So it’s time to plan your next trip to Europe and you have selected Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. With endless choices, where to stay in Prague can be mind boggling. Don’t worry, you are in the right place. Throughout my article entitled Where to Stay in Prague, I will provide you with detailed choices for accommodation. Whether you are looking for a hotel in the bustling city center or a cozy spot in the countryside, Where to Stay in Prague promises to meet your needs and budget.
Rest assured, at the end of my article Where to Stay in Prague, you will find the ideal accommodation you are looking for.
Where to Stay in Prague – 3 Best Neighbourhoods
Technically speaking Prague is divided into 10 geographic regions. In my Where to Stay in Prague article, I have taken the liberty to regroup these into 3, focusing on the locations of the city’s touristicattractions. Where to Stay in Prague will highlight and showcase my recommendations for a truly memorable trip.
3 Awesome Places to Stay in Prague City Center:
- Old Town and Surroundings (Stare Mesto): On the east bank of the Vlatava river, Old Town is home to the most historic sites of the city
- Mala Strana Region: On the west bank of the Vlatava river, this region is safe, quiet and less touristy.
- New Town (Nove Mesto): New Town is located south of the Old Town and is bustling with tourists, shopping centers and the central train station.
If your Prague vacation is a short (3 days or less) city break, then I highly recommend that you pick a hotel in one of these 3 regions. This will enable you to make the most of your time in the city. For longer trips,and as recommended by other guides, you may consider Vinohrady, Vysehrad and Zizvkov.
But for now, we will focus on Where to Stay and What to Do in Prague in my 3 regions.
1. Old Town Center and Surrounding Areas (Stare Mesto)
When planning your trip to Prague, first choose your region out of my recommended 3 in Where to Stay in Prague. My top recommended region is the Old Town, a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Old Town in Prague and its surroundings are home to the most historic sites scattered among romantic cafes, top notch restaurants, hotels for every budget and style. Old Town is always bustling with tourists that want to take in this beautiful city.
If you love history and architecture, narrow streets, 4 story buildings instead of high-rises; Old Town is for you.
On the down side, the Old Town can be a little pricey both for accommodation and entertainment and can get noisy and crowded in the summer months and peak travel times.
North of Old Town rests the 13th century Jewish Quarter called Josefov. Also called the Jewish Ghetto, Josefov became the only place in Prague where Jews were allowed to live.
The best hotels in Prague Old Town:
3★ Cloister Inn Hotel: Booking.com rating 8.9. Located in the center of Old Town, this 3 star property is ideal for those who are looking to stay in the city center for a reasonable rate. For information and reservations click here.
3★ Motel One Prague: Booking.com rating 9.2.Only 1km to the Old Town, this is a very popular 3 star property and should be considered for Where to Stay in Prague. For information and reservations click here.
4★ Hotel UNIC Prague: Booking.com rating 9.3. This is a clean and quality property that is 10 minutes walking distance to the Old Town. For information and reservations click here.
4★ Residence U Malvaze: Booking.com rating 8.8. Charming hotel housed in a 15th century building adjacent to the Charles Bridge. For information and reservations click here.
5★ Grandior Hotel Prague: Booking.com rating 8.8. A popular 5-star property, within walking distance to many sites and public transportation. For information and reservations click here.
2. Mala Strana Region
My second recommendation for Where to stay in Prague is Mala Strana; a region I have stayed in during a previous trip to Prague.
Mala Strana is a quiet, peaceful region, known for its cobble stoned narrow streets and picturesque historic buildings, situated on the left side of Vlatana river, very close to the Charles Bridge.
For travelers who want to be close to the city center but still want to be able to run away from it, Mala Strana is the perfect spot. It is not only quiet but also budget friendly.
Old Town is easily accessible by metro and trolleys. Though hotel choices are limited compared to the Old City, hotels are of high quality. I recommend Mala Strana for honeymooners and families.
Mala Strana has its own town center, called Malostranske Namesti. It is situated between the Prague Castle and Vlata River. Charles Bridge is within 5 minutes walking distance; while the Old Town center is an easy 15-20-minute walk.
On the downside, unless you are an avid walker, Mala Strana is far from the historic sites and shopping centers.
Nightlife in Mala Strana is limited to well-known but local restaurants and bars and is considered “tame” when compared to the Old City.
The best hotels in Prague Mala Strana:
3★ Hotel Kampa Garden: Booking.com rating 8.9. A populer property very close to the Charles Bridge. For information and reservations click here.
3★ Hotel William: Booking.com rating 8.5. An attractive 3-star property within walking distance to many tourist attractions and the trolleyline. For information and reservations click here.
4★ Hotel Pod Věží: Booking.com rating 9.8. Popular 4 star property in 2 historical building located right next to Charles Bridge in Mala Strana. For information and reservations click here.
4★ Bishop’s House: Booking.com rating 9.5. A 16th century historical property renovated in 2015 of high quality. For information and reservations click here.
