Where to Stay in Prague: Accommodation & Neighbourhood Guide

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Wondering Where To Stay In Prague? Here Are Our Tips!

Searching for the best place to stay in Prague? You are not alone! The capital of the Czech Republic is a popular and cheap city to visit.

This means that there are so many hotels and accommodations in Prague to choose from spread out all over the city. Luckily, we’ve travelled to Prague numerous times so we like to think we know our way around the city.

There’s a good chance you are looking for the best hotels in Prague. You might already know you’re searching for the best hotels in Prague city centre – the district Prague 1 – which includes famous areas like the Old Town, Prague Castle, and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). There are even boutique brewery hotels with beers taps in the room!

So, from famous Prague hotels like the Hotel Kings Court to good hotels in the Prague city centre like the AXA Hotel, our guide cuts right to the chase.

We’ll dive into the best Prague accommodations by style and budget and then outline a few of the best areas to stay in Prague (Prague neighbourhoods) with top accommodation examples in each – whether you’re travelling as a couple or as a family with kids.

**Friendly Disclosure: We paid for the accommodations we stay at ourselves and were not told to include them in this article.

Accommodations By Type

Since Prague is a very popular city to visit, it’s unsurprising that there are many different types of accommodation options available to stay in. You can find a healthy mix of hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and hostels scattered all across Prague’s various districts.

This means that you can get an apartment in the Old Town as easily as you can get a hotel. Sure, there are more hotels all across Prague, but the sheer volume of places to stay is staggering – which is why this post exists to make sense of it all!

That said, this post is split up into two main sections: the top section is all about the types of accommodations in Prague while the second part is all about the best areas to stay in Prague.

That way, if you want a specific type of place to stay, you can see them below or you can check out the best neighbourhoods/areas further down if you want to learn more about the city. Let’s first dive into hotels in Prague!

Hotels in Prague

colourful hotel buildings down narrow street where to stay in prague
You can find hotels in Prague in beautiful buildings like these!

Hotels are by far the most popular accommodation option in Prague. If you are looking for the best hotel in Prague, you’re in the right place.

In terms of cost, Prague hotels range from budget to luxury and include every style you could think of so you definitely have options to choose from for your visit.

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In terms of size, there’s a healthy range from small hotels in Prague to very large hotels. As for style, there are trendy and cool hotels, grand and historic hotels, and more modern hotels if that’s your preference. Basically, there are so many nice hotels in Prague that it can be tough to choose.

The other thing to consider for Prague hotels is location since you can book a hotel literally anywhere in the city.

Have a think about where you want to stay in a hotel (what is important to you – sights, quiet, food?) because there are hotels in or near the Old Town as well as hotels along the Vltava River. You might even want a hotel in one of the quieter districts in Prague (we’ll get to Prague areas down below).

In any case, if you are looking for some of the most recommended hotels in Prague in great areas that balance value for money, location, and amenities, have a look below at a number of the best hotels in Prague as rated by other travellers. You would not go wrong with any of these top hotels:

Popular Prague Hotels

Budget/Cheap Hotels in Prague

If you are searching for a cheap hotel in Prague, you will find many. Prague is already an inexpensive city to visit in Europe – which means that the hotel prices are (on average) lower than in other European capitals.

That said, “cheap” doesn’t mean bad – there are dozens of amazing cheap hotels across the city.

Also unlike in some other cities, you don’t have to stay in a “terrible location” to save money and get a cheap place to stay. As you’ll see below, there is a super popular hotel option in the heart of the Old Town!

Of course, there are still many budget hotels located in areas outside the exact city centre like Prague 5 – but these options are still really popular among travellers. We’ll get more into exploring Prague 5 down below – for now, here are a few great cheap hotels in Prague in different areas:

  • Residence Bene – A simple and very popular budget hotel right in the Old Town (Our Pick)
  • KavalirA simple, popular hotel with nice breakfast in Prague 5 (easy to get to centre)
  • AlexisA clean and small hotel tucked away in Prague 4 (basically Prague 2)

Boutique Hotels in Prague

girl in winter hat standing on bridge in prague with colourful buildings behind
Been to Prague in summer and winter – you’ll find great boutique hotels in both season!

