The Castle Steps Hotel, Prague
Reviews - The Castle Steps Hotel
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: Canada
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Just loved it!from Gidday!again
Willow Apartmentfrom Lourdy
The apartment is quite compact,specially the bathroom.
The decoration was traditional but basic.
There is not air conditioning and Prague can get quite hot in the summer.I found that the street is very well transited and it gets abit noisy if the windows are not closed.
I found the staff very friendly and helpful and was a real bonus to be able to check emails after breakfast.
They gave us a mobile phone to call their office in case we needed help.
We also booked airport transfers ,the driver was very reliable but I personally think is overpriced at EUR 22.00.
This was a good alternative from a hotel but next time I´d book the apartment a Nerunova 7 which is closer to Charles Bridge and has a Spa Bath.
Some good some bad pointsfrom UKCathy
We only stayed one night its more geared up for longer stays of a week. They include breakfast but it was pretty average. Just toast and tea. We had much better breakfasts everywhere else in Eastern Europe.
The location is good though, close to the castle and Charles bridge and shops and nice part of town. Parking is a real hassle. We had a hire car and had to park it miles away up a hill.
The doors of all the apartments are really sticky and take some getting used too.
Paying by cash is a bit weird too and they don't carry change.
Great for the Budget Travellerfrom gazzerooni
We stayed in the Silverbirch apartment which is on Uvoz 26. This apartment has two bedrooms with the front one doubling as a kitchen. It is very big though. The separate bathroom was spotless and the water pressure was excellent.
Our flight was delayed and we contacted the Castlesteps and talked to lori. She organised a taxi for us and met us in Prague-even though we arrived after one am.
Quite a bit has been written about the vegan breakfast served in the morning. There is cereal and different kinds of rye bread- all very tasty!- as well as three or four kinds of juices. There is tea and coffee but you can either have creamer or soya milk.
There are no animal products served and some people who have reviewed here seem to have been annoyed by that.
All I know was that everything was very tasty and it was a very healthy way to start the day. Breakfast was always very busy!
The good thing about the Uvoz apartments is that they are near or beside the breakfast room.
They are at the top of a hill and are very well located for Hradcany castle as well as a walk up to Strehov monastery and Petrin hill. The views across Prague from there are excellent.
Its a ten minute walk at most down to Charles Bridge and then you are in Old Town (Stare Mesto)
The only hard thing about the location of the Castlesteps is the hill that has to be climbed back up to them. However its very reasonable and very clean and the staff are very friendly.
Amanda came around every morning during breakfast to see was everything ok in your apartment etc. We requested extra pillows the first day and they were on the beds when we returned from out daily trekking.
Overall I would recommend these apartments for people who would rather spend their money on food and travel and would still like to stay somewhere clean and central. If you like luxury or new hotels or eggs in the morning- then this is not the place for you.
I will recommend it to my friends and I would definitely stay here in the Castlesteps again.
Visit next year - hammering starting at 7amfrom catnip2k
Apparently the building is being renovated. (And then on the third morning wooden planks being dropped, etc).
Making it a little less pleasant is we were assured when we arrived that the building work wouldn't be starting till afternoons.
I would heartily recommend this hotel as a place to stay, next year, when the building work is finished.
Great Value for Moneyfrom Guildford_Gal
For the centre of Prague it's great value for money and really quiet too, much preferred to staying somewhere like Wenceslas Square. Breakfast is really basic but having the internet is great, whether it's keeping in touch with the outside world or checking something out about Prague that you were wondering about.
We arrived quite early (11am) and were able to check right into our room without any extra charge (great since we'd been to a wedding the night before and needed a nap!). And if your flight is later you can leave your cases in the office when you check out.
Our stay at castle stepsfrom aliceOk
Beautiful rooms; helpful stafffrom frequentflier3
I have never stayed in a place quite like this! I am very interested in art, especially from the Nineteenth Century. We found that our room had several pieces of original artwork on the walls and, in addition, the walls outside had colourized etchings showing different scenes from the Czech countryside and towns around the Czech Republic. I was worried that they might get stolen, but apparently this hasn't happened yet.
