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Hotel 16 in Prague

By DD - Last updated: Friday, April 20, 2012

Prague White HorsesI thought about posting a review on Tripadvisor about Hotel 16 in Prague but after reading all the recent positive comments I thought I might keep it on tripsister only because they will be so famous there won’t be any room available when I want to go back! I told them if I posted a review I would call them trip savers because they saved mine and another guest’s who’s hotel he had booked through a web agency was actually closed when he got there!

I had only planned to stay there one night on my arrival in Prague before going to my friend’s wedding. I had the best room, room 31. It was perfect because it was not on the construction side but was still facing the garden. Even though it had small windows, it had a sky light in the entrance and I could hear birds singing.

They had asked me how long I was going to stay in Prague and when I mentioned I had reserved an apartment for 14 nights, they said they could accommodate me if I wasn’t happy at Alice Apartment Hotel.  I mentioned I needed a kitchen to prepare meals because of food intolerance and they said they would give me a deal and let me access the kitchen 24 hours a day.

Hotel 16 Michal and AdamUpon checking out, they arranged transport for me to Kostelec nad cernymi lesy. I had planned to take the train and bus but my luggage was too heavy and I felt tired. When I returned to Prague and checked into the apartment at Penzion Alice, I didn’t feel comfortable after a few hours of being there. I felt the street was too busy and I didn’t like hearing people outside my kitchen window that was facing the interior court. The echo was very loud and I could only imagine what it would be like when the place would be packed with drunken kids on Easter weekend. I needed more peace and intimacy.

I emailed the hotel and said I would consider their offer and Miroslav who was working the night shift arranged a pick up taxi for me on the next morning. I notified the evening shift employees at Alice and thought I was making the right decision. I had booked with an Italian web agency and they were impossible to reach. The next morning, Martin was kind enough to let me go with only one extra night penalty and saying he would deal with the agency and I thought that was very kind of him.

IHotel 16 garden was the happiest girl when I got to Hotel 16, who caters to business people and families, and it felt like going back home. Cenda was at the reception desk and was so welcoming. It is such a nice place; it is well decorated, super clean and so friendly. I felt so much safer there. The clientele was a bit different too. I didn’t get the chance to see the clientele at Alice but I saw on their website that they gave a 10% discount to skate boarders and BMX riders… no offense but it is just not the crew for me; maybe I would have thought it was cool when I was, let’s say 16. Hotel 16 was exactly as shown on their website and even better.

The only condition for my stay was that there was a possibility of my having to move out on Easter weekend but in the end they managed to confirm a cancellation so it was perfect. I only had to change rooms 3 times but then I could stay in the same room for the remaining week. I got to stay in rooms 31, 12, 22, 35, and back to 22. The best room to use the kitchen was room 12. I was offered the room next to the Hotel 16 room 31kitchen on the main level but thought it would be too busy for me.  Unfortunately room 12 was not available for the week after Easter. For my last week I had the choice between room 35 which is a suite facing the street with only small windows with no view, and room 22 facing the garden with large windows. I chose the latter and never regretted it. There was some construction in the building next door but it was not constant and was only during the day. One afternoon I was so tired I managed to nap sandwiched between the banging of the construction and the cleaning of the carpet in room 21: I was so tired I would have slept through anything!

The service at Hotel 16 is impeccable. Checking in and out is a breeze, and all the employees are well trained and very professional. The daytime shift employees during my stay were Cenda and Adam supervised by Michal who is also the owner; he bought the hotel from his parents. Both Cenda and Adam were only recently employed but Adam was the newest and I enjoyed his sense of humor. The night shift employees were Miroslav who studies to become a hotel manager, Maria, who studies tropical agriculture, David and Martin.

They thought I drank a lot of hot water but then Michal told me one day he drank 10 cups of coffee; that’s 2,5 litres of coffee!  I had my portable water heater but it was easier to just go down to the lobby. I drank my peppermint tea and my fennel tea and for breakfast I had my cereal beverage Caro. I had my little routine where I would go down to the dining room with my things on my tray and sat at the same table that seemed to have my name on it because I never saw Hotel 16 room 35anyone else sitting at it while I was there. I had mostly oatmeal I had bought previously, a pear and an egg form the buffet. Sometimes I had a croissant and some of the pastries brought in fresh daily. Michal baked a delicious apple strudel but don’t tell his wife!  They had daily Breakfast news printed out on 2 sheets in different languages that we could read while eating listening to Martini in the morning online radio.

Michal was able to find New Brunswick Maple syrup from Steeves in Elgin. He said it must be good because it was expensive. I was glad he was able to find New Brunswick maple syrup in Czech Republic! I had my own mini travel metal jug from Brigg’s maple here in Riverview and wanted to use it to reduce the weight of my suitcase on the way back.

I really enjoyed my stay at Hotel 16 not just because of the friendliness of the staff but also because it was fresh and clean and I enjoyed returning every day to a clean environment. The cleaning ladies were so efficient and did a great job plus bonus for men they were pretty! They were so hard working; they even helped in the kitchen for the breakfast and had the task of cleaning the whole hotel.

