Excellent, Stupendous and Unbeatable - You Cannot Get A Better Deal!!! A review of Hotel Residence Retezova
My wife and I stayed 4 nights at the Residence Retezova in November 2003. I had been to Prague once on business in Jun 1999 and stayed at the Prague Renaissance. But since we were on our own expense this time, we had to watch our purse strings. My wife found the Retezova after much searching on the internet. The Retezova consists of 9 service apartments each named after the following cities from the smallest (18 sq metres) to the largest (115 sq metres) - Singapore, Rio de Janerio, Berlin, Madrid, New York, Paris, Jerusalem, Roma and London.
Since it's just the two of us, we went for the Singapore apartment. My wife got a very good deal on the internet - 70 euros a night including breakfast. (From the hotel's website, it would cost us 105 euros per night at the Singapore apartment during the low season in Nov.) We were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The whole place looks newly renovated and very clean. Our Singapore apartment was perfect and appeared as it was shown on the hotel's website. It also came with a well-equipped kitchenette (with tea/coffee-making facilities) and a well-stocked bathroom. The receptionists were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay, and cheekily told us that we were the first Singaporeans to stay at their Singapore apartment!! (My wife and I are Singaporeans living and working in Geneva.)
The hotel location is just perfect, nestled in a quiet street in between Stare Mesto (Prague Old Town) and Karlov Most (Charles Bridge). Everything is within walking distance and there are also many shops and restaurants nearby. We were in for a bigger surprise at breakfast, which is served in a charming cafe adjoinging the hotel. The cafe is beautifully decorated in rustic European style and full of antiques, trinkets, old posters and turn of the century European memorabilia. The breakfast consist of ham, cheese, bread and jam, but we could also choose our choice of coffee from the extensive list on the menu. So, I had cappuchino on the first day, Viennese coffee on the second day, Americano on the third and so on.
This hotel really made our holiday immensely enjoyable. I would recommend the Retezova to anyone (especially families) looking for good-value accomodation in Prague. Singaporean travellers are a fussy lot. So if a Singaporean tells you that a hotel is good, take it from him that it is!!! Cheers!