Downtown Prague, the best place to stay in Prague
When you first come to downtown Prague you will be struck by the wonder of some of the remnants of old world architecture, most of them fully intact. One of these which was recently brought back from ruins and fully restored is that of Betlemska Kaple, or as it is said in English, “Bethlehem Chapel”, is a church that was first constructed at the end of the 14th century. It was subsequently wrecked by the thirty years war and lay in ruin until it was restored in the 1950’s.
But if you quickly bore from this kind of history and just want to jump into the night scene Prague is more than ready to supply that as well. There is a jumping Jazz club in the area named after a legendary Jazz Album by Miles Davis himself. Called the, “Agharta” this jazz join has big name acts as well as all star locals. This venue is also an integral part of the Prague Jazz festival. This is a great place to unwind, grab a drink and take in some great music.
It seems that Prague offers a bit of everything in its night life seen, as well as jazz clubs, one of Pragues favorite night spots is actually an Irish pub! Yes, “Caffrey’s Irish Bar” has been a hit of downtown Prague for many years now. This is a place where people go to feel good. You feel at home with the excellent Irish dishes and drinks. This place is fun any day of the year, but if you happen to be in Prague during St. Patrick’s day you just can not miss this spot.
If you hunger for a more original Prague flavor head on down tot eh Kavarna Slavia, this is Prague’s best known and most popular café. The coffee is excellent as is the social atmosphere here; people from all walks of life come here to enjoy the menu and the people. This place has some of the best in traditional Czech cuisine such as roast duck with potato dumplings, beef goulash, roast smoked pork with cabbage, and of course sauerkraut! The food here is delicious and takes you back to the heritage of the location, it is a great place to stop and take a break.
And if your break turns into a need for some sleep, downtown Prague has you covered there as well with a wide variety of great hotels. From fairly cheap to luxury, the choice is yours.
One of the hotels on the more affordable end of the spectrum is that of the, “Hastal Hotel” this interested lodging spot is located in what was formerly a brewery. The rooms are spacious, coming supplied with beds desks and chairs and a great view of, “Hastalske Namesti”, where you can see some of the most renowned architecture in all of downtown Prague.
If you are a little more luxury minded however there is an exquisite hotel with all the amenities you could imagine as well as being steeped in history, the hotel I am speaking of is that of the, “Iron Gate”.
The Iron Gate hotel was originally built in the 14th century, the hotel has since undergone major renovation including a 2003 restoration project that brought out original frescoes which had been covered for many years. This place is a luxurious antique, replete with features such as charming sleigh beds. And fluffy terry bathrobes and other hallmarks of la luxurious past will make you feel like you are a Prague aristocrat. If you are able to pay a little more money this hotel is well worth the expense.
Wherever you stay though when you wake up in the morning you should make it a daily priority to take in some of the many artistic venues this district has to offer. If you are looking for classical music performance, check out either the Collegium Marianum, or the Czech Philharmonic and if you would like to see some musical plays look no farther than the Divadlo Broadway which is on one of the busiest tourist and shopping streets. These are all venues that you can’t miss; they hold some of the greatest experiences of any artistic venue in downtown Prague.