Having spent twelve days in Prague, Liz and her husband are keen to share their experience and help others planning a visit to the city.
Why We Chose This Hotel
There were two reasons why we chose to spend a night at Holiday Inn Prague Airport.
- Arriving at Prague airport late on a Sunday afternoon, we were in vacation mode, keen to take life at a slower pace with minimal stress. We put off negotiating the transport system of a capital city by choosing the easier option of staying close to the airport.
- As members of the IHG Rewards Club, we were able to redeem points and stay at Holiday Inn Prague Airport for free.
Hotel Loyalty Schemes
Location and Accessibility
Holiday Inn Prague Airport is 1km northeast of Vaclav Havel Airport. On arrival, we asked at the Information desk. We were given a number and the use of a phone to contact the hotel. Hotel reception advised us of the shuttle location.
We exited through Door D and crossed past the taxis and buses to a shuttle stop. We saw a minibus with Holiday on it, but no Holiday Inn branding. When we said Holiday Inn the driver nodded. We ended up on a shuttle to the car park opposite the hotel. It was free and just a short walk, so everything worked out okay.
We looked across the road at a modern steel construction, with the Holiday Inn branding. A wooden bridge with steel railings stretched over a grassy moat to the front entrance and vehicle pull-in at the front of the hotel. The ground floor was dark blue and the floors above had a grey metallic finish. A heated glass lift was at the end of the building. There was parking for guests behind a barrier. The hotel offers a park and fly deal for anyone wishing to leave their car here.
Around the back of the hotel, we noticed an outside area bordered by trees and shrubs. There was a giant chessboard and what looked like a bowls area. Two wooden-decked areas were furnished with rattan sofas, chairs, and glass-topped coffee tables. The area was lit with low, modern globe lights and there were wood-framed planters.
In the distance. behind the hotel, we could see the road system at the edge of the airport.
Check-in and Welcome
The entrance was brightly lit. There was a useful map on the wall of the hotel showing its position in relation to the airport terminals. Beyond the two sets of automatic doors, there was an open-plan lounge and bar area. The reception area was to the left at the front of the hotel.
The receptionist was very welcoming and spoke good English. There was a little confusion, as the shuttle bus had been sent to the airport to meet us, so she phoned her colleague to recall it.
It appears from the website that check-in is from 12:00 pm and check-out is by 2:00 pm. These are unusually generous times.
Check-in was very quick after our passports had been inspected. We were given the choice of 500 welcome points or 2 drinks and snacks in the bar. Suffering from travel fuzz, we uncharacteristically could not decide. So the receptionist gave us the voucher, which we could cash in for points later if we did not take the drinks.
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Welcome Drink Vouchers
Drinks or points are offered on arrival to Elite IHG Rewards Club members (Gold, Platinum, and Diamond).
Being given a free room upgrade always gets a hotel stay off to a good start. We were very happy to be allocated an executive room on the top floor.
Platinum and Diamond Elite IHG Rewards Club members should be offered free upgrades when there is one available.
Room 607 was at the end of the corridor on the top floor. It appeared from the corridor to be a big room, although I was a bit puzzled by a doorway a little further along. The room was made up of three areas:
- The Lounge.
- The Bedroom.
- The Shower Room.
1. The Lounge
I was immediately struck by the carpet which was striped and multicolored. The entranceway had a door to the shower room on the right and built-in cupboards to the left. These were of pale wood with chrome inset handles and ran up to the ceiling. There were five shelves in the first, with a safe on one of these.
There was a three-quarter length wardrobe with space under. The four double hooks on the back wall appeared to be for coats. There was a mirror in between and also a shoehorn and a coat brush. There were bathrobes on a shelf. There was an iron and an ironing board in the wardrobe along with eight coat hangers with more storage space below. This area was lit by a dome light in the ceiling.
The entrance opened out into a lounge area. The walls were painted white and grey, which added to the impression of size. On the left, there was a lower shelf with a suitcase holder above and a grey splashback protecting the wall.
