Look beyond the Ice Maiden A review of Hotel Residence Mala Strana
Okay, if, like me you have looked at 300 websites for different hotels and you are worried, then let me direct you to Mala Strana.
The hotel was more than I expected for the price I paid, it was clean, roomy, and warm. It had a TV (BBC World (which was boring after a while) and CNN which kept me up to date on Yasser Arafat). The room was tastefully styled and the beds were as comfy as I had ever slept it.
It is a 15 min walk to Chrles Bridge, there is a fantastic Bagel Shop near the Tram Stop (go in there and enjoy one for me). There is a supermarket nearby (dont use the Mini bar unless you have to - £1 for a coke etc).
When I got to Prague I got lost finding this hotel, so I ended up dragging my pensioner companion miles round the block. So as a useful tip, here is the difinitie cheap way of getting to the Hotel.
1) When you leave the Airport, cross the road and head over the Buses. There will be a BUS to Dejvika. Jump on and buy a 15Kr ticket, which lasts one hour. When you get your ticket Stamp it on the yellow machine.
At Dejvika, walk down to the Metro (its right in front of you). When at the bottom (dont buy a new ticket, the one you just bought lasts 1hr)
Veer right and jump on the Metro and get off at Malostranska.
Exit the station. At the top of the elevator you can either exit left or right. Leave by the left door, you will see a hotdog stand and news stall.
Cross over the road and wait for either the number 12 Tram or Number 20. Your ticket should still be valid (cheap isnt it). Remember you want to get on the Tram that is travelling from the right (look at the metro station for guidance).
Jump on, and stay on as it takes you through town. After 4 stops, look out for Ujezd. Get off here. The bagel shop is opposite. Cross over, and carry on walking down. After a couple of streets, you will see a Pizzerea, and on the corner is a Budweiser Bar. It is down the road, mid way on the right you will find your hotel. Enjoy. If i didnt think it was worth going, I wouldnt have written this essay!!