the Castle, in the opposite direction. We are convinced that this is the most convenient, but oddly overlooked, hub in the central city. 2. The clientele at the hotel is mostly European (primarily Italian, German, British). The staff is mostly Czech, and is very friendly and accommodating. 3. The hotel is well-maintained and the suites (in our case, one bedroom, sitting area with two pull-out sofas, kitchenette/dining area, and full bathroom) are clean, comfortable and practical. The hotel was affected somewhat by the great flood, but now is fully repaired. The entrance is a bit down at the heels, and belies the pleasant interior. 4. The daily buffet breakfast here includes eggs and bacon, and lots of delicious local meats, cheeses, breads, jams, yogurts, etc. We're big breakfast eaters, and this is one of the best hotel breakfasts that we've had. 5. The price for a suite here is comparable to that for a double room in most other 3-star hotels.
Really, if you're looking a comfortable, convenient and reasonably priced hotel, then you just can't beat this place. We're surprised that it hasn't been "discovered" by the big guidebooks. 6. Prague still suffers a hotel shortage, so you'll need to book any hotel there WELL in advance. Don't bother booking this place through the Minotel website, which always seems to say that this hotel is booked, when it often isn't. (This happened to us twice.) E-mail or fax your request directly to the hotel, or better still, call them. Almost the entire staff speaks English far better than you speak Czech! We hope that you enjoy your stay here as much as we have ours.
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