it is 5 years since we last stayed at this hotel and for our short stay in prague we thought we would return as we enjoyed it last visit.
we booked the hotels car to pick us up at the airport and having collected our case we went to the arrivals gate and no sign of him so we wandered past all the exits in case he was at a different exit but he wasnt so we wandered back to the original exit and looked around still no sign but a couple of minutes later he arrived took our case and the next time he spoke was at the hotel, no little bits of info or anything. journey to the hotel was quick enough but on reflection would not book again certainly not for 650Kc.
arrival at hotel and quickly booked in to our superior room.
this is where the hotel has not moved on in the 5 years since we were last there.
a very big room with ample space to put a chair or 2 so the guests can enjoy a few minutes quiet contemplation.
the bed was 2 single matresses with a cover over to give a very large bed, with 2 single quilts on it was comfortable and you had your own quilt so very good idea.
the room had a jacuzzi bath and was a major let down, firstly there was no hot warter so a trip down to reception and a short while later a technician appeared this was obviously a repeat problem because he arrived with a set of steps and a toothpick.
having carefully snapped the toothpick he proceeded to jam both halfs into the circuit breakers and said wait 1 hour for water to warm up.
we give it 3 hours and tried to run a bath and got about 6 inches of hot water which we thought was better than nothing.
we couldnt take a shower because the shower mixer didnt have a bracket to hold the head.
after getting sorted we had a walk to the restaurant we liked so much on our previous stay and had a enjoyable meal.
the cost of eating and drinking in prague has risen a fair bit in the 5 years we have been visiting partly down to the exchange rate coming down from 40 tothe £ to 25 to the £ the average price of 0.5l being 24 Kc still good.
food prices are still about the same for the meals but the exchange rate once again brings the price up we still ate and drank for a lot less than at home.
the wife loves her vodka and was paying 45Kc for a .04 measure rather than the .025 measure at home so she was happy.
we spent monday walking around the lesser and old towns then through into wenceslas square to catch the tram back as my wife was struggling by then.
monday night we tried another local restaurant the king charles !V on neklanova about 150 metres along on the other side of the road and although the menu was in czech the barman helped up select our meals and we thoroughly enjoyed them.and reasonably priced food and drink. next day a trip to prague zoo which we have never visited before a ride from vysherad metro to holesovice metro then followed the signs for the 112 bus to the zoo 26Kc each way then 150Kc entry to the zoo.
the zoo is spread over a large area but looks like it needs a few bob spent on it but not a bad day to pass a few hours.bus back to metro then off in city centre for lunch and a bit more sightseeing, back for a shallow bath then tried the restaurant at hotel U Semika on the road up to vysherad castle, a little over the prices paid in the local bars but one of the nicest meals i have had in the city. well worth the trip up there.
anyway back to the hotel review the hotel price is €89 per night in a superior room we booked through booking.com and got 3 nights for €111 so very happy with that.
would i pay the full price at this moment in time no, however if the plumbing was sorted and the chairs sorted for the rooms then yes as it is close enough to enjoy central prague but quiet enough on an evening to sit in bars and enjoy a drink in peace.
we decided to end our trip with a public transport ride to while away some time before our flight.
tram from near enough out the front of the hotel quick hop onto metro and finally a 119 bus ride to the airport start to finish approx 1 hour for the amazing amount of £1 each.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the center of Prague, in a historical building right under the walls of Vysehrad Prague Castle and its gardens, a few steps away from the Charles Square, the "King Charles" is the renaissance-style boutique hotel residence offering an unforgettable hospitality experience. Inspired by the romance of Rococo era, and reminiscent of a private chamber in a knight's castle, King Charles' 35 guest rooms feature antique replica mahogany furniture, crystal and brass light fixtures, and luxury bathrooms. ... more less
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