The person who helped to show us to our rooms was American, which was also a bit of a surprise. This was good, because I don't speak Czech and neither does my husband. The check in took quite a while because of all the forms we had to fill it (I know that this country is famous for its bureaucracy). However it all went smoothly. The American conceirge was extremely friendly and spent quite a bit of time helping us to orientate ourselves.
In the mornings we went up to breakfast. This was in a beautiful space underneath one of the buildings. It was decorated in a rural theme. The bread was delicious. While we were there somebody came to our table to ask us how we were getting on. We needed another pillow, and somebody brought this up to our room half an hour later.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to coming back. I am interested to see what Prague is like in Winter!
Mixed feelings...from flwer
The first apartment we stayed in was lovely (lavender and honeysuckle), with great facilities, a nice kitchen and balcony. The only problem there was the dryer in the bathroom was on, presumably drying towels for the management, until 2 in the morning, at which point we pulled the plug on it.
The breakfasts were a little too healthy for a holiday... We were actually asked by the owner how we enjoyed it, and when we responded that the choice of soy-milk or soy-milk was not to our liking we were basically told to live with it. One of the staff told us later that the owner is vegan, and will not, quote, "spend his money on animal products" ... excuse me? And we were spending how much on this, I was under the impression that it was our money buying the breakfast... The staff member suggested that if we wanted some yogurt or cheese we could always buy it at the store and bring it to breakfast... ?! Why are we paying for breakfast?
The staff were in general very friendly and helpful, except for advice on where to go out... Every person we asked was very vague, and ended up suggesting we find the english laguage newspaper that had listings of where the was live music on. We didn't come accross any of these papers (and neither did we find any live music - if you can believe it - we thought Prague had it's reputation for a reason!)
The second room we had (Linden Apartment) was quite disappointing for us as a group of 4 adults. The master bedroom aws lovely, with a very nice ensuite. I would highly reccommend it for a family with young children. The second room was so smal that the two single beds fitted in perfectly with not even enough space to open a suitcase. There was a window, but our key wouldn't open it, so we asked if someone might come and open it for us, as there was no ventilation, and we were two adults sleeping in the very small room.
After asking 3 times we suggested that if they couldn't find a key we might move one of the beds to the living room... which they eventually did. Not the type of complications you're looking for on a holiday away.
Considering the 2nd apartment cost us US$60 a night more than the first one, it was terrible value.
Overall for the price it was good, and I would highly reccommend staying in the Lavender or Honeysuckle rooms.
Dandelion room, castle stepsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
After walking up the hill quite some distance to the apartment, we were then faced with our apartment being on the second floor, which in itself isnt a great feat but lugging cases up hill by a massive amount does tend to tire you (probably just the age talking) im 32 by the way.
The aparment itself is tidy, 2 single beds pushed together to make a double which to come apart during your sleep due to Wooden Flooring. You are able to use anything in the apartment, kitchen included but be warned of the nasty smell opening the fridge from all the used by products which can be upto 2 Years out of date, makes the apartment smell for a long time.
The bathroom is small and the shower is good, but the head was broken meaning you had to hold it most of the time making it uncomfortable to shower. There isnt a lot of storage in the apartments for your things as the person who owns it has locked everything up so we lived out of suitcases for the weekend.
There is a television for those who want an hour to relax, it isnt sky/cable so there are only 4 Czech channels.
Breakfast is included and is another walk up the hill, internet access is available during breakfast but is always taken up by our American friends who are always very reluctant to keep it short and wont let anyone else on. Breakfast is rubbish, only toast and jams, with tea or coffee but it sets you off for the day.
If your looking for a cheap Apartment which is to be used as a base, then i would say this is definately the place for you, if you like your creature comforts i would suggest you look elsewhere.
The aparments have a cleaner daily, and the people who run this outfit are on call 24 hours with a freephone/toll free number.
If you want any more info regarding this review, or if you havent been to prague before and would like any advice, email me and i will try and sort some info/websites out for you.
I base these opinions in this review on what i have experienced, Some reviews are of people just moaning and stays can be very different form one person to the next, so my advice is to read all the reviews and pick out the good/bad things that keep re-occuring.
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