Prague is a colourful, artsy city that attracts visitors from all over the world. As such, these different styles and influences are reflected in the many, many boutique hotels in Prague.

Similar to the “normal” hotels, there are many boutique hotels in Prague’s old town as well as in other areas like Malá Strana (near the Castle).

You’ll find a fun mix of unique hotels that embrace their building’s history. Other hotels are more hip and modern and go all out in showcasing designs you’d not expect in a hotel room.

Below are a number of the top boutique hotels in Prague found in areas all over the city (but mainly the city centre).

  • AXA Hotel – A popular modern hotel located in Prague 1 close to the Old Town (Our Pick)
  • Miss Sophie’s Charles Bridge – An affordable and charming hotel with exposed wood in Malá Strana (near Castle)
  • Hotel Waldstein – A stylish and cozy hotel with buffet breakfast also close to Prague Castle
  • Hotel Pod Věží – A boutique hotel right at the quiet end of the Charles Bridge close to Prague Castle
  • Pytloun Boutique Hotel PragueA modern and trendy boutique hotel just off of Wenceslas Square in the city centre

Luxury Hotels in Prague

If you are travelling to Prague to celebrate a special occasion – or you just aim to stay in luxury hotels wherever you go – then you’ll have a number of great Prague luxury hotels to choose from.

Below you will find a handful of the top hotels in Prague for location, amenities (like spas and restaurants), and other unique perks like rooftop terraces, cocktail bars, and more.

The best part about 5-star hotels in Prague is that while they are more expensive than other nice hotels in Prague, they are generally cheaper compared to luxury accommodations in other capital cities like Vienna, London, Oslo, and Copenhagen.

So, thanks to Prague for being such an affordable city for travellers. You can find a five-star hotel in the Prague city centre for a price that may be well within your budget!

Guesthouses/Bed and Breakfasts in Prague

If you are heading to Prague and want a bit of a cozier, homely stay, then a guesthouse might be a great option for you.

Generally called “Penzion” in Czech, these smaller accommodations generally operate like a “bed and breakfast” where you look forward to a cozy room and a breakfast served the next morning.

As with most accommodations in Prague, there are guesthouses all over the city. You can find guesthouses in Prague’s city centre but many of them are set in more residential, quieter districts. You can check here for guesthouses in Prague or dive into these great guesthouses below:

  • Pension U Lilie – A top-rated traditional guesthouse with breakfast right in the heart of Prague Old Town (Our Pick)
  • Penzion La Route – A cozy and bright guesthouse behind Prague Castle in Prague 6
  • Penzion U Čejpu – A classic guesthouse with breakfast close to the metro south of the city centre in Prague 4
  • Vila BohemiaAnother great cozy guesthouse with breakfast tucked away in quiet Prague 13

Hostels in Prague

Because Prague is a relatively inexpensive city that is centrally located in Europe, the city is a popular hub for backpackers and budget travellers.

As a result, there are lots of different hostels. We used to stay in hostels quite often (especially in Prague) and so you can read up on hostels in Prague here.

There are hostels all over the city with many of them located in or close to Prague 1 (the city centre). There is also a wide variety of hostels by type – from classic backpacker hostels to wild party hostels, boutique hostels, and hostels with fun but mature social vibes.

You can check here for top hostels in Prague but some of the top-rated ones are listed here:

  • The RoadHouse Prague – A top-rated bright hostel located in the Old Town (Our Pick)
  • Sophie’s Hostel – A popular boutique hostel between the river and train station in Prague 2 (part of New Town)
  • The Madhouse PragueA very social and fun party hostel in the city centre steps from the Old Town

Apartments in Prague

Lastly, if you are travelling with family and/or kids or you need more space while on the road, you can also rent an apartment in Prague.

For this, we’d recommend a regulated rental (like through a company or an aparthotel) and not an Airbnb.

The city can regulate commercial rental apartments (which is good) but Airbnbs do not fall into this category.

As such, the massive increase in Airbnbs is causing the locals in Prague to have a difficult time with rent costs, noise, etc.

So, if you want an apartment, maybe choose an aparthotel. This is where you get an apartment with a kitchenette but have a reception and/or breakfast available. There are also apartment rooms available in actual hotels – just be sure to check the rooming options when you book.

