Lets get things straight before we go into more detail. Prague is still one of Europe's greatest cities, absolutely no doubt. It has enormous beauty (especially the Old Town), it has history, attitude and not forgetting great beer!
To those people who've never been, forget all the negative reports on this site (and some others) and get yourself there ASAP!
Yes sure, it's not perfect but then again where is? The thing is, the plus points far outweigh the minus ones.
The four of us arrived on a Sunday evening about 9.00pm and were promptly picked up by our driver who took us to our hotel (this was arranged by Tomas Mrnavy of Cook Travel) Our hotel was U Tri Bubnu (The Three Drums)
I would recommend this hotel without any hesitation, the location is fantastic, just yards from the Old Town square. The rooms were warm, pleasant and very adequate and the staff were really helpful.
I won't go into a full blown, full detail report of our trip but i'll highlight a few places that people should try (in my humblest opinion)
Kolkovna (v Kolkovne 8, Prague1)
This place is owned by the Pilsner Urquell brewery and is excellent.
The beer is fantastic (i had a litre of their finest and it cost 69czk, about £1.70) The food was really good and hearty fare it was too. We had 4 main courses, 4 sweets, 4 beers and coffees and the bill came to 1,908czk, about £50.00!
Restaurant U Golema (Maiselova 8, Prague 1)
This cosy place was just up the road from our hotel and was lovely. The food was fine, nothing spectacular but good Czech cuisine. We had 4 main courses, 3 sweets, 1 bottle of wine, 3 beers and 3 coffees and the damage came to 1,870, about £48.00
Finally, for a more indulgent experience, try the 7 Angels restaurant, which is on Jilska in the main tourist area. We dined here on our last night and really enjoyed it. We all had 3 courses each, 2 bottles of wine, numerous beers and 4 coffees and spent 3,870czk (about £99.00) but considering there were 4 of us and we were entertained by the resident band we thought it was good value.
By the wat, my wife an I own our own restaurant and I'm a chef, so we know a bit about the catering trade! Try these places, you'll really enjoy them.
Do yourself a favour while you're in Prague, don't go to the usual places we can get at home (McDonalds, KFC Pizza Hut etc. etc.) go to the smaller independant ones, where you will be looked after and try something different, you will be rewarded.
We did all the usual tourist bits, Charles Bridge, Old Town square, Prague Castle, Wenceslas Square. Everything is within walking distance and it really is the only way to see Prague.
The people were great, the city is buzzing and I can't wait to go back and i can't recommend Prague highly enough.
Forget all the negative tosh being banded about, this place is one of the World's gems! Get there!