Convenient but Very Quirky A review of Hotel Atlantic
Although its immediate neighborhood is dominated by an utterly characterless assortment of banks, offices, clothing and electronics stores, the Atlantic truly merits its description as 'convenient.' It's only a very short walk (5-10 minute) from the hotel to both The Old Town and Jewish Quarter, and the Namesti Republicky metro station, from which one can easily access any other point in Prague, is just down the street. Anyone considering this hotel as their home base in Prague, however, should know that the Atlantic is hardly luxurious, and while certain things have been updated (like the bar and the bathrooms), the rooms themselves are honestly bizarre: they're very clean and sufficiently comfortable, to be sure, but with their odd built-ins, industrial-grade carpeting and sci-fi film lighting fixtures they look like they may have been renovated in the mid-seventies by someone who'd just failed a course in Soviet modernism (surprisingly, the rooms were actually renovated much more recently). If you stay at the Atlantic know, too, that thanks to its low rates, it is apparently a popular choice with tour operators - during my stay several groups of American high school students were in residence. The botomline, I think, is this: if you're young and your top priority is a cheap, no-frills place to stay, you may find the Atlantic acceptable, perhaps even pleasantly off-kilter. If you're over 30 and a bit more interested in amenities, it's best to look elsewhere.