Travel Blogs from Prague
... as she had had very little sleep over the last several days (ok, she's nearly 22) and I didn't sleep well the night before I left from Munich - a typical night before leaving somewhere.
Then the church NEXT DOOR! Every 15 mins - one chime at 15 past, two at 30 past, three at 45 past, four at the o'clock and then the "o'clock" chimes! ARGH! We both like fresh air, but tonight we are closing the ...
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4th of July obviously isn't very important here in Prague, but the Czech flag is also Red, White and Blue.
On the train last night we were in a compartment with 3 students from the UK and a young couple from Prague. The train had a long stop at one of the stations on the way to Prague (Vienna I think) and the couple from Prague said something to each other ...
... sites, Wenceslas Square named for the good king of Christmas carol fame. He did many good things for his people many centuries ago. The Charles Bridge was named for Charles I'VE who built it. He founded the first university in eastern Europe and was an all around guy in the 14th century and also became king of the whole Roman empire.
We looked up the Dancing House, which was in an Email sent out by the Otjens. Of the towers pictured in that ...
... a wall of people so we might get our money back for these train tickets. *Rick Steves is the author of the guidebook we used in Prague. We're on a first-name basis. Train Update: About an hour after writing this we had a scare at the Austrian border. The Austrian authorities would not allow a train with three times the number of people allowed on a train to pass through so about half the people cramped in the car had to get off. We were fortunate enough to stay ...
... talking about and planning this trip since before Christmas. It has far exceeded every expectation that I've had, even with the absolutely frigid temperatures.
This morning I had no real plan, just kind of roam around. I was told upon check-in on Friday that the Prague City Council had decided in their infinite wisdom to close down the "C" line of the Metro. That just happens to be the line closest ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Stirka Prague
A very nice hotel
I visited Prague with my mother and stayed at the Stika Hotel for 4 nights. We had a triple for 2 and was really very nice. The room was very clean and nice with Tv (CNN and Eurosport), tea and coffee.
The bathroom is clean and the toals are changed every day.
The continental breakfast was very good, with a lot of choice, we tried tosts, cakes, muesli, ham, etc. And they have hot food as well.
The hotel is about 15 minutes from the centre if you use the underground-We got a 3 day ticket that cost about €6. The underground is the best way to go to the city center and was easy to use and only 7 mins walk from the hotel.
At the reception desk there are a lot of information about prague: public transports fares, concerts, tours; and they have internet access free of charge.
The gentlemans from the hotel reception are very helpful. The ladies from the reception are not very friendly. I would recommend this hotel to everybody, because is an excellent combination price/quality.
I travelled with 8 friends and stayed at the Stika Hotel for 3 nights. We arrived at around 10pm and were eager to find our rooms.We had 3 double rooms and mine was a triple. Our room was tiny and suprisingly one of the doubles was much larger than ours and had 3 beds! But we didn't let it bother us. The rooms were very clean and adequate. The bedding was of a good quality and changed every day.
The continental breakfast was ok, we tried omelettes, museli, fruit etc. And there was always plenty of choice of toast, pastries.
The hotel is about 15 minutes from the centre if you use the underground-We got a 3 day ticket, cost about £5.The underground was easy to use and only 10 mins walk from the hotel.
The hotel reception staff are very helpful and informative. They printed us train times off the web so we could make our own way to Terezin 30 miles away. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a no frills cheap holiday.
CLEAN, WARM HOTEL.
We got to the stirka hotel at about 10 o clock at night,we were told when we booked we could change our room from a single to a double,but there were no other rooms available.Our room was four flights up the stairs in the attic and our beds were opposite sides of the room,but they were very clean and warm.After the walking we done all weekend we did,nt care where we slept.The breakfast was lovely a selection of meats,cheese,danish,s and breads, tea coffee and juice. we were hungry when we got there so after following instructions from other customers, we turned left out of the hotel to the top of the road then turn right you will find a resturant which is very cheap, but the food was delicious. you will also find the metro st we paid 20 krona which was a one way ticket,it is 4 stops to get to the museum stop, then follow the road down into the town. Apart from having two single beds in the room, the hotel was lovely and we would stay there again.
