Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
Now I know that Prague is nowhere near the beach, but this is a follow on from a post that I made a few weeks back about a company selling rooms at hotels in Prague for £1 per night. This deal was way too good to miss and I decided to snap up a 2 night Prague city beak for myself. So now as a follow up I have decided to review not only the hotel, but also include my short guide to cheap Prague holidays based on my experience.
To find the cheapest holidays, especially to European destinations, I usually recommend booking a package holiday deal with the hotel and flights included. Because I had already got an incredible deal and booked the hotel separately, I would also have to find the best deals on flights to Prague. I went through all the airports nearest to us, looking to find the ones that offered Prague flights, we eventually booked our tickets with the ever popular easyJet, they flew on the days that we needed and were the cheapest.
Airlines that fly to Prague that you can look at include:
- EasyJet who fly from London Gatwick, Stanstead, East Midlands and Bristol
- British Airways
- Swiss Airways
- Ryanair, who fly from the East Midlands, Birmingham and Dublin to Prague
- SkyEurope (http://www.skyeurope.com) Who fly from London Luton to Prague
Hotels in Prague
As you would expect with any of the worlds favourite city break destinations, Prague has plenty of hotels as well as other types of accommodation to suite all types of budgets. Unless you know specifically which hotel you want to stay at, I would recommend booking through a site like lastminute.com, or like I did, HotelConnect.co.uk. Now I can’t promise you that you are going to get a stay at a hotel for £1 per night like I did, but these sites do often have promotions on and even if they don’t have one when you wish to travel, the fact that you can quickly compare hotels makes choosing the right one for your needs that much easier.
We ended up staying on a floating hotel and whilst it is probably true to say that the boat hotel is more unique than it is luxurious, it was perfectly comfortable. I think that it’s usual price of around £62 per night for a double bedroom works out as good value. The hotel was less than 15 minutes away to the old city centre by tram, which runs right behind the hotel. You can even take a very pleasant walk into the main part of Prague along the Vltava river, something that I did twice over the weekend. If you are on a real budget, you may wish to stay at the Fortuna Rhea Hotel in Prague that offers basic accommodation at a very affordable price, around £30 for a double room per night. Both this and the Botel Racek are available to book from HotelConnect.co.uk.
Holidays To Prague
As mentioned earlier, unless you get a really good deal on either your Prague flights or your hotel, you will probably find the cheapest holidays to Prague by booking an all inclusive package holiday. My favourite website for this is www.lastminute.com who not only offer Holidays, but also flights and hotels and so make it really simple for you to compare what will work best for you.
Our trip to Prague was in mid April and the weather was fantastic, what I would call perfect spring weather. Cloudless blue skies without being to hot. Generally Prague has a continental climate meaning that they have hot summers and cold winters. Probably the best time to visit Prague is late April and May and then again in September when the weather is not too hot or too cold and the city is not too crowded. In the middle of summer, it is not unusual for daytime temperatures to reach 35C and in winter it can be as cold as -15C. The average high temperature from May to September is 22C and the average low is 12C, with an average of 7 hours of sunshine. Spring and summer are usually the sunniest months while the period between May and August is the wettest.
Prague Top Tips
Use the Trams: The trams around the city are fantastic and cheap as well. You can buy 24 hour, 3 day or even week long passes that will save you even more if you use it often.
Something to Eat: Take a walk around the district known as the Mala Strana side (lesser side) – located just across the Charles Bridge from Old Town, at the bottom of the hill that leads up to Prague Castle Compared to the other side of the river, the area is quiet and very up-scale, it is the most exclusive neighbourhood in Prague and is home to many of the worlds embassies. Many of Prague’s finest restaurants can be found here, as well as elegant cafes and tourist shops. Situated alongside the river.
Get away from the crowds: Prague has many excellent parks and none better than the Vojan Park, the oldest partly preserved garden in Prague. It is a part of the former fruit garden, founded after 1248 after a bishop´s court was demolished it became a garden of the Carmelite convent in Prague in the 17th century. Kampa Park not far away is also a nice place to enjoy the beautiful views of Prague.