Overall a reasonable hotel A review of King Charles Boutique Hotel Residence
Stayed at this hotel for 4 nights (Oct 15-19th 2006) recently with my wife. I booked it through expedia and chose it because it was the best value 4* hotel on offer. From the airport we got a bus/metro/tram to Albertov (nearest stop). However the hotel wassn't the easiet to find as the street lights were out and there is only a tiny sign on the door of the hotel itself. After arriving we were given the usual info (room no., breakfast times, map, how to get around etc) by the friendly guy at reception. I has booked a deluxe room on expedia. It seems this meant we got a king size bed.
The room (No.18) was fine except that the size of the bed meant you couldn't open the wardrobe door fully! All in all the room was cramped but perfectly clean. The bathroom was fine with a really nice shower (you could adjust direction and power of water - and sit down if you wanted to). Slight downside was the tower radiator in bathroom didn't work meaning it was slightly cold relative to the room itself . However this wasn't a big enough deal to complain about. The TV had 6 channels - none of which were English language - so pretty useless to us. There was internet access and pay movies available but we didn't bother. The King size bed was very comfortable but almost totally filled the room. We saw other people had bigger rooms with 4 poster beds so if ours was a deluxe room what were these?? Also there were no tea/coffe making facilities - bit surprising for a 4* hotel.
Breakfast was interesting experience. The room provided is too small - can accomodate about 30 people at 8 tables. Basically this means you have to join other people at a table when you come in to eat. Personally I'd prefer the privacy of my own table for breakfast but after the first couple of days we became used to this. No matter what time we came down we either had to join a table or people joined our table. It is a buffet style set up with a good selection on offer (juices/cereals/cakes/bread/eggs-bacon-sausage/tea-coffee-milk).
Location: the hotel is on the edge of the city near the Vysehrad castle. You can walk into the city centre along the Vltvava river in 20 mins. The nearest tram stop is Albertov. The pubic transport system is excellent. There is a Czech bar called U Neklana next store which is very nice, friendly staff and excellent food and beer. We had a two course meal with 2 pints of beer each for about £15. This pub is very recommended if you are staying at this hotel. Our only complaint is we found it a bit smokey - Czechs LOVE smoking.
Staff: we didn't have too many dealings with hotel staff but we did find them friendly at all times. There were a number of trips on offer but we decided to find our own way around.
Overall we loved Prague - an absolutely beautiful city. The weather was great as well. We would definitely go back as there is a lot to do and lots of options for day trips. The hotel was fine and its poorer features definitely weren't enough to upset our holiday.