We stayed two days and one night at this hotel as a side trip from Prague to Cesky Krumlov.
I have mixed feelings about this hotel in all honesty I would give it 2.5 stars. Normally I am very generous with my reviews but this hotel left me wanting for more.
I really liked the interior decor with a very spartan but Austrian alps lodge influence. I also like the fact that they've got the Czech fairy tale theme to name the rooms. I viewed their web site carefully and looked at their web site photos closely when choosing a room. It looked simple, but warm and inviting.
That being said, the rooms are indeed VERY spartan. We stayed in Goat Agatha (which was a sizeable room) and charged as a more expensive suite. This room is #13 (my lucky number) and at the top of 3 flights of wooden stairs. There is no elevator in this hotel so don't bring a lot of luggage.
The hotel (and the Goat Agatha room) is located on the main drag to the castle and the street below was very noisy for about 18 hours of the day. After the crowds of the day subsided, inevitably you could hear drunken college students (or adults for that matter) making their way down the street and having fun (after all they're on vacay too!). We just put in the ear plugs and the noise was tolerable.
Goat Agatha has several windows that open up to the street below. The curtains are tiny and sheer and don't completely cover the windows. This wouldn't be a problem if there wasn't a hotel room directly across the alley facing into the room. So you have to position the curtains strategically or risk seeing your neighbors. I awoke the next morning and looked out the window only to see a man in his underwear. Talk about a mood killer.
The king bed in Goat Agatha is really two twins pushed together (not uncommon for Europe). The bathroom (with small shower) was clean but small (there's also a large tub in the corner of the bedroom). Our main beef was the fact that an alarm bell would sound about 60 seconds after you flushed the toilet. At first we couldn't figure out why the alarm would go off (it sounded like a school bell) but then we figured it out. We never asked the owner about -- so it will remain a mystery. Needless to say we didn't flush overnight. The shower was awkward in that there's no place to put your shampoo in the shower so you have to open the doors and reach around to get your toiletries. Good thing the bathroom was tiny otherwise this might have been a pain.
Goat Agatha also shares a common door with a room next door. Usually not a problem, except someone was chain smoking all night and the smoke kept seeping under the door. Since I have allergic asthma this made breathing more challenging than usual. And opening the window wasn't an option (because of the noise outside). Alas, a rolled up towel under the door helped.
We could lean out our window and see the castle tower and watch the people below.
The bar downstairs was nice and cozy but doesn't stay open very late. We got there around 10 pm (after walking around the town) and they were eager to close up by 11:00pm sharp and didn't look please when we sat down at 10:00pm. Bar staff didn't speak English (not that we expect this but it was common for staff throughout the Czech Republic working in restaurants and hotels to speak very good English) so we stumbled through with our limited Czech -- trying not to offend.
The location of the hotel is excellent in terms of walking distance to everything and we enjoyed wandering the town. However, get specific directions to this hotel in advance. This medieval town is full of narrow, pedestrian- filled, one way streets and it can be very frustrating getting to the town square near the hotel to drop off your luggage.
Once you drop off your luggage you have to park at Eggenberg Brewery which isn't very far as the crow flies, but because of the one way street system requires you to exit the town and drive all the way around the perimeter (approx 3 miles) to get to the parking lot. Then you have a 10-15 minute walk back to the hotel.
As far as amenities are concerned, make sure you bring your own soap and shampoo. They provide each bed with a towel, a tiny bar of soap and a tiny packet of shampoo -- I do not exaggerate when I say TINY. There are no cups or glasses in the room, but they do have a hair dryer.
The room has a small childrens table and chairs and a larger set of table and chairs. These are solid wood and very sturdy. There's also a wooden rack to hang clothes.
The bedding is also very spartan. There is a fitted sheet on the bed and a small twin duvet with duvet cover-- no top sheet as is the norm for this region. Beds are firm and sturdy.
The in-room guide book is helpful and thorough about providing information about hours of the area attractions as well as where one can find a nearby health club and pool. This is helpful for folks who are staying for several days. They also have a copy of the Czech Fairy Tale that inspired the name of the hotel. Kind of a nice touch. But I think some of the humor gets lost in translation to English.
The staff were kind and helpful. Very granola and laid back which was nice.
Please know that I lived in Germany and Switzerland growing up and am very familiar with this style of hotel. It is what it is and my review is an attempt to be extremely candid, not to deter but to inform. If you know what to expect in advance then I think someone staying at this small hotel will be happier if they are prepared and can adjust expectations accordingly.
Overall this hotel was spotlessly clean and affords a great location within Cesky Krumlov. Not sure if paying the extra money for the larger room was worth it or not. Would I stay there again? Maybe. Would I reccomend it to a family member or a friend ? Sure, but I'd hand them a bottle of shampoo, a blanket and some ear plugs for the overnight stay.
Overall a decent hotel for a very short stay in this interesting town.
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