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Dum u Velke Boty Hotel

Funky older hotel recommended by Rick Steves that is located in the "Little Quarter" below the "Castle Quarter" in Prague. Although the location was excellent, the problems we encountered out weighted its charm. We do not recommend this hotel. There was less value for the money compared to other lodgings that we stayed at. Our room was on the third floor with a “private” terrace (which other guests accessed). All rooms have foam mattresses. We found ours to be too soft, and very hot. There was noise from other rooms, and creaking floors, which is to be expected in an older building. We did not sleep well. The rooms were clean, except for a dog treat we found under the bed. Like other older buildings, there is no lift, only a spiral staircase. The bathroom was small, with no sink stopper. The breakfast was adequate, with average selection.

The host requires cash payment in Euros or Czech Koruna, which is inconvenient. We heard one couple remark they felt like they were doing a drug deal when paying for their stay. The "receipt" we received was an adding machine tape.

The staff on the other hand made every effort to make us feel welcome. They were friendly, and spoke English well. We went with their recommendation to use a private taxi to avoid rip-offs at the train station which was convenient.

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A bummer to hear for me since I am getting ready to stay there soon. I will have to admit that your problems are not that concerning to me.

I already knew that they did not have a lift. They made it clear in my confirmation email that we would need to pay in cash in local currency - I am not sure why that is a bad thing because I have traveled a lot in Europe and most smaller pension-type inns require cash transactions. We also always travel in Europe with our own sink stopper!

I am excited about the location and glad that the staff was friendly and helpful. I will try to remember to report back after I stay here but I booked it to begin with because of so many glowing reviews on TripAdvisor. Sorry that your stay was not what you expected!

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I'm sorry you didn't have a good stay. I have to say my own experience, in June 2018, couldn't have been more different. We had a "superior" triple, which consisted of two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The second bedroom was tiny -- we knew that ahead of time -- but was great for my teen who wanted a little private time. The main room was spacious and light, and the bed was super comfortable. The bathrooms were updated and modern. Our friends had a superior double and were also very happy with it.

We found the breakfast to be very nice, and the friendliness and helpfulness of the hosts was beyond outstanding. They helped us with dinner reservations, (exceptional) laundry service, and getting a cab to move across town to our old town accommodations (we stayed at the House at the Big Boot prior to our Rick Steves Eastern Europe tour, and then moved to the tour hotel).

I enjoyed the Lesser Quarter and found it to be much quieter than the Old Town area -- which was so crowded it felt like Disneyland. I had no issues with paying cash, as that was made clear up front. I totally understand why a family run hotel wouldn't want to pay credit card service fees, and it did feel like a nice throwback to European travel in days gone by.

I would absolutely stay in this B&B again on future visits to Prague!!!!!

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We stayed there for two nights before moving to the Hotel Metamorphis to start our RS Best of Eastern Europe tour. We had a very pleasant stay. Mala Strana is a quiet section of town. (The embassies are there. This hotel is across the street from the German embassy.) Breakfast was fine, and the hosts were friendly.

While they do not accept credit cards, they do accept payment in US dollars in addition to euros and Czech koruna (or British pounds) and gave us a good exchange rate when we paid. We came from the airport and took public transportation to the house, although the owners offer private transportation from the airport. They gave us directions and we had no problem finding the place.