Arriving at the Hotel Ambassador-Zlata Husa was a culture shock in reverse. Expecting Wenceslas Square to be an old-fashioned Bohemian cultural centre as depicted in travel brochures and on some postcards, we were confronted with a shabby half-finished cosmopolitan conglomeration of all the worst of Western Culture. On one side of this hotel there stands that old Czech stalwart, MacDonalds, on the other side is a building site. THe old dowager that was Prague can be seen only in the architecture above the modern retail facades which represent downtown Las Vegas more than the pride of Eastern Europe.
The Hotel is a large reasonable quality establishment which probably is deserving of 3 to 4 stars by British standards . The breakfast room is of a large self-service canteen style, and provides a decent quality and excellent variety of fare. The 'extra' facilities provided by The Ambassador (Casino/Nightclub/Thai Massage) seem to be mainly used by non-residents dragged in by hotel-employed touts on the street. We were upgraded free of charge to a junior suite which was mercifully situated at the quieter back of the building. Our view was of the building Site. The room was large, clean and well furnished in an imitation baroque style. The hotel bar is an over-priced tourist trap The cost of 500ml Pilsner Urquell was E150 in the front bar. In decent bar/restaurants within 10 minutes walk, the same beer can be purchased for between E25 to E40.
Given enough time (we were there for 7 nights), the real Prague can be found. Using the excellent public transport and heading away from the multi-cultural Wenceslas and Old Town Squares, the remains of the Bohemian city are delightful. If you have never been, I would recommend a few days in Prague, if only to see what happens to ancient and special cities when they are subjected first to over-bearing communism and then opened to rampant capitalism.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Art Nouveau style building - Hotel Ambassador - Zlata Husa***** is located in the city center on the pedestrian zone of famous Wenceslas Square boulevard, surrounded by renowned historical and cultural monuments as well as a commercial district, department stores, luxury shops and a large number of private restaurants, cafes and clubs. Tastefully furnished comfortable rooms are all air-conditioned, they have private marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi bath and separate shower. All rooms are equipped with minibar, SAT TV, direct dial phone with voice machine, free wi-fi connection, safety deposit box and hairdryer. ... more less
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- Hotel Ambassador Zlata Husa
- Ambassador Zlata Husa Hotel
- Top Hotel Prague
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