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Magical and majestic, Prague is a city that fills the dreams of travellers of all ages. From doe-eyed backpackers to old-school romantics, this charming and colourful city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Europe. But with so many amazing areas and neighbourhoods you could stay in – how do you pick just ONE? Don’t worry. That’s why we put together this insider guide for where to stay in Prague. Our expert travel writers put together this list of neighbourhoods to help you find where to stay in Prague. No matter your age, interests or needs, this guide was designed to help you find where an awesome neighbourhood – and quickly! Let’s jump right into it. Here are our top picks for where to stay in Prague. Some of them will absolutely surprise you…
Magical and majestic, Prague is a city that fills the dreams of travellers of all ages. From doe-eyed backpackers to old-school romantics, this charming and colourful city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Europe.
But with so many amazing areas and neighbourhoods you could stay in – how do you pick just ONE?
Don’t worry. That’s why we put together this insider guide for where to stay in Prague.
Our expert travel writers put together this list of neighbourhoods to help you find where to stay in Prague. No matter your age, interests or needs, this guide was designed to help you find where an awesome neighbourhood – and quickly!
Let’s jump right into it. Here are our top picks for where to stay in Prague. Some of them will absolutely surprise you…
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Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Prague.
Although there are heaps of budget hostels in Prague it’s difficult to find a private room for a budget price. Old Prague House is the best budget hotel in Prague and sits in the heart of Old Town. The staff are really helpful and the value for money here is incredible.
A little bit flashy and totally affordable, The ICON is the bed mid-range hotel in Prague. Ideally located in New Town, you can walk to the historical quarters within a matter of minutes. The rooms are bright, colourful and comfortable; all have a mini bar. Breakfast is included too!
No doubt about it, the best luxury hotel in Prague is Augustine. Set over the other side of the Danube to Old Town in Malá Strana, the Augustine offers guests complete luxury in the most authentic neighbourhood in Prague. All the rooms are homely, with a subtle sense of class.
Prague is a timeless city, loved by all who visit. A special place that is high on the bucket list of backpackers on their inaugural interrail trip through Europe, a popular destination for lovers looking to relive their honeymoon romance and, of course, an ever-popular destination for stag parties and hen nights.
Attracting so many different types of travellers it is safe to say that Prague is a truly diverse city, that offers something new around every corner.
No trip to Prague would be complete without a visit to Old Town. This is the real heart of the city and whatever your style of travel, a visit to Old Town will help to give a sense of roundness, completeness to your trip to the Czech capital.
Once you have ticked off the astronomical clock, the Old Town Square and perhaps even the novelty Ice Bar, there is a whole heap of excitement waiting for you a little further afield. Nové Město, Vinohrady and Žižkov is just the start!
Hotel Jules Insider TipTake a leisurely stroll across iconic Charles Bridge to Mala Strana to enjoy a slower pace of life. Saunter from coffee shop to souvenir shop, stopping perhaps to sample some of the city’s famous absinthe, and be on your merry way once more.
Prague is an incredibly walkable city. This is, in fact, part of its charm. There is no need to rush anywhere. This is a 24-hour, city so take your time. Walking around Prague gives you time to admire, marvel and enjoy the incredible architecture (taxis are super cheap though!).
Now let’s take a look, in greater detail, at the best neighbourhoods to stay in Prague. Each is a little different to the last so be sure to check out which is right for you!
Old Town is the best place to stay in Prague if it is your first visit or you’re on a quick turnaround. This neighbourhood really is the beating heart of the city in all ways. Here you will find the majority of city’s iconic historical landmarks, where all those famous bars can be found and also some of the best restaurants too.
If you like a busy, bustling atmosphere you will feel right at home in Old Town. Don’t be fooled but the beautiful empty streets you see in the guidebooks, this place is pretty hectic the whole day through; then there’s the night too!
There is a real sense of romance to Old Town. Perhaps it’s the exquisite 14th-Century buildings, or perhaps it’s the quaint coffee shops that line the winding streets. There is a vibrancy to this ancient neighbourhood that fuels traveller’s passion to explore.
