Open since 2006, the Czech Inn is a luxury hostel located just outside the tourist district of Prague. Housed in a 19th-century Art Nouveau building, this gorgeous property features a range of room types – from stunning private apartments to a 34-bed dorm room – plus a bar and stylish cafe. I stayed here for two nights in November 2017 and this is my review of my visit. To give you a real feel for the hostel, I’ve included my own video above and plus a mixture of pictures, including the hostel’s and my own.
The Czech Inn is located in the stylish neighbourhood of Vinohrady (part of the Prague 2 district). It’s hip but in a very low-key way. I wouldn’t describe it as vibrant or achingly cool, but rather one of those areas that you only realise is full of awesome restaurants and bars when you wander down a few side streets after dark. I really liked this neighbourhood, a lot more than the central and very touristy area of the city. If I was to live in Prague, I’d probably want to live in this neighbourhood.
As Prague isn’t a huge city, Vinohrady is easily accessible from the centre of town. There are multiple tram lines that stop right outside the Czech Inn, that can whisk you into the city within 15 minutes. Alternatively, if you love walking everywhere (like me), it’s an easy 30-minute stroll. Like everything in Prague, public transport is very cheap: a one-way tram ticket is 24 CZK (currently about 80p GBP/$1.15 USD) and a one-day ticket is 110 CZK (currently about £3.80 GBP/$5.30 USD). Uber is also really cheap here too. So even though the Czech Inn isn’t in the heart of Prague 1, the cost of travel adds very little to your stay.
The Czech Inn features a range of room types. The private rooms are around £50/night for two people, whilst the dorm rooms are as cheap as £8/person/night!
I stayed in a Deluxe 5 Bed Female Dorm room type, which was incredible! Czech Inn is very clever in using some of their apartments as this type of shared room because it was undoubtedly the most spacious and well-equipped dorm room I’ve ever stayed in! The apartment opens into a large communal area that has a huge window that floods the room with natural light – definitely a plus on a grey winter’s day. This communal room has a lounge, kitchenette, dining table – plus a hammock. It’s the perfect hang-out space and means you have somewhere to relax in the room other than your bed. I especially appreciated this when my roommates had an early night but I wanted to stay up without disturbing them. The kitchen facilities weren’t large but you could definitely whip up an easy meal there as it included an oven, hob, kettle and sink. I didn’t look at what was available in the cupboards but I imagine there would be some basic crockery and cutlery too.
The bedroom was upstairs on the mezzanine level, with five single beds spread across two rooms. Yep, not a bunk bed in sight. The bedding was fresh and crisp and there was a lockable trunk under each one. There were also ample plugs near each bed, plus a reading lamp and small, lockable mirrored cabinet that had another plus inside (so you could leave a phone on to charge while you sleep I assume). My room also opened out on a wooden terrace, shared by all the other apartments on the top floor, which would be amazing in the summer.
There was one bathroom for this five-bed dorm, which was very clean and modern. It was actually pretty stylish, with everything in a dark grey concrete finish and had a large rainfall shower and large wall mirror.
A buffet breakfast is available in the downstairs bar each morning from 8am-midday (which is excellent if you aren’t an early morning person). The breakfast is 150CZK (currently about £5.20 GBP/$7.20 USD) and includes the standard line-up of scrambled eggs, cheese, sliced meats, bread, fruit, cereals and yoghurt, plus juice, tea and coffee. I must admit, no matter how cheap a buffet breakfast is, I’m never really a fan so this isn’t really my type of breakfast, but it was definitely popular with everyone who was staying at the hostel.
In addition to the in-room amenities detailed above, there was strong wifi available in my room and throughout the hostel. There was also lockers downstairs, near reception, and baggage lock-up if you needed to leave your luggage behind after you checked out. In addition to the kitchenette in my room, there is a communal kitchen available, although I didn’t check it out.
The foyer of the hostel consists of a hang-out space with a large table and plenty of plugs – perfect for checking using your laptop or reading a book. There is also a large, stylish cafe with ample space, which served coffee and cakes. The overall design of the entrance areas really set it apart from the increasingly outdated perception of what a hostel should look like, placing the Czech Inn clearly in the ‘poshtel’ category.
The basement bar is dark and windowless, with a high ceiling and ample seating. The drinks were relatively cheap (this is Prague after all) and there is ample seating. The bar space is set up really well for events, with a tiered structure so they can have bands and performances on there.
I was really impressed by the Czech Inn hostel and would definitely stay there again. The building itself is gorgeous, I loved all the large windows that allowed light to flood in, and my room was beyond anything I’d ever experienced in a dorm room. I also really liked the area that the hostel is in, especially some of the more interesting restaurants and bars I discovered nearby and was glad it allowed me to explore another part of the city. It’s no surprise to me that the Czech Inn won the Most Popular Hostel In Prague award with Hostelworld in 2017!
📌 Disclaimer: This hostel kindly offered me two nights for free in exchange for featuring their property on an Insta-Story for Hostelworld. They made no other editorial demands on me and this is a completely honest account of how I felt about my stay. As a general rule, I don’t write negative reviews: if I don’t like a hotel or hostel, I won’t feature it. So I obviously really liked this one.