Once again, there are plenty of regulated rental apartments around the city centre but also in surrounding districts where the vibe is more residential and quiet (which is good for sleeping).

You can check here for apartments in Prague. Below are a couple of specific apartments in nice locations around the city:

Accommodations By Neighbourhood/Area

Alright, so having gone over the different types of accommodations in Prague, we can dive into the best areas to stay in Prague.

As we did in our Budapest best areas to stay, we’ll introduce the neighbourhood/district, tell you what there is to do and see, who it may be the best choice for, and then offer up a few well-rated accommodation suggestions in each.

Keep in mind, whether you are looking for the best place to stay in Prague for nightlife or you’re searching for the best places to stay in Prague for sightseeing, the best neighbourhood to stay in Prague is really the one that works well for you.

For that reason, we have handpicked top areas to stay in Prague broken down by style/theme. This way, you can find the best location to stay in Prague for you and your interests.

Also, remember these are certainly not all the areas of the city. Prague is divided into numbered districts. Prague 1 is the city centre by the Vltava River and the larger the number of a district the further it is from the centre, generally speaking.

There are many other Prague districts and even smaller Prague neighbourhoods within them.

However, given our experiences in and knowledge of in the city, we’re covering some of the best areas: the most practical, great value for money, best suited for their location, things to do and see around, etc.

You can check out our Prague area top accommodation picks below if you already know you want to stay in a specific area (like Prague city centre):

Top Prague Accommodations By Area/District

It should also be mentioned that Prague is a very safe city to visit and stay in. However, precautions around tourist scams and pick-pocketing should be taken – especially if you wander around the touristy areas in Prague 1 (Old Town, Charles Bridge, and Castle).

Just make sure to keep an eye on your belongings and you should have a nice time in Prague.

Old Town (Prague 1) – For Sightseeing/Nightlife

old town buildings and clock in prague old town square
You can find hotels in Prague’s Old Town if you’d like a central location!

If you are heading Prague for a classic sightseeing trip and want to stay very central, then you could stay right in/close to Prague’s Old Town (called the Staré Mesto).

Technically speaking, the Old Town is only one part of Prague 1, the city centre. There are other areas within Prague 1 – like Malá Strana near the Castle – which you can find below.

This section is just about the famous Old Town – with incredible architecture, cobblestone streets, the Old Town Square, the very old Astronomical Clock, and the massive Church of Our Lady Before Týn to check out.

There are also numerous museums, restaurants, bars, shops, and you can even wander to the historic Jewish Quarter to the north.

The Old Town sits along part of the banks of the Vltava River which makes for nice walks and views. The historic Charles Bridge connects you directly to Malá Strana, the Castle side of the river.

So, because of the central location and many sights, there are lots of Prague hotels in the Old Town. In fact, some of the best hotels in Prague are located here.

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Depending on where you stay in the Old Town, there are definitely pros and cons. Pros are the central location, easy transport options (metro, tram, walking), sights and attractions, and food/bar options.

That makes sense considering its part of the Prague city centre. You can also get to Prague’s central train station (a short walk or metro ride) away from here.

Cons can be that it gets busy during the day – especially in summer – and it can be louder at night if you stay near a nightclub. This area is considered one of the best areas to stay in Prague for nightlife so be sure to research accommodations beforehand if you’re a light sleeper, to ensure you have a good stay.

We’ve stayed in the Old Town (or very close by in Prague 1) and never had problems with noise.

Featured Accommodations in Old Town (Prague 1)

Below are some of the top-rated places to stay in the Prague Old Town. You’ll find a mix of accommodations but we have mainly focused on different styles of well-rated hotels.

There are a number of really good places to choose from so you really can’t go wrong (unless you are very picky)!

U Medvidku-Brewery Hotel  Check Now

  • Style: A Historic Yet Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right in heart of the Old Town, a short walk from the Old Town Square
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite beer hall/restaurant (Eric’s been), a “beer room” with beer taps at your bathtub!

