Unitas

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Address: Bartolomejska Street 9, Prague, 110 00, Czech Republic

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.3

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
4.3
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Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4
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Value for money
4
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Bedrooms
4
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Public areas
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90%

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.

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.

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.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • No fuss
  • History

Pros & Cons

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