Fantastic, good value, great standard hotel A review of Panorama Hotel Prague
Location - only 4 stops or 15 minutes on the underground from the hotel to the very centre of Prague city. Far enough away from the crowds but close enough to be able to sightsee during the day and then hop on the underground to go back to the hotel to change for dinner and then back into the city centre again! The underground station is only a 2 minute walk from the hotel and an all day travel pass cost 80 czk (about £1.86) and let you travel unlimited for 24 hours on the underground/bus/tram/Petrin Hill funicular railway. The underground ran until midnight daily and was very clean, modern and safe - if the main ticket office is closed (Sunday), the tabac shop in the station sells underground passes.
I booked through ---- and managed to book 5 x twin rooms for £35 per person per night including breakfast (very reasonable for July) and they even arranged a very efficient (if not speedy) minibus to pick 9 of us up to and from the airport (about £3.80 each/each way). It only took 30 minutes from the airport.
Hotel lobby was quite spectacular, spacious and even had tv monitors showing flight departure times/arrivals for the airport. The check in/out was effortless, quick and the staff very friendly and spoke English very well.
Our room was a twin on the 12th floor (of 23) - which was a business floor, so the extras were fluffy bathrobes and a good selection of toiletries in the bathroom and a very nice, clean room. The tv had various channels and included London's Capital Radio, with speakers also in the bathroom. Free safe in the room, which is opened by your room key card.
Air conditioning was free, controllable and kept the room cool. There was a mini bar but prices were very, very expensive and at least double what you would pay for a drink in Prague centre! Also do not drink the bottle of Evian water on the table in the room, even though it's not in the mini bar there was a label which was not very clear stating that it cost 10 Euros (about £6.50!!).
Breakfast, which was included, was unbelievable - available from 6.30am to 11am! A huge selection of help yourself unlimited buffet: cereals, 4 different fresh juices, tea/coffee, pastries of all kinds, crepes, fruit, yoghurts, hams, cheeses, fish, all kinds of bread and toast, gateux!! and all kinds of cooked items. We did not have dinner in the hotel but was rumoured to be very expensive.
The swimming pool looked nice but you had to pay 300 czk per visit (about £7) so we didn't go in.
The hotel had great amenities for a 4* - including shoe shine machines on every floor, a casino, a couple of bars (about £5 for a cocktail), a couple of shops and restaurants. There are no stairs in the hotel, but there are 4 lifts which didn't take too long and weren't that busy. The hotel also organises trips and taxis if needed.
Very very good quality hotel for the price and I would say was a very high 4* standard. I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone and would stay here again when I return to Prague (which I will do as the city is fantastic, clean, safe, easy to travel/walk around, very cheap and very friendly).