DOMUS HENRICI

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Address: Loretanska 11, PRAGUE, 118 00, Czech Republic

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.8

Charm and surprising value in the Castle's shadow

Domus Henrici is far and away the best deal in the Hradcany district, an area otherwise known for pricy, if posh, crashes where movie stars prefer to stay while shooting in Prague. It's a great deal more, of course - personal service, character, and cosy, classic old Bohemia-style rooms in what you'd have to call the high end of the B&B spectrum. It's not a place that pampers with huge rooms and chocolates on the pillow, certainly, but for its location, it's a true gem. This district tends to be overrun with tourists by day during peak season but empties out at night, making for a calm, quiet crash - and the return of the ancient spirit of the city's former roost of kings.

Location
4.7
90%
Eating/drinking
2.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.8
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
2.9
90%
Public areas
2.8
90%

Location

Just a 5-minute walk from Prague Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral - and closer still to the Loreto, the district’s finest Baroque chapel, Domus Henrici is a deeply improbable charmer but you should note that it's a brisk 10-minute hike up from the sights of the Mala Strana district below (unless, of course, you take tram 22 to the Pohorelec stop and walk over on level ground from there). It hasn’t got just location on its side either, as we’ll detail below - affordable, quality accommodation with character and charm like this in the Hradcany is just as scarce as you’d expect. Yet somehow this place has been offering guests a homely B&B-style refuge in a historic building for three years following a thorough renovation - one that mercifully preserved its stucco entrance, brick patio and old world touches.

Bedrooms

Standard doubles are on an efficient Central European scale, measuring just 24 metres square, but few complain of feeling cramped. That’s probably down to the airy feel of the thick and sound-baffling white walls and windows opening onto some of Prague’s prettiest views. I find the niches, alcoves and darkwood ladder-back chairs and bedsteads just the right touch, adding an element of elegance you wouldn’t expect to fit into such funky spaces. Folk who’d go in for some place that was one-time possession of Emperor Rudolf II won’t be too bothered - especially when they see the modern, bidet-equipped bathrooms. Big-screen satellite LCD TVs are a nice touch too.

Public areas

The coup de grace at Domus Henrici is surely the terrace and courtyard, from which you can just about feel the spirits of celebrants from centuries past as you sip Moravian wine on a summer eve. Stairs within are narrow and steep - atmospheric but clearly marking the inn as out of bounds for disabled travelers. Breakfasts, if terrace dining doesn’t permit, are cozy indeed in the arched dining room heated by the old fashioned porcelain central heating stove.

Eating and drinking

Just breakfast - included in your room rate - but a tasty, light one of eggs, rolls, meats, cheese, coffee and fruit or yogurt.

Leisure facilities

Just a small nearby fitness and relaxation centre, but the Domus Henrici is happy to show you the way and access is included in your room rate.

Service

Guests are generally delighted by the little touches such as airport and train station pickups (add 500 Kc - just a bit more than a cab), eggs any way you’d like them at breakfast, good intel on the sights and 24-hour help.

Who stays there

Travelers who are averse to boring, big, blocky hotels but looking to economise, fans of history, architecture and the beloved nearby pub U Cerneho Vola, whose entrance only locals generally spot.

Price advice

Web-only deals and promos for holidays offer substantial discounts.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Sightseeing
  • History

Pros & Cons

  • A stone's throw from three major sights
  • Homely and eminently affordable
  • Next to nothing open in the area after 6pm
  • Atop a steep hill
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