Prague Hotels: Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square Reviewed

Updated on July 22, 2019
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Liz and her husband have stayed in many hotels and like to share their experience to help fellow travellers make informed hotel choices.

Deckchairs on the rooftop terrace.
Deckchairs on the rooftop terrace. | Source

Why We Chose This Hotel

When we were planning our time in Prague, we were looking for a budget hotel in the city to 'bookend' two free nights we had in high-class hotels. The intention was to max out our time in the expensive hotels by checking in as early as possible and checking out as late as we were allowed. After some searching around, my husband came up with the Ibis Wenceslas Square, which seemed to fit the bill.

We had experience with Ibis hotels and others in the Accor brand—Mercure, Novotel, Ibis Styles, and Ibis Budget. Membership of Club Accor qualified us for a discount on the room rate.

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Finding the Hotel

If you are anything like me, you will have read the name of this hotel and assumed that it is centrally located on Wenceslas Square. Wrong! I'm not sure how the hotel justifies its title, as its actual location is 0.6 miles (nearly a kilometer) south from Wenceslas Square with walking time estimated at 11 minutes.

We took the metro to I.P.Pavlova, which should have been a 3-minute walk east of the hotel. It took a little longer, due to language issues in getting directions and finding somebody who knew where the hotel was. It is actually located on Katerinska, a street running off Jecna. Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square stands next to a Novotel and, for a fee, guests can make use of the leisure facilities there.

Exterior of Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square
Exterior of Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square | Source

First Impressions

The Exterior

Once on Katerinska, we were able to spot the Ibis with its clear branding and the illuminated sign displaying the room rate. The outside of the hotel was unremarkable. Mainly constructed of concrete blocks with square windows, the modern 6-floor building had a glass-fronted lobby area.

The Interior

The lobby had a bright and modern feel to it. The reception area was along the rear wall. Tables and chairs were arranged to the left with drinks and snack vending machines nearby. To the right, there was an area of low seating, as well as two computers.

Check-in

We were greeted and our check-in was processed quickly and smoothly. We were given directions to our room and duly headed off to the lifts around the corner. The lift was small with a capacity of two people plus cases. Corridors had large grey and red floor tiles with white woodchip walls.

The front of the hotel.
The front of the hotel. | Source

Our Room, Stay One

The Layout

The door into room 502 was next to the bed, which backed onto the corridor wall. To the right, a little further along, there was a door at an angle into the shower room. Beyond this, there was a small corner area with a bench seat. Furniture was arranged along the opposite wall. On the outer wall, there was a large square fixed window and also a fully opening glass door with a step up to it.

The Surprise

The glass door provides a clue to the surprise. It opened up onto a rooftop terrace, which more than matched the area of the room. This was an unexpected bonus. Pebble-dashed square tiles made up the floor. The concrete roof edging was supplemented by metal rails. Bordered on one side by the cream sloped wall of the building and to the other by a high opaque glass barrier, this was a very private outside space, affording views over Prague New Town and a glimpse of the Old Town in the distance. The area was complemented by three Ibis branded deck chairs, a glass-topped, circular, metal-framed table, and three metal-framed rattan chairs. Tall dark grey plant holders were located at either end of the terrace, each containing a miniature bush.

Furniture

The double bed had a light wood effect headboard fitted to the wall behind. There was a shelf attached on the far side, but there was nothing on the side by the door. The bed base was on black wooden legs. Beyond the bed, there was a built-in, angled, tall corner unit in a light wood effect. A spare pillow and a blanket were on a high shelf. The hanging space had 5 hangers and there were three shelves in the corner.

Beyond the tall wall unit, there was a fitted cream worktop with a dark brown basic chair next to it. We wondered if a white corner shelf used to have a TV on it. A dark wood slimline unit was mounted on the wall between the outside door and the window. It had an integral shelf below the TV and a chrome rack for leaflets.

The corner area between the outside wall and shower room was well-used by a fitted light wood-effect bench seat.

Decor

The walls had a woodchip effect covering. The wall behind the bed and the one near the shower room were a pale peach color. Other walls were white. The carpet was dark brown and not very good quality. The duvet, sheets, and pillows were white and the bed base was black. Full -length orange and brown curtains hung by the door and the window. The cushion on the bench seat was orange-striped. The door into the corridor was of pale wood and the shower room door was white.

