Hotel Neruda

Mala Strana, Prague, Czech Republic Book from

Reviewed by Laila Ram
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.


  • 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 taken on the terrace
  • Small spa with a Jacuzzi and sauna for post-sightseeing relaxation


  • Ongoing construction work to the hotel may cause noise and disruption in the daytime (between 10am - 6pm). This is due to be completed by mid-December 2015
  • 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 have to dine out of an evening (the café only serves breakfasts, light lunches and teatime fare)

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.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 42
  • Restaurant (serves breakfast & lunch only )
  • 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: Deluxe


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 10 Standard 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 fairytale views of the castle and/or the cobbled street below. They have incredible soaking tubs, with are great after a day of sightseeing.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi


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).

The cafe-cum-restaurant Caldi & Freddi is more appealing than it sounds; an attractive combination of the contemporary (glass ceiling, sombre timbers) and the traditional (torch-style uplighters, exposed brick wall) make it a perfect spot for Kaffee und Kuchen. Caldi & Freddi is open to non-guests, so treat your friends to the best hot chocolate in Prague.

You will have to cast your net wider for dinner, though, as no evening meals are served at Neruda. You won't have to go far, though...

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby


  • 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


Children are welcome and babysitting services can be provided.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available


Babysitting available by arrangement

Kid Friendly:

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