Hotel Jalta – Prague
Vaclavske namesti 45
110 00 Prague 1
Tel: +420 222 822 111
We took an overnight flight from JFK, so we arrived in Prague at about 6:30 am, and arrived at Hotel Jalta quite a bit before check-in. The staff spoke fluent English, and were polite. The lobby felt a bit sterile, and seemed that they were trying hard to be contemporary or modern, but it was clean and well-maintained. They didn’t have a room ready, but stowed our baggage and we explored the city in the early hours (which was my favorite time, experiencing the Old Town Square free of the throngs of tourists and watching the city wake up).
We booked the room as part of a package, so I assume it was a standard room. It was small but comfortable. The bathroom was spotless and modern, and had all expected amenities. We selected the hotel for the location and value, and it served as an excellent home base. It is located on Wenceslas Square, and there are a number of bars and restaurants nearby. The Old Town Square is close, and Charles Bridge is easily within walking distance. We didn’t spend much time at the hotel, and it was not particularly memorable – neither memorably wonderful nor memorably bad – but it was quiet, convenient, clean and affordable. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but I also wouldn’t say to avoid it.
Apparently the hotel is built above a nuclear fallout shelter from the 1950s, and in 2013, the Cold War Museum opened in the shelter . It wasn’t open when we visited, but it sounds interesting. The associated restaurant, COMO, also looked quite nice, although we didn’t try dinner there.
Stayed: November 18 – 24, 2007
Current price for standard room: 135 Euro (varies)