Prague is one of the most visited European capitals and consequently there are numerous accommodation options to suit all budgets and needs. From luxury hotels to hostels, from self-catering flats to room rentals.
As in all cities of the world, prices are higher in the centre and near the main tourist attractions, while the further you move away from the centre, the more you can save, provided you are prepared to travel by public transport, which is very efficient and runs all day.
Accommodation prices in Prague tend to be lower than the Western European average, and finding cheap accommodation is fairly easy.
However, you should always pay attention to the quality of the accommodation you are going to book, because alongside many medium and high standard establishments, there are also accommodations where the minimum standards of cleanliness are not guaranteed.
In this article, dedicated to choosing the best area in which to stay, for each neighbourhood we also present a number of tested and verified accommodations that we would recommend.
Prague is divided into 22 districts numbered consecutively (Prague 1 to Prague 22). The centre of Prague, and in general the area of greatest tourist interest, corresponds to the districts of Prague 1 and Prague 2. The city is also divided into districts, which may comprise one or more districts, such as Staré Město, Malá Strana and Nové Město.
To help you choose where to stay, we advise you to base your choice on the names of the districts.
The Old Town stretches around the Old Town Square amidst picturesque alleys and narrow streets, and is home to top-class hotels as well as affordable hostels for those who want to save money while staying in the heart of Prague.
Choosing this area means staying within a few minutes’ walk of the main tourist attractions and is ideal for those with little time to sightsee. Sleeping in the Old Town allows you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Prague, to have both the tourist attractions at your disposal as well as many clubs for the evening and the possibility of strolling along the Vltava River.
Those who decide to sleep in the Old Town will, however, have to deal with higher prices, more noise dictated by the flow of tourists and the presence of bars and restaurants, and poor parking facilities for those arriving by car.
The area is well connected by metro lines A, B and C and many tram lines in all directions.
Josefov is Prague’s Jewish quarter, an extremely charming area to stay in and also very convenient, bordering the central Stare Mesto.
There are also many accommodations in this area offering beautiful views of the Vltava River. An area to be highly considered due to its greater tranquillity compared to Stare Mesto, without having to give up the convenience of getting around.
Malà Strana , the Lesser Quarter, is the area at the base of the castle and its main thoroughfare is Nerudova Street, full of hotels and accommodation facilities.
Malá Strana is a city within a city, one of Prague’s most charming places, and sleeping here is a great way to explore its most picturesque corners.
Here its popular soul of cafés, beer gardens and penniless artists intertwines with its aristocratic one, with the embassy headquarters of many nations and the beautiful Baroque palaces of Nerudova Street.
Malá Strana is ideal for couples seeking tranquillity and even more so for families travelling with children, given the centrality of the district and the many restaurants in the area.
Located west of the Vltava River, just above Mala Strana, the Hradčany district corresponds to the hill occupied by Prague Castle and is therefore also known as the ‘Castle Village’.
Here the prices of accommodation, many of which are luxury, are higher than in other parts of the city and one can often enjoy magnificent views. The area is extremely quiet and with few evening entertainments, mostly suitable for those seeking tranquillity and medium-high standards of service.
Nové Město, the New Town develops around Wenceslas Square: most hotels, a few guesthouses and a few hostels can be found in this area.
Prices are more affordable here, but it is often necessary to use public transport, especially when choosing the outer areas.
Wenceslas Square is the heart of entertainment in Prague: sleeping here is ideal for those who want a holiday full of clubs and nightlife. Traffic and discos are the main elements of this area, which is especially recommended for young people who want to keep the early hours, while it is not recommended for those travelling with children.
If you have already visited Prague or if you like alternative districts, Žižkov is the district for you. Žižkov today is in fact the most dynamic and innovative area of Prague, a former working-class area that has become a favourite haunt of artists and students. The various redevelopment projects have made it a very interesting area to visit, thanks also to the many clubs open until late.
Accommodation in Žižkov is much cheaper than in the centre and is easily accessible by public transport.
Staying in Žižkov means experiencing a more authentic Prague, inhabited almost exclusively by Prague residents, and particularly suitable for anyone who loves art, music and real experiences.
If you’re visiting Prague for the first time, you’ll probably head for Stare Mesto, from where it is extremely easy to reach all the main attractions, although prices are slightly higher than in neighbouring districts. It is certainly the most touristy and overcrowded area, but objectively also the most convenient.
For our part, we recommend taking a look across the Charles Bridge, in the Mala Strana district, an area that offers a much quieter atmosphere although it remains very close to the main attractions. It is an excellent area for families and couples. Alternatively, look to the Jewish quarter, attached to Stare Mesto but quieter.
The young and not-so-young, who are looking for nightlife and plenty of nightclubs, should prefer Nové Město, the New Town, where accommodation is also cheaper.
Sleeping in the central areas is certainly more expensive, but it will save you time and allow you to have everything close at hand, especially in the evenings: the centre offers many possibilities in terms of bars, restaurants and beer gardens.
On the outskirts, accommodation is much cheaper but also not very picturesque, plus you always have to factor in the cost of transport to the centre.
Always book well in advance during the high season, i.e. at Easter, in July/August, at Christmas and in conjunction with any bank holiday.