Francouzska 76, Praha, Czech Republic, 101 00
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Seasoned travellers, Singles, No fuss, People watching, Trendiness
Expert review of Czech Inn
One of the new Prague crop of stylish hostels, Czech Inn helps take the drudge out of the backpacker experience and offers the chance to meet up with other youthful travelers, yet provides the option of private rooms for couples at a bargain rate. A far cry from the old days of hosteling, staying here’s no punishment - although noise and merrymaking roommates, especially in mixed dorms, can indeed be a nuisance.
Set in a refurbished 19th-century building in the clubby Vinohrady district, Czech Inn is well located for fans of bar crawls and nightlife and sees few tourist hordes - but some travelers do gripe about its distance from the main train station, a 15-minute tram and metro ride away.
Designer colors help the medicine of metal-frame bunkbeds go down, even those featuring squeaky lockers under the beds. Bathrooms, separate if you don’t book an apartment or private room, are clean and modern. For the extra dosh of your own room, rain-head showers and better Asian-style dark wood frame beds and desks are tempting.
Halls are lines with modern art, photos, rough hewn brick, ornate ceilings, Internet terminals with big LCD screens and plants - hardly the ugly, institutional look of most hostels, the kitchen’s sleek and well kept, the bar’s cool and minimalist and the terrace is an awfully pleasant place to take in a beer and socialize.
Breakfasts, running 140 Kc, are a bit steep for muesli, yogurt and cold cuts, but the bar, open till 1am, does feature seven Czech beers on tap, and a few cocktails.
The staff is friendly and a fount of helpful information but it’s not the Hilton, certainly. Hairdryers are on request with a 200 Kc deposit - then again, there’s free WiFi, keycards offer security and happy hour runs from 6pm-8pm nightly with trivia nights every Monday and occasional live musos (or take over the mic yourself if you dare).
Budget travelers who aren't fond of roughing it and backpackers who hate to compromise on style - and why should we?
Breakfast at a district cafe will run you about the same as the house stuff and be more appetising. Do enjoy the free WiFi though.
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