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Aida
Ranked #237 of 672 Hotels in Prague
Adelaide, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2012

I chose this hotel because it had a '4 star' rating. Under normal circumstances one would think that it would be very good to have earned a '4 Star' rating - how wrong can you be! Situated well outside Prague it will cost between £10 and £20 per taxi trip to get to and from the city. This depends on how much the driver wants to rip you off, or indeed, if he will take you at all. There is no lift to get you up to your room. The 'twin' room was tiny and resembled what I would imagin a prison cell to look like. A small tv (about 12 inch screen) was stuck on a wall, no volumn control and only CNN in english (American). Does not cater for English speaking tourists as all other tv channels were in czech yet no Czechs were staying there. The shower cubical was so small one could not turn around in it. Luckily the shower head was faulty and sprayed water in all directions. The complimentry toiltries consisted of a plunger type bottle of 'all in one' shampoo and body soap! The tea and coffee supplied in the room was not replenished in the three nights we had there. Breakfast was disgusting and every effort should be mad to avoid it. My sister became ill after the second and last attempt at eating it. There is no restaurant or bar, air conditioning or room service. The person on reception was very helpful but if you can not find the receptionist, bang on the door behind the counter as they will be asleep in the room. I do not know who gives out 'star' ratings or how anyone would think this is a good hotel, it is not.

Room Tip: A room in a different hotel would be my advice
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

Hotel was perfect for a cheap city break if you are on a budget. Booked package through Easyjet and cannot fault Easyjet. Arrived at airport on a late flight and transfer was there waiting for us (name on board in arrivals). Got to hotel at about 10 pm and the lady at the reception was very friendly and helpful. Was given a city map and several booklets about the sights etc. Was also given a little map to help and find the nearest metro station, pub and shop. She explained where nearest metro station was. You turn right out of the hotel, take the next right up the hill past Hotel Troja then turn left past the tram station and then take the first right and the metro is in front of you. However, tip for when you come out of the metro station: when you come off the metro from the city centre (old and new towns) turn left on the platform and that is the exit that you need as we turned right once and come out the other side and got lost, trying to find our way back to hotel! We got a 3 day pass and was reasonable. Allowed us to travel around as much as we wanted. However, don't forget to validate your ticket at the top of the escalators in the metro station. You only need to do it once at the start of your journey to get the date stamped. We though you had to do it every time you entered a metro station so we ended up with quite a few stamps!! Got asked for tickets twice on whole 3 day break and inspectors were really nice about it and just told us not to stamp anymore!!

Room was lovely and clean. Basic but what else do you need for a city break where you hardly spend any time at the hotel! Heating was handy especially when one night was cold. Cleaners come round every day. Fridge was always stocked up with cold drinks but remember you do have to pay for anything you have at the end of your stay.

Breakfast was basic but ideal. Hot and cold food. Myself and my husband are not big breakfast eaters anyway but we just had a roll or something just to keep us going until lunch.

We were thoroughly pleased with the hotel and how close it was the nearest metro station and tram station. We only used the metro during our stay. Changed money up at the hotel reception and got a good rate.

Transfer picked us up at abut 7 am to go back to Prague airport. Check in at Prague airport was easy and quick.

Would def travel with Easyjet again and book a package holiday with them. Husband didn't like the rushing and queueing to board the flight but that can easily be overcome by purchasing "speedy boarding passes".

Room Tip: If you are a couple and wish to have a double bed, you will not get this here. We had two single be...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

When traveling, we look for relatively near hotel, with a good price and that allows us to sleep in comfortable and clean rooms. If this is your case as well, this hotel it is a good deal for you.

Location: The hotel is really close to metro Kosybili (which is 10 minute away from center). Since public transportation has a excellent price in Prague (Less than 5 euros a 24 hour pass, including bus to airport), it is actually a good deal to stay in this hotel.

Food: Their continental breakfast, which is included, it is not much diverse but is pretty good. During our stay they had scrambled eggs, bacon, differents types of bread, jam, cereal, cheese and ham. Drinks: coffee, tea and apple juice. Yogurt as well. You can eat all that you want since it is selfservice, so this can really help you to save money during the day.

Not a luxury hotel: Regarding the 4 stars branding, definetely this can tend to confuse people in comparison with other hotels, for instance in the US or France. Beware, this is not a luxury accomodation. Nevertheless, it is, both, nice and comfortable.

Traveling means not spending much time in the hotel: When we travel, we want someplace nice and close to return and rest, after walking all day long. Therefore, under these considerations we would definetely recommend this hotel. However, if you are like my dad, and you just like to stay in the hotel all day long, while the rest of the family tours around a great city like Prague, you wont probably like this place (because the TV is small, and strangely placed in the corner, the shower is small, and you listen everyone walking in and out).

Conclusion: Great hotel, for its price, location, and breakfast.

