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Where to stay in Prague? Best districts + Hotels

Looking for the best place to stay in Prague?

Follow the guide, we have tested, listed and detailed for you the best areas to sleep in Prague as well as the best accommodation in this city that we love so much to visit.

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Here are our 3 favourite accommodations sorted by price category:

Note: Don’t delay booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Prague.

(€) Hermitage Hotel Prague. Authentic and inexpensive boutique hotel in Prague with large modern rooms. Located on a quiet street in the city centre, 900 metres from the Old Town. The breakfast is copious! Book here.

(€€) Hotel Hastal. Charming family hotel located in the heart of the Old Town, 15 minutes walk from Charles Bridge and 5 minutes from the Old Town Square. The Art-Nouveau restaurant serves fine Czech cuisine. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Bishop’s House. Design hotel renovated in 2015 located in the historic heart of Prague, only 60 m from Charles Bridge and 10 min from Prague Castle. Charming host and fabulous breakfast! Book here.

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The best area to stay in Prague: The Old Town

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Any Europhile wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to admire the sublime beauty of Prague’s Old Town.

With the exception of a few minor drawbacks, the Old Town (Staré Mesto) really is our preferred choice for staying in Prague.

Waking up in the middle of the cobbled streets is a truly magical feeling, opening your windows and discovering centuries-old architecture with the buzz of Old Town Square and its astronomical clock is incomparable, not to mention the superb views of the Vltava River crossed by the famous Charles Bridge.

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If you can only spend one day in Prague, sleeping in the Old Town will allow you to enjoy the city’s finest attractions.

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When you choose to book a room in this area, you should be aware of two things:

Prague’s immense popularity has driven up accommodation prices. In Staré Město, establishments simply charge the highest rates in the city.

Travellers on a tight budget will no doubt prefer to save a few dozen euros by taking a room in other districts such as Smichov, Vinohrady or Karlin, where prices are more affordable.

On the other hand, the crowds of tourists that fill the streets of the Old Town can also be a little stifling, especially at the height of the tourist season.

If you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet, consider staying in quieter districts such as Holešovice, Karlín or Smichov.

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Attractions and sights in the Old Town (Staré Město): Old Town Square, Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall Tower, Prague Jewish Museum, Old Jewish Cemetery, Charles Bridge

Here are our favourite hotels in the best area to stay in Prague

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Prague.

(€) Hermitage Hotel Prague. Authentic and inexpensive boutique hotel in Prague with large modern rooms. Located on a quiet street in the city centre, 900 metres from the Old Town. The breakfast is copious! Book here.

(€€) Hotel Hastal. Charming family hotel located in the heart of the Old Town, 15 minutes walk from Charles Bridge and 5 minutes from the Old Town Square. The Art-Nouveau restaurant serves fine Czech cuisine. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Bishop’s House. Design hotel renovated in 2015 located in the historic heart of Prague, only 60 m from Charles Bridge and 10 min from Prague Castle. Charming host and fabulous breakfast! Book here.

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MaláStrana: Prague’s tourist district

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Cross the Charles Bridge from the Old Town and you’ll arrive in the heart of the lower town, MaláStrana (which literally means “the little side”).

Best known for the Prague Castle that dominates the area, MaláStrana comes second in our list of the best areas to book accommodation when staying in Prague.

Like the Old Town, MaláStrana will charm you with its cobbled streets and authentic style.

You’ll find many of the most popular tourist attractions here, as well as a wealth of cafés with terraces, delicious restaurants and breathtaking views of the city as you stroll through the district’s hilly streets.

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Hotel prices are not as high as in MaláStrana.

For even cheaper alternatives on the left bank of the Vltava, try the Letna and Holesovice areas to the north-east or Smichov to the south.

Attractions and sights in and around the Lower Town (MaláStrana): Prague Castle, Church of St Nicholas, Franz Kafka Museum, John Lennon Wall, KGB Museum, Petřín Hill

Here are our favourite hotels in the tourist district where to stay in Prague

Note: Don’t delay booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Prague.

(€) Hermitage Hotel Prague. Authentic and inexpensive boutique hotel in Prague with large modern rooms. Located on a quiet street in the city centre, 900 metres from the Old Town. The breakfast is copious! Book here.

(€€) Hotel Hastal. Charming family hotel located in the heart of the Old Town, 15 minutes walk from Charles Bridge and 5 minutes from the Old Town Square. The Art-Nouveau restaurant serves fine Czech cuisine. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Bishop’s House. Design hotel renovated in 2015 located in the historic heart of Prague, just 60 m from Charles Bridge and 10 min from Prague Castle. Charming host and fabulous breakfast! Book here.

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The New Town (Nové Město): the family district

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All you have to do is take a stroll around Nové Město (the New Town in Czech) to realise that the name isn’t really deserved.

In fact, the roots of Prague’s Nové Město date back to the mid-14th century (not exactly the definition of ‘new’ you’ll agree!)

With its central location and easy access to the rest of the city centre, the New Town (Nové Město) is a quiet, convenient area suitable for families with children, where you’ll have all the amenities you need to live locally, and all at slightly more affordable prices.

In particular, you can walk to Prague Central Station or take public transport.

This district is therefore the ideal choice for families looking for accommodation in a quiet part of Prague.

Attractions and sights in Nové Město: Franz Kafka Monument, Wenceslas Square, National Museum, Jerusalem Synagogue, Museum of Communism, Mucha Museum, etc

Here are our favourite hotels in the area to stay in Prague with children

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Prague.

