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Where to stay in Prague

Most travellers start researching where to stay in Prague even before they create their perfect itinerary. Prague is divided into areas from 1 to 10 and it's worth understanding what to expect from each neighbourhood before booking your accommodation. We stayed over a week in Prague and loved its sensational sights. We also ventured to all neighbourhoods to better understand where to stay in Prague next time to decide to visit. Prague is very well connected and you can get almost anywhere by public transport.

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Where to stay in Prague

For those who wish to stay right in the centre, the best choice is to find accommodation in the Old Town. By staying in Prague 1 you can be just 20 minutes walk away from most major attractions. If you are on a budget, pick locations outside of the Old Town but be sure to stay close to the night tram route so you have 24-hour public transport options. We stayed in Mala Strana as we found accommodation which offered free parking included. Most travellers arrived in Prague at the Vaclav Havel Airport which about 10 miles away from the city. We decided that we wanted to drive from Budapest to Prague, so we experience a little more of Czech Republic than just its capital city.

Prague 1 - The Old Town

The Old Town is where you will find most Prague's attractions. Enjoy the old square and the famed Astronomical Clock which dates back to 1410. Find myriad restaurants and enjoy an array of bars. Explore quaint alleyways and medieval buildings. Don't forget to explore the Old Town Hall which offers guided tours on a daily basis. Go to the very top and enjoy incredible views of stunning Prague from above.

Why stay in The Old Town

If you love to be in the middle of the attractions and enjoy Prague's most vibrant quarters then this is where to stay in Prague. For convenience purposes, the Old Town is fantastic, with access to everything within a few minutes walk. This is the most popular place in Prague where you will find a network of pedestrian-only areas with bars and restaurants for you to enjoy.

Why not stay in The Old Town

The main reason why you shouldn't stay in The Old Town is because real estate here is at its premium. This area is not suitable for budget travellers as the bars, restaurants and hotels tend to be more expensive than anywhere else in Prague. As with most cities, you do pay for convenience and in this case, nothing beats The Old Town which is the heart of Prague.

Where to stay in The Old Town

Luxury Prague
The Grand Mark Prague

Josephine Old Town Square Hotel

Situated in a historic building in the heart of Prague, 50 m from Old Town Square and 300 m from Wenceslas Square, Josephine Old Town Square Hotel is perfectly located for travellers interested in staying in a prime location in Prague. This mid-range option hotel offers double rooms with private bathrooms. Prices start at £106 per night.

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Charles Bridge Beauty Veleslavinova

Boasting city views, Charles Bridge Beauty Veleslavinova is situated around a 4-minute walk from Prague Astronomical Clock. This apartment is 300 m from Old Town Square. This modern apartment offers accommodation for up to 9 adults. Prices start at £131 per night for an apartment which can accommodate up to 6 adults.

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The Grand Mark Prague

The Grand Mark Prague is situated in a 17th-century residential palace dating in the heart of Prague. If luxury in the heart of Prague is what you are after, then look no further as this elegant and timeless hotel will surprise you with its delicate interior. Prices start at £273 per night.

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Prague 1 – The New Town

Still in Prague 1, you can find The New Town which is essentially the area which includes the Wenceslas Square and Republic Square. The New Town spans from the river to the motorway and it is located kinda below The Old Town. Nove Mesto (New Town) was founded in 1348 so not really a modern part of the city but in fact the youngest town of the historic Prague. New Town is known as the louder part of Prague 1 with many parties taking place here. There are various shops and bars here so if you want to experience the nightlife of the city, this is a good area for you. 

Why stay in New Town

Very close to most Prague's attractions, The New Town is still part of Prague 1, hence it's a great location to be in. It's also more stag and hen oriented with louder parties, so if nightlife is on the list, then The New Town will serve you right. Just head over to the Wenceslas Square and let the fun begin. 

Why not stay in New Town

Being an upscale part of Prague, expect expensive accommodation which doesn't really suit budget needs. 

Where to stay in New Town

Luxury New Town Prague
Dancing House Hotel

Dancing House Hotel

Dancing House building, awarded the Design of the year global award from Time magazine. The building was designed by world-famous architects Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić. Prices here start from just £132 per night for a double room with private bathroom.

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Mosaic House

Eco-friendly Mosaic House is a design hotel and hostel with free WiFi, situated just a 10-minute walk from Prague's Charles Bridge. The hotel is in a premium location with great and modern facilities. Prices start at £77 per night.

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Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel

The Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel occupies 4 adjoining historic buildings, 300 m from Wenceslas Square and a 2-minute walk from Karlovo namesti Metro Station. It features an elegant restaurant, a fitness centre, and a sauna. Prices start at £164 per night.

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 Prague 1 – The Lesser Town and Castle District

The Lesser Town, also known as the Mala Strana is located on the other side of the river, opposite the Old Town. In our opinion, this is the best part of Prague, way more interesting and picturesque than the Old Town. So don't let the name fool you, because Mala Strana is by no means any lesser. You can find an array of great restaurants here, including many vegan options which we went for. Food in Prague is delicious and costs for various dishes and drinks is more than reasonable. Beer in Prague is cheap is tasty with too many varieties to be able to try them all in a week holiday.

