Prague has remarkably pretty hotels, but if you’re visiting on a budget, you don’t want to spend all of your money on the accommodations. Accommodation consumes the large part of the budget for most travelers, and if you can save a few hundred on your hotel, that will leave more money for you to enjoy other activities.
No matter where you travel, there are certain health and safety risks when picking a place to stay. For example, the hotel might be rather outdated. You could end up staying in a room with asbestos insulation or cockroaches, which are both terrible for your health. There are also hotels in bad neighborhoods where the risk of theft or even violent crimes is high.
Thankfully, there are plenty of quality budget hotels you can spend the night in Prague without risking your health or safety. Here are a few that come highly recommended.
1. Anyday Apartments
Reviewers of this quaint hotel say it’s one of the nicest hotels they’ve stayed in for a budget price. The rooms are clean, spacious, and have all the expected amenities including excellent service. It has a great location in a safe neighborhood near museums, tours, and restaurants.
2. Botel Albatross
It’s true that the rooms are a little dated, but this hotel, which refers to a hotel in the water, is clean, comfortable, and incredibly well priced. What’s more, the experience of staying literally right on the water will allow you to have excellent views and memories you’ll have for a lifetime.
3. Royal Court Hotel
If you’re looking for a hotel with a little old-town Prague charm without spending a lot of money, the Royal Court Hotel is perfect for you. It’s smaller but has a great location. It’s just a few minutes to Wenceslas Square, where much of the city’s action happens.
4. Fusion Hotel
Fusion is fresh, modern and funky – and interesting. While there are still beds and a reception desk, in almost every other arena of hospitality the developers have succeeded in re-thinking what hotels are all about.
For example, that reception desk is not necessarily where you check in. For ease, visitors can check in online and use reception just to pick up their keys. Breakfast is served 24 hours a day, and there are spaces open to guests all the time.
And as for those beds? While the nearly 90-room hotel does offer the traditional double, it also has an apartment, multi-occupancy rooms and the intriguing “mega-beds” and high beds. In total, there are just under 90 rooms and 360 beds. The mega-beds, 6 meters by 4, can house groups, families or friends. They can also be taken apart and stacked.
Fusion Hotel is also close to Wenceslas Square, and it offers a rich, contemporary feel if you’re looking for something more modern. The floors are concrete, giving it an industrial feel, and the entire hotel has artworks and creations by local artists and designers. The rooms come in different themes and sizes to accommodate travelers. One room can even hold six people for a fraction of the price of larger hotels.
5. Miss Sophie’s Hotel
If you’re looking for an excellent location in Prague’s New Town, Miss Sophie’s Hotel is one of the best, as far as budget goes. It’s right on Wenceslas Square near the National Museum, and you could pay less than 40 euros a night to spend the night. The décor is homey and tasteful with artwork and designs from local talent. Book soon, because rooms go fast in this smaller accommodation.
6. Hotel Maximilian
Hotel Maximillian is close to the center of Prague, near the Jewish Quarter. It’s a quiet area of the city, but there’s plenty of culture and history around it. The hotel features more of a traditional corporate hotel feeling, but it still has plenty of character to augment your Prague visit.
7. Yasmin Hotel
This hotel uses a natural, beige and gray theme that makes you feel like you’re staying in a spa. It’s clean with excellent service, located just a block from Wenceslas Square. You’re right in the middle of the shopping and museum district, so there will be plenty to do during your stay.
8. Nicholas Hotel Residence
There are just nine rooms in the Nicholas Hotel Residence, which perhaps lends itself to being called Prague’s Most Charming Little Hotel. It features wood floors, exposed ceiling beams, plenty of light, and a warm-hearted design. You’re just minutes away from Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, making it a great location if you’re interested in a quieter atmosphere.
9. Prague Boutique Hotel
Right off of Old Town Square, this comfortable hotel will put you in the center of everything without compromising your budget. There are just 10 rooms, each of which is simplistic and cozy. The staff is friendly, and there are nice accommodations, including an on-site guest kitchen.
10. Icon Hotel & Lounge
If you’re expecting to be visiting Wenceslas Square late into the night, the Icon Hotel & Lounge is perfect for you. It’s a more modern setup with the bar and reception open all night long. It’s a casual place to stay while also maintaining the sophistication and charm you love about Prague.
Some Other Hotels in Prague Worth Staying
Hotel Paris in Prague has quite a few claims to fame. The five-star neo-Gothic hotel with an Art Nouveau design was declared a historical monument in 1984. Before that, in 1971, the hotel was the setting for part of Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal’s novel I Served the King of England.
The Brandejs family of hoteliers originally operated Hotel Paris when it opened in 1904 and regained control of it in 1991, spending a small fortune to counteract the neglect of the communist era and restore the place to its former glory.
Along with the historical look, the hotel now offers all of the modern touches that travelers expect, including WiFi and LCD TV with satellite in the rooms, and access to a modern wellness and spa center with a sauna, whirl pool and exercise machines.