Room Tip: Couples should ask at the frontdesk for actual queen bed. We had two twin beds next to each other, a...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

We stay in this hotel for three nights in March on our first visit to this beautiful city of Prague. We arrived by Easy Jet on a late flight at around 10pm. Check in was quick and easy, we stay on the third floor, there's no lift, the stairs was a little struggle but we manage ok. The room was rather small but clean and the bed was comfortable. Breakfast was standard continental style and plentiful. We discoverd a restaurant on top of the underground station ( Kobylisy) which serve excellent meal at a very reasonable price and a pint of beer at £1.40!! For those traveller who arrive on earlier flight can by a day travel pass in the airport terminal for 110 Koruna and take the 119 bus to Dejvicka Metro station and change to the Red C line at MUZEUM to Kobylisy whick take 15 minute. The hotel is only 10 minute walk from the station. Publis transport near the hotel is well connected to the city. We love this hotel and will use this hotel when we visit Prague in the near future.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

Advertised as only 5 stops away from the main attractions, this is true but is in quite a derelict area miles away from anything with minimal amenities aka in the middle of no-where. What there is, is hard to find. The hotel is basic, rooms are basic and small. A double is just two single beds together and the beds were squeaky and rock hard. Lampshades missing off the lights in room and shower room. No english channels subscribed to in room.

A receptionist with a fridge of refreshments with a few tables and chairs was all the entertainment the hotel offered.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

Definitely NOT a four star - BUT you get good value for money. We were three English ladies sharing a room during four four very cold days in February 2012. The room was large, beds OK, bathroom OK, bath fine but the shower was a handheld dribble and the shower screen a joke but we got by. All very clean. Adequate breakfast. 2nd night we came back to hotel to find no heating and minus 14 degrees outside. We were immediately offered another room but that was also without heating so turned it down. Eventually, the Receptionist managed to contact someone who told her how to fire-up the boiler and the heating came on. Probably just needed repressurising. It all added to the experience. 5 minutes to Underground (10 in the snow), only 5 stops to Wenceslas Square, trains every 2 mins. Local Hotel Troja in the next street had excellent restuarant and bar facilities. Would definitely recommend the Aida for those on a budget. On a different subject, BEWARE when you go on tube AND trams and ake sure you get your ticket 'validated'. 1st time on tube we bought our ticket from the ticket office and went downstairs to the platform, got on tube, went up the elevator when we got to our stop. At he top we were stopped by Transport Police who asked for our tickets which we duly produced. Then he asked for our passports which we duly produced - you have to carry them with you at all times in Czech Republic. Then came the Sting! We were fined 800 Korunas each, on the spot cash Fine (or 10,000 Korunas if you refuse) because we had not 'validated' our tickets at a separate machine which we knew nothing about - little upstands with yellow arrows on the top. We were stopped a total of 5 times on the tubes and tram. Naturally, we did not make the same mistake again. They target tourists in this way on the grand scale, everywhere we looked foreigners were being stopped. They're VERY intimadating, especially when they've got your passport in their hands. We subsequently read in the guidebook that it's common practice but the warning was too late for us! Czechs don't smile or laugh, just a cultural difference according to my Russian neice-in-law, but nonethless a bit off-putting. Quite rude by British standards. That aside, a beautiful city well worth seeing. Would definitely go there again in warmer season for a short break. Forewarned is forearmed!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

I returned from this hotel last night after four nights there.Yes, it was cheap and quite adequate but not four star.It would be lucky to achieve two stars.The room was small with few amenities,the breakfast was alright but with little variety,there was no bar or lounge or restaurant and the staff did not clean the rooms very much.It was not close to the centre and was difficult to find as no instructions were sent to me and the web site did not explain how to reach the hotel from the metro.I did ask several people and although one person used his mobile phone,he could not find it.In the end I got a taxi to find I was two minutes from the hotel.I do not usually worry about hotels as all I want is somewhere to sleep but this hotel was not desribed fairly.As I left yesterday I noticed that the border at the top of the wallpaper on the first floor was secured by sellotape not paste, I did smile.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Aida
Address: Kubisova 1953/23, Prague 18000, Czech Republic (Formerly Hotel Apollo)
Region: Czech Republic > Bohemia > Prague > Praha 8
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#12 Best Value Hotel in Prague
#131 Business Hotel in Prague
#217 Romantic Hotel in Prague
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aida 3.5*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly reconstructed hotel, situated in an attractive area overlooking all Prague, the Aida is just 5 subway stop from Wenceslas Square, the main Prague boulevard with many shops, restaurants and open air markets. The Hotel offers 47 rooms all comfortably equipped with modern furniture, bathroom (shower or bath, WC), complimentary toiletries, flat screen TV/SAT, direct dial phone, hair dryer, ceiling ventilator, in-room safe, minibar, high speed internet connection and tea & coffee making facilities free of charge. Hotel equiped with elevator. ... more   less 
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