Unitas

Bartolomejska Street 9, Prague, Czech Republic, 110 00

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By Will Tizard, your Prague expert

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#6 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Prague
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
0
N/A
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, History, No fuss

Expert review of Unitas

A former cloister's gracious new life.

The chimes of the baroque church next door are just one reminder of the history of this building, still owned by the Grey Sisters of St. Francis and once used as a jail by the Czech secret police, who locked up a dissident troublemaker known as Vaclav Havel here. Years ago you could stay in his former cell, which had been cleaned up and turned into a hostel room, but these days that chance has been traded for the experience of a serene but sensibly priced Old Town hotel option on an almost strangely quiet street.

Location: 

Bartolomejska street, where the main Czech police building for the district still looms imposingly across the way, is a dark and unprepossessing lane, but a safe and quiet one. It’s also nearby dozens of great pubs, museums and galleries and a few minutes’ walk from Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge. Just note the icy cobblestones are treacherous in winter.

Bedrooms: 

The entire hotel’s non-smoking, with free Wi-Fi (fairly standard in Prague nowadays) and some of the more spacious rooms and baths in town for the category. The grand cabinets are one nice legacy of staying in a former cloister.

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Public areas: 

Pleasant if small breakfast room and library but not much else in the way of public space.

Eating and drinking: 

No restaurant on site but the breakfast buffet, running till 11am, gets raves as one of the most varied and freshest around (why so many more expensive place do the same boring rolls, cheese and cold cuts in the Czech Republic remains a mystery).

Leisure facilities: 

If you forgot your DVDs for the in-room player, the Unitas provides a free library of them in the lobby.

Service: 

The 24-hour coffee and biscuits stand on each floor is a nice little touch but the staff would get just as high marks without it. The nuns demand attentive and thoughtful customer care of their employees.

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Who stays there: 

Couples, older travelers, scholars and the followers of modern history.

Price advice: 

Good deals available online, parking an extra 15 euros per day in locked courtyard, excellent breakfast included.

Pros: 
Serenely quiet
Spacious rooms
Free DVD library and players
Cons: 
No longer really for bargain hunters
Street a bit dark

More information on Unitas:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Bartolomejska Street 9, Prague, Czech Republic, 110 00
Free tags / Keywords:
Havel, Grey Sisters
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Old Town

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