There are over 650 hotels in Prague and I must have googled a significant number of them whilst working out where to stay. I can save you the trouble; if you are looking for a friendly reasonably priced 4 star historic Hotel in the prettiest part of Prague within walking distance of all the sights and near a good range of restaurants, yet away from the tourist hordes, then this is the place for you.
I stayed at the Archibald At the Charles Bridge for 4 nights 19 to 23 Aug 13 for a mini break to explore Prague.
I was lucky enough to stay in one of the four Deluxe Double Rooms (Room 21). The attic room was light, airy and spacious with a small entrance area for coats and shoes. The room was air conditioned, came with a mini bar fridge, LCD TV, tea/coffee making facilities. It had a sofa, dinning room table with chairs, plus numerous other chairs. All the furniture was in keeping with the period of the property. The bed was mega comfortable (not an accolade I give often) and came with two separate single duvets.
The room had four windows, three sky lights and an end window looking onto the Charles Bridge and river (see picture).
The Bathroom was small, although it didn’t feel like a compromise at all as it wasn’t claustrophobic. It had a powerful shower and near silent but effective extractor fan which meant the mirror didn’t steam up between users and also was so quiet it didn’t keep you awake at night.
The location is where the Archibald At the Charles Bridge comes in to its own. Whilst within walking distance of all the main sights in Prague it is set away from the main tourist areas which are just a sea of people in August. The Mala Strana or Lesser Quarter (on the western side of the river) is perfect for escaping the crowds in a beautiful setting. The hotel sits on the banks of the Vltava river and is 2 minutes walk from the Charles Bridge. It is right next to a lovely park. Plenty of recommended restaurants within walking distance.
Service – A smiley welcome by all staff and always keen to help.
Food/Restaurant: Breakfast is served in stylish cellar restaurant with exposed brickwork. A good buffet range of meats/ cheeses, yogurts, cakes, croissants, juices, fruits, fresh coffee, bread etc etc. I am a fan of breakfast and the spread certainly met my expectations. I ate in restaurant once, on the night we arrived, average but well priced with 10% off list prices for residents.
There are plenty of other good restaurants within walking distance I ate at the following (on the recommendation of the Lonely Planet Guide) and would recommend.
The Little Whale – (http://www.umalevelryby.cz/en/restaurace/). A small (chef/owner + waitress) very friendly restaurant / bistro (less than 20 covers) with fantastic fresh sea food and reasonably priced food / wine. I had a fabulous paella. Worth booking as so small.
The NOI Restaurant – (http://www.noirestaurant.cz/en/). A smart Thai restaurant very popular with the locals definitely worth booking due to its popularity. Priced for local market so very very good value. Food tasty and wide selection.
Airport Transfer – To get to / from Prague Airport I used Prague Airport Transfers; a taxi each way cost CZK 550. Met at the airport by a well presented driver in a suit holding a name board, he wheeled the luggage to an immaculate car parked outside. Return journey upgraded to a Mercedes for no extra charge. Book via the web to avoid language difficulties www.prague-airport-transfers.co.uk and you get an email confirmation
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- Also Known As:
- Archibald u Karlova Mostu (At The Charles Bridge) Hotel Prague