Top Hotel Prague & Congress Center
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... tell I was in Eastern Europe. Or, behind the former Iron Curtain. I had noticed the countryside was different but I decided to not judge until I got into the city and boy, it is different than any other city I've been to so far. It isn't completely run down, but it is pretty close to it. It feels very dirty and worn down. That being said, the old town and the tourist areas are beautiful. I can't wait to visit those places later ...
... 20 years makes!
With the new highway and the modern rest-stops, you could be traveling through central Pennsylvania. One advantage with the roads in this country is that the rest-stops feature free restrooms! Most of the countryside looks neat and orderly. You occasionally pass a Communist era factory that has been closed and is falling into ruin but you see more new factories and business firms opening up. It was ...
... th century. Another pretty church that has recently been somewhat restored is the church of St John of Nepumul. The columns and much of the walls are made of pink marble and considering that it was used by the military for various purposes, during communist times, it has survived rather well.
David got to see the dentist on Friday and has another appointment next Friday so now we are enjoying more of the Czech countryside and for once we have had ...
... who is a world famous art nouveau painter (apparently as famous in the Czech Republic as Klimt is in Austria). The Cathedral has recently been renovated and has the beautiful Golden Gate with golden mosaic pictures above the outside door, Wencelas Chapel full of 14th century paintings and decorations, and a bizarre Tomb of St John of Nepomuk. Nepomuk was a priest and a religious martyr, who had his body exhumed after hundreds of years, and the exhumers found that ...
... this hotel so far! (Ass may not be happy after 5 more days of cooked breakfasts though... oh dear).
Armed with a map, and without further dilly-dallying, we were off to the main old town square in search of dinner and of course the Christmas market – or “Vanocni trh” as they say in Czech (try saying that 5 times really fast!). So many shops selling Bohemian crystal along the way, and yes, spotted a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Top Hotel Prague & Congress Center
Great, but be careful
I have just returned from a weekend in this Hotel and can honestly say that I and my 11 friends thought it was great, the rooms were comfy and very clean, and the buffet style breakfast had a large choice of food. On the down side as you are a bit away from the city centre you must get a bus outside the Hotel and then a Metro to get there, and always remember to stamp your ticket as soon as you get it as no one will tell you to do this. We were unaware of this and plain clothes inspectors on the bus fined us £10 each, we also had an attempted pickpocket while boarding the Metro, both of these were very frightening experiences for a group of women, but in spite of this we all enjoyed our weekend.
Great trip, but hotels a bit far from city
Arrived in top praha late at night and got a lovely welcome from staff. The hotel foyer was lovely I was a bit dissapointed with the rooms very basic with no coffee or tea facilities & furnished with 2 single hard beds.
the hotel has 3 bars, the best of which was the sports bar situated in the basement. Overall I enjoyed my stay in Hotel Praha, but somethings got to be done about noisey guests, on our first morning a crowd of americans were leaving at about 05.30 & as the americans like everyone within 100 meters to hear there conversation the noise was incredible.
Some handy tips for visitors to prague....always purchase a valid transport ticket before travelling on public transport as plain clothes inspectors will fine you on the spot 400kc, tickets are available in any hotel shops for 12kc & permits you to travel on bus, metro & trams for 1 hour. DO NOT !! exchange money with guys who approach you in the street offering you great rates of currency exchange, the money they will give you isn't worth the paper its written on < counterfit >
always agree the price of the taxi fare with the driver before you hire him.
Prague is a wonderful city but like any other tourist city pick pockets can spoil your trip, so enjoy the sights but do not drop your guard and look after valuables. on the brighter side, my friend lost his camera within the hotel and it was handed into reception by honest cleaners...in conclusion...yes the hotel is a bit out of the way but its a very reliable transport system, it takes 20 mins to get to downtown prague if i visited the city again i would get a city hotel.
Cheap and Clean for student travelling in Prague!
The Top Hotel in Prague was the best place I stayed in the Czech ( but I was backpacking so I was on a really tight budget -mostly only hostels). It was clean, you got your own bathroom, decent beds, and the bus line was right in front of the hotel. The staff were ok but if they ask you to leave your passport at the front desk then ask if you can leave something else because they only keep the passports in a pile behind the counter-not so safe! All in all if youre a student travelling with litlle money the top hotel is awsome and soooooo cheap!!!
We thought it was great!
