Full name Clarion Congress Hotel Prague****
If you think you know what 4 stars mean elsewhere, you better forget it once you are at the entry hall. This is Prague, not some Chile, Russia, or Bulgaria.
My most extraordinary surprise advantage in a long time was to be my stay in a 4-stars hotel in Prague.
I guess you may have an idea of passing through Prague. If you still keep that crazy plan, carry on, but do exactly what you mean – pass through Prague, do not stay over a night there. Not in a hotel.
In the Clarion hotel, as soon as you come to get a key to your room, the clerk will demand you to lay down a deposit. I have never been demanded a deposit until I’ve come to Prague! EUR 158, which you might eventually collect when you leave the hotel the next morning. EUR 108 of it is a security that you will pay the full price in the morning. OK, so I paid immediately, on the early afternoon before even I saw the room, else you do not get the key, naturally. That leaves a EUR 50 deposit for the case that you drink and eat up the whole content of the minibar. Which, by the way, does not contain goods for more than 12 EUR, street price. The door of the minibar are repelling anyway, and when your curiosity draws you to open it, the door hangs out crazily like a monkey swinging on one hand and you need to fix it now…
I will not touch the sweets the hotel people left on the bed – the sweets look as if I am not the first who has refused them. You would not probably test them either, I guess, even only due to the fancy sweet smell of the lavishly applied room perfume that is struggling to outpower ancient cigarette smoke.
The smell hits you just seconds before you see the carpet that should seriously think of refreshing.
When combined the stars, the service, and the extorted money of my deposit, the experience is raising adrenalin levels to the sky.
This hotel would not pass for a hotel in Bulgaria, and for that sum we stayed 5 nights there somewhere, in Bulgaria, watching salmons out of the window. In Slovenia, even in the center of Ljubljana, you get half the price for a quality that is two stars higher. Same in Chile, or England. No, this one in Prague, it is not a 4 stars, there must be some mistake, or is it a frozen-star level of early 80’s? The lookout from my windows reminds the movies of prison yards, the towels in the bath are weathered thin as if they have been suffering and starving lean for several years, and yes they do look like having been used much over the last century. Some guests seem to have bitten them many a time, and there is no doubt for the cause of their desperation. I would not mind that, indeed, only the 4 stars are shining to my eyes. If you compare the Clarion hotel in Prague to any hotel in Shanghai, you know that this 4-stars hotel in Prague boasts with 5 stars more than they really earn.
Oh, the window. It is safe-locked with a key so the guests would not jump in a desperate agony over the mixture of stunning surprises.
Why am I surprised when the elevator door does not open when I go for the breakfast? I should have walked, indeed. So it takes me on a round trip – top floor again, and back to the restaurant floor – this time the door opens finally.
Why did I not believe that Prague is a dear and expensive town! Regretfully, it is far less accommodating than nightmares.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clarion Congress Hotel Prague is situated in a modern part of Prague - Vysočany, just 15 minutes from the historical centre of Prague. The excellent transport accessibility and perfect service facilities make it popular both with individual visitors and business clients.The Hotel offers variable conference rooms with high-tech equipment in all spaces and guest rooms. It also offers various restaurants, bars, a wellness and fitness centre and a shopping mall right next to the Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Prague
- Prague Clarion