We travelled to Prague by bus from Cesky Krumlov. Bus station (Roztyly) is on the edge of the city , but has a metro station. Caught metro to Florence station, and then changed lines to get to Andel. Aparthotel 5 is 6 to 7 minutes walk from Andel metro stop in Smichov district. Despite being first timers in Europe, we found it surprisingly easy.
Externally, Aparthotel 5 is quite noticeable, and attractive, with its soft pink colour. On arrival our host explained the ins and outs of the hotel and gave us a map of the city. We were given room 31, and we stayed there 6 nights.
Our apartment faced the front of the hotel. The apartment opened onto a small entrance foyer with hooks for hats, coats, etc. Then it opened into a good sized kitchen/living area. The kitchen was equipped with a microwave, jug, 2-plate electric cooktop, refrigerator, crockery and glasses, cutlery and cooking utensils, but perhaps surprisingly, no toaster. Coffee and exotic teas were provided (but for some reason no english breakfast tea, so we bought our own from the supermarket nearby).
The living area comprised a glass topped dining table with 4 chairs, a sofa, and a bench with TV. The english language channels were CNN and Fox News.
From the living area you pass along a corridor with wardrobe and clothes draws one side, and the bathroom (shower/toilet) the other side.
At the end of the corridor was the bedroom, comprising double bed (2 singles pushed together), single lounge chair, a chest of drawers, and 2 bedside tables.
The hotel has a cafe downstairs which has complimentary internet for guests (but the one computer is often occupied), and breakfast is available for moderate cost (about 4.50 euros), if you wish. The apartment is NOT serviced during your stay, except for an additional fee.
We thought location excellent. Not right in the tourist precinct, so prices lower and more locals. But not too far away - to walk to the old town areas of Mala Strana and Stare Mesto takes about 30 mins - a pleasant walk. However, if you don't feel up to it Andel (6 mins walk) has trams and metro. The thing we liked about the location was that everything was accessable - apart from the old town, Nove Mesto was 10 to 15 mins walk; Vsyehrad a further 10 mins from Nove Mesto; Smichov railway station (to get to Castle Karlstejn) 20 mins walk. Another review mentioned noise, and our bedroom did open onto the road (one way traffic). It did get busy during peak times in the morning and afternoon but we found it relatively quiet at night - I also used ear plugs and had no problems, despite being a light sleeper. Cars might go past, but no drunken revellers, thank God!
There are plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants, supermarkets in the area.
Sure, the furniture and certain other aspects were not 5 star hotel standard. But the price was also a lot lower than what you would pay for that. I think it was the best accommodation we had during our 5 week journey around Eastern Europe. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family apartment hotel APARTHOTEL CITY 5 is located very close to the modern administrative-commercial center of Prague 5 "Zlaty Andel / Novy Smichov", approx. 50m from the metro station Andel. Aparthotel City 5 is fully reconstructed four floor house with a lift. All apartments are furnished in a modern and elegant style. All the equipment is brand new. There are different apartments for 2 - 6 clients. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel City 5 Prague
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