The hotel’s divided among three buildings at different elevations and addresses so it’s not the place for those with serious baggage, and some have found service less than sterling. But views from upper rooms of the district’s baroque townhouses make it worthwhile and it’s hard to imagine a better located inn at this price. The building on the main walking route for thousands of castle tourists day and night, Nerudova, can have noise issues and at all three facilities you’re in for a light hike up the cobbled street from Malostranske Namesti, where trams 20 and 22 run.
For the price the Castle Steps is a serious score, particularly considering the characterful touches. Antique sewing tables, marble-topped nightstands, parquet floors and high ceilings are not what you’d expect to find at rates like these. White walls are on the conservative side and the bathrooms, while modern and well-lit, don’t feature much in the way of inspiring design.
The overall effect is simple (sometimes borderline Spartan), but Castle Steps still manages to be welcoming, clean and serious value and is set in characterful 18th-century buildings.
Eating and drinking
The in-house restaurant, specializing in Italian, is far from the best option in the Mala Strana district these days but is handy if you’ve been out touring all day and plan to head straight to bed after your cognac.
Courteous and correct, but getting sorted between the three buildings has thrown some guests off.
Who stays there
Budget travelers who've done their homework, younger visitors, and fans of medieval architecture (not in the hotel, fortunately).
Standard prices are great value, and include breakfast and VAT.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Backpackers / Students
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Unequaled prices for the area
- Amazing location
- Divided among separate buildings
- On a steep, cobbled hill