Dum u Velke Boty

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Address: Vlasska 30/333, Prague, 118 00, Czech Republic

Star rating:
3 star hotel

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Mala Strana's homiest b&b hideout.

The Rippl family won back their 17th-century house, whose name translates as At the Big Boot, after 1989 - it had been confiscated by the communist regime. Since then this gracious clan of educators has restored the beautiful row house first built by Santini de Bossi some time before 1669. Its unmarked entrance (look for the Rippl doorbell) is now known to a steady stream of satisfied low-key travelers who've been coming for over a decade for to stay in this quiet b&b in rooms right out of a Merchant Ivory film.

Window boxes overflow with blooms on the Baroque facade. Inside the familiar entryway, a narrow stairway leads up to rooms and down to the dining room, bikes lean against walls and the reception area is an old desk against a wall. The impression is unmistakable: You’ve just arrived at your Czech granny’s.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
n/a
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.8
90%
Bedrooms
3
90%
Public areas
2.5
90%

Location

On one of the quietest back streets of the enchanting Mala Strana district - in fact, you may have trouble finding it and would be wise not to walk here with big bags - the mustard-colored family home of the Rippls, whose name translates as House at the Big Boot, is as personable as it gets.

Bedrooms

Rooms are fitted with antique wardrobes, armoirs, hardwood-framed mirrors and porcelain-tiled stoves, many of the pieces from the family’s original collection. Beds aren’t high-tech, deep-pile comfort machines and bathroom showers can consist of corner units installed after the fact. Some doubles feature two single beds, something common in bargain-priced Czech accommodation, yet complaints are just about unheard here.

Public areas

From the stone-walled cellar dining room, where you eat home cooking under wrought-iron lamps and Persian-style rugs lie about, to the maze of stairs and little reading rooms where guests tend to cluster on cold nights, the Big Boot provides easygoing, characterful escape - the antithesis of chain hoteldom. Red tiled floors, thick, white-plastered walls, and Old World Bohemian portraits and landscapes serve as decor warming feet better than the tile floors.

Service

Familial, genial service in an enchanting and offbeat setting is what the Big Boot stands for. No one falls into the Big Boot by accident. People who’ve stayed tell their friends and colleagues and they come knowing what to expect - peace, quiet, warmth and great value.

Breakfast is cooked per your request and the family is a fount of advice on things to do and see, with excellent tips on the city's ever-shifting culture scene and on food and drink options - always hot intel in Prague.

Who stays there

Regulars, visiting writers, longtime Prague aficionados, couples, travelers who hate satellite hotels, small families.

Price advice

Great value for location in the B&B category, with breakfast included in the rate, but not VAT tax.

Amenities

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Romance
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Great service and advice
  • Bohemian homestyle living
  • Serenely quiet
  • Some rooms without own bath
  • Location a few minutes' walk from Old Town
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