In the spring of 1968, the Prague spring swept over then Czechoslovakia. At the same time, the little MGB was fast becoming a favourite and quirky favourite.
Staying at the Ungelt today is a little like making the decision of driving a 1968 MGB today.
Our hotel room was palatial in size with a near new bathroom (including tub and bidet), modern kitchenette, espresso machine and one of the most complete cable TV I can recall in a 4* hotel anywhere in the world. Very high ceilings with cornicing and chandeliers in both bedrooms were a very nice touch. Some of the issues raised by previous posts have been addressed - for example there was a fully working lift, reception is 24*7 and furnishings in the sprawling apartment were adequate.
At the same time, there were lots of quirks and gaps. There was no TV in the master bedroom, and the room also didn't have an alarm clock. Being perfectly positioned next to the Old Square, noise can be a problem as the lack of air conditioning means windows need to be open. Wifi had patchy coverage and powerplugs were scarce and badly positioned. Similarly, with a huge bathroom, the shower was tiny and the toilet was at the other end of the house. (The bidet though was next to the bath)
Bizarrely, this seemed somehow to add to the charm of the hotel. Staff were great - almost like a car aficionado sharing in their joy - giving personalised assistance and went over and above in helping us feel welcome in Prague. Newer hotels no doubt provide more of the mod cons, bells and whistles and more polish, but this place felt like you are taking part of the nostalgia and metamorphosis of Prague .
Being in the heart of Old Town Square so the location could not be better. Pricing of the rooms were excellent value and given the size of the rooms, I would suggest it is a good alternative to rest, stretch out and find space after a day tourist tripping.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Residence Ungelt (previously Hotel Ungelt) is situated directly in the heart of Prague - just few steps from famous Old Town Square in one of charming historical buildings. We can offer you space and comfort in the center of historic and commercial Prague. Large 6 apartements are special suitable for families.. Rezidence services and possibilites: Telephone, Free Wifi Internet, Office Desk, Sat LCD TV, DVD player, Tea & coffee making facility, Minibar/Fridge, Microwave oven, safety deposit box, Hairdryer, Cosmetic Mirror etc. Hotel has own parking space for 8 cars and elevator. You can enjoy our cozy Lobby Bar and restaurant. Our Rezidence is just 80m from the Old Town Square with world famous astronomical clock. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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