A while ago Prague used to have a shortage of hotel rooms, meaning that if you arrived in the city without pre-booking any accommodation, there was a good chance that you wouldn’t find a place to stay. However, that is not the case anymore. Over the past decade, hotel construction boomed and now the city has too many beds and not enough visitors to fill them. This can be quite advantageous for the price conscious traveller because while accommodation prices soar in high season (May- October), with many hotels charging more than Paris or Amsterdam for considerably inferior facilities, they fall in shoulder seasons. Often rates in these lower seasons are up to half the price of peak season rates.
Not only does Prague have a lot of places to stay, but it has impressive variety of accommodation types, from high-end and boutique hotels to basic, unpretentious hostels. There is truly somewhere to suit every taste and budget.
There is a range of high-end accommodation available in Prague and a number of international luxury brands, such as Mandarin Oriental, have properties here. In general, the majority of Prague’s luxury accommodation is situated in Malá Strana and Staré Mesto areas. Out of these two locations, Malá Strana is the more high-end area and it is also a more peaceful place to stay than Staré Mesto. Rooms in these locations often offer stunning views of the castle or the river and are close to all the major tourist attractions.
However, as there is not much room in Prague’s historic centre, new luxury resorts have to be built on the outskirts of the city. Vinohrady is a high-end inner suburb area that is becoming particular popular with visitors. However, though Vinohrady is a lovely place to stay, you will need to get the metro or tram to get to the city centre. This can be quite inconvenient for visitors wishing spend the majority of their holiday visiting the major attractions.
If you want to stay somewhere a bit different from a typical hotel chain, most of the hotels and pensions in Prague are privately-owned. These pensions in Prague are often quaint and charismatic and can be compared to a two or three star hotel, but cheaper. However, they sometimes lack the amenities that are taken for granted in large chain hotels, such as air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. So if you need these amenities, be sure to check that the hotel offers them before renting a room!
If you really want to immerse yourself into the city’s culture, you should consider renting an apartment. There are a number of agencies in Prague that can help you find the perfect apartment to stay in. Apartment rentals are especially popular during peak season as they allow visitors to cheaply stay in popular areas such as Malá Strana and Staré Mesto.
For those on a tight budget and are looking for a no-frills place they can sleep, there are a number of hostels available in the city. While they are not the most private of places, they are a brilliant place to meet new people from around the world.