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Aparthotel City 5
Ranked #5 of 648 Hotels in Prague
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Reviewed 28 August 2008

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.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2008

Fantastic family holiday in a friendly and accommodating self catering apartment with the advantage of a cafe with board games and books and small play area downstairs. Flat well equipped, clean and spacious. Hosts Kristina and Gustave welcomed us as if to their own home, and advised with lots of local tips to make the most of our stay. On good metro, tram and bus stops and a short walk along the river into town. Great value. Cannot wait to go back, and this time we will bring a bigger group of friends.

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Reviewed 21 August 2008

The Aparthotel 5 is a bachelor apartment type of facility that has been converted to a hotel. It is located about 2 kilometers or so (20-30 min walk) south of the Charles Bridge (central tourist area of Prague).

I found the hotel to have some very good points and some that were not so good.

Good things: Management was attentive and helpful and communicated very well in English. There was free WiFi Internet. My "apartment" was roomy, having a living room/kitchen plus a bedroom, typical of a bachelor apartment. There was plenty of storage space. The price was reasonable. There was a fridge and stove and TV, and also pots and pans and dishes. If you use the dishes, you are expected to leave them clean when you depart.

Less good things that didn't bother me very much: No maid service, so linen and towels don't get changed each day (unless by request). No Kleenex. No breakfast was included in the price, but can be purchased for Kc 100. The hotel is located in a busy (noisy) area of the city. Probably the whole city is noisy, though. The double windows helped a lot to quell the noise. The location was outside the main tourist area, so that meant quite a bit of walking (or public transport)... not that big of a problem for me, but after 2 days I was wishing I was closer, especially after a long day of sightseeing.

Less good things that did bother me: The shower floor is plastic and inclined a bit, and was treacherously slippery. The bar that supports the shower head/handle was so loose, it wasn't supporting the head any more, so hands-free showering was impossible. The curtains were thin and only wide enough to cover about 2/3 of the windows. I had a north-facing room, so it wasn't too bad for light coming in in the mornings. The backs of the kitchen chairs were very uncomfortable. There was no phone... didn't bother me, except that I might have needed it in case of emergency or urgent matters, like my taxi not showing up.

In short, a mixed bag. I would consider staying here again, but would definitely look at other properties first, even if they cost more.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 August 2008

The staff were incredibly friendly on our arrival, with one of them chiding the other for not giving us a full rundown of all the local facilities.

The hotel's not "100 metres from the subway" as they claim, but they're pretty close, and the locality in Andel is modern and comfortable. The local pub, next door, is as close to a real Czech pub as you'll ever get; plenty of other eateries close by, and two big supermarkets. (Tip: there's at least two sets of free wifi in the shopping centre). The trams and subway get you to where you want to be. This is a perfect location for a holiday in Prague: well out of tourist-ville, but with comfortable, modern surroundings.

The rooms were basic but comfortable; they were clearly furnished entirely from Ikea. The kitchen area is decent, and the bed, while hard, was comfortable. The telly, incidentally, gets Sky News and CNN as the two guest English channels (and rather bizarrely muted the sound for the Czech channels). There's a communal balcony (at least, there was on our floor) which is private and looks out over the neighbouring brewery.

The bits to be careful of - the free wifi didn't work while I was there; the brewery is 24-hour working (it brews Staropramen) so there's a constant sound of machinery out the back, and the road on the front could be less busy. But we coped perfectly happily. And while coffee and tea is provided, it was odd that milk (or a substitute) wasn't, so you had to nip out to Tesco to buy some milk. But that was the plan anyway.

Would I go back? You bet.

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed 12 August 2008

Saw this on trip advisor and picked it based on the reviews and price. The price was excellent. The location was good. It was not in the city center but Prague is so small of a city that you can walk to the city center from the hotel in about 15-20 mins. or there is a subway station very close by. The room was huge compared to the little european rooms we had been staying at. It had a stove, microwave, frigid, and sink. staff was friendly and helpful. and spoke excellent english. however it is a more laid back place and they dont have anyone at the front desk after 10-11pm and they dont open the front desk until around 9pm. They have a breakfast but I did not eat any as it seemed like mainly cereal and a few slices of ham. It was like having your own little apartment in prague which would have been cool if I had a longer stay then 2 days. I would recommend this place if you are staying for more than 4 days. There is no AC and it got hot at night. you can open the window to cool down but then you hear lots of street traffic noise and flys/mosquitos fly into your room. The place is located around a little mall and lots of restaurants and a bar so there is stuff to do close to the hotel even at night.

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed 6 August 2008

We had a wonderful 3 night stay in Prague. We had a great 2 bedroom suite which was clean and nicely decorated (IKEA style). The bathroom and shower were updated and spacious. The rooms worked very well for us and our two daughters (11 and 14 years old). Gastone and Kristina were very friendly and helpful. We appreciated the free internet use in their cafe and enjoyed their great coffee! We would gladly recommend it to friends traveling to Prague. It is a long walk to the heart of the city, but the tram is very convenient. It is not a touristy neighborhood and has plenty of restaurants and a supermarket within a couple of blocks. Since there's a refrigerator in the apartment, we were able to buy drinks from the market and keep them cold in the room. The Italian restaurant right at the corner of the street has great food for reasonable prices. We loved our visit to Prague!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2008

Our stay at Aparthotel City 5 was wonderful from the moment we checked in. We are frequent travelers to Europe and have stayed in Prague before. This small hotel has everything a traveling couple could want. The room is the best part, it was large, with an well equipped kitchen, clean bathroom, and shower, comfortable and clean bed, flat screen tv, and much more. There is a lift which services each floor, breakfast is available, as are snacks and drinks throughout the day. The hotel is not in the center of the tourist town, but that is another reason to love it. There are ample places to eat and shop within close walking distance. If you wish to do all the tourist sites - do as we did and walk. It is no more than a 15-20 minute walk along the river and a great way to start the day. The highest praise is for the staff who are wonderful and welcoming. They will show you all their favorites spots on the map and will assist in anyway possible. This hotel is easily affordable compared to what else is out there and for us, it was a dream 5 days.

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Additional Information about Aparthotel City 5

Address: Vltavska 667/11 | Smichov, Prague 150 00, Czech Republic
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Region: Czech Republic > Bohemia > Prague > Praha 5
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Prague
#7 Family Hotel in Prague
#15 Romantic Hotel in Prague
#112 Business Hotel in Prague
Price Range: £38 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aparthotel City 5 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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