Here are the facts for the hotel and an apartment (I stayed in 2 apartments during 5 weeks):
Location: Ok. About 20-25 minutes walk to Charles bridge and 15 to the old city centre. Five minutes to Wenceslas Square. Restaurants are within reach. It’s a 5 minute walk or less to I.P.Pavlova subway station and tram node. Very close to Prague’s “red-light district” (it’s safe, don’t worry).
Food supermarket: As you exit the hotel, make a left and on the corner (about 20 meters), there’s a mini-market where you can find almost everything you need. I used it only for breakfast selection, drinks and snacks, because eating in a restaurant is pretty cheap (about 200-400CZK that’s 8-16 euros for a drink and a good main dish + tips). In the shop I mentioned, you’ll also find things you might have forgot to bring or buy, like toothpaste, shampoo or maybe some dishwasher if you’re into cooking.
Reception: Nice people. They can provide you with a map and recommendations if you ask, plus directions. Some of them speak English ok (the ladies). With the rest, you have to speak a bit slower (just keep it short and simple).
Reservations: the fact is that this hotel is mostly used by people travelling with business and their reservations system could not be worse. If your company has an agreement with them, you can’t just make a verbal reservation at the reception. Your travel agent must contact Marriott’s reservations department (which has regular office schedule), then Marriott’s reservations dep calls the reception…
Bedroom: Very comfy queen bed with a lot of pillows. Work desk with a lamp and a glass that turns an optical mouse useless, unless you use some paper. An armchair with a lamp if you like to read. A lot of drawers available. Between bedroom and bathroom, there’s a vestibule where you’ll also find an iron. To save you some time: the ironing board is under the bed.
Living room: Very nice: couch, coffee table, two armchairs. Eating table (or poker table) with 3-4 chairs. Communicates with the American style kitchen next to which you have also 2 bar chairs.
Kitchen: fridge, microwave oven, electric hob, toaster, water heater, coffee filter machine, plates, cups, glasses, knives, forks, etc. A dish washing machine is available – you can buy pills for it from the reception (I preferred buying some dishwashing detergent instead as I was barely using 2 plates a day). The dishes and cutlery are different in aspect and number from one room to another (as if some got broken, some got stolen – but during a regular stay you can’t notice that.
Laundry service: On each floor you should be able to find a washing machine and a drying machine. Don’t use the drying program on the washing machine (it will take hours for nothing). You either buy your own detergent or buy some from the reception. Free to use. The usual laundry and ironing service provided by any hotel is also available if you pay.
Internet connection: Average to slow connection (streaming is slow, Skype video calls are almost ok), either by cable or wireless. Both are available but you have to choose one. It registers the MAC address – so if you move from one room to another, it will remember you paid. Price is pretty high (400czk per day – about 16 euros) and decreases significantly if you purchase the service for a longer period (3000 CZK for one month). I find it unacceptable not to have it included by default in the room’s price, especially being a hotel frequented by people on business trips. If you’re on the right side of the hotel you might detect some pretty good wireless connection ; )
TV selection: Good. News channels, 2 music channels, sports. Languages: Czech, English, Spanish, Arabian. I enjoyed watching the Abu Dhabi channels (MBC Action and MBC2) plus Dubai One that had a very good (subtitled) movie selection in the evening, so you could enjoy the original soundtrack in English (and not some lousy voiceover).
AC: Can keep a max temperature of 23 Celsius deg. During winter it feels a bit chilly.
Gym and sauna: The gym was very disappointing. Free of charge, it offered 2 running mills, one bicycle, on cardio stepper, one work bench, 2 pairs of dumbbells and ONE “20 in 1” working station (used for chest, back, legs, triceps, biceps). I did not use the sauna – also available free of charge. The gym is almost always unoccupied as apparently people staying here are not that much into weight lifting or running.
Cleaning: As this is an apartments hotel, garbage is picked up daily, but house keeping comes only twice a week. So I'd say it is as clean as you keep it.
Other services: not included by default, but for the right amount of money, anything can be solved: limousine, secretary, babysitter, exhibition tickets, you name it. Office services (printing, scanning, etc) available at undesirable prices.
The room I spent most of the time in, offered in a nightstands first drawer… The Book of Mormons. I’d rather read the phone book.
All in all, I recommend it with all my heart for an extended business stay or even for a weekend. Everything is cozy (except when it’s a bit chilly) and it really makes you feel at home.
IMPORTANT for business travelers: there is a monthly transport title, valid in Prague on subways and trams which is not advertised, costs around 700 czk, does NOT require a photo or anything else. It can be bought from Mustek subway station (and only a few other places in town, but that’s the closest).
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