Prague's Best Hostels
Hostels aren't what they used to be, at least not in Prague. These days, backpackers with a little spare cash are demanding more style for their money, and hotel owners have responded with a new breed of "flashpacker" hostels, combining the stripped-down basics of a hostel (like dorm beds and shared bathrooms) with services and style you might associate more with a boutique hotel.
In Prague, two names to look out for include the Czech Inn at Francouzská 76, Prague 10 (tel. 267-267-600; www.czech-inn.com) and Sir Toby's at Delnická 24, Prague 7 (tel. 246-032-610; www.sirtobys.com). Both offer beds in shared dorm rooms for around 390Kc per person, and private doubles from around 1,500Kc -- in other words, excellent value for what's available. Prices include a hearty breakfast, and there are thoughtful touches like big banks of computers for checking e-mail and modern efficiency kitchens. Though both are situated outside the center, they are close enough to public transportation that this is not an issue.
Travellers' Hostel-Pension Dlouhá (Dlouhá 33, Prague 1; tel. 224-826-662; fax 224-826-665; www.travellers.cz) is one of the best hostels in the city center. This flagship in the local Travellers' group of hostels is open year-round, just a few blocks off Old Town Square and a few floors above one of the better music clubs in town, the Roxy. The hostel offers shared accommodation in dorm rooms or private singles and doubles, and attracts a mix of backpackers and veteran tourists taking advantage of the clean, affordable setting. Travellers' offers other hostels at dormitories throughout town during the high season. Check the website for more info. Rates including breakfast are 690Kc per person in a double room.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.