The Castle is located in Hradcany and it dates back to the 9th century. The castle complex offers panoramic views of the city as well as various incredible buildings within the complex itself. The castle district is much quieter with fewer parties and noise during the night. But that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice on the accommodation, as in the castle district you will find plenty of luxury options, most offering rooms in stunning medieval buildings.

Why stay in The Lesser Town and Castle District

Those interested in affordable luxury with quiet nights and stunning views will want to stay in the Lesser Town or Castle District. We think this is one of the best locations in Prague with beautiful buildings, stunning alleyways and great varieties of restaurants. 

Why not stay in The Lesser Town and Castle District

Although a fabulous location, this might not be ideal for people with mobility issues as many of the streets have cobblestone on them. Also, you might need to climb a hill to get to your accommodation which may not be everyone's idea of a chilled holiday. We, however, really love that about the Castle District. Getting to the tram and metro station involves climbing a hill. Indeed, the district’s steep hills filled with quaint alleys and stone streets make it difficult for people with mobility issues to get around. In that case, unless you plan to take taxis a lot, you may wish to stay elsewhere. Remember that Mala Strana is not for those interested in a nightlife in Prague.

Where to stay in Lesser Town and Castle District

Hotel Julian
Hotel Julian

Bishop's House

This 4 star hotel is a design hotel in the heart of the historical centre of Prague, only 60 m from Charles Bridge and the Vltava river and a 10-minute walk from Prague Castle. It offers free WiFi in the entire hotel. Prices start at £113 per night.

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Appia Hotel Residences

Appia Residences in Lesser Town is nestled in peaceful surroundings below Prague Castle, 5 minutes' walk from Charles Bridge. It features a romantic garden and private parking in a garage. Prices start at £113 per night.

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Hotel Julian

A 15-minute walk from Charles Bridge, Hotel Julian occupies a neo-classical building in Prague’s Lesser Town. The family-run hotel features a secure car park in the courtyard, a restaurant with a summer terrace, a lobby bar with open fireplace and a wellness area. Prices start at £93 per night.

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Prague 2 - Vinohrady and Namesti Miru

Prague 2 is where you'll find most expats and young professionals. This is also an area full of independent bars, shops and restaurants. For LGTB community, Vinohrady is home to the gay quarter which is vibrant and alive. Being so international, Prague 2 is also where you can sample fusion cuisine. The area is fantastic for couples who are looking for affordable luxury but also budget travellers who seek apartments on the cheaper side. 

Why stay in Vinohrady and Namesti Miru

Prague 2 is further from Prague's well-known attractions which makes it a better choice for budget travellers and young professionals. The area is well connected which means you can rely on the public transport to access Prague 1 and other areas. It's a great choice for those interested in meeting other expats and sampling international cuisines. It's fantastic for LGTB travellers as well as tourists who wish to support independent businesses. 

Why not stay in Vinohrady and Namesti Miru

Although more suitable for budget travellers, it's still quite difficult to find hotels on the cheap side. The area can be quite noisy at times.

Where to stay in Vinohrady and Namesti Miru

Vinohrady
Korunni Apartment

Korunni Apartment

Korunni Apartment features street parking options. This apartment comes with heating, a wardrobe, a clothes rack, a kitchen with a fridge and an electric kettle, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Prices start at £77 per night.

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TopApartmany

Located in Prague, next to the Riegrovy Sady Park and a 15-minute walk from the Prague Main Train Station, TopApartmany offers free Wi-Fi internet access and a living area with a flat-screen cable TV and DVD player. Prices start at £39 per night.

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Aparthotel Sibelius

Hotel Sibelius is quietly situated in Královské Vinohrady in Prague, a 5-minute walk to the A-line metro station Namesti Miru. The apartments have fully-equipped kitchens and satellite TV. Prices start at £53 per night.

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Prague 3 - Žižkov

Žižkov is mainly known for being home to the television tower which offers incredible views of Prague. The area is less glamorous than other upscale neighbourhoods in more central locations. Žižkov is close to the centre however and also a prefered hot spot for expats. You will find many budget accommodation options here, including hostels and cheap apartments.

Why stay in Žižkov

Budget travellers who love meeting locals and expats alike should consider Žižkov due to the lower prices. Žižkov is affordable and relatively close to the centre which makes it great for those who wish to experience Prague and don't want to pay for premium locations.

Why not stay in Žižkov

Žižkov is not the most upscale neighbourhood in Prague. This being said, it is safe, just doesn't look as glam as other parts of the city. This brings the prices down, but also makes it less attractive for travellers who wish to experience a more picturesque side of the city.

Where to stay in Žižkov

Žižkov
Carlton

Carlton

The completely refurbished Carlton hotel is only 3 tram stops or 5 minutes away from Prague's city centre and offers free WiFi in all of its air-conditioned rooms. Prices start at £67 per night

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Terrace Hotel Prague

Ideally situated in the Prague 03 district of Prague, Terrace Hotel Prague is situated 2.1 km from Prague National Museum, 2.3 km from Wenceslas Square and 2.7 km from Old Town Square. Prices start at £51 per night.