I don't know what the complainers are talking about -- our stay here was outstanding. The rooms are extremely nice -- two bedroom, 1 1/2 bath suite with all the amenities and private balcony. Beautiful facility, and yes, you do have to pay extra for the bowling, sauna, massages, etc. But isn't that true everywhere? Breakfast was a huge selection ranging from fresh breads, cereals, meats, eggs, vegetables, cheeses and cold meats, fresh fruits, coffees, teas and juices. Very attentive servers as well. Absolutely no complaints, except that the concierge could be open later.
Great city, but don't stay here
They could not do too little for you at this hotel, it is enormous and if you want poor levels of service, a bed and to be left alone you might be ok. Otherwise I'd stay anywhere in Prague other than here. It is full of either conference delegates or Stag do's, neither of which is particularly appealing.
Also it is a bit far out of town, which is ok if you want a 20minute walk to the tram stop, or to wait for a bus then get the metro, but there is nothing else in the area. There are no stunning views.
Breakfast is truly awful, chillies: why? Salty bread, well I suppose someone must like it but it was a shock to me.
Reception is useless, there are no feedback forms, the minibar is locked
There are no duplicate keys to share if the two of you wish to separate. When I asked for a spare key, as I had got separated from my partner I was advised that they had none, they had lost the master key, that they could drill the lock and that I would be charged. Eventually, through an hours battle of wills I got them to provide me an alternate room. The whole attitude and culture of the hotel has been tarnished in my opinion by the stag do's as the staff tar you all with the same brush. Very poor, never again. I offered them the opportunity to respond to my issues, but since they did not take me up on the offer, I hope that writing this review will ensure others do not go there and at least have a better chance, as Prague is a fantastic city and it would be a shame to spoil your stay this hotel.
Very nice hotel, pity about the droves of students
Beautiful hotel and a beautiful city. The hotel is very nice indeed and the food is very good and reasonably priced. Although the hotel is a bit out of the way the transport to the town is very regular and reliable. The hotel is however used heavily by a lot of school trips and they can become very rowdy, with little or no control from the hotel staff. If you can put up with the students (and the incredibly hard beds) everything is fine. Prague is definately a city that I will return to.
Comfortable, but......more like expensive student hostel
Decent hotel, though a bit out of the way. However, it is on the bus/metro route so is fairly convenient. Our problem was really the fact that the hotel is run almost like a youth hostel with large groups of uni tour groups...This is ok in itself, and the hotel does a decent job managing the crowads during breakfast. But the kids run round the corridors all night and chatter loudly so my wife had great difficulty getting a good night's sleep. This really spoilt our stay at the hotel.
Oh, another thing was the brekkie menu...BORING! fills the tummy but day after day without any change...?
Arriving late at night into Prague, and having to traverse the city I was apprehensive about arriving at the hotel. How wrong I was. First class facilities, fantastic room... It may take a bus and metro trip into the heart of Prague, but this takes little time at all and is as equally inexpensive and exciting. Make sure you get a bus to and from Chodov station as a taxi ripped us off, although it was still cheap enough! It made our trip to Prague almost perfect, although swimming whilst it snowed outside still made me feel cold! I expected to want to return to Prague, I intend to return to this hotel.
Lovely Hotel but a bit out the way
Went to the hotel for Boxing day. We knew that it was a bit out of the way but this was reflected in the price we got it for. Hotel itself is lovely with 24hr sports bar with free internet access, 2 lane bowling alley + gym/spa but this was extra 500kc per hour.
It cost us 1000kc for a taxi from the airport but we went back via public transport which cost us 12kc. (bargain) the public transport is fantastic, we were 3 bus stops and 8 metro stops from main city centre which took about 20mins.
Prague is a beautiful city..
Two Incidents that spoiled stay.
My wife and I visited Prague with a tour group in October, 2003. We stayed at the Top Hotel. Our room was comfortable and reasonable. On the second night of our stay, rowdy youths were allowed to roam the hallways, banging on other youth's doors and talking extremely loud in the hall. Some people in the tour group asked to be moved, others stayed in their room waiting for the hotel staff to take the appropriate steps to silence the bedlam. A miserable night with little sleep. Rather than stay the last night in Prague with the tour, we decided to visit another country. We checked our luggage in the secured luggage room and prior to walking out to our waiting taxi, I exchanged U.S. currency for Czech Crowns. I was short changed by the hotel clerk.
I did not make an issue of it at that time since we were late leaving for the train station. Upon our return to the hotel two days later, I made a formal complaint about the money exchange. I stated that it wasn't the issue of the money, but the fact that the hotel employed someone who would short change a guest. The reply I received was that the man had worked there for five years and was above any wrong doing.
So be it! Enjoy your stay!