As good as 5* hotels we have stayed in! A review of Hotel Tyl
Went to prague for 3 days in February.
Hotel was excellent - clean, good quality furnishing, helpful staff & good quality breakfast. I have no real criticism of the hotel and I think is an ideal choice for a short break. We had three nights for the price of two and it only cost £100 in total for two (with Airline Network). I think it is unbelievably good value. I have stayed in five stars hotels, which quite frankly did not match up to the quality of the Hotel Tyl.
It is located literally right next to a tram station & metro. We only used the tram. It cost 8 kronas each one way (about 20p!) - we didn't see anyone else with a ticket on the tram though! Basically you go can go either 4 or 5 stops along and walk the rest. It takes about 5 mins on the Tram to get into the central city! Wenslaslas Square is 5 mins walk from the hotel.
There are a few decent restaurants near the hotel & various types. Wenslaslas has a few as well. We couldn't be bothered to go into the city in the evening, although this was shear laziness! It is very cheap to eat, e.g. a 3 course meal (with drinks) for two cost us between 400 kronas to 800 kronas i.e between £10 to 20 (the £20 was in a tourist trap restaurant and very good quality food).
Weather was cold, but seemed to fit with the location and is what you would expect at that time of year, i.e around 0 degrees at best in midday. I would recommend a hat that covers your ears & scarf. I hate to say it, but I brought long johns & this was the best investiment I made. My wife tells me the other thing I must recommend is comfy shoes, not just because of the amount of walking you will do, but also because of the cobbly streets, which can make walking uncomfortable.
As a city it is architecturally fantastic, one amazing building after the other. Not great shopping though, except if you are into glass / cristal, wooden toys, puppets & other touristy tat. If you are a culture vulture, you will be in your element with the various musuems & places to visit. Personally, I didn't think there was that much to see after the Castle, Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter & Old Town Square with the Asteriological Clock (you see massive crowds & then the event itself is a disappointing anti-climax). It is all relatively close together.
I would highly recommend Prague for a short visit - two or three days would be plenty - it took us half a day to orientate ourselves, but you can cover all the main tourist sites quite quickly. It has a lovely ambiance though.
One disappointing aspect to Prague was the pleathora of McDonalds & Kentucky Fried Chicken, which seemed to plague the city. Also, there is a Tesco right in the centre! (Not like the same stuff as back home inside). Wenslaslas square has Debenhams, M&S, C&A - like being on the high street at home.
Hope this is helpful.