I had read previous reviews on here about rooms with a balcony, so I decided to cheekily email the hotel beforehand to ask for a balcony if possible. They replied swiftly saying it was no problem.
We travelled from 19-22 March and the weather was around 22 degress - very hot walking around in it.
We got the 100 bus from the airport to Zlicin then the metro to Karlovo Namesti. Make sure you go out of exit 7 as its on Na Morani where the hotel is. You just need to walk back down the road and the hotel is on the corner opposite the Cafe Amandine (which you get 10% off for staying at the hotel. The white chocolate hot chocolate is gorgeous). The escalators in the metro stations are fast and 3x the size of normal ones!
The reception staff were lovely, and honoured my request by giving us room 207 with a balcony (only 3 rooms have walk-on balconies). The room was a non smoking room and was clean and fresh, and huge! We were on the side where there were no trams and we couldn't hear any traffic at night. The room did get warm after a shower but opening the balcony doors for a bit sorted that out. The shower was powerful and hot, and clean towels were given every day.
Breakfast was fantastic. Scrambled/boiled eggs, bacon, spicy sausage and all the regular continental items. They provided multiple different teas and teapots, and the English breakfast tea was lovely. The staff were friendly and cleared the plates quickly.
There's a computer in reception with free Internet and a 24 hour 'minimarket' - it's twice as expensive as the little newsagents down the road so don't use it! Strangely, our plug adapter didn't fit into the sockets in the room, but reception kindly lent us one for our stay. They do charge if you lose your room card so beware.
We were there for 4 days, but only 2 were full days. On our arrival day we decided to walk up to St Charles Bridge as we were under the impression everything worth seeing was on the other side of the river. We later found out that Wenceslas Square and the Astronomical Clock were the same side of the river as the hotel. We got the metro 2 stops to Mustek which was right at Wenceslas Square (we were slightly puzzled that on the metro routes, there was nothing to say this was the main stop). You MUST see the Clock when it chimes on the hour. The little doors open above the face and wooden figures move, followed by a man at the top of the tower playing a trumpet. Everyone went silent and it sent me goosepimply - although there were some young locals making fun of all the tourists shouting "Tutti photo tutti photo" and singing the trumpet tune really loud and laughing. Such a shame the local youth don't appreciate this. The restaurant opposite the Clock was U Zlate Konvice and was fantastic, it was underground with a folklore band. It's the oldest cellar restaurant in Prague.
We also went to the famous Vytopna Restaurant on Wenceslas Square which brings your drinks to your table by miniature railway train! It's a great feature and was very busy because of this...many photographers were dining and taking photos as the trains went by with beer in the carriages.
The food in general is much like English prices. On average we paid £22 for a one course meal for 2 with drinks. The many ice cream stands dotted around were expensive but the ice cream was delicious.
We visited Prague Zoo (the metro to Florenc then changed lines to RED C to the bus station where a bus takes you right outside the Zoo). It was only around £6 each and was amazing. There's a wild bird enclosure that you can go into and a twilight cave which has bats flying around and monkeys. A great day out. Tram 22 from further down Na Morani and left to the next road took us to Prague Castle. Get off at the stop Prazsky Hrad and it's over the road. We paid 250KC each fpr the Short Tour and it was perfect to see the main features.
All in all a great hotel, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The BW City Hotel Moran is a charming four star hotel in a beautiful historic building centrally located in Prague near Moldavia River. Within walking distance you will find most of Prague’s stunning sights, such as the National Theatre, Charle’s Bridge, Wenceslav’s Square, the Castle or the medieval town center. Situated near the hotel is also the Technical University, the Botanic Gardens, the VFN Clinic, the Ministry of Justice or the Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing. Subway and Tramway stations are within a few hundred meters. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Prague
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