Where to stay in Prague: Best places and hotels in Prague
In this post, we’ll be introducing the top 3 districts of Prague and helping you figure out which district is the right one for you to stay.
Prague isn’t that huge, and as long as you don’t live too far on the outskirts, you can easily reach all parts of Prague on foot.
But there are still areas that we’d recommend more than others.
The best area to stay in Prague
In this post, we’ll be introducing the top 3 districts and helping you figure out which district is the right one for you to stay. We’ll also tell you our personal hotel tip for each district.
We’ve found that it’s easier to read about unknown cities when you have a map to look at. So Jenny went ahead and drew one up for you.
She did her best, but just so you know, the map isn’t to scale and we can’t be held liable for the accuracy of the information.
By the way, in our post on what to pack for city trips, we tell you what you shouldn’t leave at home and which travel gadgets will make your trip to Prague perfect.
Profile: Perfect for you if this is your first time in Prague and you want to stay as close to the famous sights as possible. Praha 1 includes the Old Town of Prague (Staré Město), as well as the adjacent districts of the New Town (Nové Město) and the Lesser Town (Malá Strana). From there, you can easily get to all the famous sights on foot.
Our favorite is the Mustek area, located between the Old Town and main station. It’s a little quieter, but it’s only a few minutes walk to the Old Town and the Charles Bridge, and the districts of Žižkov & Vinohrady are close by too.
We stayed at the Hotel NYX. The location of the still relatively new design hotel is perfect. The rooms are all decorated differently. It’s not the cheapest hotel, but we really appreciated the perfect location and felt very much at home there.
If you’re looking for something more affordable and don’t mind shared bathrooms, then you should check out the Ahoy! Hostel. The location is also perfect, and just like the fusion hotel, there’s free WiFi throughout the hotel.
Overall, Praha 1 is the district in Prague with the most hotels. If you want to stay here, you’ll have no trouble finding a place.
Žižkov & Vinohrady
Profile: Žižkov and Vinohrady are perfect for you if you like to blend in with the locals and you don’t mind a 20-minute walk and a 5-minute subway ride until you’re in the Old Town. You won’t feel so much like a tourist here, but can dine very cheaply and get to know a different side of the city.
The districts of Žižkov & Vinohrady are probably not typical hotels districts in Prague. But in Žižkov, you can visit the famous TV tower with babies crawling up it, and you can mingle with the locals in cafes, restaurants, and bars.
You can also tell by the prices that Žižkov and Vinohrady aren’t typical tourist destinations. Hotel rates are generally lower here, and food and drink are also a lot more affordable here than what you spend in the Old Town.
If our description of the district appeals to you, then take a look at the Greg Apartments. Really great location and not far from the TV tower. Great apartments offering unbeatable value for money.
Profile: Smichov could be starting point for you if you don’t want to stay right in the Old Town (Praha 1) because the hustle and bustle there is too overwhelming, but you still want to stay as close as possible to the famous sights.
Smichov is located on the western side of the Vltava River and borders Malá Strana to the south, as you can see at the top of the map. This part of Prague also directly skirts the Petřín Hill. Every 10 minutes, a funicular leaves for the summit. A great viewpoint from which to see Prague Castle and all the surrounding sights.
We have a very special tip for where to stay in this district. It’s the Hunger Wall Residence. The rooms in this hotel aren’t the only thing that comes highly recommended — the hotel’s Café Lounge is exquisite. You can actually drink coffee straight from a vacuum machine there. No joke.
And that’s just one of the three rather unusual ways to prepare coffee. We opted for beans from Rwanda, and a very nice waiter prepared them for us with the vacuum machine directly at our table — with a physical explanation of the process. Far out.
The total number of hotels in Smichov is very high, and we’re confident that you’ll manage to find a suitable accommodation.
Our tips for Prague — an overview
Hotel tip: Hotel NYX – design hotel in a perfect location & Hunger Wall Residence – 4-star hotel just a few minutes walk from the Old Town with the best coffee in town.
Guide book: Rick Steves Pocket Prague is the perfect tour guide in your pocket.
Guided tour tip: Make sure to get to know the city with an insider! Have a look here to find a tour for you.
Do you have tips for Prague too?
Have you ever been to Prague? What did you think of the city, what’s your favorite sight, and what tip do you have that we haven’t listed here? We’d be thrilled if you left us a friendly comment. We’re looking forward to it!
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