Residence Bene – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple and Clean Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: In the Old Town, right beside “Lokal” – a great local cuisine restaurant
  • Featured Amenities: Great buffet breakfast, private parking onsite

Hotel Elite Prague – Check Now

  • Style: A Traditional and Charming Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: On a quiet street just south of the Old Town close to a metro station
  • Featured Amenities: Nice breakfast, inner courtyard, bar/restaurant, parking available

Hotel Kings Court – Check Now

  • Style: A Stylish and Elegant Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range – Luxury
  • Location: Right in the Old Town overlooking a lovely open square, tram & metro steps away
  • Featured Amenities: Spa, pool, sauna onsite; bar, restaurant onsite, great breakfast

Malá Strana (Prague 1) – For Castle/Sightseeing

view of prague castle on hill with charles bridge across river in front
A shot of Malá Strana with Prague Castle accessible across the Charles Bridge!

Known as “Lesser Town” in English, Malá Strana is another great area to stay in Prague 1. Technically speaking, this is the side of the Vltava River where you find Prague Castle. As we mentioned above, you can get there via numerous bridges but the Charles Bridge connects directly from the Old Town.

Malá Strana also has colourful, beautiful buildings and can be a bit more hilly than the Old Town because it’s kind of built upon a hill. As such, you’ll find lots of stairs and narrow alleyways to explore on foot but you can also use trams to get around the area.

There are top attractions on this side of the river aside from Prague Castle like the John Lennon Wall, St. Nicholas Church, the Kampa Park (a nice riverside park space), and lots more.

You’ll also find a variety of restaurants and pubs here which can already be a little cheaper than places right in the Old Town. Basically, there are lots of Prague 1 hotels on this side of the river if you don’t want to stay right in the heart of Prague Old Town.

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Featured Accommodations in Malá Strana (Prague 1)

Below are a number of places to stay in Malá Strana. This is a weirdly shaped district that extends along the banks of the river and also sits below Petrin Hill, a nice green space with a tower to climb.

We focussed on places that are close to the Castle but still in quiet areas or offer river views. Again, it’s a heavy mix of hotels or aparthotels in this area given its popularity.

Miss Sophie’s Charles Bridge – Check Now

  • Style: A Charming and Cozy Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Very close to Prague Castle beside a beautiful church and square
  • Featured Amenities: Nice breakfast and coffee enjoyed in-room, good Wifi

Malostranská ResidenceCheck Now

  • Style: A Bright and Lovely Aparthotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Close to Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, city views possible
  • Featured Amenities: Breakfast served close by, secure parking for a fee

Hotel Pod Věží – Check Now

  • Style: An Elegant and Charming Boutique Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Right beside the Bridge Tower (for the Charles Bridge), closer to Castle and short walk to Old Town
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite restaurant, great breakfast, parking available, rooftop terrace with views

Hotel Waldstein – Check Now

  • Style: A Stylish Yet Cozy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range (for Prague)
  • Location: In a historic building in the shadow of Prague Castle, close to tram and metro
  • Featured Amenities: Good buffet breakfast served in a neat cellar room, dog-friendly

Prague 2 – For Convenience/Budget

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The famous Tančící dům or “Dancing House” in Prague 2 – you can stay inside!

If you don’t want to stay right in Prague 1, you might want to stay right beside in another district like Prague 2! This district sits directly south of Prague 1 on the Old Town side of the river.

The district is made up of smaller areas like Vínohrady which is a more hip and residential area to the south and east of Prague 1 and Vyšehrad which is the area closer to the river.

This is where you can find Vyšehrad fortress – a fortified complex of the same name. In the heart of the district, you’ll find Náměstí Míru- a central plaza with a beautiful church. From here, it’s also quite close to the Prague central train station.

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Basically, this is a great area if you want to stay close to the centre but not right in it. Compared to Prague 1, accommodation prices here are also usually cheaper.

This is a place where you’d find more Prague hotel deals – but you’re always just a short walk or tram or metro ride to the top areas around. You can also benefit from the river views depending on where you stay in this area.

Featured Accommodations in Prague 2

Below you can find a handful of the top hotels in Prague 2. Many of them are right at the river or within walking distance to the river and/or the city centre.

Depending on where you stay in Prague 2, there are always lots of restaurants and pubs around U Bulínů if you want to try local places to eat and drink!