Electrical Items

There was one bedside light on the far side of the bed, with a chrome base and a white shade. Further light was provided by a white circular shaded light hanging above the worktop and another over the bench seat. A powerpoint was located by the worktop. There was another powerpoint by the flatscreen TV which was mounted on the wall with a slimline unit opposite the bed. There was an air-conditioning control on the wall near the shower room.

Refreshments

We were surprised to find a tray with tea and coffee making facilities on the worktop. From past experience, these are not usually provided in Ibis hotels, but we weren't complaining.

Additional Items

There was a telephone on the worktop. A tall mirror with pale wood top and bottom was mounted on the wall between the TV and the window.

Thoughts on our Room

The room itself was compact and fairly basic. It was not somewhere to linger in longer than necessary. What made it was the outside space, which doubled the floor area.

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The outside door.TV and seating.The bed and wardrobe.Outside space complete with deck chairs.The view.Bacony.The other end of the balcony.Taking in the view.
The outside door.
The outside door. | Source
TV and seating.
TV and seating. | Source
The bed and wardrobe.
The bed and wardrobe. | Source
Outside space complete with deck chairs.
Outside space complete with deck chairs. | Source
The view.
The view. | Source
Bacony.
Bacony. | Source
The other end of the balcony.
The other end of the balcony. | Source
Taking in the view.
Taking in the view. | Source

The Shower Room

The Decor

Large matt off-white square tiles covered the floor. This was complemented by the large glossy white square tiles on the walls.

Fixtures and Fittings

There was a green small oval marble effect sink and top with a chrome towel rail below. A tall mirror above the sink was framed by light wood at the sides and top, with a vertical strip light either side. The toilet was mounted at an angle on the wall near the sink. The shower was set in a roughly triangular-shaped area, with two outward opening doors. While we were there the seal fell off the bottom of one of these doors.

There were two large green and chrome hooks on the wall. Additional items included a wall-mounted hairdryer with an integral shaver powerpoint. There was also an item which resembled a bottle opener.

Toiletries and Towels

There was a wall-mounted liquid soap dispenser by the sink and a similar shower gel dispense by the shower. When we arrived there were no towels. We were given two bath towels and a bath mat when we asked.

Overall Thoughts

This was a compact room, slotted into a small area of the bedroom. I counted eight corners in this shower room. Ibis don't tend to go in for hand towels, so bath towels have to double up. If you are looking for a bathtub to soak in, we have yet to find one in an Ibis hotel. In line with many newer and refurbished hotels I have stayed in recently, showers are the norm. They are generally cheaper to run and better for the environment (unless you spend a long time in the shower).

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The sink.WC and shower.
The sink.
The sink. | Source
WC and shower.
WC and shower. | Source

Food and Drink

Evening Meal

There was a light snack counter and vending machine area near reception in Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square. We opted to look for dining options outside the hotel. Walking along Jecna, towards Charles Square, we noticed Pivovarsky Dum. Described as a 'restaurant and brewery/beer boutique on its business card, Pivovarsky Dum served up local menu choices in a traditional setting with its home-brewed beers. Perfect for the traveler who wants to sample the local cuisine in a traditional setting.

Breakfast

We had the option of paying more to add breakfast to our booking, but we chose to take our own food with us. This saved time and expense.

Refreshments at Pivovarsky Dum.
Refreshments at Pivovarsky Dum. | Source

Stay Two

After a night in a 5 star Prague hotel, we returned in the early evening to check-in for our second stay at the Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square. Our hopes had been raised by the unexpected roof terrace and tea/coffee making facilities of the first stay, but it was not quite the same. We were given keys to room 435 and headed up there in the lift.

The Twin Room

The Layout

As we walked in, the shower room was to our right with the door set at an angle. The beds dominated the room. Other furniture was arranged along by the large square, side-opening window.

Furniture

Twin bed bases shared a pale wood effect backing, fitted to the wall with an integral shelf on either side. Beyond the beds, there was a bench, which partially went under the cream worktop, that ran under the window. A dark brown wooden chair with a grey frame was nearby.

At the far end of the worktop, there was a wardrobe/open hanging area of pale wood with several hangers, shelving, spare pillows, and blankets. Attached to the wardrobe was a low curved unit with two shelves and a beige top. We wondered if this had been the location of a TV in the past.

