Finally, I had the chance to see my favorite band performing live in Prague. Guns ‘n’ Roses concert was scheduled for Saturday 18th June 2022, so we decided to take a long weekend, combining the event with 2-days of city sightseeing. In term of accommodation, Prague is packed with options, from hostels to high-end hotels, you just need to set your budget and priorities. Mine were: the location, parking, good breakfast, comfort and price performance according to the reviews. We chose Appia Hotel Residences Prague and totally nailed it!
Appia Hotel is located in the historic Lesser Town (Mala Strana), at the foothills of Prague Castle. The area is very quiet, which makes it perfect for those who want to have a good rest from the busy streets of Prague. Trust me, you’ll need it! 😊
While Prague Castle and Charles bridge (Karluv most) are less than 10 minutes’ walk away, you can easily order Uber or take public transport to explore the rest of the city. The hotel offers an underground parking garage (it comes cheaper if you book directly), and you can also park at the nearby hospital (2-minute walk, pay-by-day parking).
We found the location perfect for our needs. By the way, you can also walk to the top of Petrin hill right from the hotel, which takes around 20 minutes.
The residence is a part of ancient church complex from 12th century. While you won’t see anything that reminds of the old church from the outside, there are many wonderful details preserved on the inside.
Besides the cozy reception (open 24h), the complex also has a lobby bar adjacent to a terrace and lush green garden, fountain and a gazebo. Perfect for romantic chat or some Instagram photos. 😉
We really appreciated the fresh water and fruits provided at the reception each day. It made us feel warm, especially with the really kind and helpful staff who were always there to help.
Appia Hotel Residences offers 22 stylishly furnished rooms, suites and apartments. We stayed in a double-room in the new part of the complex, on the ground floor facing the garden. While it seemed a bit awkward at first, with all the big windows in the bedroom, we had no problem with privacy whatsoever.
The room (or shall I say a small apartment) was very spacious and it even came with a small and very handy kitchen. Complimentary tea/coffee was provided and refilled every day. The bedroom had a king size bed with 2 types of pillows, perfect for my delicate neck. I really liked the stylish “old” décor, from the chairs and sofa, to the details like hanger, lights and curtains.
The bathroom was small but cozy enough, and it had all the necessities, including hair-dryer and bathrobes. The satellite TV, AC and Wi-Fi were working perfectly.
The dining pleasures
The dining hall deserves a special place in this review because it is out of this world. It is located in the attic – in the 12th century historic hall with original timber beams. The carefully selected chandeliers and furniture can easily take you back in time. Breakfast selection is perfect, from healthy cereals to hot and cold choices for various tastes. I especially loved the rich fruit platter and selected sorts of bread.
Anda’s rate: 10 out of 10
Bottom line: I’m actually not sure what happened here but I literally don’t have any complaints about Appia Hotel Residences. The place is very different from the hotels I am used to, but at the same time its charm and comfort deserve a 10 in my book. If you are traveling to Prague on business or if you can afford a comfortable stay, look no further – I highly recommend this hotel.