Dancing House Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Clean and Stylish Unique Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Inside the famous “Dancing House” building with river and Castle views, walkable to the Old Town
  • Featured Amenities: Wonderful breakfast, rooftop terrace bar with views of the Castle

Alexis – Check Now

  • Style: A Clean and Simple Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Just on the very edge of Prague 2, easy tram stop close by to the centre
  • Featured Amenities: Small hotel, really nice breakfast, parking for a reasonable fee

Le Palais Art Hotel Prague – Check Now

  • Style: A Stylish and Artsy Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: In the heart of Prague 2, close walking to Wenceslas Square with trams and metro stops nearby
  • Featured Amenities: Bar/restaurant, terrace with views of the city, secure parking, spa facilities

Prague 3 – For Hip Vibes

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A shot of Žižkov from Vítkov Hill in winter – it’s a lovely area in any season!

Known affectionately as Žižkov, Prague 3 is a narrow district that sits above Prague 2, below the National Memorial at Vítkov Hill, and to the east of Prague 1 (very close to the central train station).

It is no secret that there is a significant number of bars and cafes in this district giving it a more youthful atmosphere. We’ve been to the area and enjoyed a few beverages here and there and it was honestly great.

It’s a very buzzing, very social area. Head for Beer Garden Riegrovy Sady if you are there and in need of a classic Czech beer outdoors.

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There are also lots of parks around which makes this area a nice mix of residential city life and green space. Of course, a highlight of the area is the famous Žižkov TV Tower – an unusual and entertaining structure offering views of the city. You can’t miss it!

Featured Accommodations in Prague 3

Below you can find just a handful of nice accommodations in Prague 3. Depending on where you stay, there are trams and/or metro stops to help you get around the area as well as to connect you to other parts of the city centre and beyond.

Hotel Victoria – Check Now

  • Style: A Cool and Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right on a tram line, walkable to Old Town and central train station, Žižkov Television Tower also close
  • Featured Amenities: Nice breakfast included, parking possible close by

Hotel Taurus – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple But Popular Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Very close to Žižkov Television Tower, tramline outside, metro stop close (still walkable to Prague 1)
  • Featured Amenities: Nice breakfast included, parking available

Theatrino Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Modern and Bright Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Very close to Žižkov Television Tower, tram close but still walkable to train station and Old Town
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, parking available in area, friendly staff

Prague 5 – For Relaxed Stays

Last – but certainly not least – there is Prague 5. Located on the same side of the river as Prague Castle, Prague 5 is just south of Petrin Hill and across the river from Prague 2. Geographically speaking, this is a very large district that turns into the rural countryside the farther you go from the city centre.

We have focussed on the areas nearest to the centre like Smíchov which is near the banks of the Vltava. There are also shops and restaurants here since you are still very much “in the city” at this point.

Heading away from the river via tram, you can end up in Kavalírka which is a more residential, green, and sort of hillier area to stay. The central tram line through this part of the area makes accommodations here a great option since you can easily get back into the centre.

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Because of the more quiet, residential area, Prague 5 is big on guesthouses (penzion) and aparthotels that are among the cheaper places to stay in Prague.

These are good because you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city centre during the day and have a quiet place to return to for sleeping if you’re not as interested in Prague nightlife.

Featured Accommodations in Prague 5

Below are a few great examples of accommodations in Prague 5. As we have said, these places are usually in quieter areas but still connect well to the city centre.

It’s also a good area to stay if you are travelling by car since there is more space out here for guesthouses accommodations to offer parking!

Kavalir – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple and Cute Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Along a central street in Prague 5, tram/bus stop right outside gives easy access to the river/city centre
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, good Wifi, nice staff

Aparthotel Austria Suites – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple and Functional Aparthotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Close to the river with shops and trams also right outside
  • Featured Amenities: Breakfast served to your room, rooms with balconies, secured underground parking (paid)

And there you have it – a rundown on where to stay in Prague with neighbourhoods explained and accommodations suggested! There are so many places to stay all over the city. We hope this guide has been helpful in deciphering the city.

Just keep your budget and needs in mind when you book and you should find something that works for you!

As always, Happy Prague Hotel Waddlin’,

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