A dark brown slimline unit similar to the one in our first room was the current location of the TV, opposite the beds. Further along this wall, there was a tall mirror with pale wood top and bottom.

Decor

There were many similarities to the first room The carpet was brown, of moderate quality. The main door was of pale wood, the shower room door was white. There was a peach wall to the right, around the shower room and a white woodchip covered wall to the left. There was a pulldown blackout blind at the window with hangings in brown and orange to pull across. The bench had an orange cushion. Sheet, pillows, and duvet were white. A painting of a pleasant hilltop scene in a light wood frame hung on the wall between the wardrobe and the TV.

Electrical Items

There was a power socket below the shower room light switch. A white cylindrical lamp with a chrome base was attached to the headboard on each side of the bed area. There was a general light switch on one side and a power socket on the other. Further lights of a similar design were located hanging from the side of the wardrobe over the worktop and also near the mirror. A flat-screen TV was mounted on a unit opposite the beds. After our experience of the first stay, we were a little disappointed to find that there were no tea/coffee making facilities in the room.

Thoughts on the Room

The room was compact, basic, but adequate. The only issue was that we had booked a double room, not a twin one.

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Twin beds.
Twin beds. | Source
Wardrobe and TV.
Wardrobe and TV. | Source
Towards the shower room and main door.
Towards the shower room and main door. | Source
Room 435.
Room 435. | Source

The Shower Room

The shower room was very similar to the first room, although this time I counted 7 corners in the room. It was not a room to linger in, but it was compact and functional.

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Sink and WCWC and shower.
Sink and WC
Sink and WC | Source
WC and shower.
WC and shower. | Source

The Double Room

After querying the room allocation at reception, my husband returned with the keycards to a double room. Room 441 was a little further down the corridor. Apart from the double bed instead of the two singles, much was similar to room 435. This time there was a framed painting of Paris Orly Ibis on the wall and the drop-down blackout blind was white.

Tea/coffee making facilities were provided, we discovered for an extra charge, which we opted to pay.

Tip: If like us, you are partial to an early morning brew, and you can see that the hotel you are staying in does not have tea/coffee making facilities in the room, you might want to consider investing in a travel kettle and some supplies to go with it. We didn't take a kettle on this trip as all the other hotels had refreshment facilities in the rooms.

The room overlooked the leisure facilities of the Novotel next door. We could hear noise from the swimming pool and also heard a phone going off several times during our stay.

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Double bed.TV and wardrobe.Towards the main door.Room 441.
Double bed.
Double bed. | Source
TV and wardrobe.
TV and wardrobe. | Source
Towards the main door.
Towards the main door. | Source
Room 441.
Room 441. | Source

The Shower Room

Deja vu. The shower room was identical to the one in the twin room.

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Sink and WCShower.
Sink and WC
Sink and WC | Source
Shower.
Shower. | Source

Our Experience

Our expectations were raised after being allocated a room with a rooftop terrace and tea/coffee making facilities. It turned out that the refreshments were an oversight and should not have been there. It was also a little disappointing to be allocated a twin instead of a double second time around.

We mentioned the hassle of changing rooms when we checked out and the charge for the tea/coffee was removed.

Tip: If anything, however minor, has gone amiss with your hotel stay, it is well worth mentioning it at check-out. Many hotel management companies want feedback and will ask how your stay was. They are often keen to make things right, leaving you with a good last impression in the hope that you will stay again.

The beds were not the most comfortable, but coming from 5-star accommodation the previous night probably did not make for a fair comparison. They were adequate for most tired and footsore tourists. It has to be said that all the rooms we saw were clean and the shower rooms were spotless, which always counts highly in favor of any hotel.

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Getting Out and About

Although the hotel's name does not reflect its actual location, Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square is within easy reach of plenty of sights in Prague New Town. Whilst here we took a walk along Jecna to Charles Square, where we saw St. Ignatius Church and the New Town Hall.

Before checking out on our second stay, we walked further along Jecna to the Cathedral of St. Cyril and St. Methodius, where we visited the museum about the final hours of Heydrich's assassins in the crypt. Having mortally injured the unpopular acting Reichsprotektor, who had been installed by Hitler, the freedom fighters were betrayed and surrounded by German forces, eventually committing suicide in June 1942 to avoid capture.

Once at the River Vltava, we saw the Dancing House, an interesting architectural sight. A lift took us up to the top, where, for the moderate price of a drink, we were able to take in the view from the outside terrace.

