Where to stay in Prague – What you need to know

Deciding where to stay in Prague will depend on the style of the area you want for your visit to the Czech capital.

Best areas to stay in Prague - Top districts and hotels

Best areas to stay in Prague – Top districts and hotels

Unlike other European capitals, such as Rome or Brussels, Prague is still a cheap place to stay, with prices closer to those of Berlin. Also the quality/price ratio here is much higher than most capitals in Western Europe.

The quality of accommodation tends to be very high in prague, although it is best to take a look at the comments of customers who have already stayed there. For your peace of mind, only options with a score of 80/100 or higher are included in this guide to the best areas to stay in Prague.

The Staré Mesto or Old Town is, without doubt, the area to stay in Prague if you are looking to be close to everything. It has backpackers hostels and boutique hotels, but other quieter and alternative options are available in this gem of a city.

Best areas to stay in Prague

1. Best area: Staré Mesto

Staré Mesto literally means “Old City”.

It is the old town and it is the best area to stay in Prague if you want to be in the heart of the action.

This area is quite touristy but full of charm. Pedestrianized streets, medieval buildings, gothic churches, squares and shops.

It is also a good area for nightlife, with many cafes, breweries and bars.

Staré Mesto is home to the world known Medieval Astronomical Clock. It joins the Malá Strana neighborhood through the famous Charles Bridge.

Where to stay in Prague - Old Town

Where to stay in Prague – Old Town

Why stay here:

  • City centre
  • Very walkable
  • Lots of shops
  • Nightlife
  • Gothic architecture
  • Astronomic Clock
  • Charles Bridge

Hand-picked hotels in Staré Mesto

  •  Our Top Pick
  •  Budget Option
  •  Midrange Option
  •  Luxury Option
88/100

Gradior Hotel

Grandior Hotel Prague is a five star accommodation with contemporary decoration located in the Old Town of Prague. It has a spa and sauna.

from 68€
84/100

Residence Bene

Residence Bene is a small pension located one hundred meters from Republic Square. It offers simple accommodation of great quality and low prices.

from 29€
83/100

Charles Bridge Palace

Charles Bridge Palace offers traditional and luxurious decoration of French style. This hotel is located a few steps from the Charles Bridge and ten minutes from the central square of Prague.

from 59€
84/100

President Hotel

President Hotel is an exquisite five-star hotel located next to the Vltava River. It has luxury facilities and contemporary and design decoration.

from 90€
 

 

 

2. Josefov

Josefov is the old Jewish quarter of Prague.

This charming area combines synagogues and museums with trendy boutiques and traditional cafes that compete with fusion restaurants.

It is a very central area located on the banks of the Vltava River.

Here you can find some of the Jewish synagogues, as well as the site of the infamous Prague ghetto and the Jewish cemetery of the city.

Named after the Emperor Josef II, Josefov is architecturally magnificent and very cosmopolitan, it’s not srprise that it was Franz Kafka’s neighbourhood.

Where to stay in Prague - Jewish Quarter

Where to stay in Prague – Jewish Quarter

Why stay here:

  • Very central
  • Accessible on foot
  • Design stores
  • Alternative atmosphere
  • Old Jewish neighbourhood
  • Charming streets
  • Vltava River

Hand-picked hotels in Josefov

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  •  Budget Option
  •  Midrange Option
  •  Luxury Option
91/100

MyHouse Apartments

Los MyHouse Apartments are funky pop art style apartments located in Josefov, one of the best areas to stay in Prague, next to the old synagogues and the Jewish Museum.

from 67€
84/100

Apartments Kaprova

Los Apartments Kaprova offer simple accommodation in the center of Prague. They have a shared equipped kitchen.

from 39€
97/100

Prague Old Town Residence

Prague Old Town Residence has an almost perfect score on booking sites. It is located 60 meters from the Prague Synagogue in a historic building. Its decoration is modern and boutique style.

from 72€
92/100

Slaby&Bambur Residence Old Town

Slaby&Bambur Residence Old Town is a fantastic aparthotel decorated with the utmost attention to detail. It is located four hundred meters from the Astronomical Clock, in the neighborhood of Josefov.

from 169€
 

 

 

3. Malá Strana

Malá Strana, which literally translates as “Small Quarter”, is located on the other side of the Charles Bridge.

It is one of the oldest districts of the Czech capital and occupies the area surrounding the hill on which stands the elegant Prague Castle and Cathedral.

In this neighborhood, meandering cobbled streets lead to palatial medieval style hotels, embassy buildings, traditional pubs and luxury restaurants.

It is probably the most expensive area to stay in Prague, but also the most charming and top rated.

