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Prague- excellent: Hotel Hastal

A solo woman traveler, I stayed 5 nights at Hotel Hastal in late July 2012. It's conveniently located within 5-15 minutes' walking radius of assorted restaurants and the Jewish Quarter, Spanish Synagogue, Old Town Square, open air market, and an indoor shopping mall. There's a handy store in the next block selling food and beverages and basic necessities. It's a very safe area, on a side street - making it very quiet at night. My check-in was facilitated at a high level of professionalism by Veronika. She later responded quickly when the air conditioner in my room was not working adequately. I enjoyed the very pleasant breakfast room and diverse buffet daily, and had positive dealings with the staff. One evening I arrived for dinner after the dinner hour had closed, but the onsite restaurant proprietor and the cook provided for me. I appreciated the continuous availability of cold drinking water off the lobby and the option to enjoy happy hour or dine outdoors on the quiet sidewalk. My check-out was handled very smoothly by Josef. During my stay, I had to deal with some pressing personal business. Tomas ("Tom") was extremely attentive, helpful and pleasant. I cannot say enough about Tomas' fine qualities. He truly showed me what Prague can be in the sense of its people.

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We spent a week in Prague in Dec., 2011. Our hotel was south of Old Town but within walking distance of everything. The Christmas Markets were in full swing and we enjoyed the music, food & just mingling with the locals every night in a different one. There were concerts in several old (12th century) churches. We bought tickets ahead but should have waited. The vendors are outside during the day and you can see all your choices (not listed online). The prices were the same. We also booked a Czech Folklore night in a farmhouse outside the city...don't miss it. The food and entertainment were wonderful. There is a small City of Prague Museum which turned out to be the best, many people miss it thinking it is too small & local. We made a bus trip out to Lidice Memorial, a town destroyed by the Nazi's. I had family connections there, and the affect was profound. It was at the same time extremely depressing, and a highlight of our trip. We will return someday, to see a few more sights in the city, perhaps at a warmer time of year, and to see the rest of that beautiful country.