(€) Hermitage Hotel Prague. Authentic and inexpensive boutique hotel in Prague with large modern rooms. Located on a quiet street in the city centre, 900 metres from the Old Town. The breakfast is copious! Book here.

(€€) Hotel Hastal. Charming family hotel located in the heart of the Old Town, 15 minutes walk from Charles Bridge and 5 minutes from the Old Town Square. The Art-Nouveau restaurant serves fine Czech cuisine. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Bishop’s House. Design hotel renovated in 2015 located in the historic heart of Prague, only 60 m from Charles Bridge and 10 min from Prague Castle. Charming host and fabulous breakfast! Book here.

Vinohrady: the trendy district for going out in Prague

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Venture a little further east from Nové Město and you’ll arrive in the leafy residential district of Vinohrady.

This trendy neighbourhood is one of the most popular areas for the expat community living in Prague.

Not surprising, given the many parks, restaurants and gardens in the area where you can enjoy a nice cold beer.

Vinohrady is an excellent choice for travellers looking for a quieter, greener area to escape the tourist-heavy central districts and enjoy a more local atmosphere.

Attractions and sights in Vinohrady: Náměstí Míru, St Ludmila Church, Sady Svatopluka Čecha

Here are our favourite hotels in the area where to go out in Prague

Note: Don’t delay booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Prague.

(€) Hermitage Hotel Prague. Authentic and inexpensive boutique hotel in Prague offering large modern rooms. Located on a quiet street in the city centre, 900 metres from the Old Town. The breakfast is copious! Book here.

(€€) Hotel Hastal. Charming family hotel located in the heart of the Old Town, 15 minutes walk from Charles Bridge and 5 minutes from the Old Town Square. The Art-Nouveau restaurant serves fine Czech cuisine. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Bishop’s House. Design hotel renovated in 2015 located in the historic heart of Prague, only 60 m from Charles Bridge and 10 min from Prague Castle. Charming host and fabulous breakfast! Book here.

Holešovice & Letná

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Not so long ago, Holesovice wasn’t exactly a place a tourist would want to venture.

However, the former industrial suburb has undergone something of a renaissance, and has now become one of Prague’s chic and trendy districts, just like Praga in Warsaw or Kreuzberg in Berlin.

If you don’t mind taking public transport, Holesovice and Letna have good-quality accommodation, especially mid-range, in cool, quieter places with a much more local atmosphere than in the other central districts.

Attractions and sights in Holešovice & Letná: The National Museum of Technology, Letna Park, Letna Beer Garden, Prague Metronome, Holesovice Town Brewery, Stromovka Reserve, Anthony of Padua Street.

Here are our favourite hotels in this best area to stay in Prague

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Prague.

(€) Hermitage Hotel Prague. Authentic and inexpensive boutique hotel in Prague with large modern rooms. Located on a quiet street in the city centre, 900 metres from the Old Town. The breakfast is copious! Book here.

(€€) Hotel Hastal. Charming family hotel located in the heart of the Old Town, 15 minutes walk from Charles Bridge and 5 minutes from the Old Town Square. The Art-Nouveau restaurant serves fine Czech cuisine. Book here.

(€€) ❤️ Bishop’s House. Design hotel renovated in 2015 located in the historic heart of Prague, just 60 m from Charles Bridge and 10 min from Prague Castle. Charming host and fabulous breakfast! Book here.

Karlín

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Although the Old Town is only a few minutes away on foot or by metro, the small, friendly district of Karlín is located away from Prague’s tourist attractions.

The authenticity is palpable here, with cafés, bars and restaurants frequented by locals rather than hordes of tourists, and serving real local food rather than adapted to foreign tastes.

Karlín is the ideal place to stay in Prague and experience life in the capital of the Czech Republic and get excellent value for money on your accommodation while remaining relatively close to the Old Town.

Attractions and sights in and around Karlín: Vitkov Hill, Prague City Museum, Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius

Smíchov

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Stretching along the Vltava River to the south of MaláStrana, Smíchov no longer has the reputation it once had. Once an industrial district, it is now, along with Holesovice, one of the trendiest areas in the city.

In addition to its excellent public transport links to the rest of the city, Smichov is an excellent choice if you want to stay in a trendy area with lots of shops and trendy accommodation offering better value for money than in the Old Town or MalaStrana.

Attractions and sights in and around Smíchov : Petrin Hill, St Wenceslas Church, Villa Portheimka, St Michael’s Church, Sacred Heart Park, Staropramen Brewery, NovýSmíchov shopping centre

Žižkov: the district to avoid

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Although located just a few minutes by metro from the Old Town, Zizkov is not really popular with travellers.

In the truest sense of the word, there isn’t much in the way of tourist attractions in Zizkov (especially compared to all the wonders you’ll find a few kilometres to the west).

Unlike the obvious choice of the Old Town or MalaStrana, Zizkov is the ideal place to book a room if you’re more interested in Prague’s nightlife and authentic life than in being close to the classic sights.

It may take a little getting used to, but Zizkov has many advantages – just like Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain in Berlin, you won’t fall in love with the area at first sight, but you will love it as you explore it.

As with other districts away from the centre, prices for rooms and other accommodation tend to be much lower than in the more popular Old Town districts of Nove Mesto and MalaStrana.

Attractions and sights in and around Žižkov: Prague Television Tower (Zizkov), Church of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord, Old Jewish Cemetery (Zizkov), Church of St. Roch, Olšany Cemetery

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