Located in the heart of the city within walking distance of Prague’s main attractions is an international four-star hotel as unique in its design as in the activities it offers. The ultra-modern interior, designed by renowned Czech architect Eva Jiřičná, offers three air-conditioned conference rooms, from 37 to 94 square meters in size, that can be set up in either theater or classroom-style seating and offer video-conferencing, Wi-Fi, and high-speed Internet. The largest conference room even boasts a garden.
But perhaps more interesting than the hotel’s conference amenities is its sightseeing jogging program: a 30-minute run through the streets of Old Town, with a running commentary including basic information about the monuments and landmarks en route. There are three different options, from easy to advanced, that are offered every Tuesday and Friday starting at 7 a.m.
“It’s a healthy way to start the morning, and it offers guests a different way to see the city without the crowds of tourists,” said Orsolya Skalec, Hotel Josef’s sales manager. “It also allows us to exceed the expectations of our guests by offering them more than just high design, but specialty service, as well. So far, it has been pretty popular, especially in the fall.”
After the run and cool-down, runners are greeted back at the hotel with some specialty Asian hot or iced teas and complimentary towels.
Whether hosting a large-scale corporate event or a smaller, more intimate meeting, guests can parlay their team-oriented conference activities into a friendly game of bowling – just one of the many activities offered at the Millennium Plaza complex, which houses the five-star hotel as well as the World Class Health Academy. Guests get free entrance to the fitness facility and, in addition to bowling, can take advantage of the gym, spa, swimming pool, and Jacuzzi.
If bowling isn’t enough excitement, guests can bring up the ante at the Viva Casino, also in the Millennium Plaza. The conference options are just as varied with 1,425 square meters of space for both exhibitions and meetings, including 11 meeting rooms and a large ballroom accommodating up to 700 guests, all of which have wireless, high-speed Internet access and modern audiovisual equipment with expert assistance available.
A bit off the beaten tourist path, Hotel Olšanka offers some of the most various work and play choices of congress hotels in Prague, with 13 conference rooms and an expansive sports complex. With a wide variety of wellness, fitness and sports activities, the sports center is popular with tourists and locals alike, especially the 25-meter-long swimming pool, which is good for laps, and the aqua fitness classes offered by the hotel. Guests looking for drier alternatives can choose from a litany of fitness options such as spinning, aerobics, table tennis, tennis, and badminton, or just relaxing in the sauna. The conference facilities at the hotel feature 3,000 square meters of conference space and each room are set up with modern audiovisual equipment and wireless Internet access.
Known as one of the premier business hotels in Central and Eastern Europe, the conference facilities and venues at Hilton Prague are state-of-the-art regarding technology and design, but what might not be known are the distinctive leisure activities offered through the Cybex Health Club & Spa in association with the hotel. Along with visiting the hotel’s casino, spa, and pool, guests can relieve their stress by exerting themselves in a competitive game of squash or a white-knuckled climb on the seven-meter “Cybex Arch,” an outdoor climbing wall.
Unlike most artificial climbing walls, the Cybex Arch gives guests a more natural climbing experience by having it outdoors surrounded by the elements. The wall is fashioned to resemble real rocks. Both seasoned climbers and beginners can climb the arch, which features eight separate routes.
The hotel conference center holds 33 meeting and banquet rooms spread over nearly 5,000 square meters. Each room features state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment that can be tailored for any meeting.
“I think leisure is a vital ingredient to the success of our hotel,” said Matthijs Welle, director of sales at Hilton Prague & Hilton Prague Old Town. “Many of our guests are in stressful meetings and conferences and need the health club to relax from their busy life of travel and work. People like to stay at hotels that are built for business efficiency; however, at the same time, the hotel becomes their luxury home for some days and should have the leisure facilities to match to enable them to unwind.”
Clarion Hotel Prague City
When it comes to conference space, bigger isn’t always better, and a more intimate space also lends itself to a more relaxing atmosphere. Clarion offers a smaller, more private venue with two, modern conference rooms, holding up to 50 people. The meeting rooms can be arranged in a variety of ways to suit the needs of guests from theater-style to a more inclusive U-shape formation and even banquet seating. The relaxed atmosphere carries over to the hotel’s leisure offerings as well with the special offer of a variety of traditional in-room Thai massages by native-born, certified masseuses. Those looking for a release from their day can get either a full-body massage of up to 120 minutes or just legs and feet for up to 60 minutes. Specialties include Thai aromatherapy oil massages and the Thai Nirvana massage with herbal heat bags.
Moods Boutique Hotel Prague
Over the course of two years, the original building was reconstructed, and a new building was added. The original contains 30 guest rooms, reception, bar, conference room and massage rooms, while the new building consists of 21 more guest rooms. Heading back from the lobby, you enter a darker bar area that then opens onto a bright winter garden. Be sure to notice the interestingly styled lamp hanging over a small booth seating area; it matches the design of the front of the bar. Hotel manager Tien says they made them both out of squished paper. Artemide lights on the right side stretch out over individual tables. The side wall here is unique – a pattern sandblasted into the concrete. The back of the bar is the bamboo concept replicated from the lobby. The winter garden is replete with light, filling the gap between old and new buildings.