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Looking for experiences staying at a couple of Prague Hotels.

Has anyone stayed at this Hotel u Klenotnika? It looks as though it is in a great location. I posted earlier in regard to having an
elderly dad who needs to walk slowly. I want to stay someplace very centrally located. (or else I'd probably stay at someplace away from the Old Town Square.) They have only 2 double rooms left so I put a deposit on it.

Is it heavily crowded in the Old Town area in early October?

I also received a great recommendation for Hotel Hastal.
I know there is a lot of walking no matter what, but I want to be close to Trams and/or Metro too.

What's a girl to do? (ha!)

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We stayed at the Hotel u Klenotnika in September 2005, and our daughter stayed there in 2006. It was very nice---run by some very attractive young women who were very helpful. There are stairs to climb, and only an elevator for your suitcase. They served a nice breakfast, and even had a small restaurant for dinner. There is a department store with a food hall right across the street, so we would just stop there for food. The general location is great. It is possible to wear yourself out walking in Prague, so become familiar with the bus system. Beware of taking a cab from the train station to any hotel. The cabs can rip you off. Get someone local who speaks Chech to make certain what the cabbie will charge you. To me, Prague was interesting, but has become almost like Disneyland---very commercialized. They had a huge Jumbotron set up on the main square that boomed continual rock music and videos. The churches are used for concerts and as museums. It was full of tourists.

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I just returned from Prague a few days ago. We stayed at the Hotel Amor Residence. It is a gorgeous hotel located in a building attached to the St. Nicholas Church in Lesser Town. Steps to the Charles Bridge and at the foot of the hill that the Castle sits upon. There is a tram stop literally outside the hotel. It does not get more convenient than this. There is also an elevator inside the hotel so that it is not necessary to haul luggage up stairs yourself. We stayed in Apt. #8 (two bedroom apartment on 3rd floor). Lovely!!

I can also recmmend a wonderful private tourguide if you'd like one. A couple of half-day tours are better than full day tours (full-day tours are too tiring). She has excellent English and brings Prague to life!! It is fascinating to hear about life under communism. Well worth the money. If you use her, tell her I said hello. Enjoy! (Susan Langley)

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We stayed a few nights at Hotel u Tri Bubnu in was so convenient and a good value.

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I got home a couple of weeks ago - I made the original post.

We had a fantastic time!!! 9 nights in Prague and 4 nights in Cesky Krumlov. Krumlov was such a charming, cute place. A bit touristy, but still very interesting and so picturesque. Leaves were changing color. Highly recommended.

Four nights is not too long either. I really enjoyed it. Stayed in a little Pension that looked like it was a little building out of a fairy tale.

WAY less expensive than Prague. (especially the lodging).

Prague was great too!

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Hi Kathy, I have not stayed at U Klenotnika, but have stayed at Guest House Lida if not staying with my inlaws. Since your Dad has mobility problems, I would check on Make sure there's a working elevator in the hotel discription, otherwise you'll have to deal with lots of steep stairs. Be prepared to pay more for these conveniences, but it will be worth it if both you and your dad have a good time. One good thing, your Dad can ask any young person to move from a Tram/Metro seat if no seats are available & if by some strange chance that nobody offers him a seat first. Be warned there's lots of walking and not all Metro stations have working esculators. You might want to stick mostly with the Trams. But be preparred in advance to get off at your stop, especially if the tram or metro train is crowed. And Prague is always crowded, even in the dead of winter, but unbearable crowds at their worst June-Sept.

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We stayed at Residence Retezova on Retezova street just steps from the Charles Bridge - a wonderful quiet street and charming apartments. We booked on-line but I would perhaps call for best rate this time of year. Thank you, Rick Steves, for great recommendations on our trip to both Budapest and Prague.

Here is a real find for a very inexpensive, wonderful restaurant in Prague - authentic Czech & Bohemian food - great atmosphere in a "cellar" with really clean and nice bathrooms. It's called "Apetit" and the address is Dlouha 23/736 - this street is off old town square to the right of the astronomical clock - check out Rick's book on Eastern Europe for other restaurant recommendations on this street. Just happened upon this one while looking for someplace else. I was so impressed I brought their care home with me.