Very cheap & Extremely Cheerful
Arriving very late Friday evening we did wonder where on earth we had ended up, but the sight of tea/coffee facilities in the clean room was very welcoming! Bed was comfortable, inviting bathroom with hot water, tv with cnn news & english Eurosport. We went out to find somewhere to eat, & found a bar/restaurant we would whole heartedly recommend...but be warned! The atmosphere is great, the staff friendly, the plates are big and the FOOD......comes piled high, tastes wonderful and is cheap!! 4 main courses with side vegs (which you could manage without) with a couple of drinks each, no desserts...no room left!..and we had change from £30! Turn left out of hotel, walk to top of hill, turn right and you will find the trams and Metro, (above which is the aforementioned bar!) the best value for money on public transport i've ever used! Be sure to get some coins to buy your tickets first. The Metro takes you to city centre within 10 mins for about 50p, & what a beautiful city it is! After a long days walking around it, we were thankful for the comfortable bed, and the good choice of breakfast next morning before starting off another jaunt!. Thanks to all concerned.
We loved Prague
We went to Prague for 5 days and chose to stay in the Hotel Stirka which was outside the main centre. For the price we paid, about £40 a night for room and breakfast, we felt that we got excellent value. The room was very clean, large and comfortable and the buffet breakfasts were very good. We bought 7 day tram tickets for around £6 which gave us unlimited travel and because of the excellent tram service, being outside of the centre was not a problem - in fact it had some benefits - when we arrived the temperature was in the 30s and where the hotel was, was a little cooler, also got to see some 'locals' and paid cheaper prices for drinks etc.
We travelled with Easyjet and everything went smoothly. To get to the hotel (and back to the airport) we used the cedaz taxi with its fixed price as recommended by Tripadvisor correspondants.
We loved Prague itself - so much to see and do and no sign of any pick pockets. Our only disappointment was an excursion out of Prague which was advertised as 'no need to book, just turn up'. We did that on our last day and were told that it was full!
Nice and Cheap
I spent 3 nights in March 2005 at the Stirka. The location was my biggest concern, but it is in a quiet part north of the city center. It is only a few minutes walk to a subway station, which runs til midnight, and even closer to a tram stop, which certain lines run all night long. And its less than 20 min from city center, even on the tram. The room was clean and well cared for. It was also fairly large for european standards. The reception is open 24 hours and helpful. The breakfast was average for a european hotel, with a decent selection of hot and cold food. I would definitely stay there again, and for 35 Euro a night, it was a bargain. If you're looking for the Ritz or 4 Seasons, then dont stay here, but if you just want a safe, clean place to rest while spending time in Prague, than this is a good buy.
just got back today 14.12.2004 stopped at Stirka for 3 nights
well impressed with cleanliness, friendly staff and service at the Stirka.
first thoughts ,its a bit out of the way, as we have been to Prague before, but the tram and metro was about 7 minutes away, and there was a small market on the way to the metro and a few shops. The receptionist was lovely and there was 24 hour service The breakfast was fantastic there was eggs, ham, cheeses, pastries, soup, yogurts, fruit, tea, coffee, juice ,cereal and it was fantastic value at about £12 a night with breakfast you cant go wrong!!!!! would definitley go back there again. Rooms were lovely and warm with tea, coffee facilitles included and clean towels and red hot water. we will go back next year
Its a clean, warm and friendly place. My partner and I were happily surprised by the service of the staff there, fresh towels daily, beds made, nice pleasant clean room. The breakfast was provided in a clean dining room with fresh bread rolls on the table ready. Breakfast was simple but plentyful and an excellent standard. The hotel is situated in an excellent position for both tram and metro. We will be back as soon as we can!
My husband & I got a very cheap deal at Hotel stirka, around £12 each a night, yes it was very basic but I can't complain at that price & breakfast was very good. There was a tram stop at the top of the road which for around 12 pence! took us straight to the heart of Prague in 15 - 20 minutes, we thought Hotel Stirka was execellent value for money in a nice quiet residential location.
Not impressed with the Hotel Stirka
Upon arriving at Hotel Stirka, we were somewhat amazed to find that this hotel had been listed as a 3 star hotel. In Prague maybe, by our standards it was phsing either 1 or 2 star. Very very very basic dull rooms, twin beds pushed together but different heights anyway, how nice and unromantic. TV reception dreadful, no english speaking channels (ie for news etc). Although there was 24 hour reception service, to come down to reception before breakfast and find the receptionisht asleep in the bar area was so pleasant!!! Walls are paper thin in this hotel, and I mean paper thin, we could hear the conversation going on in the next room, even with our TV on even with us trying to drown out the noise.
Nice enough location, but certainly a lot more than a 15 minute run into the city centre.