Set in the very heart of the neighbourhood, Old Prague House is the best budget hotel in Old Town. Offering just 5-rooms this tiny hotel is about as cute and cosy as it gets. The staff are lovely and will help you with travel tips, tricks and directions too!
Hotel Clementin is the best mid-range hotel in Old Town and the whole place has been recently renovated. It’s the little touches that make Hotel Clementin so wonderful; who doesn’t love a complimentary bottle of wine in the room?! The cafe downstairs is super cute and has outdoor seating!
Location wise, Old Town Square Hotel in the best hotel in Prague, full stop! As the best luxury hotel in Old Town, it’s in the heart of Old Town Square; right in the heart of the action. Every need is catered for and more. The rooms are gorgeous and the staff incredibly attentive.
Malá Strana is an almost perfect mirror image of Old Town, sitting on the opposite side of the River Danube. This is the best place to stay in Prague on a budget. Offering easy access to must-visit Old Town, Malá Strana offer travellers budget friendly accommodation, food and a whole heap of hidden gems.
There is a community feel to this neighbourhood. You’ll see locals going about their daily business as well as plenty of aimlessly wandering tourists. Many of the shops and cafes are locally owned and managed.
This side of town is a little hillier than Old Town and this is a great thing all-round. Not only does the incline help to keep you fit and burn off those sugary calories from the pints of Pilsner, but offers incredible views of the city! Walk up to Prague Castle and look out over the whole city. The look around and explore this breathtaking cathedral.
Offering private rooms and affordable apartments, U Zlate Podkovy is the best budget hotel in Malá Strana. The apartments all feature a basic kitchen, lounge area and private bathroom. The pub downstairs is a great place to meet fellow travellers or grab a traditional meal in a relaxed environment.
Receiving top marks all round, The Nicholas Hotel is the best mid-range hotel in Malá Strana, unquestionably. The rooms are really lovely, with exposed wooden beams and cottage-like furnishings. There are studios available, complete with cosy lounge area. Breakfast is included and is hearty and wholesome.
The Augustine is the best luxury hotel in Malá Strana. Offering modern rooms with neutral tones there is a homeliness to this 5-star seldom found in such esteemed establishments. All rooms have air-conditioning. The Augustine Restaurant and Refectory Bar have an outstanding menu and great cocktail selection.
Sitting immediately south of Old Town, and curling up around its north-westerly tip, much of Nové Město is often mistaken for being within the Old Town district. This is an unfair assumption as Nové Město is a busy, thriving and more importantly exciting neighbourhood all of its own. Nové Město is the best place to stay in Prague for nightlife for sure.
There are countless bars, pubs and clubs in Nové Město that serve cheap booze til the early dawn. Depending on your travel style, and your drinking style, there is a boozer to suit everyone.
Away from the nightlife scene, there is a heap of cultural gems to explore in Nové Město too. A whole heap of fun too. Who doesn’t love a game of mini-golf?! You and the crew can have a blast at the Prague Golf & Games Centre! Head to the riverside and hire a pedalo, lots of good old-fashioned fun to be had in Nové Město before you hit the bars!
Although there is a heap of cheap hostels in Nové Město, the best budget hotel in Nové Město is Ibis Praha Wenceslas Square. Offering uniform but modern and comfortable rooms, this Ibis hotel is a great budget option. There is a 24-hour front desk and no lock-out. Stay out as late as you like!
The ICON offers pretty impressive value for money, breakfast is always included. This hotel is the best mid-range hotel in Nové Město for sure. The rooms are modern, spacious and have a private ensuite bathroom. Reception is open 24-hours so you can come back as late as you like.
Dancing House is one of the most iconic modern architectural landmarks in Prague. Did you know that it is also a hotel? The Dancing House Hotel is the best luxury hotel in Nové Město. Offering spacious rooms with impressive city views, many rooms offer views of the picturesque River Danube.
Vinohrady is the coolest area to stay in Prague, even the locals think so. Close enough to Old Town to be able to see the sights but far enough away to be considered ‘authentic’ Prague. Vinohrady offers trendy travellers the opportunity to drink with locals, see a more alternative and edgy side of the city, and keep costs low too. Win-win, right?