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Garden Towers Apartments

Situated in Prague, Garden Towers Apartments is an apartment boasting a barbecue. The unit is 2.6 km from Prague National Museum. The kitchen is equipped with an oven, a microwave and a toaster, as well as a kettle. Prices start at £85 per night.

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Prague 4 - Podoli and Branik

Prague 4 is a great option for travellers who still wish to be located close to the river, but not be right in the centre. This means lower prices but still access to prime locations in Prague. This particular district is heavily residential and you can find various hostels and budget accommodation options.

Why stay in Podoli and Branik

This district is great for budget travellers who are after hostels, small hotels and pensions. A 4-star hotel in this area can start from £35 per night which is a bargain for Prague. 

Why not stay in Podoli and Branik

Hotels here are relatively far from any major attractions which might make it inconvenient for some travellers. However, there are various public transport options which means you can enjoy Prague for cheap and still get to see all the major attractions which are a few subway stations away.

Where to stay in Podoli and Branik

Podoli Prague
Hotel Michael

Hotel Michael

Located in the green district of Hodkovičky, Hotel Michael is a 30-minute tram ride from Prague’s centre. This 4-star hotel offers accommodation with double rooms and private bathrooms which start from as little as £34 per night.

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Hotel U Divadla

The Hotel U divadla is housed in a beautiful historic Art Nouveau building in a traditional residential area on the right Vltava riverbank, offering easy access to Prague's centre. Free Wi-Fi access is available. This 4-star hotel offers rooms which start from £50 per night.

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Apartment Feels Like Home

Just 6 km away from Charles Bridge, this apartment can accommodate up to 3 people. It comes with an oven, a microwave and a fridge. there is also tea and coffee for all guests. Prices start at £42 per night.

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Prague 5 - Smichov

Smichov is a great area which has great connections and is also home to a large mall for shopping enthusiasts. We visited the area as we wanted to test some of the vegan options in the area and we weren't disappointed. Smichov is very good for budget travellers with many private apartments offering good accommodation options. Parking is also available on the street which makes it desirable for those arriving by car. Around the mall, there isn't much nightlife going on, but there are late night bars and pubs open for those who want a late night snack and some great beers.

Why stay in Smichov

Prices are low and the area is decent. Within 30-40 minute walk, you can find yourself in the Castle District. You can walk by the riverside and take really great pictures at night. There are vegan restaurants available in the area as well as various traditional restaurants which serve great food. The area is relatively quiet at night, but there are bars and pubs for those who fancy a beer near their hotel.

Why not stay in Smichov

It can get a bit busy and congested in the morning and during rush hours. The place looks a bit commercial and industrial at parts but overall is a great place for budget seekers.

Where to stay in Smichov

Smichov Prague
Hotel Kinsky Garden

Hotel Kinsky Garden

Hotel Kinsky Garden is facing the picturesque Kinsky Gardens and is centrally located in a quiet area of the attractive Malá Strana quarter, a 10-minute walk from Charles Bridge. Prices start from £66 per night.

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Hotel Petr

Located in a quiet location near the Kinsky gardens, the Hotel Petr is within walking distance of the Old Town. It is close to metro and tram stops for easy access to the centre. Prices start from £63 per night.

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Kinski Apartment Downtown

This apartment comes with heating, a wardrobe, a clothes rack, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. This apartment can accommodate up to 4 adults and prices start from £67 per night.

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Prague 8 - Karlin and Kobylisy

Karlin is not your ordinary location in Prague with beautiful buildings and quaint alleyways. It was primarily an industrial place which nowadays attracts many locals who commute to the centre for work. Prague 8 is not glam but it offers decent accommodation for budget seekers who are interested in seeing a more off the beaten path in Prague. It's also a great place to mingle with locals and see the day to day Prague as residents do.

Why stay in Karlin and Kobylisy

If you don't mind being a bit further out of city centre, then Prague 8 is great for those looking to score budget options.

Why not stay in Karlin and Kobylisy

Prague 8 is a newer neighbourhood which means it doesn't have any beautiful features like many other districts in Prague. However, cheap prices make up for the looks.

Where to stay in Karlin and Kobylisy

Karlin Hotel
Hotel Florenc

Hotel Florenc

Located within 100 m from the Florenc metro, tram and bus stop, Hotel Florenc enjoys a central location in Prague. The hotel has been completed renovated in 2016. Prices in this hotel start at £64 per night.

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3D Apartments

The modern 3D Apartments offers fully furnished serviced apartments, free Wi-Fi is available at the property. Each apartment features one or more bedrooms and a living room. Prices start at £59 per night.

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Alice Apartment House

This nice apartment house is very conveniently located only 50 m from the Florenc metro station, providing easy access to the very centre of the Golden City. Free WiFi is provided. Prices start at £63 per night.

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28 Apr 2018

A very comprehensive guide. Thank you!