Where to Stay in Prague: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018
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.
Where to Stay for Luxury
On the banks of the Vltava River and just minutes from the Old Town Bridge, the Four Seasons Hotel Prague is in an ideal spot for sightseeing in the Old Town. Riverfront rooms are the top choice, with lovely views of Prague Castle and a variety of themes, from ornate Rococo to contemporary. Hotel amenities include an on-site spa, fitness center, and business services, and there is a fine Italian restaurant that overlooks the river form a private terrace.
Across the river in Little Quarter, the Aria Hotel Prague offers similar luxury amenities plus several common areas to make your stay as comfortable as possible, including a large sitting room with a fireplace and extensive music library, a screening room, and game room. The hotel grounds are perfectly matched to the adjacent Vrtba Garden, and it is just a block from the boutiques on Nerudova Street, which leads to the castle district.
Even closer to the 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 ambience of the historic building.
Where to Stay: Mid-Range
The Old Town has some good mid-range options, including Design Hotel Jewel Prague, which is just a few minutes by foot to the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock as well as the National Gallery and several other museums. This four-star boutique hotel offers affordable rates while providing five-star service in Prague's theater district. Breakfast is complimentary here and also 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.
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.
Where to Stay on a Budget
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.
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. Sophie's balances rustic with contemporary for a fun shabby-chic vibe and offers amenities like complimentary airport shuttle service and breakfast.
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.
Where to Stay for Families
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. The hotel is within ten minutes' walk to the Old Town tourist attractions and close to several good restaurants, and guests are served a generous complimentary breakfast.
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 for Romance
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.