Although Vinohrady is lacking in ancient architecture it certainly makes up for it in modern Czech culture. There’s a great selection of theatres in this neighbourhood of Prague showcasing some of the best grassroots talents in Eastern Europe.
With a strong student population there is always something happening Vinohrady, be it an open mic night, themed event at an alternative music nightclub or a game of football in the park. Sady Svatopluka Čecha is a popular hangout spot, especially in the balmy summer months. Bring a picnic, there is a wonderful pastry shop on Slezská Street called Moment. Fill your boots!
Boasting 4-stars and unrivalled affordability Arkada Hotel is the best budget hotel in Vinohrady. Just a few minute’s walk from the Main Railway Station, Arkada Hotel ticks all the boxes. The rooms are a little dated in their decor but are clean, tidy and bright. Breakfast is included too!
Offering 8-apartments Residence Vecolova offers you the chance to live like a local in Vinohrady. The apartments are modern, yet homely. All feature a cosy lounge area, private bathroom and basic kitchen facilities. Great for families or groups of friends travelling together. The outdoor terrace is a great chill-out spot.
With a selection of private rooms and spacious suites, Deminka Palace is the best luxury hotel in Vinohrady. Guests can make use of tours and travel desk. The lovely staff can help you to plan your whole itinerary in Prague. There is free WiFi throughout the hotel and all rooms come with a mini-bar!
The bright and trendy neighbourhood of Žižkov is the best neighbourhood in Prague for families. Although there are plenty of family-friendly hotels in Old Town, there is something about Žižkov that just appeals to families that bit more. Perhaps it is the lack of crowds, the community feel, or the quieter nights, but Žižkov is great for travelling families.
Staying in Žižkov means that you have the opportunity to explore Prague like a local. Experience some of the best home-cooked food in the city and sip on local’s favourite beers.
For kids, there are a number of playparks where they can meet local kids and explore together. Parkuárka has a great playground that offers views of Old Town in the distance.
For some all round family-fun, you can book into ExitGamePrague. This Sherlock themed escape room offers affordable experiences in both Czech and English throughout the day.
Not just for families, Žižkov is another uber-trendy neighbourhood in Prague with a large student population. Authenticity-seeking backpacker will love this neighbourhood.
This is the best budget hotel in Žižkov for sure. Apartment Lucemburská offers guests spacious apartments complete with fully equipped kitchen, lounge area and private bathroom. Each apartment has air-conditioning, WiFi and a TV. The decor is modern, bright and the whole place is spotlessly clean.
Set just south of the heart of the neighbourhood, the best mid-range hotel in Žižkov is Louren Hotel. Offering family rooms, or neighbouring rooms on request, they also have a babysitting service too. The staff are wonderfully accommodating and will go out of their way to ensure you have a great stay.
Courtyard is the best luxury hotel in Žižkov and the best family-friendly hotel in Prague. They have all the amenities you could wish for plus a fitness centre and in-house restaurant. Courtyard has a babysitting service and family rooms available. They have outstanding levels of service and attention to detail.
Prague is a diverse and exciting city. A timeless classic, it’s where you’ll find historic landmarks, charming streets, and exquisite beauty on every block. From great beer to dramatic ballets, there’s something for travellers of all styles and budgets.
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To recap our travel guide; Vinohrady is the coolest neighbourhood in Prague thanks to its central location and alternative nightlife. It’s where you’ll find great food, friendly locals, and popular hangout spots.
Our top pick for where to stay in Prague is the ICON. Bright, colourful and comfortable, this mid-range hotel is centrally located and hosts a fantastic daily breakfast!
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Born in Los Angeles, Aaron Hovanesian is one of the original staff writers for Hotel Jules. Having backpacked the world as a young man, Aaron now prefers to travel the world in luxury, proudly staying in the world's most amazing hotels and properties. When Aaron is not traveling he lives in Western Colorado he can be found brewing his own beer (probably an IPA) or spending time with his two amazing golden retrievers.