I booked the Botel Albatros as it was reasonably priced and in a great location. I had read previous reviews that criticised the service offered by it's staff, but as it was superbly located I overlooked this fact and looked forward to my stay.
The boat itself was clean and well kept, the staff, for the most part were reasonably friendly, but they did not go out of their way to help with questions and advice. They rarely smiled, but I soon found this to be a common Czech trait so was not fazed by their seemingly lack of sincerity.
The room was adequate and the shower was superb- super warm water at any time of the day was a real treat! The advertised TV and satellite was a bit of a let down as it only showed Czech programmes. Not much good for a non- Czech speaker- so if TV is important, then this would have been a problem. My biggest gripe about the room was the state of the bed however, the mattresses were next to non- existent, therefore sleeping conditions were difficult at times because of how uncomfortable they were. Aside of that, the rooms were clean and the maid service was prompt and very good.
Location wise, the Albatross is about a 15-20 minute walk along the Vtlava River to the Charles Bridge- not 5 minutes as their flyer indicated. It took about 10-15 minutes to walk into the Old Town, home to the Astronomical Tower, a good 30+ minutes to Prague Castle and roughly 20-25 minutes to Wenceslas Square.
Overall I was pleased with the Albatros, breakfast was adequate, but the earlier you ate the better the likely hood of getting a seat- after 9am, it was virtually impossible! It was within a good walking distance from the sights and had adequate room sizes. I would recommend this hotel to younger people looking for a location close to the city centre that is reasonable, but basic. Older travellers with back issues may find the Albatross inadequate due to the poor mattress densities.
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