Much of Prague is an open-air museum – from the sprawling, hilltop castle complex to the perfectly preserved Jewish Quarter, complete with its own map and audio guide. But staying in Anděl, slightly downriver from the Old Town, immerses you in a living, breathing, working neighbourhood of locals. Get a taste of the area by staying in one of these hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.
Once an industrial district, this well-connected neighbourhood buzzes with commuters, shoppers and diners getting off the tram or metro and heading into traditional Czech taverns or the Nový Smíchov shopping centre. Being surrounded by local rather than tourist-trap venues also makes it easy to stay here on a shoestring. Visit this local neighbourhood for affordable places to stay and authentic restaurants on your next city break in the Czech Republic capital.
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In a striking red-brick block seemingly built from giant Lego pieces, the business-slick ibis is the place to go for affordable, crisp modern rooms and time-saving service. A five-minute walk from the metro and neighbouring the locally loved Nový Smíchov shopping centre, it’s right in the action, with snug but polished rooms with all the essentials. You probably won’t be staying in for dinners and drinks, but the breakfast buffet lays on a generous spread with plenty of fresh and healthy options.
Sunflower-yellow headboards set against jet-black walls, rattan sun loungers on a sun-flooded urban patio and a bar plastered with retro black-and-white snaps – this affordable design hotel has a bold, striking aesthetic. Top-of-the-line treadmills, TRX machines and kettlebell weights await you in the cutting-edge gym (unkink muscles in the sauna and whirlpool afterwards), and nothing is too much trouble for the staff at the switched-on front desk. It’s a nice mix of Eastern European decor and genuine comfort.
This modern hotel’s mellow white reception – think mid-century sofas and shelves lined with art books – has a feeling of serenity. This vibe continues into the restaurant, with its spiky palm plants, muted cream-and-gold rooms with sheer curtains, and petite terrace where you can take your coffee on sunny days. It’s a budget option, sure, but with a tasteful, light-filled aesthetic that feels relaxing after a day pounding the pavements. Step outside, and the metro entrance is right there.
Close to riverside bars and cafes along the west bank of the Vltava, this intimate 21-room hotel has a low-key, local vibe. Simple but spacious rooms have sofas and dining areas, and the checkerboard-tiled cafe serves tasty breakfast pancakes. Also, the staff is warm and knowledgeable about the local scene. Walk 25 minutes uptown to reach the fairytale huddle of churches and museums that make up Malá Strana, the atmospheric Old Town, or cross the river to find a clash of old and new architecture around Podskalí.
This angular, glass-fronted hotel is all about 24/7 facilities, fast-paced living and contemporary design. Attracting a youthful crowd that isn’t afraid to get off the beaten track, it reflects the city’s modern side with its bright, light rooms with pops of scarlet and Scandi-style furniture, disco-lit Synergy Fitness Club and high-ceilinged breakfast room with pendant lights and glossy plants. Best of all, its sparky, capable staff will help you discover the best of the city.
Built around a pretty courtyard, this traditional-feeling hotel borrows from the glossy, gilded and richly upholstered feel of a French palace hotel – but on a boutique scale. Single, double and triple rooms and apartments for four make it top value for solo travellers, families and groups of pals, while a slick concierge can sort out all of your tours and onward travel. It’ll suit older travellers and business types who need slightly more hands-on attention. Don’t miss the Staropramen Brewery just opposite – the hotel team can organise visits.
Behind the creamy flourishes of a dreamy art nouveau facade, this five-star mansion hotel has romantic rooms in bold crimson, gold and cream. Bag the riverside suite for great views of Prague Castle. Downstairs, a cosy scarlet lounge bar with houndstooth armchairs is crowned with a chandelier. In the bright breakfast room, you’ll find piles of fresh fruit, oven-warm pastries and roses on tables. It has all the trappings of a city-centre luxury hotel in a down-to-earth district of shopping and lunching locals.