Hotel 16 table and chairsI would return to Hotel 16 in a heartbeat. I had an awesome time and was very sad to leave. This is a prefect hotel for solo travelers because there is always somebody there willing to listen and to help if needed. It is true that the beds are a little hard but I have seen worse and they are comfortable. The only negative point was one day, one important client was smoking in the lobby and it stunk the whole place. They couldn’t stop him from smoking because apparently he was a very important person in Czech Republic.

It was so easy to walk to everywhere from the hotel. It is between Karlovo Namesti station on the orange line and I.P Pavlova on the red line. There is also tram 22 that goes to Petrin Hill and to the Prague Castle. Near is the oldest botanical garden in Prague at Charles University, the biggest and oldest square, Charles Square, Dvorak museum, and a short walk to Wenceslas square. It is far enough from the crowds but within walking distance to all the main attractions. There are many food stores to choose from. I didn’t go but there is a Tesco at Wenceslas square, near Mustek station.  I liked the fact that the main door was always locked and nobody had the key; you had to ring every time. I felt very safe.

Hotel 16 room 31 double bedThere are many restaurants nearby and the most popular ones are Emma Destinnova and Pivovarsky Dum. Cooking in the kitchen was pleasant, they had everything I needed. I had to separate my food into 3 different fridges; one for the meat, eggs and dairy, one for the fruits and one for the vegetables. They had a dishwasher but most of the times I washed my pots after cooking in consideration for the hard working staff.  I would use the stairs to go down and the elevator to bring my meal to my room.

I was so sad to leave because I got to know each one of the staff and I knew I would miss them all. The day before I left, Michal and Adam gave me a nice hotel souvenir cup and I was so touched I almost cried. It is just a cup but it meant a lot to me. I have been drinking in it since I got back.

I don’t know when I will return but I know I will.

 

 

There’s No Place Like Home

By DD - Last updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Banks of the VltavaThe return home is bitter sweet. One part of me is happy to be home reunited with my family and the other one still hasn’t left Prague, and is still saying her goodbyes, walking on the banks of the Vltava with original symphonies in her head that nobody will ever hear.

On my last day in Prague, I think I finally saw one of those &?%#@! pick pockets. While I was following him, I shot a shot video and took a picture but I don’t have his face because he was hiding under his black hoodie. He had a very big thick and long mustache, and he was wearing a nice pair of jeans with a fancy black leather jacket. What got me suspicious was that he was looking at each garbage cans he was passing, and the bottom of his jeans were wet from walking in the rain all day.  I saw him take a nice brownish red leather wallet out of under his right side zippered jacket and he looked to see what was in it. With my fertile imagination, I’d say he was probably walking back from either Wenceslas Square or Charles Bridge.

Charles BridgeMy flight back home went well. I had more time in between my 3 flights this time; about 3 hours and I found it to be perfect. You want to have enough time to go to the bathroom, go through security and grab a bite to eat and rest a bit after walking from one terminal to another. The biggest airport had to be Heathrow with a train and a 10-15 minutes bus ride.

I could have brought more alcohol because I was gone long enough but on the other hand it would have been heavier to carry. I bought a 750ml bottle of Czech Chardonnay, a small bottle of Prazska vodka and a mini bottle of Becherovka that I am looking forward trying. At the hotel I tried the Hruskovice but I didn’t like it and it ended up in the sink.  I also brought back with me a European bug; I got a sore throat with some virus or bacteria. Please people, cough and sneeze in the crease of your elbow and not in your hands! And wash your hands or sanitize after you blow your nose because otherwise you will spread the germs. It’s not rocket science, it’s just a question of being considerate for others: you hate being sick? Well so does everyone else.

ICharles Bridge Through Park was so happy to see Dami last night at the Moncton airport but the only thing on my mind was my nice comfortable bed. I had a great night sleep, the best I have had in a long time and I woke up in the middle of the night not knowing where I was, wondering in what hotel I was in now. My little Jasper was so happy to see his mama! Poor little boy he thought he had lost his mam forever! He slept with me and I have never seen him so affectionate on my awakening. I slept from 2am until noon today and I still feel a little jet lag but never as I did when I got to Prague three weeks ago

One thing I won’t miss from Prague is the tap water. It had something that makes it taste heavy; the water in London Heathrow tasted exactly the same. The water here is treated only with Chlorine and it tastes lighter.

Mustek Metro Bathroom PaintingFirst thing I did this morning was grab my cup from Hotel 16; they gave me a nice blue souvenir cup which earned them a song yesterday! Yes, I sang them a little song in the air of the beginning of the 9th symphony from the New World. I made it up while walking down the river before I got my camera out and noticed I had left the memory card in the room which was still in the netbook. I even made a French version afterwards and here are both versions:

 

I will miss you my friends, I will honestly do

And when I drink my tea, I’ll be thinking of you

Vous allez me manquer, je m’ennuierai de vous

Quand je boirai mon thé, je penserai à vous

All in all it was an awesome trip and I am glad to be home in my things with Dami, Jasper and Alaska. I would like to thank my friend Jana, her best friend Jirka and her father Vladimir whom I spent a lot of time with. The weather is very warm today In Riverview and we will go for a stroll along the Petitcodiac river we call the Chocolate river, and see how it looks today because with the tides it is never the same.