Myself and my partner stayed at the Best Western City Hotel Moran, in Prague from the 24th - 31st January 2020 for 7 nights for my 40th Birthday and we had an AMAZING week!
There is Czech City Tax to pay per person per night which was 21CZK which was 70p. So we paid 147 CZK which was £4.97 for the week as we checked out.
Prague is packed full of exploring, walking, photography, eating and drinking!
We built up to walking 69 miles over the week whilst we explored there!
The weather we had was mainly cloudy, overcast and very cold with wind. The wind was piercingly cold at times so be sure to take hats, gloves, scarfs and snoods. We had a few rain showers. There was no ice or snow but was very cold.
The hotel was perfect for what we needed that week. We had room 404 and it was overlooking the Emmaus Monastery a modern roof which sits on the early medieval Monastery which was damaged by Allied bombing in WWII.
The frequent Trams run by the hotel day and night so it was fairly noisy in the evening and night time. Luckily I took my ear plugs away with me to block out the noise. My partner slept ok without earplugs. I'm a light sleeper so was prepared.
The room was immaculate and cleaned daily with clean towels.
No safety deposit box in the room though, it was kept behind reception.
The reception was open 24hrs a day.
We had a light bulb problem one day and we rang down to reception and the guy on reception was very helpful and sorted a new bulb out for us within the hour.
In the room we had a mini fridge which we found very useful to keep bottled water in cold. We had coffee/tea making facilities in the room which were replenished daily if we had used them. A kettle and two mugs with spoons.
We had a TV in the room but the only channel worth watching was SKY NEWS on channel 72. No other English language channels.
We had twin beds and they were incredibly comfortable! Couldn't believe how comfy they were. Never have I been away and found the hotel bed more comfortable than my own bed!!
The room was warm and spacious.
The shower was powerful, but the hairdryer was disappointing, it wasnt very powerful and got extremely hot at the handle. Having long hair to dry I found this frustrating!
There was a wardrobe with only a few hangers in there so bring some more along with you! No drawers were provided for smalls. But little shelves were attached to the end of the wardrobe.
Breakfast was fantastic, one of the best, freshest and plentiful spreads I've ever seen in a hotel.
There was so much choice and we filled up every morning which sometimes meant we didn't need any lunch, so could carrying on exploring the city and embracing the sights!
There were all sorts of teas, coffees, juices, cakes, pastries, bread, rolls. Warm food was available in eggs, bacon, sausage and tomatoes. The bacon was delicious!
There was also a selection of cheeses, cold meats, hams and salamis and salads.
Cerals, yogurts, fruit, dry fruits, nuts, seeds were set out neatly for you pick.
The hotel was close to shops and supermarkets. One called Billa and the other called Albert, which were all good value.
The Tram stops are literally around the corner from the hotel.
The Dancing House is close to the hotel which is situated on the corner near the River Vltava.
Charles Bridge is a 20 minute walk away from the hotel. If you walk along the river you cannot miss it.
We went to the Castle which was about a 30 minutes walk from the hotel. The views were magnificent and magical.
Vyšehrad is a medival fortress about a 20 minute walk from the hotel in the other direction. We were shocked how good the views were here! It is well worth going! We even spotted a red squirrel which was bouncing in between the trees near the fortress. There was small park which we saw all kinds of bird life. We spotted a Nuthatch bobbing along a tree.
It took around 20 minutes to walk to Old Time Square which is a very populated area. The Astronomical Clock is a beauty which is 600 years old and chimes with figurines at every hour break. The crowds of tourists gather here so be aware of pick pickets.
My favourite building was staroměstské náměstí which is stunning both in the day and lit up in the evening. It some how resembles the Disney Cinderalla Castle in Walt Disney World with its peaks and towers!
The 10th Century gothic artitecture is breathtaking around here and there literally is a photo opportunity at every head turn! I went dizzy at some points looking up! The atmosphere here is phenomenal!
We went to Wenclas Square which is a rich area of shops, bars, eateries and even late openings on Sundays which seemed bizarre. The shops were open till 20pm.
We went to Prague Zoo on my actual birthday and it was so good! The connections on the Metro and Bus were simple and easy to use. We bought a transport ticket which cost 110kc which is £3.73 for 24 hours. You get your little ticket and activate it on the bus/tram in the machines. For 30 minutes travel you pay 24kc which is 81p. Incredibly cheap to get around if you don't want to walk or are tired after walking so far. We got the Metro underground from I. P. Pavlova to Nádraží Holešovice where there is plenty of bus stops. The bus to the Zoo is bus 112. Which then takes 15 minutes to get to the Zoo. Zoo entry cost 200kc which is £6.68. You can literally walk round all day looking and admiring over 600 species. It was open from 9am till 4pm.
We did so much in the week we were there. There's hundreds of bars, pubs and eateries, all of different themes and tastes. Museums, art galleries and places worth the visit you are spolit for choice!
Overall Prague is a city of romance, a gem of artitecture down the centuries, full of captivating ambience, resounding with the melodies of great composers, but also the a modern metropolis pulsating with life. Prague to me is one of the finest cities in the world that satisfies the traveller in you without draining your bank account!
I took 1,756 photos on this trip and a month after our return I'm still buzzing and sorting them out!
I cannot recommend Prague enough, it's one of the best holidays I've ever had!! We just didn't have time to see or do everything...
We will definitely be returning to Prague in the future!
BWCityHotelMoran, Manager at Best Western City Hotel Moran, responded to this review
WOOW! What a brilliant review, BecMore! Thanks a lot for being our guest and taking your time to write such a comprehensive report. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the stay with us. Other travelers will for sure appreciate your detailed report from Prague including what to do in Prague, traveling time from the hotel to the various sights and admission details.
Wishing you all the best and see you soon in Prague!
Radka and the team of Best Western City Hotel Moran