Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Kampa Stará Zbrojnice

Všehrdova 16, Prague, Praha, 118 00, Czech Republic See on Map

The secluded and picturesque location of this historic inn that once served as an armory is the main selling point here. It's on a quiet, cobblestone street, incorporating the beauty and tranquillity of Kampa Island, but well away from the tourist throng. Rooms offer the standard comforts, though some could use an update, and the building features a few nice period details (note the late-Gothic vaulting in the massive dining room, the starry ceiling in reception, and the armor dotted around).


There's no air-conditioning because of the historic nature of the building, but there are smoking and non-smoking rooms for guests. The rooms are fairly standard, with blue and green patterned carpets and slightly dated curtains, and some of the amenities--like extra toiletries--are only available on request, while others, like tea and coffee facilities, are available for a fee.


Bathrooms are reasonable, plain white and equipped with basic toiletries, a shower and a hairdryer.


Calling the reception desk here a lobby is a bit grand, but it delivers on the charm in a different way, with suits of armor and a star-painted ceiling, and welcoming staff.


The hotel breakfast is great, and the restaurant in the knight's hall is also a decent choice for rich Czech-style evening meals. It continues the armor decor theme, understandably considering the building's history, which makes it quite a memorable venue for a feed. There's live piano music in the evenings and at breakfast, which is a quaint and pleasant touch. There's also an outdoor garden grill restaurant.

You can order a picnic basket from the restaurant to take out to nearby Kampa Park, which is a cute option in summer.


Drink with the musketeers at the hotel's atmospheric bar.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The bar closes at 11 p.m., so don't expect a nightcap.


Getting Around

Mala Strana and the castle are walking distance away, and Old Town isn't too far, but the hotel is also close to the Újezd tram stop.


Nearby Noi (2-minute walk) serves up top-quality Thai food, and the hotel is also close to some of Prague's best sushi at The Sushi Bar (3-minute walk). If the hotel restaurant hasn't sated your appetite for traditonal Czech, another solid performer is the Restaurant Pod Věží (9-minute walk), in the hotel of the same name by the Charles Bridge.


U Fleků (14-minute walk), in New Town on the other side of the bridge, is the oldest brewpub in Europe (open since 1499). It's a bit overpriced and touristy, but there's a great atmosphere. Or for something a bit different, Petřínské Terasy (11-minute walk) is just up Petřín hill. You can walk up or take the funicular and wander down. The service isn't great but you're there for the view.


Unique and eccentric, Hotel Kampa Stará Zbrojnice has a vibe all of its own.

It isn't at the top-end of hotels, and can feel a little tired, but the price is good for the location and the quirky touches, from the live piano to the numerous suits of armor, make it a memorable place to stay near several of Prague's green spaces. The breakfast, which is often included in the room rate, is also worth noting.


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Phones: -272–114–444

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