Cheap Hotels in Prague City Center

by Sam

Finding a cheap hotel in the center of Prague can be a bit of a challenge, depending on the time of year you come. The following tips will help you to get the best value for your m

Which Part of Prague? City center, at least when it comes to Prague, includes some rather different parts of the city. Not so much in location, but in ambiance. Traditionally the center of Prague is seen as being the Old Town, but also the Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana), on the other side of the river is very pretty, central and has some good hotel options. The region around Wenceslas square (Vaslavske Namesti), on the other side of the river, is more lively and can be outright ‘touristy’. Whilst it perfectly possible to find an affordable hotel in both locations, the restaurant and beer prices tend to be rather high, as this is the main tourist area. Better options might be choosing a central accommodation that is just a bit away from the beaten track, for example in Karlin, Nove Mesto (New Town) or even Vinohrady. Public transport in Prague is excellent and as long as your hotel is somewhat central, it is easy to reach every tourist attraction like the Prague Castle within minutes.

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Type of Hotel

To find a cheap hotel in Prague, it pays out to look beyond the classical notion of hotel. Many hostels are offering now also single and double rooms and if you plan to stay longer, renting an apartment might not only be the cheaper option, but also allows you to cut down on costs of restaurant meals.

Last minute or Booking in Advance?

Whilst booking a hotel in advance can be cheaper, if you come in the low season, which is roughly from January to Easter, you can get great deals by going directly to a hotel and negotiating the best price. If you travel light, walking a bit around and looking for signs that say ‘Today Only …’ in hotel windows, can really pay out.

Prices to Expect to Pay for Accommodation in Prague

Prices fluctuate and currency exchange rates fluctuate even more! Nevertheless I have included some ‘rule of thumb prices’ for different accommodation possibilities. Please use the currency converter at  http://www.xe.com/ucc/ to convert the prices from Czech Crowns (Czech Koruna) into your own currency or, for a rough idea to what all this means in your own currency, see the table below (next paragraph). And here the price ranges for cheap hotels in the center of Prague and some other options.

  • Dorm Bed starting at 250 CZK (per person / night)
  • Double Room in a Hostel starting at 1000 CZK (per room / night)
  • Cheap Hotel City Center starting at 1500 CZK (per room / night)
  • Apartment starting at 2000 CZK (per apartment / night. Cheaper prices often available for long term stays. Remember that the 'typical' apartment can easily accommodate four or more people and you can save money by cooking yourself in its kitchen!
1 US$ 1 Euro 1 GBP 100 CZK 100 CZK 100 CZK
19 CZK 25 CZK 30 CZK US$ 5,23 Euro 4 GBP 3,32

Important!

Before booking any accommodation make sure you know if you got the end price, including taxes, quoted. Most of the cheaper options will not accept cards, but Euros are accepted nearly everywhere, but the exchange rates tend to be worse than those of the banks.

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Updated: 11/07/2012, Sam
 
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Mira on 08/11/2012

I stayed in a youth hostel when I went to Prague, and it was great. :-) Gotta love the European youth hostels :-)

Tolovaj on 06/29/2012

When I stayed in Prague I was in in hotel called Radegaz (I hope my memory still serves me well) and I believe there was a series of hotels with this name (it was about 20 years ago). It was really cheap hotel suitable mainly for students and backpackers, but it was located only about 50 meters from metro station and in less than 15 minutes we could reach Vaslavske Namesti as most popular (and probably one of most expensive) points in city.
Good news was only few blocks away was a lot of great interesting sites, a lot of great restaurants with more than affordable prices and I remember this visit as pure joy. I heard things changed since Americans discovered Prague, but I believe there is still a lot of charm to enjoy in.
Thanks for all the tips:)

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