Just back from staying at the Pod Vezi, which I chose because of the excellent reviews on this site, and for the most part everything was as good as stated by previous reviewers.
Just a few niggles, but would definitely reccommend if you prefer a boutique, charismatic hotel over a standard modern chain hotel.
The best thing about the hotel is its location, centrally sited between the two main tourist areas, so was easy to come back to for a coffee or a siesta although there is no real lounge area to sit and read a paper or have a coffee in inclement weather.
We were given a room in the newly opened annexe, a separate building tucked across a small small cul de sac in the corner of the opposite buildings and although newly decorated and having everything you want, there were one or two issues to note.
Firstly, this building doesn't have air conditioning in the rooms, although you could open the windows and there was a fan provided. Might not be too comfortable in hot weather and even though the bed was extremely comfortable, we were too hot at night and alternated between throwing the duvet off and then covering up.
Secondly, access to this building is by swiping your room card across the handle of the outer very heavy metal door. Unfortunately, our room was above this door and with the window open, the constant banging of the door closing up to quite late at night meant it was difficult to get to sleep. On checking out, we were asked if anything could be improved and suggested a slow return bar could perhaps be fitted.
Also be aware, that if your room faces out onto the road, and you have the window open, there is a lot of noise when all the glass is collected late at night, and then very early noise from barrel delivery.
Breakfast was served from 7.30 to 10.30am which is good for those who like a lie-in on holiday. A good selection for the buffet breakfast, although I prefer my fried and scrambled eggs to be piping hot. There is a also motorised juicer which can be used to make freshly squeezed orange juice. However, as someone who likes to sits quietly at breakfast, I found the constant noise of it's motor quite annoying.
On the plus side, our hotel transport to and from the airport ran smoothly and there is also computer and printer available in the foyer where I was able check in online and print boarding passes for the return flight, which was very useful. Another nice touch was a stand full of umberellas to use if it rained, especially useful when walking from the annexe to the main hotel for breakfast.
We ate in the restaurant on the night of our arrival, to find that there is a 'temporary prohibition' whereby the sale of spirits and liqueures has been banned everywhere, following the death of a number of people from apparently consuming illegally distilled alchohol. So it's just wine, beer or soft drinks.
The other main thing to note is that comfortable walking shoes are a must! All the roads and paths in the castle area and the old town are formed from cobble stones, some of which have more than an inch gap between them which would be impossible to walk on with stiletto heels. I took nice evening clothes to change into for the evening, but ended up wearing my trainers all the time. Even both my husband's and my own flat shoes with a normal sole were too uncomfortable to wear for very long.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay at the Pod Vezi and found Prague a very beautiful, compact city with amazing architecture and history. Very easy to get about, but packed with tourists.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Pod Vezi is 4* boutique hotel and it is set in two historical neighbouring buildings: It is located in the city center right beside the famous Charles Bridge! Despite it is located in the most attractive and visited area of Prague it is proud of its unique quite and calm charm. Free wi-fi and coffee/tea making facilities are at your disposal in all rooms! All important sightseeings and "must see" like Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Jewish Cemetery, National Theater, etc. are in walking distance from hotel. ... more less
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