Hotel: Hotel U Raka, Prague
Date: Sunday 28th June-Tuesday 30th June 2015
Room: Classic Double Room
Hidden in the backstreets of of the old Prague Castle was our charming accommodation for the few days we were exploring. We were shown to our hotel by the useful Travelove Guidebook and loved the excitement of winding down the cobbled roads to find it. On first glance it looks like an old chalet building, something you’d find amongst snow in the French Alps. A gorgeous little well outside along with stunning flowers just made it that much more enchanting.
It was safe to say that the clean, white linen and cosy bed allowed us to catch up on some serious sleep with two more action-packed days ahead. The rooms are so carefully throughout with old, quirky, traditional designs and stoneware. The ‘chalet’ feel made it that much more intimate than your average hotel room, not forgetting the excellent tiled en suite with large rain shower and high quality toiletries.
One word – BREAKFAST! It was heavenly. We weren’t expecting too much as the hotel itself is so small yet were more than happy to see a full continental buffet ready and waiting for us when we surfaced. To add, they offer some cooked options on request that are also included – not forgetting some lovely Prague sparkling wine if you want a treat! I can recommend the Onion and scrambled eggs with local sausages – a great combination.
*The Hotel also has a cafe offering some food through out the day.
Hotel U Raka is in a great location – tucked away behind the famous old castle, a five minute walk to the nearest tram that takes you directly into the centre and only 15 minutes from the airport. What more do you need?!
We found public transport in Prague to be a delight to use whilst on our trip – not something I can say in many cities. Taxi’s were often (although make sure they have a meter running!!), trams were everywhere and walking was the easiest in most cases anyway. Be prepared to walk, high heels are not ideal in Prague and that’s coming from someone who owns about 35 pairs!
It’s a little hard to tell what the norm is here as it was so quiet when we visited. Yet I would assume it is more couples due to the rooms and the size. That being said it would suit people of all ages and maybe some small families.
My favourite bit!
It was really hard to pick a favourite part because the hotel is full of lots of little quirky features that make it so amazing. The breakfast itself was enough to make me want to return but I will go with the decor and the ‘chalet’ vibe being the main thing that sold it to me. It had such a romantic feel from the layout of the bedrooms to the flowered courtyards. Also the personal touch from the genuine and welcoming staff, whether checking us in or seating us at breakfast they were always happy to help us have a great stay.
My worst bit!
That we couldn’t stay longer! I really mean that – it was a perfect romantic getaway for any couple. It was rather quiet when we visited, with only one other room occupied (Although there are only around 6-8 rooms in total). This might be great for some people looking for peace and quiet, yet if you’re looking for something lively then it might not be for you.
Overall, Hotel U Raka is top of the list for when I return to Prague, if nothing else than to soak up the relaxing atmosphere and still be a stones throw from the city itself. For anyone wanting to visit of stay here please see the website link below or contact Travelove to inquire about their ‘off the beaten track’ travel services!