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Where to Stay in Prague: Best Areas & Hotels

Written by Lura Seavey
Nov 19, 2019

Prague's top tourist attractions and hotels reside within the city's four central historic neighborhoods, commonly grouped and referred to as "Prague 1." The Stare Mesto, or Old Town, sits inside a gentle curve of the Vltava River, surrounding the much smaller historic Jewish community called Josefov, an attraction itself. The Old Town is also home to major historic sites, including the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock at the Old Town Hall, the National Gallery, and several museums and landmarks.

Surrounding this neighborhood to the east is Nove Mesto, or the New Town, which is within a reasonable walking distance from the Old Town sites and has several attractions of its own, including the statue of Franz Kafka, Wenceslas Square, and a small theater district.

On the west side of the river, Mala Strana (the Little Quarter) is popular for its convenient central location between the river and Prague Castle. The neighborhood has shopping; scenic green spaces like the Vrtba Garden; and several historic sites, including Charles Bridge and what is popularly known as the Castle District. The castle itself resides in the Hradcany & Letna neighborhood, which is quite hilly, providing some excellent views of the city's iconic spires.

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Where to Stay in Prague for Luxury

Old Town

The Art Deco Alcron Hotel Prague sits just steps from Wenceslas Square in the Nove Mesto (New Town), offering five-star accommodations and services including a spa, sauna, fitness center, and personal butler service. Suites and allergy-free rooms are available, and there are two restaurants on site. The hotel is convenient to the Prague Main Station, and nearby tourist attractions include the Cold War Museum, the National Museum, and Jungmann Square, as well as numerous antique shops.

Across the river in Little Quarter, the Aria Hotel Prague offers several common areas to make your stay as comfortable as possible, including a large sitting room with a fireplace and extensive music library, a rooftop terrace, a screening room, and a game room; on-site entertainment is provided in the evenings.

Suites and family rooms are available, and all guest rooms include private balconies, as well as conveniences like safes, fridges, and plush bathrobes. The hotel grounds are perfectly matched to the adjacent Vrtba Garden, and this Mala Strana hotel is just a block from the boutiques on Nerudova Street, which leads to the castle district.

Even closer to Prague Castle is the Golden Well Hotel, a 16th-century royal villa that was once home to Emperor Rudolf II. The small complex of 19 guest rooms and suites is in the Hradcany & Letna neighborhood, close to Golden Lane and Lobkowicz Palace. Rooms are updated yet incredibly elegant, retaining the old-world ambiance of the historic building.

The Golden Well Hotel offers spa services on-site, as well as bicycle rental services. Other amenities include a restaurant that provides room service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a lovely rooftop terrace.

Where to Stay in Prague: Mid-Range

Old Town Square

Located in the Mala Strana (Little Quarter), Bishop's House is close to landmarks including the Lesser Town Bridge Tower, the Old Town Bridge, and the John Lennon Wall. Nearby museums include the KGB Museum, the Karel Zeman Museum, and the Museum Mysteriae Pragensis. Guest rooms at this non-smoking hotel are bright and modern, equipped with safes, fridges, and blackout curtains. There is on-site parking, and rooms include a free breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Breakfast is complimentary at the nearby Unitas Hotel, freshly updated and family-friendly to accommodate visitors to neighboring Legoland. Rooms are exceptionally quiet thanks to the hotel's original construction as a convent, and each floor has its own complimentary coffee station complete with cookies and snacks. The Unitas sits in Prague's Old Town in the theater district, within walking distance of the National Theater and many museums.

Tucked at the very edge of the Little Quarter, near the KGB Museum and at the feet of Prague Castle, Appia Hotel Residences offers amenities such as free breakfast at their small but lovely restaurant, a sauna, a romantic terraced garden, and underground parking. Suites with kitchenettes are available, as well as family rooms and allergy-free rooms; all accommodations are soundproofed with blackout curtains and include a safe, mini-fridge, and coffee & tea service.

Where to Stay in Prague on a Budget

View over Prague

Guests do not have to sacrifice quality for affordability at the Questenberk, a hilltop boutique hotel located in the historic Hradcany & Letna neighborhood, near Cernin Palace and several good museums. The building's 17th-century architecture is similar to that of the nearby Strahov Monastery, and many rooms have excellent views overlooking the city toward Prague Castle. Hotel amenities include free Wi-Fi, airport transportation, and an on-site restaurant; allergy-free rooms and family suites are available.

East of the river, Miss Sophie's Hotel is in the New Town near the train station and within easy walking distance of the Old Town historic attractions like the Emmaus Monastery and the Medieval Well. Sophie's balances rustic with contemporary for a fun shabby-chic vibe and offers amenities like complimentary airport shuttle service and breakfast, as well as an on-site coffee shop and free Wi-Fi.

Just at the edge of the New Town but convenient to the metro stop and in a safe neighborhood, the B&B Hotel Prague City offers incredible value with inexpensive rates that include breakfast. Rooms are efficient and spotless, and the staff members are incredibly friendly and helpful. There are a good selection of restaurants within less than a block, and the Prague City Museum is within a 10-minute walk.

Where to Stay in Prague for Families

Old Town Square

For a family vacation to remember, the Residence Agnes is the place to stay. This four-star boutique hotel has spacious suites and family rooms that are both understated and elegant, making them as welcoming as the great staff. Guests are served a generous complimentary breakfast with special choices for the kids, and the hotel offers free transportation services to the airport and top tourist areas. The hotel is within a 10-minute walk to the Old Town tourist attractions, including St. Castulus Square and the Jewish Museum, and is close to dozens of restaurants.

Although the Aparthotel City 5 is a bit removed in the Smichov neighborhood just south of the Little Quarter, the friendly and helpful staff members are more than happy to help plan your family's route to the city's most popular sites, either by nearby public transportation or by foot. This is a small family-owned hotel that specializes in apartment-type rooms, each equipped with a kitchenette. Common areas are incredibly comfortable, including a children's play area equipped with toys and an ivy-trellised patio area for relaxation.

Where to Stay in Prague for Romance

Charles Bridge

Prague has no shortage of romantic boutique hotels, but there are some that stand out above the rest, like the Alchymist Prague Castle Suites, which has everything a couple could wish for in a luxury getaway. Housed in a 15th-century mansion that sits next to Palacove Zahrady garden, at the feet of Prague Castle in the royal Hradcany & Letna neighborhood, the individually decorated suites look like they came straight out of a fairy tale, with antique furniture, chandeliers, and rich Baroque décor.

If you ever want to leave the room, the property also offers a world-class spa and fitness center, as well as relaxing common areas, including a library, fireplace room, and music room. Other amenities include breakfast, airport transportation, and even the services of you own private butler.

For a less formal but incredibly romantic setting, you will find the Hotel Pod Vezi sitting beside the Gothic stone arches of the Charles Bridge Tower. Guests are provided with thoughtful extras, including a free pass to climb to the top of the tower plus complimentary souvenirs and coupons for local restaurants. Room rates also include a generous hot breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, which becomes an excellent creperie later in the day.

The hotel's central location in the Little Quarter, near the river, also makes it ideal for those who want to explore the entire city by foot and visit all of the attractions with ease.

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