Not so cheap, but brand-new and close to metro A review of Ibis Praha Mala Strana
The Smichov just opened at the end of March 2004 (official opening was scheduled for April 2004.) The other two IBIS locations were also available, but the Karlin's location wasn't nearly as convenient and the price for the City hotel was slightly higher than for the Smichov. The standard rate for the Smichov is 69 EURO during peak season, but in the off-season it drops to below 40 EUROS in case you are considering a trip in the winter. + The hotel is located very close to the Andel Metro stop, just four or five stops from the city center, so to get to the Old Town you can get there very quickly and easily. The area around the Andel metro stop is also residential, so there is a shopping center geared towards the local residents, including a very convenient Carrefour hypermarket open until very late (24:00 when I was there.) Nearby are shops, restaurants, Mc Donalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and within walking distance, a brewery (Staropramen), which has an excellent in-store brewery/restaurant. + I took breakfast at the hotel and though it was a cold buffet, it was excellent. Cold cuts and cheese, hard-boiled eggs, cereals,yogurt, at least ten different kinds of breads, plus hot and cold beverages. Enough to give your day a good start. + Rooms are generously large, but only equipped with a shower (though the shower has good water pressure.) Towels are very fluffy. The bed is big and comfortable and the furniture sparse but modern (and brand-new). + In addition, as a security feature, in order to go to your room by elevator you do need to use your room key card to activate the elevator (that way, outsiders generally cannot gain access to the hotel rooms). + The lobby is brightly lit, and there were two or three persons at reception most of the times I passed through there. There is a hotel-affiliated taxi service that, for fixed rates, will take you to various locations in Prague. (EX: Holosevice Train Station, 350 CZK) + Access to the hotel, for those arriving by train, would be via subway connections through the subway network. From the airport, you first take a CEDAZ bus to Namesti Republiky and then transfer there to a subway. + An excellent hotel, and its remote -- yet convenient -- location (away from the souvenir shops and loud music that have overrun the main Old Town areas) actually work in its favor. I would definitely stay here again.