Prior to my trip to Prague, I had researched a very large number of hotels. Once I settled on the Savic, I reread most of the reviews to select the perfect room for my needs. Ultimately, I settled on Room 303 which is definitely gorgeous and very spacious. Yes, even though it's on the "third" floor, it is an attic room so there are plenty of stairs between the elevator stop and the room. But, I asked for help with my suitcase and received it promptly so the stairs were really not a problem. The problem was the temperature.
Unfortunately, the AC went out the day we arrived and was not fixed for two of our three nights when Prague was experiencing high heat and humidity. Room 303 has four windows with cross ventilation. With the fan that the hotel provided, I was able to sleep soundly. My friends were not so lucky. I had asked for quiet rooms. While 303 is very quiet, their room, 304 was not. Without the AC, they had to leave the windows open and they heard noise until the wee hours of the morning. And, there was no other fan available so two of their nights were both hot and noisy.
All of this is really too bad because the Savic is truly a lovely hotel with a great deal of character and charm--no cookie-cutter rooms here and the bathrooms are really beautiful. We found the breakfast to be excellent with everything we could possibly want or need. And, the service is clearly one of the hotel's long suits. Jana, Mira and Samir all did their best to make us feel welcome and at home. They cheerfully answered our questions and offered all manner of help and suggestions about what to see and where to eat.
The advantage/disadvantage of the hotel's location is a matter of opinion. It is very near to the main square and many of Prague's must-sees. That is especially nice in the morning when the square and the streets are nearly empty. But, by mid-day and late into the night, there are hordes of people all around the hotel. We did not have a "restful" feeling. All three of us agreed that if we were to return to Prague during tourist season, we would probably stay somewhere further from the center of things. Off-season though, we'd stay at the Savic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gothic and Renaissance building, which has in it the original ceiling in certain parts dating to the year 1319, is one of few in Prague. The Savic Hotel is situated in the heart of the city centre at Old Town Square, just a few steps away, on the cobbled streets, from the famous Astronomical Clock. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savic Hotel Prague