Dodge the typical tourist trails and live like a local in these home-from-home stays, a cobblestone’s throw from the Czech capital’s grand cafés, fine-dining restaurants and historic taverns.
Prague is an easy city to feel at home in. With convivial cafés, affordable food and drink, and a youthful population, it’s a hip city where local hosts can really help you scratch the surface. Set in historic mansion buildings amid fairytale scenery, or in buzzy neighbourhoods that come alive after dark, Prague’s apartments are a top-value base for one of Europe’s best city breaks.
This luxurious set of apartments give you a taste of how Prague’s high-fliers live: high ceilings, chandeliers, soft leather chairs and spacious living rooms, all filled with light thanks to huge windows. Set in charming, cobbled Staré Město, the building is less than a 15-minute walk to key sights such as the Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter and the city’s Astronomical Clock.
These immaculate, modern but unfussy apartments are in the atmospheric Jewish Quarter, home to history-steeped synagogues, as well as hip bars and restaurants. They come in configurations of one, two or three bedrooms, as well as a budget-option studio with its own kitchenette; each comes with laminated wooden floors, flatscreen TVs and dining tables. This is a central, comfy base in a neighbourhood known for its nightlife.
Deep in Mala Strana, the “Lesser Town” on the west bank of Prague’s Vltava River, James Hotel is at the foot of the city’s apple-green Petřín Hill. Its vast, light-filled apartments sleep between six and 10 – perfect for families or groups of friends celebrating a special occasion. Spend your days pottering around the city’s oldest quarter, much of it dating back to Medieval times, and hiking up to the beautiful castle complex, 20 minutes away.
These basic but modern apartments come with super-fast Wi-Fi and mini-fridges, and some have high-perched balconies. They’re slightly north of the tourist centre, in residential Mezitratí, but family-friendly, with a playroom and kindly hosts. Take advantage of fresh omelettes and eggs benedict at breakfast, before setting off for some sightseeing.
These light, bright apartments are a whirl of bold, refreshing interiors – from mosaic tiling to origami-like lampshades and gold-embossed feature walls. Close to the sightseeing-friendly Jewish Quarter, they sleep anywhere from two to eight people. Opt for one with a private balcony to make the most of the city views.
Also close to the restaurants and museums of the Jewish Quarter, these modern apartments have a neutral palette of greys and golds and large living areas, with a few wood beams thrown in for warmth and character. Friendly staff on reception will help out with local tips and taxis, and squishy grey sofas, kitchenettes and dining tables make it feel like home.
These apartments have a rare patio to socialise on, backed by a charming, ivy-strung wall and lit by suspended lightbulbs. Inside, bedrooms are duck-egg blue and gold with patches of exposed stone and clinking chandeliers, plus petite kitchens with everything you need to self-cater. All the sights of Prague’s Old Town – from classical music-filled churches to statue-crowned squares – are just metres away.
Slightly downtown, near the city’s Narodni Museum and the architectural curiosity “Dancing House” but out of the tourist crush, these simply furnished rooms are ideal for families. Striped wallpaper, bird-motif cushions and vases of flowers give a lived-in, homely feel, and rates are top value, leaving you more to spend enjoying Prague’s restaurants and nightlife.