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St. Ignatius Church, Prague New Town.New Town Hall. Prague.Memorial in the crypt of St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral.Dancing House, Prague.
St. Ignatius Church, Prague New Town.
St. Ignatius Church, Prague New Town. | Source
New Town Hall. Prague.
New Town Hall. Prague. | Source
Memorial in the crypt of St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral.
Memorial in the crypt of St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral. | Source
Dancing House, Prague.
Dancing House, Prague. | Source

Final Thoughts

Two nights in a budget hotel in Prague were never going to be the highlight of our trip. To be fair, the rooftop terrace with our first room exceeded expectations. The twin and double rooms of the second stay were much more in line with what we expected.

If you are looking for basic no-frills budget accommodation in a clean, compact and functional room at a reasonable cost, Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square fits the bill. It's not somewhere to linger, but it provides a bed for the night in a location within reach of the sights. On this basis, I have awarded it 2 stars, not because it was terrible, but because it was never going to be up there challenging the high-quality hotels. Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square is a worthy member of the budget, limited-service segment of hotels.

2 stars for Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square
You never know what you will find around the corner from the hotel.
You never know what you will find around the corner from the hotel. | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      • Eurofile profile imageAUTHOR

        Liz Westwood 

        5 weeks ago from UK

        Thank you very much for your comment, RTalloni. That's a lovely succinct phrase that you have coined there. I shall have to remember it for next time I am struggling to write a bio or summary for one of my articles.

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        RTalloni 

        5 weeks ago

        Enjoyed reading of your room experiences with all the details–very useful to travelers. With your great pictures your posts give little mental vacations in neat reads.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, Chuck. How do you plan on travelling round Europe? Will you fly from place to place, so that you can cover bigger distances? Europe has so much to offer. Each country and areas within countries have their own characteristics. If you have time, touring the top sights and some of the capitals would be good. I am guessing what you do will be governed by time and budget constraints. I look forward to reading your articles when you return.

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        Chuck Nugent 

        2 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

        Another Hub, Liz. Very informative, My wife and I are thinking about a trip to Europe next summer but haven't decided where yet. Your Hubs have started me thinking about places to go. I made a number of trips to Europe years ago but only Russia recently. My wife traveled around Russia extensively while growing up since her father was a pilot in the Soviet Air Force but, other than Ukraine and Poland where her father was stationed when she was a teenager she hasn't been to any other part of Europe.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Dred. I hope you make it to Prague one day. It is well worrh a visit.

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        Dred Cuan 

        2 months ago from California

        Prague is one of my dream destination. Thank you for sharing these information.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Sunshine. I hope the review is useful for anyone planning a trip to Prague.

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        Shing Araya 

        2 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

        Very informative and descriptive, thanks for such a wonderful story telling.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Linda. I was interested to hear of your experience. The nicest and most modern Ibis we have stayed in was well-located in Malaga, Spain. We used one once near the Gare du Nord, Paris, for a weekend visit to the French capital. They vary. Generally I prefer the newer ones or, at least those which have recently been refurbished. We have stayed several times at the Ibis near Faro airport in Portugal. It has an outdoor pool and the rooms have been redone. One thing I have noticed in Ibis hotels is that the meals can be good and the croissants are good quality. Maybe that's because it's a French brand.

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        Linda Chechar 

        2 months ago from Arizona

        When we moved to Montevideo, Uruguay in 2009, we stayed at the Ibis for a few days then moved into town for walkability so we could find a long term rental. The Ibis was very nice and was located right on the Rio de la Plata. The room was priced right, was clean and neat, it had a restaurant and offered free breakfasts.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, Mohan. I think there were very few rooms with roof terraces. I'm not sure how we managed to get one. I presume it was just a random allocation. My experience of Ibis hotels is that all the rooms are very similar. In higher star rated hotels, the better, executive rooms tend to be on higher floors. Our request is usually for a quiet room on a higher floor away from the lift.