Best districts to stay in Prague - Mala Strana

Best districts to stay in Prague – Mala Strana

Why stay here:

  • Very central
  • Charming quarter
  • Excellent views
  • Refined atmosphere
  • Quality hotels
  • Prague Castle

Hand-picked hotels in Malá Strana

  •  Our Top Pick
  •  Budget Option
  •  Midrange Option
  •  Luxury Option
87/100

Waldstein Hotel

Waldstein Hotel is a charming hotel located in a historic building from the 14th century in the Malá Strana neighborhood. It has a classic and old decoration and excellent score.

from 57€
90/100

Merchant’s Avenue Hotel

Merchant’s Avenue Hotel is a fantastic four star hotel with very cheap prices in one of the best areas to stay in Prague.

from 49€
92/100

Domus Balthasar Design Hotel

Domus Balthasar Design Hotel is a boutique style accommodation located fifty meters from the Charles Bridge, in Malá Strana. Its decoration is modern and functional.

from 67€
92/100

Three Storks Hotel

Three Storks is a luxury hotel located in a historic building from the 14th century. It has a contemporary decoration.

from 109€
 

 

 

4. Smíchov

To the south of Malá Strana lies the charming Smíchov neighborhood.

This area houses the best design and boutique hotels in the city, as well as shopping centers, multiplex cinemas and an entertainment area.

Smíchov has excellent tram and metro connections.

This area was chosen by Mozart to stay in Prague during his stay. Also here you can find the headquarters of the famous beer brand Staropramen.

Due to its location and transport facilities, Smíchov is one of the most recommended options for business travellers to Prague.

Mejores barrios de Praga para alojarse - Smíchov

Mejores barrios de Praga para alojarse – Smíchov kaprik / Shutterstock.com

Why stay here:

  • Relatively central
  • Charming district
  • Excellent connections
  • Entertainment and shopping areas
  • Luxury hotels
  • Best area for business travellers

Hand-picked hotels in Smíchov

  •  Our Top Pick
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  •  Midrange Option
  •  Luxury Option
98/100

Remember Residence

Remember Residence has an almost perfect score on hotel search engines. It is a superior category accommodation in the Smíchov neighborhood.

from 96€
85/100

Merchant’s Avenue Hotel

Arbes Hotel is located near the Kinksy Gardens in Prague. It has functional decoration and low prices in one of the best areas to stay in Prague.

from 33€
86/100

Angelis Hotel

Angelis Hotel is located two minutes from the tram stop and very close to shopping and entertainment centers. With a modern decoration and an international atmosphere, it is a great option to stay in Prague.

from 49€
91/100

Hotel General

Hotel General is a five star hotel that offers European luxury and refinement at more than reasonable prices in one of the best quarters to stay in Prague.

from 70€
 

 

 

5. Nové Mesto & Vysehrad

Between Vinohrady and Staré Mesto, the so-called “New Town” houses design hotels and contemporary restaurants in its buildings and courtyards dating back to the 18th century.

The area revolves around the Karlovo Namesti (Charles Square) and continues south along the Vltava River.

Nové Mesto is central and quiet.

It houses the modern (and controversial) Dancing House of Frank Gehry. Also the Gothic twin towers of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, emblem of Vysehrad, the second Prague Castle and the Prague Congress Center.

Highly recommended for business and congress travellers.

Praga dónde quedarse - Nove Mesto (Ciudad Nueva)

Praga dónde quedarse – Nove Mesto (Ciudad Nueva) Shiler / Shutterstock.com

Why stay here:

  • Great connections
  • Relatively central
  • Business hotels
  • Shopping areas
  • Dancing House
  • Prague Fair

Hand-picked hotels in Nové Mesto

  •  Our Top Pick
  •  Budget Option
  •  Midrange Option
  •  Luxury Option
84/100

Eurostars David

Eurostars David Hotel is housed in a neo-Renaissance building from 1884. This modern hotel has a gym and sauna.

from 73€
83/100

Best Western City Hotel Moran

Best Western City Hotel Moran is a four star hotel, contemporary style and with economic rates located ten minutes from the river.

from 49€
90/100

Dancing House Hotel

Dancing House Hotel is a four-star hotel, ultra modern and avant-garde style located in the very Dancing House of Prague.

from 99€
92/100

La Ballerina Hotel

La Ballerina Hotel is a five star hotel and design inspired by Italian style that offers luxury accommodation in the New Town of Prague.

from 117€
 

 

 

Other areas to stay in Prague

6. Vinohrady

Where to stay in Prague - Vinohrady

Where to stay in Prague – Vinohrady

Famous for its futuristic television tower, Vinohrady is a residential area that sits on a hill next to the Stare Miesto. It has leafy avenues, neighborhood cafes, bars and nightclubs, as well as Greek and Indian restaurants.

 

 

 

7. Žižkov

It is an alternative, peculiar and independent area. In Žižkov you can find the cheapest hotels in Prague. This area is connected to the center by tram 9.

 

 

 

8. Holešovice

Hoteles baratos en Praga - Holešovice

Hoteles baratos en Praga – Holešovice

Located in a meander of the Vltava River, Holešovice houses Výstavište, Prague’s exhibition grounds, and is the gateway to the Prague Zoo and Troja Chateau. The Tesla Arena hosts concerts and ice hockey matches, while the National Gallery is generating a growing artistic scene. Letná to the west is a residential area with a large park, garden and magnificent views of Prague Castle, Staré Mesto and the Vltava.

 

 

 
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My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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