Cheap and Budget Prague Hotels
When you plan on visiting a city, it’s always hard to find the right accommodation. Usually you swim, or rather drown, in an ocean of options. Unfortunately, hotel star ratings aren’t always helpful and prices in our imperfect world don’t always reflect the relative value of one property over another; independent reviews, while useful, can be a tremendous task to go through and often force you to read between the lines. You’d probably prefer to have someone you trust make the choice for you. We share that feeling. As Prague experts, we have tried to stand in your shoes and pick some hotels for you to consider. These are hotels that offer something extra besides their own facilities: like a good location, for example, near a restaurant, a cafe, or something else that we believe could make your daily experience as a Prague visitor more enjoyable. We call this a smart guide; it is, of course, our arbitrary interpretation of smart. If you find it useful, please share it. We have another section of the guide for luxury and boutique hotels, so please make sure to check that one out too.
Prague 1, Nové Město, Melounova 3
A smart urban aesthetic informs the look and feel of this upscale hybrid hostel and hotel. The lobby is a cool minimalist with exposed concrete flooring and furnishings. The rooms are done up in trendy chocolate browns, dark leathers and brushed stainless. Colorful toiletries, included with the room, add playful tones to the baths. A popular choice for style-seekers on a budget.
Why stay at Miss Sophie’s Hotel?
The Café Ermitage across the street is excellent for a quick but refined lunch or dinner. For something a bit more upscale, one of the city’s up and coming culinary stars, U Emy Destinnové, is a short walk away. The nearby metro station, I.P. Pavlova, and several tramlines allow for easy access throughout the city. See hotel on Booking.com
Prague 1, Nové Město, Panská 9
Described by one recent visitor as ‘fab and funky’ the Fusion was the mostly highly anticipated opening in the ‘upscale budget’ category in 2012. The owners appear to be big fans of eclectic, midcentury-inspired design and each of the rooms is individually and tastefully appointed with high-end touches like Eames chairs and lamps, big shag rugs and comfy contemporary beds. Choose between hostel-style dorm accommodation and private singles and doubles, all at very reasonable prices for the location and quality.
Why stay at the Fusion Hotel?
The central location, just off of Wenceslas Square with its cafes, restaurants, bars and shops, could not be better. The hotel’s ‘Soup in the City’ restaurant, located next door, is a perfect lunch spot for homemade soups and sandwiches. The Fusion’s 360° Bar, off the lobby, has regular theme parties on weekends and is completely nonsmoking (a rarity in Prague). See hotel on Booking.com
Prague 2, Vinohrady, Francouzská 76
The Czech Inn was one of the first hybrid hostel/hotel combinations that feature the low cost, low frills of a hostel, while offering upscale standards for cleanliness, contemporary design and convenience. Both multi-bed dorms and chicly minimalist private singles and doubles are offered. Guests tend to love the big breakfasts and the excellent value for money.
Why stay at the Czech Inn?
Czech Inn stands at the border of two neighborhoods that couldn’t be more different in character: prosperous, bourgeois Vinohrady and scruffy but up-and-coming Vršovice. If your taste runs to the latter, check out Cafe v Lese, 50m from the hostel’s doors, for laid-back cafe action, open mic nights and occasional live bands. U Dědka, 100m uphill, is a popular student pub with a good vibe and great burgers. Nearby U Bulínů is an excellent old-school Czech pub and restaurant. If you’re a fan of Italian dining the great Trattoria da Clara is about 500m away. See hotel on Booking.com
Prague 1, Malá Strana, Míšeňská 12
A classic traditional inn and restaurant occupying a house that was designed in the 18th century by none other than Baroque architect Kryštof Dientzenhofer (who designed Malá Strana’s St Nicholas Church), as a family dwelling. Rooms sport painted, wood-beamed ceilings and handmade furniture.
Why stay at the Lokál Inn?
The location is excellent, just next to Charles Bridge, yet well away from the tourist hustle and bustle. Next door is the Czech wine bar Vinograf if you want to learn about Czech wines. It’s managed by the sommelier of the Michelin-starred restaurant La Degustation. There are bars and restaurants (and a handy Starbuck’s) on nearby Malostranské náměstí. See hotel on Booking.com
Prague 2, Nové Město, Lipova 20
The super-friendly young and energetic owner gives this place a dash of added personality. Rooms are tastefully minimalist, meaning a comfy bed, stylish writing desk, a flat screen TV, and not much else. Lots of personal touches like attractive, updated baths designed by the owner’s mother. The Dahlia is a popular choice among discriminating students and young professionals looking for style and value.
Why stay at Dahlia Inn?
