What a Find! A review of Hotel Yasmin
My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Yasmin for 3 nights in March. Since the Maximilian Hotel cancelled our original reservation 24 hours before our departure, I was excited to have discovered Yasmin on gridskipper(-) The introductory rates were most appealing as I was unsure of the location as compared to the bulk of Mala Strana and Old Town hotels discussed in my tour guide.
Wow, was I wrong! We loved the location - granted, we were interested in some off-the-beaten path sights, like TV Tower and the neighborhood of Vinorady. However, we were surprised how walkable Prague is- even the castle seemed a short 20 minute (and fantastically picturesque) stroll!
Also, as New Yorkers we are used to late-night snack places and found few non-bar/lounge establishments open past 10 PM. What we did find (a 24 hour burrito spot, a bakery, the movie theater) were located in the Yasmin neighborhood. We realized staying somewhere like Mala Strana would have been a death-sentence for our 3 AM jet-lag-induced city strolls.
Also, the hotel staff were all very eager to please. I arranged for a bottle of champagne to be placed in the room - which it was - for an extra 10 EU. A friendly - if silent - driver picked us up from the airport as arranged by the hotel as well (highly recommended).
Our room was of medium size, facing the courtyard. At first, I was disappointed we didn't have a street-front view. But after hearing the inexplicable chirping of birds every morning, we realized the quieter side may have been a plus.
The design and furnishings were clean and modern. A hip aesthetic, if a little theme-oriented. The bathrooms are great - roomy and sexy in all black tile. A big bathtub, too.
What we were most impressed by, embarrassingly, was the breakfast! A huge spread every morning with juice, coffee, pastries, fruit, hot sausages and eggs, yogurt... the list goes on. Since we were on a budget, I admit I swiped a few pastries for a mid-afternoon snack. Despite observing me stuff a few strudels in my purse, they didn't comment - another plus to a hotel's staff. We were disappointed that breakfast was shut down at 10:30. An 11 AM finish would have been a little more accommodating.
In addition, the hotel felt comfortably populated but not overcrowded - and at least for now, it didn't feel overrun with hipsters and scenesters.
We would definitely return to the Hotel Yasmin. It suited all of our needs and surpassed our expectations. Highly recommended as a unique alternative to the traditional Prague experience.