PRAGUE – Our See, Eat, Visit shortlist.
See – The view from St George’s Basilica and the gothic architecture littered through the streets, oh, and the John Lennon Wall is quite cool too.
Visit – Prague Castle and St George’s Basilica, the monument on Vitkov hill, and the amazing farmers markets all through the town.
HOTEL REVIEW – IBIS, PRAGUE OLD TOWN
After our experience in Paris, we weren’t too keen to visit another Ibis and spend three more nights sweating in a tiny room listening to blaring traffic. Luckily, this is a vast, vast improvement in a brilliant location’ you’d struggle to find somewhere right in Prague’s Old Town district for a more reasonable price. Here’s the low-down on the room:
- Rates: We booked well in advance, but for a twin room tonight it would only be EUR. 80, which is the cheapest we’ve had so far.
- Beds: Close together, but brilliantly comfy. Extra pillows on request.
- Shower: Actually wasn’t too bad; the bathroom as a whole was very pleasant and had everything you’d need for a short stay.
- Storage: Ample. Two wardrobe areas and a small desk were available, as well as a bedside table at each side.
- A/C: Was actually the best to date – we cranked it down so much we had to put coats on in the room, so I wouldn’t worry about overheating.
- Wifi: A bit patchy, but fast when it does connect, and best of all, it’s free.
- Staff: Pleasant and English speaking.
- Location: The hotel could have been dreadful and still retained the title of “value for money” for it’s location; we walked 10+km every day, and at no point were we more than 45 minutes from the hotel doors: Museums, shops, markets, restaurants, castles, churches, and architectural prowess unrivalled by much of the world are just outside.
- Other: “La Republica”. a fantastic Czech restaurant and one bar beer festival (over 50 beverages grace the menu from an eclectic mixture of sources) is directly opposite, and the bar is open 24/7 in the hotel lobby. Breakfast is also served, and I’m assured by one of the guests I spoke to that it’s rather nice, but we didn’t divulge.
To conclude; this Ibis has managed to bring back it’s name after the bad reputation sourced from Paris, and I’d most definitely stay there again; it’s clean, spacious, and in a phenomenal position. It’s also dirt cheap. If anyone wants any questions answered, just comment below or email me (my address is here).
We’re giving it a 4*/5*. It was good, but not quite Berlin.