4★ Appia Hotel Residences: Booking.com rating 9.5. I stayed in this property during a previous trip to Prague and liked it very much. Particularly recommended for honeymooners and families. You can read more about this hotel further down in the article. . For information and reservations click here.
5★ Three Storks: Booking.com rating 9.3. Where to Stayin Prague. Great choice for those who want to stay in a quiet and safe neighborhood. For information and reservations click here.
3. New Town (Nove Mesto)
Last but not least, I recommend New Town (Nove Mesto) as another region for Where to Stay in Prague. I spent my last vacation in Nove Mesto. Don’t be fooled by its name, Nove Mesto was established in the 14th century and is situated on the west bank of Vlata, south of the Old Town.
New Town, Nove Mesto, with its famous Wenceslas Square as its center, is the business and entertainment district of Prague. It is a rare combination of old and new architecture, and is considered the place of choice for shopping and nightlife.
Similar to Old Town and Mala Strana, Nove Mesto is also good getting around on foot but additionally Nove Mesto offers many public transportation options, including the Central Train Station.
In my opinion, the biggest advantage of this region is availability of hotels to suit every taste and budget.
On the downside, alongside inexpensive hotels and variety of nightlife options, Wenceslas Square has a few dark alleys and back roads that may be intimidating for some travelers.
In short, if you want the best priced hotels, closest shopping areas, and the liveliest nightlife, Nove Mesto is where you want to be when considering Where to Stay in Prague.
The best hotels in Prague Nove Mesto:
3★ Exe City Park Hotel: Booking.com rating 8.6. A popular 3-star propertyacross from the Central Train Station. For information and reservations click here.
3★ BoHo Prague Hotel: Booking.com rating 8.6. A high quality boutique hotel, 600 meters from the Old Town Center. For information and reservations click here.
4★ Hotel Golden Crown: Booking.com rating 9.2. A popular property close to both Wenceslas Square and the Old Town.. For information and reservations click here.
5★ Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel: Booking.com rating 9.4. Good choice for those looking for quality close to city center. For information and reservations click here.
5★ Art Nouveau Palace Hotel: Booking.com rating 8.9 My personal favorite, where I stayed during my latest trip to Prague. For information and reservations click here.
4. Other Regions
As stated earlier in the Where to Stay in Prague article, Prague has 10 geographic regions. The borders of Old Town and surroundings (Region 1) are Prague Castle, Mala Strana (Region 2) and New Town (Region 3).
When compiling this info and making my recommendations, I focused on giving you the Best of Prague in a short time. If your Prague vacation is a short (3 days or less) city break, then I highly recommend that you pick a hotel in one of these 3 regions. This will enable you to make the most of your time in the city. For longer trips, and as recommended by other guides, you may consider Vinohrady, Vysehrad in Region 2 and Zizvkov in in Region 3.
Other guides also highlight Hradcany Region for a panoramic view of the city and St Vitus Cathedral. Considering the challenge of getting to Hradcany Region and the high cost of accommodation once you are there, I would use my vote against choosing this region.
My Personal Recommendation: 5★ Art Nouveau Palace Hotel
As for my hotel recommendations; my personal favorite is still Art Nouveau Palace hotel where I stayed during my last trip to Prague. It is a 5-star property that was convenient to sites and public transportation. The hotel boasts an 8.9 Booking.com rating and is located in New Town across from Mucha Museum. As suggested by its name, the hotel is housed in a 1909 Art Nouveau building.
Art Nouveau Palace Hotel offers very high-quality amenities and service for a very reasonable price.
When I was considering Where to Stay in Prague, I chose Art Nouveau Palace Hotel for 2 main reasons: its top location and reasonable price for its high-quality offering.
The hotel is 5 minutes to Wenceslas Square and 10-15 minutes’ walk to Old Town Square. The very famous Na Prikope shopping street starts right in front of the hotel.
For sightseeing, the location of the hotel is ideal both for those who like to walk and those who prefer public transportation. There is a metro station, trolley and bus stop, nearby.
Central Train Station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. I used trains to get around in Prague during my last trip.
Art Nouveau Palace is a 30-minute car ride from the airport. I used a private transfer last time which I arranged through Prague-airport-transfers.co.uk. For two passengers, we paid Euro 19 total, for a Mercedes car. (Incidentally, when I inquired the same service from the Hotel prior to my trip, I was quoted Euro 35.) For airport transfers, you may pay cash in Euro’s or credit card.
Money exchange in Prague can prove to be challenging so it is best to be prepared. There are many Exchange companies however the rates are low, and commissions are high. If you search for a reputable Exchange Company online prior to your visit, you will notice Praha Exchange is one of two companies that have a high rating. Praha Exchange has an office within a very short walking distance from the hotel which promises a great start to your Prague vacation.
