A popular, family-run hotel in leafy Vinohrady, rooms here are comfy and the welcome from the staff is genuine. The red-striped bedding in the guest rooms matches the seats in the breakfast room, and the wooden bar has an old-school feel. There's Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and you can (helpfully) buy tram tickets at the friendly reception. Breakfast is great and some of the rooms open out onto the pleasant, green garden. It's a bit of a walk to Old Town, though.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While this hotel comes highly recommended, bear in mind it isn't right next to the main sights.
Rooms are snug and reasonably sized, with flat screen TVs and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel aims to be a "home away from home" but unless you are very keen on red stripes in your own abode, we think it's the friendly staff that make the hotel feel so home-like rather than the interior decoration!
Bathrooms are white with a brown mosaic tile floor, hairdryers, towel warmers, and showers with good water pressure.
The hotel's wooden reception desk is old-school, with a French horn hanging on the wall opposite. But the real joy here is the staff who sit behind the desk, who go out of their way to welcome guests.
The recommendations from the staff at Hotel 16 are frank, honest and brilliant. They won't steer you wrong!
The hotel's toothsome breakfast is included in the room rates, complete with pancakes and strudel.
The hotel is a 3-minute walk from the tram stop Štěpánská, from which you can catch trams to the castle, the National Theater and Wenceslas Square. Despite the hotel's out-of-the-way feel, Old Town is still only a brisk 20-minute walk away. Metro stop I.P. Pavlova is also a 5-minute walk.
For a treat and some of the best views in town, alongside good modern grub, head to the restaurant at the top of Frank Gehry's famous Dancing House, Ginger & Fred (14-minute walk). Or in the opposite direction, Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan (10-minute walk), near I.P. Pavlova, dishes up good Vietnamese in its cellar restaurant.
Pivovarský dům (3-minute walk), is a good spot for great beer and a local vibe. Or join the youthful throngs at riverside haunt Náplavka (15-minute walk) in summer, basically a strip of pop-up bars and basic restaurants.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you want a hotel chock-full of amenities--gym, spa, all mod-cons--that's nestled up against the Charles Bridge or another famous Prague sight, Hotel 16 is not for you.
But if, like us, you value a personalized and cheery welcome and fantastic recommendations from staff who genuinely want you to make the most of their city, as well as snug rooms and a tasty breakfast, it's a great choice.