You simply could not find a better hostel than Hostel Elf. Fact.
We went here for New Year 2013/14. The hostel was absolutely packed and there wasn't a single free bed but everything was so organised and slick that this wasn't a problem.
Entry to the rooms is by key card, for which you can leave a €5 refundable deposit. The rooms were very well decorated (we stayed in the Zebra room) with really comfortable beds and linens changed every day. The rooms were very spacious and had a plug to each bed. Very clean and had lockers for your stuff - you need a padlock for them but you could rent them for reception for next to nothing. Hardly any road noise.
The showers were a bit odd, alternating between boiling hot or freezing cold at peek times, and same push button system you would get in most gyms, which could be a bit of a pain but not a huge problem. There were loads of bathrooms and toilets spread across the two floors, all of which were clean.
The communal area was brilliant, with 6 or so comfortable leather couches. The beer fridge was fully stocked at all times and a beer cost 30krn or 80 pence. Munchies were always available during the night courtesy of the hostel. There was a free BBQ the night we arrived also, which was a lovely treat after travelling from Poland.
Location wise the hostel is well placed, a 10 minute walk from the Old Town and most of Pragues attractions. There are tram and bus links a 5 minute walk away from the hostel and there are hundreds of taxis passing all the time - although stick to the yellow ones!
Great wifi throughout the hostel, and 3 computers on the lower level all of which worked. The hostel staff were even kind enough to let us print our bus ticket to Germany off from reception.
There was a very well equipped kitchen downstairs but I never used it so couldn't comment on it.
The garden out front was brilliant for meeting people and music was piped through the garden and communal area when people were there.
BIG thumbs up!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostel ELF - Your home in Prague !! FREE buffet breakfast!!! FREE coffee and tea 24hrs!!! Proud to be one of the backpackers hostel that opened in Prague in 2000 we can say that hostel ELF is the perfect place to stay. Our cool original independent backpacker's hostel offers cheap accommodation in Prague and is the ideal hostel for the independent traveler and student groups. We are not just bed and breakfast - the hostel has two floors, two common rooms, two kitchens and great outdoor patio, BBQ area, terrace... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostel Elf Hotel Prague