Art Nouveau Palace offers a lavish breakfast buffet that would surely satisfy even the most finicky eater. Fast food restaurants such as Mc Donald’s, Burger King and Pizza Hut are all within walking distance of the hotel.
Now to the most important point; the cost of accommodation. At Art Nouveau Palace Hotel, we paid Euro 120 per night for a double room including breakfast during the peak season. This rate will be even lower during off peak and winter months.
In short, Art Nouveau Palace Hotel is a perfect choice, great value for money, when you are considering Where to Stay in Prague.
- For information and reservations click here.
Personal Recommendation for Honeymooners and Families: 4★ Appia Hotel Residence
I first visited Prague on our honeymoon. While researching Where to Stay in Prague, I was focused on quiet, romantic regions. My research led me to the 4-star Appia Hotel Residence which had a Booking.com rating of 9.5. Needless to say, Appia Hotel Residence exceeded our expectations.
Appia Hotel Residence is a great choice for those travelers who want to be close to the city but spend the night in a quiet location. It is situated in Mala Strana, 5 minutes walking distance from the Charles Bridge.
Old Town with all its touristic sites is within reach after a pleasant 15 to 20-minute walk. For those who prefer public transportation, metro and trolleys are available nearby in addition to a bus stop which is very close to the hotel.
Appia Hotel Residence has a delightful garden and the rooms are spacious. It offers free wi-fi service included in the Euro 79 per night per double room rate. Hotel rates fluctuate with occupancy therefore early booking is recommended.
I recommend Appia Hotel Residence for those who would like to stay away from the city but still be close to it for a reasonable rate and exceptional quality.
- For information and reservations click here.
Getting Around in the City – Prague
We talked about the regions, accommodation options in Where to Stay in Prague which leads me now to discuss a few options on how to get around in the city.
Visitors to Prague can enjoy a variety of modern in city transportation system. Metro, trolley, bus and funicular options are offered as public transportation.
For those who enjoy walking, Prague is the perfect spot as one can walk almost everywhere. We took the trolley only once to go to the Prague Castle during our trip. For the rest of our trip, we explored the whole city on foot.
You can enjoy a private car transfer from the airport to the city and back. This option can be booked online before your arrival from a reputable company. Payment for the services may be made in cash or by credit card.
A similar airport pick-up and drop-off service can also be arranged by your hotel.
During our last trip to Prague, we used Prague-airport-transfers.co.uk for our airport transfer. Our reservation was for a private transfer in a sedan for 2 people for a total of Euro 19. The same service in a Mercedes (or similar) would have cost us Euro 24. Upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised when we realized our car was upgraded to a Mercedes due to overbooking at the same price of Euro 19. Same transfer service would have cost us Euro 35 if booked via our hotel.
When choosing your hotel in Where to Stay in Prague, it is important to remember that some hotels in Prague may be on very narrow streets which do not allow for door to door car transfer.
Instead of paying Euro 19, 24 or 35 for a private car from/to the airport in Prague, there are also shuttle options for shared rides for Euro 5 per person. These are usually in 9-seater minibuses which make multiple stops at different hotels along the way. Depending on the location of the hotels for each passenger, the shared ride option may take one hour or longer.
Prague Hotel Rates and Reservation Channels
Compared to other European cities, accommodation in Prague offers many budget friendly options even for the most discerning traveler.
Even though Prague hotel rates are on an increasing trend, it is still possible to stay in a 4 or 5-star hotel in Prague for the same amount one would pay for a 2 or 3-star hotel in Paris, Rome or Vienna.
Range of prices for hotel accommodation can be summarized as follows:
The lowest hotel rates in the city start from Euro 70 to 80 for a double room. Mid-range would be Euro 90 to 120 for the same room type. Upscale and luxury hotel rates start from Euro 130 and can get up to 200 and up from there.
My choice for a booking channel is Booking.com. I like Booking.com for its security and no service fee policy. Each hotel option is accompanied by a detailed description of each property and other relevant information such as amenities and location.
I also like the prepayment option of this site, where you can pay all your hotel stay on the site at the time of reservation. Reservation change, cancellation and refund policy of each hotel is specified at the time of reservation and it is advisable to read carefully before you complete your reservation.
In Short, Where to Stay in Prague?
Where to Stay in Prague… If you like to walk, thrive on bustling city life, don’t mind the crowds then choose Old Town and its surroundings for your accommodation.
If you prefer to be within walking distance to the city but still spend some quiet time away from it, choose Mala Strana for a peaceful and safe location.
As for my hotel recommendations; my personal favorite is still Art Nouveau Palace hotel where I stayed during my last trip to Prague. It was convenient to sites and public transportation. Art Nouveau Palace Hotel offers very high-quality amenities and service for a very reasonable price. I will most definitely stay there again.
Regardless of where you stay in Prague, this city will amaze you. Further information on Prague can be found in my articles on Guide to Prague and Things to Do in Prague.