We are Marriot Reward members and use our points for hotel stays. With that in mind, would you stay at the Boscolo Prague or the Prague Marriott?
I have not been to Prague. Are you able to find ratings on these hotels you can compare?
Yes, but sometimes personal experiences from this forum can also give additional insight.
If you receive no other answers, do a search for "Prague Hotels" for this forum. I wish you a wonderful trip.
The Marriot is a few blocks closer to Namesty Republiky , The Municipal House , Powder Tower and the Old Town -ten minute walk to The Old Town Square , than the Boscolo Hotel , but not significantly so - both would be fine
How safe is the walk from the Boscolo Prague? I have read of some concerns. What do you think?
Based on a couple of visits, and without seeing the specific concerns you've read, I'd have no problem making plans to stay in that neighborhood. I assume you'll follow standard safety tips at http://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/theft-scams.
We were very comfortable exploring Prague . As Laura says , what have you read in particular ?
People are usually warned about pickpockets in Prague. I visited Prague many times and never had problem, not even attempt. Cannot say that about Rome. Almost every time I got on metro or bus somebody tried. Thank God always unsuccessfully.
We stayed at the Boscolo Prague in 2012 and did not have any complaints. It was a little further from some of the things to see, but still walkable and there is a metro station as part of the adjacent train station that you could use if you needed to. We walked at night, after dark, as well and never felt unsafe. The hotel was clean and comfortable and we would stay there again.
Thanks for replies. I feel much better about the location of the Boscolo Prague. Steven, on Trip Advisor, one post indicated that the hotel is located on a rather run down street and has a lot of graffiti. The person did not think this is where a hotel of this caliber should be located. The person also mentioned the number of homeless in the area.
Unlike in American city let's say Dallas, graffiti in Prague is not an indicator of a dangerous neighborhood. In the US it has something to do with a gang activity, in Prague it's almost everywhere created by vandals who think they are street artists. Obviously punishment should be more severe.
Karen , you can look at the location on google street view and judge for yourself . I didn't see anything that would alarm me , but the Marriot is somewhat closer and right on the edge of Namesty Republiky ( Republic Square ) . The Municipal House ( a misleading sobriquet ) is right there as well as your entrance in to the Old Town . We stayed a block away - McGallery Hotel on Na Porici , loved the location . Again , check the street view here . Don't be concerned about the graffiti , it's ubiquitous in many places all over Europe .
I don't remember noticing any homeless people while walking between the hotel and tourist areas. However, the hotel is right across from the main train station in Prague and we did notice homeless people in that area. We made the mistake of using an enclosed stairwell near the train station that very clearly was used for shelter in cooler weather, the smell was atrocious!
The other comments about graffiti are correct, they are not an indication of neighborhood safety in most of Europe.