Value for Money ?????? A review of Boutique Hotel Jalta
For a 4 star hotel, I am sorry to report that it did not meet my expectations. The first 5 of the 7 floors have been re-modelled and when we first checked in they put us on the 6th floor. The hallway and room were dingy and the bed looked very small, old and lumpy. We asked for a larger bed and they put us on the 3rd floor which was better. The room was nicely appointed albeit fairly small. Even though the bed seemed new, it was not very comfortable, yet beautiful bedspreads etc.
The bathroom was new and nicely appointed.
The lobby is quite small and average, not what you'd expect for a 4 star. The staff were pleasant enough but lacked a bit of polish or professionalism.
Breakfast was quite varied, but it was located in a convention room; really felt like you could have been anywhere. When I asked the front desk if the facilities were temporary, no-one was able to provide a clear answer. The breakfast staff were incredibly efficient, to the point that they would whisk away your plate, cutlery and cups even if you weren't finished with them.
Althought the hotel advertises a restaurant, there isn't one. There is an adjoining restaurant of a different owner which is newly opened (beg. April 2004). It is fabulous, trendy and efficient staff, but it is not part of the hotel.
I would not stay on Wenceles Square if I stayed in Prague again. It is the commercial seedy part of town; with it's share of homeless and drunk sorts, casinos, fast food restaurants, etc. The advantage is that it is close to the State Opera and the National Museum and within walking distance of all the majoer sites. I would rather choose the quainter Old Town or the Little Quarter.
During our stay, we visited the lobbies a few other 4 star hotels and by comparison found the Jalta to be a disappointment. All in all, considering the star rating and the accompanying nightly rate, didn't find value for money.