A stylish hotel comprised of rooms and apartments, in a slightly off-the-beaten-track location in Malá Strana. It has some gorgeous design and a lovely outdoor courtyard, but the bar area, which is quite plain and small, is a bit less appealing, and some may find the location too quiet, though having this authentic, beautiful neighborhood often entirely to yourself is a good payoff.
Book via the hotel's website and your welcome package includes a guidebook to Prague, as well as the standard welcome drink.
Rooms are comfortable and spacious, but beds may be a tad too firm for some. All have air-conditioning and Wi-Fi, and Nespresso machines. The parquet floor and deep colors of the rooms--blues, golds, etcetera--recall the lush stylings of the mid-20th century. Many have pleasant views or small patios.
Room 402, in the top of the hotel, has two king-size beds and two bathrooms--a good option for a double-date holiday.
Bathrooms are comfortable and neutral, in marble, with a bath or shower in the standard rooms. The cosmetics are all-natural, including olive oil.
The lobby is small and feels a little tucked away, adding to the slight warren-like feel of the hotel.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some guests have complained about the lack of warmth in the welcome from staff--but the Appia has upped its game in recent months.
There's a small sauna.
Breakfast is served in the original 12th-century hall on the second floor, complete with beams and vaulted ceilings. It's a knockout location.
The hotel also hosts conferences in the amazing breakfast hall.
Having a drink in the the hotel's lovely courtyard makes the start (or finish) of an evening feel exclusive. Sadly though, the slightly corporate-feeling bar itself is a bit less inspiring, particularly considering the charm of the rest of the hotel.
The hotel feels pleasingly hidden and quiet, on a street in Mala Strana that gets little tourist traffic--but Malostranské náměstí is only about 6 minutes' walk away and you are very close to Prague Castle too.
The Golden Well restaurant (11-minute walk), in the excellent hotel of the same name, is a stand-out choice: outstanding views and delectable food. U Maltézských rytířů (6-minute walk) is an authentic Czech option in a twisty, historic Gothic cellar.
Malostranská beseda (8-minute walk) offers good beer and good people-watching from its outside tables on Mala Strana's main square. Vinograf Míšeňská (12-minute walk) is a cute wine bar with a good range of wines, frequented by locals and tourists alike.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A soothing space offering hotels and apartments in a quiet corner of Mala Strana, the Appia is a cool, calm and collected hotel choice in Prague. The hotel bar isn't fantastic but you are near lots of other options, and the courtyard is pleasant--plus the breakfast room is pretty special. And the price is very competitive indeed.