Good tram and metro connections make it easy get nearly anywhere in the city. Wenceslas Square is 10 minutes’ walk. Across the street, popular Pivovarský dům offers excellent micro-brews (some with adventurous twists like banana- or cherry-flavored beer) and very good Czech cooking. For something more upscale, try the gourmet restaurant U Emy Destinnové, about five minutes away on foot. See hotel on Booking.com
Prague 1, Malá Strana, Nerudova 21
This stylish hostel and hotel is located on Nerudova, the historic, sloping street that links Malá Strana square (Malostranské náměstí) with Prague Castle. The Little Quarter draws a fair amount students and young people, with upscale dorm accommodation (2-5 beds) that far exceeds the norm for this category, with clean, well-appointed ensuite baths. There are also three-star singles and doubles, and in summer, the roof terrace offers great views.
Why stay at the Hostel & Hotel Little Quarter Prague?
The Nerudova location is good for both Prague Castle and Malá Strana. Cowboy’s, an excellent steakhouse with upper terrace views of the castle that are to die for, is about 50m uphill from the hotel door. Just around the corner from hotel, U sedmi Švábů is a goofy medieval-themed restaurant that nevertheless is good and good fun. See hotel on Booking.com
Prague 1, Malá Strana, Malostranské náměstí 11
This small inn is situated on the upper (quieter) side of Malostranské náměstí, in the middle of Malá Strana. Rooms are arrayed on two floors, some with arresting views over the square, with Prague Castle in the background. The rooms are spotlessly clean and modestly furnished, with white walls. Some have modest kitchens for in-room self-catering. Rooms 206a and 206b have views out over the square and a glimpse of St Vitus Cathedral in the distance. Room 101 has less light but offers six beds and so is ideal for small groups.
Why stay at the Little Town Budget Hotel?
The Malostranské náměstí location offers the best of both worlds: centrally located yet quiet. The square is home to a number of cafes, including a Starbucks. Malostranská beseda, on the square, is a popular cultural venue, with live music at night and a decent café and Czech restaurant during the day. Another excellent Czech pub, U Glaubiců, is just down the street. An atmospheric but expensive restaurant, U Mecenáše, is next door. See hotel on Booking.com
Prague 2, Nové Město, Odboru 4
Maybe the best of the new breed of designer budget boutiques that do double duty as high-style hostels. Mosaic House offers both dorm beds for backpackers and quiet, more refined single and double rooms for those looking for more privacy. The décor is a mix of modern with old-fashioned designer touches. Check out the upper floor rooms that have their own balconies and cityscape vistas.
Why stay at the Mosaic House?
The downstairs bar and restaurant offers good burgers and big screens to watch sporting events. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the Globe Bookstore and Cafe and the Bokovka wine bar. Just across the street from the hotel, fall into the welcome arms of Milá tchýně, a popular, reasonably priced and always hopping cocktail bar. See hotel on Booking.com
Prague 4, Vyšehrad, Marie Cibulkové 8
The Coronet is a classic small hotel that regularly garners superb marks from guests for cleanliness, quiet and the quality of the in-room amenities, which include (small) flat screen TVs, safes and minibars, all at rates that range somewhere between budget and midrange (depending on the season). Reception is helpful and if you’re traveling by car, the hotel is not far from the main D1 highway and there’s usually a place to park your car on the quiet street outside.
Why stay at the Coronet Hotel?
The hotel is situated outside the immediate center, but the Vyšehrad metro stop, which connects to the main train station, is about 10 minutes away (300m) on foot. The Coronet is an excellent choice if you’re in town for a concert or event at the Prague Congress Centre, just around the corner. If you arrive late and don’t want to venture into the central city for a meal, the Arrosto Ristorante, about 20m from the hotel, serves good pizza and pasta meals, and has a pretty terrace for summer dining. See hotel on Booking.com
Prague 1, Malá Strana, Vlašská 30
This eclectic, family-run inn in on a quiet square in Malá Strana has no sign on the doors and that’s how the owners want it: discreet and special. The house dates from the 17th century, and furnishings range from original Biedermeier to Functionalist; rooms sport 19th-century armoires, early-20th-century brass beds and original artwork. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore, and the English-speaking owners could not be more hospitable.
Why stay at House at the Big Boot?
There’s a small Czech pub, U magistra Kelly, next door that serves decent traditional food, with a terrace that’s particularly handy for al fresco evening beers. The ‘Cafe and Wine Boutique’ just down the road at Vlašská 6 is a refined space for tasting wines. Malostranské náměstí is 10-minute downhill walk. The attractions of Prague Castle are a 10-minute uphill walk in the opposite direction. See hotel on Booking.com