First, let me start off by saying I live on a Yacht on Florida full time when I am not travelling...with this in mind, I can tell you that maintaining a boat is best left to those that understand how to do so.
I stayed 5 nights, and the price was good. I considered leaving for another hotel, but I didnt want to pack my stuff and move to another.....plus, parking is free, and parking elsewhere in Prague is $$$'
1. The least expensive rooms on any boat are small, but the GolfYacht has space enough for 2 travellers in a lower stateroom, that is partially below water level. The cost for my room was $59 euro per night. You must be organized to use the limited space, but it is quite possible. Many people will find the cheaper rooms a bit small. The next size up...$100 euro more....totally crazy price for what you get.
2. The staff is friendly, accomodating if you ask for something, and helpful to a point.....but these people are basically employees of the bank that repossessed the Yacht, and therefore, in my opinion, they really don't have the means or know-how to properly maintain the boat. Most times, when you ask for something simple, the answer will be a friendly "no." - because they just dont have it, and in maany cases had no idea where you can get it....but they are friendly. I just shrug this off, and find it on my own in town....adding to the adventure. I really did not ask for anything out of the ordinary. Ice supply is tight, but the front desk clerk found me some, pronto, but it seemed like it was a chore.....both girls at the front desk are kind and friendly.
For Example - regarding the maintenance comment: when the bathroom exhaust fan is left on, it pulls a bit of bilge odor into the cabin from the drain lines in the lower (cheaper) staterooms. This can mostly be avoided by plugging the sink with the stopper, and laying a wet towel over the shower drain. The pervious owner of the Yacht, and anyone that really understands yacht maintenance would easily understand the way to easily solve this issue....clean the bilge, treat the holding tanks to help dispell odor, pump out the tanks on a tighter schedule. Because these staterooms are below the water line, (with a nice window just above the water line! Cool!) the toilets are Marine heads, with electric flush with fresh water, and a macerator just behind the toilet....sounds funny, works just fine, yet are a maintenance intensive product. All your sewage, grey and black has to be pumped out above the water level of the boat to eliminate the waste.....therefore.....they smell....not too bad yet, but THIS WILL get worse.
Housekeeping staff was good and non-aggressive. Do not take a cab from downtown to the yacht without asking how much first then negoitation....should cost 250KC or less...they WILL rip you off...and I should have known better....now you know better. There is no TAXI regulation what so ever in Prague!
3. The carpets in the cheaper staterooms needed cleaning, and looked it. However, my bare feet did not turn colors from walking on it...just looked a bit gross. Solved this by laying a bath towel on the floor, after I used it. Not really a problem, but hey, why not clean the carpets with a portable carpet cleaner once in a while?? This is office quality glue down carpet...it cleans so easily....
4. The Air Conditioning room control system on the wall is inoperable, and once you understand this, you should be aware that you have to call the front desk on the in room phone, and request the temperature setting you desire...there is a desk agent available 24/7. So, if you like to feel like you have a service staff... you do! And once again, they mean well, and they are friendly.....however, they do not go out of their way to give tourist advice, or try to solve your issues related to any problem you may have in the room....their solution is to just give you a different room. If you know the questions to ask...they will answer, but they will not volunteer information. I found this strange and interesting, and different from other places in Europe. This may just be the culture of people in the CZ Republic. I have been nearly around the world, and found this interesting and different, but not a "deal breaker" for me.
4. If you're a westerner, and would like a Coke, Sprite, Ice, small snack, etc. you better bring your own. They have a kitchen, and they seem to know where it is, but they do not stock these basic things....there are some drinks in a 'fridge in the lobby, but no prices are posted, and they dont seem to sell much. Interesting to see there is no marketing plan what-so-ever for these products. This is both irritating at times, and wonderful at other times.....I hope you get the meaning of this....sometimes you just dont want to be marketed. Water with and without gas is available in the room, at 80 crowns each (about $4 USD) and this is pretty standard for even a Holiday Inn in the USA...
5. There is no "real" store close by to buy a coke, candy, snack, etc. Be aware and make a plan. In a pinch? The driving range next door is open during the day, and you can buy a can of soft drink (and that is about all) for about 30 crowns.
