Hotel Neruda

Mala Strana, Prague, Czech Republic Book from Book from £83 per night

Four-star oasis of understated chic nestling amid the opulence of Prague's Old City
A stone's throw from Prague Castle, at the top of Nerudova Street or King's Road, Hotel Neruda - named after a 19th-century writer and philosopher - hides its light under a bushel. What a welcome change in this exuberant city of a hundred spires, sights and sounds. You would be forgiven for assuming that the genteel chocolate-box facade spells olde-worlde lodgings. Inside, however, contemporary design cool contrasts starkly with the quaint exterior.

A striking balance of old and new is maintained throughout: the occasional carriage clock or ornate mirror stand out against the clean white lines and dark woods that characterise Neruda. The millennium makeover complements the character of this 1348 building, and the new wing offers more availability. The owners pride themselves on the efforts made to blend this happening hotel into the yesteryear appeal of Mala Strana, while the unfailingly helpful staff are an added bonus.

Highs

  • A picturesque, quiet location
  • 21st-century comfort in a 14th-century setting
  • Spotless, roomy ensuites with complimentary designer toiletries, plus many have spoiling tubs
  • Delicious big breakfasts served in the atrium
  • Small spa with a Jacuzzi and sauna for post-sightseeing relaxation

Lows

  • Neruda is perched at the top of a steep hill, so best look elsewhere if you'll find this difficult
  • No hotel grounds or balconies for enjoying the views
  • You'll probably want to dine out in the evenings (the café only serves breakfasts, light meals and teatime fare)
  • Extra beds are limited so not advisable for families

Best time to go

There's always something going on in Prague. Spring and autumn are ideal. Bear in mind that the Czechs have serious winters, while summer in the city can be stifling.

Our top tips

It's worth splurging on a Superior or Deluxe room, which have added space and luxurious soaking tubs.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 42
  • Restaurant
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

All 42 rooms are bright and light, combining dark woods and natural fabrics to soothe and satisfy the design-aware. Each is of a slightly different design and layout, and this is why we love the place!

Small Standards, as the name suggests, are the smallest so we’d only recommend them for a night or two. The Standard rooms offer spacious bathrooms, with modern design and trimmings. The attic rooms are particularly fetching, with stylish egg-like tubs tucked amid the beams and eaves.

The Superior and Deluxe rooms are larger, with views of the cobbled street below. They have incredible soaking tubs, which are great after a day of sightseeing.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • DVD player
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

The buffet breakfast includes croissants, cereals, fruit salad, a variety of hams and cheese, various breads, toast and jams, eggs (fried - ask for scrambled if you prefer), frankfurter sausages, cakes and cereal bars. All washed down with a choice of fruit juices, and bottomless cups of coffee or tea (if you can make your mind up from the astonishing array of varieties).

Prague Chocolate Cafe & Bistro is the perfect spot for Kaffee und Kuchen, and the hot chocolates are some of the best in town. There's also a savoury menu featuring ham and cheese platters, salads, quiches and soups, and a waffle menu to satisfy both sweet and savoury taste buds. Save room for a handmade praline to top off your meal!

For a more substantial dinner, there are plenty of great restaurants within walking distance. Ask the hotel for recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Buy a 3-day entry ticket to Prague Castle (lying just outside your window) and investigate the charms of the cathedral, basilica, old tower, changing of the guard...
  • Check out Strahov Monastery’s library, holding the most important collection of ancient literature in Bohemia
  • Soak up the atmosphere in Malostranske Namesti (the old town square of Mala Strana), before paying homage in baroque St. Nicholas’ Cathedral to the organ played by Mozart
  • Admire local artists as well as the view from Charles Bridge
  • When in Prague, be a culture vulture. Catch a concert or exhibition at the art nouveau gem Obecni Dum (Municipal House)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Children are welcome, but the hotel isn't really set up for youngsters as extra beds are limited.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra beds or baby cots can be set up in Superior Rooms with view and Design Deluxe rooms.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Hotel Neruda is next to Prague's Castle along one of the city's prettiest streets in the centrally located Old City.

By Air:
Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (14km) is nearest.

From the Airport
The airport is 30 minutes from the hotel by taxi. You may prefer to use public transport (combination of bus, metro and tram), which takes 45-50 minutes (depending on traffic). Note that the hotel is located on a hill, so if you have a heavy suitcases the hotel taxi is more convenient.

By Car:
See our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be provided when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Prague Ruzyne 20.0 km PRG

Other:

  • Beach 0.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Lovely hotel, and although we had a small room it was nicely presented and fun - lovely art work. More importantly the staff and attention to service was excellent. Great advice on local restaurants, attentive on all queries we had and arranged a wonderful Spa in the hotel. Also the hotel is a great location on the romantic side of Prague.

9/10,

Great location, very friendly and efficient staff. Intriguing and largely successful integration of modern design within a very old and constrained building. Not sure the bathroom arrangements in the room worked quite well enough. The bath was difficult to get in and out of and the translucent glass of the toilet door and wall did not sit well with this Brit's sensitivities.

9/10,

Ideal location for exploring Prague. Lovely attentive staff and the great weekend getaway.

8/10,

Lovely little hotel, great position close to Prague castle, extremely helpful staff, nice breakfast, close to lots of superb little restaurants and bars which are much quieter and cheaper than the ones closer to Prague main square. Only thing that could be better is somewhere to hang clothes up in the room. Really great place to stay.

9/10,

Amazing building and the rooms have been incorporated beautifully. We found the “spa” facilities a little disapointing.

10/10,

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