A flatscreen wall-mounted TV was set in a white frame against the grey wall. A pale wood worktop ran along from the suitcase stand with shelves below and a well-stocked minibar/fridge leading to a desk area complete with a high, flexible-backed, black swivel office chair.
On the top, there was a bowl of sweets, crisps, and chocolate with a price list. Four bottles of water and the chocolate were free. Tea/coffee-making facilities consisted of an electric kettle on a brown tray with hot chocolate sachets, coffee, tea, milk, sugar, and fruit tea. Upon request, more tea and milk were supplied by staff at reception.
Despite the presence of a telephone and a chrome-based cream rectangular shaded lamp, there was plenty of workspace. There was a white, rectangular-framed mirror on the wall behind the desk.
The full-length window and the long, high rectangular window ensured that the room had plenty of natural light. Privacy was ensured by the long nets and grey curtains that ran the length of the outer wall. Heating was not an issue for us, but there was a small radiator. There were also heating and air conditioning controls in the room.
There was a generous seating area, made up of a large off-white vinyl-covered sofa on chrome legs with a matching low chair. The sofa looked like it could transform into a bed. There was a white rectangular coffee table, complemented by a matching smaller one in the corner, with a chrome-based white, rectangular-shaded lamp.
2. The Bedroom
The bedroom was off the lounge area and it was smaller, as the wall was in line with that of the shower room. I wondered what was on the other side, presumably whatever the door on the corridor led into. The curtains from the lounge area continued along the outside wall over a long high-up rectangular window and tall window.
The bed, which backed onto the wall of the room on the corridor was a generous size, as it was made up of two single bed bases covered in an off-white vinyl material with black legs. It had a white sheet and white striped duvet cover with matching pillowcases on the four pillows and a purple checked runner.
The built-in headboard was of a light wood at the bottom with a ledge running along behind the bed, with shelves on two levels at each side. There was a telephone on one side. The rest of the backing behind the bed was white with an airplane-themed graphic running through the middle and two lights attached with matching cream shades.
Three of the walls were white and the one above the bed was grey, matching the windowsills and window frames. There were two big vents high up above the bed.
3. The Shower Room
The shower room was accessed via a light wood door located opposite the wardrobe. It had a bright feel to it, helped by the decoration of pale grey mottled floor tiles and large off-white wall tiles. It was lit by spotlights in the ceiling.
The room seemed to be sectioned off into quarters. There was a slatted heated towel rail on the wall by the door, with another chrome towel rail on the adjacent wall.
The far left corner was taken up by a square shower cubicle with sliding doors opening from the outside corner. It had a cream, raised shower tray and a standard shower with a flexible hose on a vertical rail with a chrome toiletry rack in the corner. The shower was powerful enough, but it was not the biggest of shower cubicles and resembled a domestic shower in the UK from around 2000 (we have one). It measured around 60cm x 60cm and it was easy to accidentally knock the push/pull water control.
A wall-mounted white toilet was located in the opposite corner, divided from the rest of the room by a low, tiled wall. There was a tray of toiletries on the top of this wall, containing a shower cap, body lotion, hair and body wash, vanity sets, and two bars of soap. There were also two glasses.
A shallow rectangular white sink was on top of a deep red top set into an alcove with a full wall-mounted mirror on the wall behind. There was an upright oblong cream-shaded light attached to the mirror. To the left, there was a chrome-framed extending shaver mirror mounted on the wall, with an off-white tissue dispenser below it.
There was a chrome towel rail below the sink unit. To the right of the sink, there was a shaver socket and a wall-mounted hairdryer. I find hairdryers in bathrooms an unusual feature, as, in the UK we are discouraged from having electrical appliances in bathrooms due to safety concerns.
I avoid weighing scales at the best of times and certainly when on holiday. I guess the scales under the sink could serve a purpose in weighing suitcases before travel.
I was disappointed that the towels were surprisingly thin and of poor quality for this brand of hotel, especially in an executive room.
We decided to use our drinks vouchers and exchanged them for two beers (a Czech specialty). We were given a large bowl of pretzels, with the offer of a refill later. The public area downstairs was open plan and the bar area was set apart. It was bordered on one side by light wood shelves, containing travel books, and on the other by the serving area. The seating overlooked the area at the back of the hotel.