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        Mohan Babu 

        3 months ago from Chennai, India

        It is a balanced review of this hotel. There are pleasant surprises even on a budget hotel. The rooftop terrace is a well-planned bonus by the hotel management.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        3 months ago

        The movie business is know for doing the fake review routine.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        Hopefully most online reviews are reliable. Even with the best hotels I am often amused to find the odd dissatisfied customer. There's no way of pleasing everybody it would seem. Generally the more reviews there are the better. I have heard of companies plugging their own services in positive fake reviews, but to achieve this in great quantity is unlikely.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        3 months ago

        It is good to know the online reviews are reliable.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Robert. In recent years we have checked reviews more before booking hotels. In the past we have come away commenting on shortfalls in accommodation or service, only to find that there were a stack of reviews online making similar comments. We have now learned to check what others say first.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        3 months ago

        Another good review of a Prague hotel. Your articles give people planning a visit a lot of useful information to help them decide which hotel best meets their needs.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Chris. I aim to give as thorough feedback as possible for anyone who has not visited the hotel themselves. Your comment is very encouraging.

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        Chris japhet 

        3 months ago from Nigeria

        Wow Liz, you did such a master class on this one. I actually felt as though i was there with you and your husband. Nice work.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, FlourishAnyway. I guess we know roughly what we're getting when we book an Ibis. It's not the most budget hotel of their range. A few years ago they renamed Etap hotels Ibis Budget. These are a little more basic than Ibis with a shower cubicle that feels like it's in the bedroom and a sink unit that really is. Definitely no frills.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        You are accurate in your description of this as a basic, no frills, perfunctory hotel room. It’s outside looks kinda match the dull inside. At least it’s pretty clean.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Mary. This has worked well for us on several trips. If we only need a hotel overnight and don't intend spending much time there we prefer to go for a budget option. I recall booking a Radisson many years ago because it adjoined an airport terminal. It was one of the nicest and most modern rooms we have had, but arriving after midnight and leaving the following morning we did not have time to make the most of our stay there.

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        Mary Norton 

        3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        A good review and suggestion to book high-end hotels and some days, budget ones. This saves money and offers an interesting experience.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        Thank you very much for your comment, Nithya. We always check reviews from other travellers before booking hotels. Apart from the deceptive address in the hotel title, Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square was a good base for visiting the New Town area around Charles Square.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        3 months ago from Dubai

        An excellent review, a good budget hotel for a short stay. The terrace is definitely a plus, the room is clean and the hotel is near the sightseeing places. A good choice, thank you for sharing your experience.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Linda. Interestingly none of the other hotels we stayed in with higher star ratings had any balconies or outside terraces with our rooms. It just goes to show that money and star ratings don' t get you everything. Sometimes the simpler and cheaper alternatives can have unexpected advantages.

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        Linda Crampton 

        3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        How lovely to have a room with a terrace on your first visit to the hotel. Relaxing on the terrace and looking at the view must have been an enjoyable experience. It's nice to read about budget hotels as well as more expensive ones. Your photos and information will be very useful for someone doing research about accommodations in Prague.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        Thanks for your comment, Bill. Sometimes the basics are enough. If there's plenty to see and do outside I would rather economise on the hotel bills and spend out on other activities.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 months ago from Sunny Florida

        I love te view from the balcony as the architecture in Prague is so beautiful. The church looks beautiful as well. The rooms all looked pretty good to me, but a view would count for a lot for me. I ave enjoyed all your articles on Prague as it is such an interesting city.

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        Bill Holland 

        3 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Just the basics in those rooms, eh? Fortunately the city is fascinating, so you had a good reason to leave the rooms for long periods of time. :) Thanks for the tour, Liz. The only way I'll see Prague is through your eyes, so I appreciate the tour.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        Thank you for your comment, Eric. A quick search for Ibis Prague Wenceslas Square shows prices from 40-69 euros per room per night. This includes a 5% Club Accor membership reduction. Like you say other factors such as location and events can put prices up. I have seen Accor brand hotel prices spike near Birmingham airport, UK when there is an event at the nearby National Exhibition Centre. As a rule I tend to find that booking as far in advance as possible helps. I recently saw a Holiday Inn near a popular cruise terminal increase prices by 50% over the year, as the date of my booking approached. It seems to work on a supply/demand basis. The higher the demand the higher the prices. Conversely if you are prepared to take the risk I have heard that last minute booking can sometimes pay off, when hotels sell at low prices to fill empty rooms.

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        Eric Dierker 

        3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        You are very good at this. Both the adventure and writing about it. What is a normal price tag for hotels like this one. I mean the range, I assume location and if it is during a festival or something to varies even more.

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