When in Prague, stay in the Old Town … there is no debating that. It’s one of the most beautiful historical cities in the world and no better place to explore it by staying in the heart of the city.
We wanted to do the same…and while looking for the ‘right place’, we came across Hotel Hastal. The oldest independent, family run hotel, over 100 years old – managed over 6 generations by a family whose history is as interesting as the place. It was the perfect choice. Next to a quite square, minutes away from the Old Town Square and the Prague Castle – this hotel offers all modern amenities without losing its character.
Well-appointed rooms, with attached baths and an excellent restaurant offering nice buffet breakfast (hot & cold selections), it is almost like staying in a Czech home when in Hastal. The walls are filled with photos, telling tales of the bygone era. Enquire about them with the manager at the desk, and he/she will tell you about the fascinating times the hotel had seen — before, during and after the World War II. It was one of the most iconic hotels of those times, hosting leading celebrities, leaders, being privy to the historical happenings of that era. Our favourite were the intricate balustrades lining the staircases…we’d mostly give the elevators a miss….
A free coffee/tea vending machine along with complimentary wine awaits you at the reception. You can take the cups to your rooms, no problem. Unusually quiet, despite being so close to the Old Square, the quite square where Hastal is located has a Gothic church and an excellent Czech restaurant that you must visit. One of the most happening Pubs, Lokal, is right next door. 2 mins walk takes you to the trams and metro station. The location is just perfect to visit every part of Prague and beyond. You are never too far away from action.
Booking is easy, contact them directly. They offer a 20% discount if you own a Rick Steves Czech guide and is a total value for money!
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