The best part about traveling is finding random hidden gems scattered around the places you’re visiting. When I went to Prague last year, I briefly mentioned the hostel that I was staying at, Czech Inn (See what they did there?) I may or may have not raved enough about it, but I thought I would do a review on the hostel in case you’re looking into it or planning a trip to Prague soon.
I always enjoy staying at hostels because it feels like re-living my freshman/frosh year again. You’re sharing a space with a bunch of people and for the most part, I’ve had nothing but really great experiences! It’s true that some nights, you get less sleep because someone decides to come home late or turn on all the lights at 3am, but those minor inconveniences are typically offset by the minimal cost.
For a hostel that bills itself as “an affordable luxury”, there’s an expectation that comes attached to it. Based on my first stay in 2013, they certainly delivered, so much so that I booked it again for second visit to Prague. I stayed in 2 different rooms because I wanted to compare how I liked the hostel experience. For your reference I stayed in in both a 4-bed dorm as well as a female-only 10-bed dorm.
The first thing that immediately attracted me to the hostel is its incredible modern feel. The rainhead showers, open space feel of the shared rooms, you would think that you’re staying in a hotel rather than a hostel. Both rooms I stayed in at were spacious, very bright and modern looking. The pictures you see on the website are as true as it gets! For the 10-person dorm room, the room is divided into 2 halves, with 2 sets of bunk beds (4 beds) and the private shower in one and 3 sets of bunk beds (6 beds) on the other. You choose your own bed, and whether you want the top or bottom bunks.
When I first came in 2013, I remembered that the caretakers were changing the bed sheets, so you know you’re sleeping on clean, fresh linens! There’s also free wifi which was sufficiently fast that I was able to catch up on my YouTube subscription. Czech Inn provides amenities similar to most hostels and I think its most attractive attribute has been, and continues to be, its modern feel, and competitive rates.
Another reason I wanted to let you know about this hostel is that it attracts not only the young, budget-conscious travellers, but older couples find it comfortable enough to stay at. When I was there, I met two Australian and Canadian couples who were my parents’ age, staying at the hostel and loved their experience. Czech Inn also offers private apartments so if you are a couple and like your privacy, this might be an option better suited for you!
For the price that you pay, you are getting more than a great value for your bucks! For a 4-nights stay in December 2014, I paid a total of USD$30 for my entire stay! That’s only about $7/night! On top of that, because it was the low season, there were barely any girls staying (I think at most, we had 5 girls in the 10-bed dorms) during my stay!