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Apartments instead of hotels?

Hi, My family and I (myself, husband, two teenage boys) will be in Prague at the beginning of June. I have found several apartments that sound great and most look fairly reasonably priced in central locations. Does anyone have a recommendation of an apartment vs. a hotel? If so, which sites do you prefer to book for this and do you have any recommendations? If a hotel is a better option, recommendations for a family would be great!

We have never been to Europe so new to how to book lodging internationally. (I was in Germany as a teenager, but not as an adult doing all the planning!)

Thank you!

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I generally use the same booking sites that I use in the U.S.: VRBO/Homeaway and booking.com. We much prefer staying in apartments to have the kitchen for breakfast and occasional lunches plus we always look for a washing machine (you won't find many dryers in Europe, and the ones we've encountered don't work well anyway). We spent a week in Prague, staying in an apartment in the 7th district (across the river) that was close to a grocery store and tram stop. It was great. Happy planning!

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I booked an apartment in Prague using Airbnb. You book it the same way as if you were booking a place in North America.

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whether we choose hotels or apartments when we travel depends on where we are staying and how long we are staying for. If staying one night or two, we usually just book hotels as it is easier in some ways ( can check in anytime, can leave baggage with concierge, no need to worry about cleaning fee etc) If we are staying longer, we like apartments as we have more space when we have down time, can have some food on hand, can cook some meals, do some laundry etc.

We have always used VRBO to find apartments whether in North America or Europe and we have had good success.

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We agree for a stay off more than a couple of days an apartment has significant advantages. Short stays or late arrivals usually work best with hotels. Airbnb, booking.com, VRBO make it easy.

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Hello from Wisconsin,
This apartment is a quick tram ride out of the Old Town crush of tourists. 'Love2Live' in Pague. Tram 26 takes you there quite easily from either the airport bus stop or the main train station. The apartment has good, very good, restaurants in the neighborhood with good prices as you are out of the tourism business sector. Let me recommend The Farm as a farm to table restaurant that is great for breakfast and lunch. Also, near the apartment is the cafe Letka, with interesting offerings to eat. Letna is a rapidly gentrifying area of Prague.

Actually it is pretty easy to get here from the airport using mass transit. Letenske Namesti is the tram stop yo would use to swoop down into Old Town or use for the airport. The Castle is a nice tree shaded walk, as you are going through a large park, away.

There were five of us. Two couples and our unmarried son. Huge apartment for about $30 per person per day, not that they charged that way, but that is what we paid. Hard to beat that level of cost in Prague. The apartment is newly remodeled to high standards.

Oh, and a nearby museum is the National Technical Museum. My oldest son (43) and I loved it. Bicycles and motorcycles galor.

wayne iNWI

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Thank you for all the feedback! I booked an apartment on booking.com very close to the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge. I think it will be perfect for us! Now on to planning activities and booking for Salzburg and Munich!

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We were in Salzburg and Munich two years ago with our "kids" who are in their 20's. In Munich, we rented bikes one day and spent the entire day riding through the English Gardens. It was wonderful!!! There are a couple of beer gardens you can stop at, and of course stop and watch the surfers. We also did two days trips, one to Dachau and the other to Neuschwanstein. This last one was through Mike's Bike Tours and we loved it! I was afraid my husband was going to think it was cheesy, but he really enjoyed it. You meet up in Munich and ride the bus out, and then get your bike and ride out to Swan Lake. Then to a restaurant for lunch, but you can sit on your own and order whatever you want, so not a typical group outing. Then over towards the castle to head up to Mary's Bridge and the castle itself. It was a wonderful day!

In Salzburg we did a day trip to the Eagle's Nest. Again, a very interesting and worthwhile trip. I hate to say fun, considering what it is, but a great trip.