We chose comfortable armchairs by a low table. There were two high bar tables with stools between us and the brightly lit and modern serving area, which curved round into a coffee bar. There was more similarly comfortable seating in a lounge behind the shelves and opposite the reception desk.
The entrance had large beige floor tiles. There was a dark brown carpet near the seating.
We avoid dining in hotels when we are on holiday and either take our own food or look for cheaper options nearby.
We had cereal, disposable bowls, spoons, and long-life milk with us for breakfast, but we realized that we would need a main meal. My husband did some research online. He found that other travelers recommended the cafeteria in the airport terminal. We took a 10-15 minute walk there in the evening. We were pleasantly surprised to find a self-service buffet restaurant with a choice of meals at a reasonable cost. It was not haute cuisine, but the goulash and dumplings were filling enough for us and it was considerably cheaper than eating at the hotel.
Due to reasons which I shall explain later, we ended up having the hotel breakfast.
The dining area was located beyond the bar/coffee bar area. It was modern with light wood flooring giving way to large cream floor tiles and then a carpeted area with comfortable seating, a TV, and shelving. This lounge area with a low armchair, poufs, and shelves decorated with a globe, a model of a sailing ship, old binoculars, and a camera had a rail and curtain so that it could be divided from the restaurant. There was a mixture of light wood tables with wood-framed seating and beige faux leather padded seats and also two cubicles with banquette seating. The whole area was brightly lit and had large windows overlooking a decked area outside with seating.
The buffet was laid out along the wall on the right as we walked in. The savory cold buffet consisted of assorted cheeses, cold meats, pepper, tomatoes, and cucumber. There were apple, orange, and multifruit juice in jugs, as well as water. The sweet selection was nectarines, grapes, sliced watermelon, chopped oranges, and two different yogurts in bowls.
Further along, there was a hot buffet of porridge, hard-boiled eggs, fried bread, small sausages in chunky slices, (which were spicy and peppery), sliced mushrooms, and carrots, tomatoes, a rice dish, bacon (fatty and salty), and scrambled egg.
A selection of cakes, assorted bread, jams, and Ryvita was laid out on a table.
A football table was covered over and cereals in bowls with small wooden scoops were placed here. There was a choice of granola with strawberries, chocolate balls, a version of shreddies, cornflakes, muesli, dried apricot, and what we thought was orange. Full fat milk was in a milk drum dispenser.
Black tea and coffee were served at the table, but we had to get our own milk. Service was attentive and efficient and the meal set us up well for the day ahead.
Any Issues During Our Stay?
Holiday Inn Prague Airport boasts of its soundproofed rooms and it would be fair to say that we were not disturbed by any noise from the planes. The main issue we had was the loud noise coming from the vents above our bed, which disturbed our sleep. Unfortunately, the problem only came to our attention late in the evening after we had gone to bed, by which time it was too late for a change of room.
The following morning, my husband went straight to reception to advise them of the problem. He returned with the explanation that there was nothing they could do, as it was the air cooling and heating system for the hotel. We had guessed that something of this nature was located in the room behind the bedroom wall. We were offered two free breakfasts, which should have cost us 15 Euros each. The airport hotel seemed to operate in Euros for travelers. We enquired about a refund of points due to the disrupted sleep, but none were forthcoming.
Getting into Prague
I was surprised at how easy it was to get into Prague from the hotel. We were able to buy transport tickets from reception and were directed to a bus stop 5 minutes walk around the corner from the hotel. Bus 100 took us to a metro station, where we caught Metro B into Prague, still using the same ticket.
This hotel ticked the box on many levels. The location, welcome, room, public areas, drinks in the bar, and breakfast were fine. However, all this was spoilt by the noisy air system, which prevented us from sleeping. Free breakfast was great, but I felt the staff could have offered some points as well as a gesture of goodwill. After all, what good is a nice room and hotel if you have a sleepless night? For this reason, with regret, I can only give this hotel a low rating.
This hotel is worthy of serious consideration, as long as you do not have room 607.
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© 2018 Liz Westwood