We stayed at the Green Lobster for 4 nights in August. The hotel is on two sides of the street on Nerudova which as one of the guide books says “is one of the loveliest streets in Prague”. And boy is it! We were in the part of the hotel over the road from reception. On arrival we were given our room early and shown there by a very willing receptionist, who helped with our bags. Our room was at the top of the hotel on the 4th floor. There is a lift, tho it is very slow, but this really isn’t a problem. Our room was massive, on two levels and spotless. We had an air con unit (much needed) a huge flat screen tv, fantastic shower room, fridge and mini bar. The views were phenomenal. To the front was Nerudova and it’s lovely bars and shops and then in the distance the green of Petrin Hill. At night the small Eiffel tower was illuminated and totally lovely. From the back of our room we were a stone throw from Prague Castle, so every which way you looked there was a wonderful sight to behold. The hotel is up a very steep hill, which in 80 degree heat was a labour of love sometimes. But personally we loved being up there where it was quiet. We just walked the 5 minute walk to the Charles Bridge enjoying cold beer stops on our way! Our four nights at the Green Lobster cost us approx £250 including breakfast, which was standard fruit, cereal, meats, breads and yoghurts – totally adequate to set us up for a days sight seeing. On our last day we asked to hold on to our room for an extra 2 hours and this was allowed with no extra cost and a happy smile. Whenever we asked for directions or tram numbers at reception we found the staff to be helpful and patient.
Nerudova itself has many bars and restaurants and whilst in Prague we ate numerous times along this street, trying Czech wines (yum) and Czech food. In the centre of Prague we found on the whole that prices were slightly cheaper than in the UK but not much. Most evenings we spent about £40 - £45 for the two of us for 2 courses and wine or beer. Service was good.
Whilst in Prague we visited all the tourist sites and travelled on trams as much as we could. Their transport system is excellent and we only got lost once. One day we made our way to Narodni Technicke museum, which was 2 trams away from the centre of town, but unfortunately it is now closed until 2010, however on finding a small bar, we had the adventure of ordering food from a completely Czech menu with not a word of English to be seen. We had a first course of soup, followed by one of us having a HUGE sausage and lentils and the other a rosti dish with potatoes and ham, washed down by a pint of beer each. The bill for this came to the grand total of £6.00 for the two of us!! By the Charles Bridge we paid £6.00 for two milk-shakes. Evidence enough that if you travel a little further afield not only is the food completely authentic the prices are a fraction than in the main tourist areas.
Another trip well worth doing was to the TV tower, the view extends for over 62 miles and the high speed lift is a real experience. The tower itself is an amazing structure and there is a good café/restaurant for that lunch time rest. We also visited a jazz bar, went on a river trip and sped around the city in a lovely little 1962 Skoda convertible.
We used the mini buses for our transfers from the airport to our hotel. When we arrived we just went to the mini bus stand and told the driver where we were staying and we were taken straight there and given a card to book for our return journey. This was cheaper than a taxi and very, very well organised and punctual.
In conclusion we loved Prague, it is a beautiful city with stunning architecture and a surprise around every corner. At night it is totally stunning and almost like something you would see at Disney World, with illuminated spires absolutely everywhere. Our advice to people is to use trams, go a little off the beaten track and enjoy every moment!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residence Green Lobster is a luxury four-star residence created through the extensive renovation of the historical building in Nerudova Street, belonging to the 14th century and few steps from Prague Castle.Its unique architecture and complete renewal of the interior give to the hotel a very elegant atmosphere. It has 14 rooms - 9 Standard and 5 Deluxe - uniquely furnished and completly in harmony with the architeture of the building. ... more less
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