6. The bar is advertised as usually open, except never when I wanted to order a drink....weird! I never saw a sole behind the bar, and there was no indiction that anyone ever manned the bar....although I never hung out there at night....I went to Old Town. I sat in the bar area one afternoon for about half an hour, waiting for a friend to pick me up, and no less than 6 employees passed by before someone asked me if I needed anything....six! This was the same day that there was no ice available in the bar....When I did ask for something, they did do the best they could, but were under-prepared to fulfill. This didnt seem to be a employee problem, more of a management problem.
7. The tram stop is up the stairs of the Libinski Most (Most = Bridge) close to the hotel, and pretty scarry at night to walk down the steps alone....even at 6' 5" tall and weighing 224 lbs....however, I did it almost nightly, and had no problems. To get started, just go up the bridge stairs, turn right and walk 125 meters to the stop. Buy a full day pass for 110 KC, and ride subway, tram, bus all day. Jump on, jump off as you wish. Palmova (sp?) station subway stop (yellow line) is also to the right, and further down. Hop the tram, get off at subway, and follow the free map at the subway ticket window, and if you can read a map, you will have a great time exploring. EXCELLENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN PRAGUE! Dont drive! Parking is tight and $$$$
8. Breakfast: I had breakfast 1 out of 5 days I was on the GolfYacht. Might have been a off day for quality that day. Soft Boiled eggs were hard boiled....how did I know this, you ask? A: there were soft boiled egg holders next to the basket.... Poached eggs were burned on the outside, and therefore the yolks were exactly like a hardboiled egg! The rest was basic european style breakfast, and quite nice. When they find a guy that can boil an egg properly, this paragraph goes away....except that the coffe was not watched very carefully, and therefore it was serve yourself....no real problem, but strange, as there seemed to be enough staff, but they also seemed busy doing things other than handling the buffet, and accomodating guests. When asked, they were friendly, but they did not go out of their way to be helpful unless you asked....strange for a hotel that has a very high end looking web site. If they advertised "basic" on the web...no problem! But they show "Luxury" on the web site.....and they are not consistant with this web tour of the GolfYacht.
AND... you cant hit golf balls off the Yacht as advertised!!!! So really, the GolfYacht is just a Hotel Boat, with a golf theme - next to a unaffiliated driving range that is pretty dug up with big piles of dirt everywhere!! The previous owner of the yacht lost the buisnesses to the bank, due to a bad economy, and maybe a bad business plan. Maybe the bank should have made a deal for this previous owner to run the business, as he knew the boat well (he built it!). Seems the current GM can be seen at his computer all day, ignoring guests, and (guessing) managing the business from a spread sheet...typical in all the world, but not unexpected...
All in all I would stay there again. I would, however, try to find a alternative place for similar cost....with free parking close to a subway station.....but that would a tough thing to do...
I hope this review helped you understand the place better.
The post by Lozzcat is accurate as well, except for my stay, only 7 channels were available on the TV, and only one was in english.....who cares about TV....not me...Go, See, Do!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- History of the GreenYacht Hotel & Restaurant. Originally serving in Hamburg as the club flagship of the former Czech state shipping company CSPL, which was later to end in bankruptcy, this clubhouse boat was a part of the Peutehafen port which Czechoslovakia rented under the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles. Built in Bremen in 1979, it served as clubhouse, restaurant, cinema and boarding house for Czech employees in Hamburg. Typical Czech food was cooked here Pilsner beer was on draught, and all for Czech prices.No wonder then that the club house vessel enjoyed great popularity in Hamburg.However, when the affairs of the CSPL were wound up, the clubhouse eventually had to close too.Jan Vlcek, with his passion for boats and for golf and as the visionary and motive force behind the project, took part in the tender process, bidding successfully against German interested parties who wanted to turn it a floating "public house". Winning the tender, however, was just the beginning of the clubhouse vessel's highly complicated journey from Hamburg to Prague. In December 2012 re-branded from golfYacht Prague to GreenYacht Hotel & Restaurant. ... more less
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