My husband and I are travelling to Prague with our 3.5 yo this fall. I've checked out several apartments both in Old Town and in the Lesser Town. We wont have a car but will rent a stroller. I can't decide which would be the better area to stay in especially given we have an active toddler. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Alia.
Old town for sure . lots to do nearby and then you can quickly return if you need to for naps or bathroom breaks. We stayed opposite astronomical clock in may it was perfect.
Hi JS, Thank you for your response. Is there a lot of car traffic that I would have to worry about?
Old Town is flat and easy to get around. Very little traffic mostly just tourist walking around. Center of Prague is very easy to get around in general. The castle area would be hard to get around with a toddler.
Alia, Would you prefer an Apartment or a small Hotel? If a Hotel would suffice, I'd highly recommend the Green Garland Pension in Prague. The rooms are somewhat basic but very clean, and the staff are wonderful! It's in a great location and within easy walking distance to the major sights including the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, etc. However, I should mention that they don't have an Elevator so you'd have to be prepared for a few stairs. Happy travels!
The Hotel Ventana is one of the better upscale hotels we have ever stayed in. The location is just to the right of the Tyn Church (the giant black one on Old Town Square. Pretty outstanding location and quality.
May not be much you can do about this, but Prague had cobble stone streets and sidewalks everywhere. Make sure you rent a stroller with the biggest possible wheels for your comfort and the toddlers. We stayed at the Marriott Namesti Republiky. Right on the edge of Old Town, right at major metro stop - even has a supermarket at the square for buying supplies. Very convenient. Got a great deal on that website where you name your own price : )
We really like the Golden Scissors on Kampa Island. The hotel is at the end of the Charles Bridge and has bridge views from most rooms. In front of the hotel is a lovely long courtyard with benches which leads to a nice park on the island. Room #2 is a large family room with a kitchenette--there may be other rooms equipped like this on but they only have 10 rooms. The staff is friendly and helpful. We stayed there last month and would choose no other location for its calmness after a hectic day of crowded Prague.
Hi, Alia. I have to agree with the Golden Scissors location rather than the places in Old Town. My 21 yo daughter and I stayed in Old Town near the clock in May. We decided that we would stay near or on Kampa Island if we ever go back. The Old Town location would put you closer to all the things to do in that area. I don't know what the crowds will be like when you go, but in mid-May they were some of the worst that I have ever been in and we went to Disneyland over spring break! The Kampa Island area is much calmer and there are nearby parks. I wish I had understood all of this before we made our trip as I feel staying in the Old Town location greatly affected our opinion of Prague. If you do stay in Old Town, Ken's suggestion is a bit more out of the "thick" of things than ours was and maybe for you, with a stroller and the potential need to return to your lodging midday, this would be best. If you know what sights are most interesting to you, why not google map them in comparison to the 2 different locations? That way perhaps you will be able to determine which would best suit you.
Check out Pension Vetrnik. They are a 15 minute tram ride to downtown, but they have lovely grounds for an active toddler to run. Also near the star park where you will find mant Czech families.