December, Tulip Inn A review of Hotel Terminus Prague
Got back from weekend in Prague (4-6th Dec) yesterday and thought I'd post here, because I've found previous posts helpful. It was our first visit to Prague so had no idea what to expect, but had a great time. We got our hotel to send a car to pick us up from the airport and were glad we did - the taxi rank looked like chaos, and the last thing we wanted to do was figure out the bus or trains. Took about 20mins and cost 650 (about £15), well worth it. We stayed at the Tulip Inn Prague Terminus and were pleasantly surprised. The hotel is newly renovated and spotless. Very friendly and helpful staff. Room was lovely. Good size, comfy beds, nice bathroom. Only slight downer was grim view of ringroad flyover and train station, but they're hidden by thick net curtains - and who spends all day looking out of the window anyway? Also, the immediate area isn't great but always felt safe even late at night. Really wasn't an issue.
Walking from the hotel to Old Town Square takes around 10mins. We wanted to check out the Xmas markets but were a bit disappointed. We have a European Xmas market every year here in Manchester and to be honest, the Manchester one is better. There's more variety here and better quality. There were lots of people browsing in Prague, but nobody buying - it's really just tourist tat, and not much variety. Good atmosphere though, but don't expect to do the Xmas shopping there. We were also a bit disappointed by the prices over there. Beer is cheap, but not much else is. We did have a couple of cheapish meals but you have to go off the beaten track a bit. It's not that everything else is expensive, it's just the same as home.
Prague itself though is beautiful. We shot 5 rolls of film! You spend the entire first day just gawping at the amazing architecture. It's also quite compact. We didn't use the tram or metro once, as everything is walkable. It's a great city for just wandering around, but your feet and ankles might take a battering due to the cobbles if you're not up to walking much - ladies, forget heels. Also, take a hat - the winter winds mean your ears will never be the same again. Will certainly go back again sometime soon.
Must see - stop at the luxurious deco Municipal House cafe for a hot chocolate and a cake; set aside at least half a day for the castle and grounds; some nice bars and restaurants just on the other side of Charles Bridge; museum of medievil torture (great for kids!); museum of ---- machines (a bit like torture museum! Brilliant).
Give it a miss - astronomical clock (nice, but not worth the rugby scrum every hour); Xmas markets (save your pennies).