my wife and I visited Prague for the first time and had a wonderful four night stay at the Julian. We were met at the airport by a driver from prague 123 (private car transfers) and it felt luxurious to be met and taken to the hotel in this way. The Julian is a delightful hotel with many thoughtful extras provided without charge (inc the loan of brollies and even reading glasses if you forget yours). The room we were given was spacious and comfortable. The breakfasts were more than adequate and the all-morning free coffee and cakes provided in the library room were a nice touch. The restaurant and bar is a lovely converted cellar and the prices were amazing for a hotel - worth a visit one night (and room service is at no extra charge). The staff were all friendly and helpful.
We intended using the trams but found that everywhere was walkable for us and we didn't use public transport at all. Prague is pretty compact and the walk across the river to the old town square took about fifteen to twenty minutes at a leisurely pace.
If you go across the river and head right you will see the 'dancing house' building. Carry on to the right for a further ten minutes by the river and you will come to some steps leading up to the national monument. The views from all four sides at the top give a spectacular and different view of Prague. It is well worth the effort and the lavish tombstones in the graveyard and the basilica of St Peter and Paul are well worth a visit.
On the walk back, we walked about two streets in from the river and came to some shops that were very reasonable. We also stopped for a pizza and a drink and here I found the legendary pilsner at only 50p a pint ( a lot of other places outside the busy tourist areas were about 75p).
The little bar immediately next door to the Julian is a good little place for a night-cap and the prices were amazing.
Also worth a visit for those young at hear is the Wigwam bar. This is across the road from the hotel, walk to the left for a few yards and then turn right. Two blocks down turn left and you will see it at the next corner. Trendy little place with good food and great prices.
Left from the hotel takes you past a nice fountain and to the left is the funicular railway to the Petrin Tower (although we saw a notice saying the funicular was closing for a month or two for service and repairs). The Petrin Tower is well worth a visit (even if you have to walk up) for some spectacular views across the river and the walk from there to the castle is a must.
We loved Prague and we loved the Julian.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Julian is a family style 4* hotel located 15 minutes by walk from the Charles bridge, most other famous historic sights are also within the walking distance. The hotel is equipped with English style library with a fire place, rooftop terrace with view of Prague Castle and Petrin hill, Rose spa offering sauna and massages and restaurant Golden Times serving czech specialities. Our motto is ... Feel at home with us... and we are doing our best to accomplish this target. ... more less
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