A Suite for the Price of a Standard Room! A review of Hotel Residence Mala Strana
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.