Prague is every bit the enchanting fairytale city people make out to be. While the history, culture, and architecture is rich, the city itself is relatively cheap. Skip Paris and London and head to Prague if you’re looking to save some money.
Hostels in Prague are cheap. After traveling around Western Europe, hostel prices on par with Central American prices is a welcomed money saver. With so much to see in Prague you certainly don’t want to sacrifice location for a cheap price.
Hostel Santini is a budget-friendly hostel located just a few blocks from the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle in a 17th century palace. The building was built in 1705 for baroque architect Jan Blazej Santini-Aichel. While the palace has been renovated in the recent years to modernized it, you can still see the little historical touches like the painted ceilings and original arches.
I chose Hostel Santini for its location in Prague. It is just a couple blocks from both the Charles Bridge and the entrance to the historical city center and the steps up to Prague Castle. Additionally, the hostel is easy to locate from the main train station, Hlavni Nladrazi, where the trains from Vienna and Bratislava arrive and depart. From the train station you just hop on the metro and get off at the Malostranska metro station and either walk or take the tram across the river.
The Hostel Facilities
The hostel is located in a 300 year old palace with 24 hour reception. The hostel is large and offers various size rooms for whatever your needs might be. The hostel is clean with lots of common room space to meet fellow travelers. A continental breakfast of toast and cereal is free every morning from 8am to 10am. While the breakfast is nothing to write home about, it does help you save a few dollars. If you require something more filling or would rather cook your own dinner, the modern European-style kitchen is available for your use anytime.
I stayed in two different rooms because I ended up making two different reservations as my travel plans were still up in the air when I booked my first night prior to departing for my Europe trip. Dorm rooms are large and vary in the number of beds. My first room was on the third floor and was divided into three different mini-rooms. Two rooms had 4 bunks and a third room had two single beds. While the set-up was definitely a bit odd, I was quickly reminded that the hostel is in a 17th century palace. The second night I stayed in a 8-bed dorm room on the first floor. Each room has an ensuite bathroom.
Each bathroom was luxury hotel quality with granite counters, a towel warmer, and large soaker tub/shower combo. While the bathrooms are the nicest I’ve ever seen in a hostel, there is only one in each room so timing with roommates is not so fun.
The bunks are high quality with comfortable mattresses. All linen and towels are included in the price of the hostel, which you don’t always get in Europe. My second bunk did not have any clean linen and the front desk staff quickly came up and made my bed for me. Each room has large lockers that easily fits a large backpack. Just remember to bring your own lock.
After some great hostel choices in Athens, Budapest, and Vienna, I yet again hit the jackpot with a great hostel option. I picked Hostel Santini primarily for its location and its cheap price. While I originally only planned to stay for one night, I extended my stay another night because I enjoyed it so much. The rooms are extremely large, bunks are comfortable, and the staff very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was rather bland, but I ate it anyway because it was free.
I was able to get some work done on the wifi so it was a great signal in the common areas and the dorm rooms. I was most surprised by the bathrooms. If you’re looking for the best hostel bathrooms anywhere in the world, I’m pretty sure they are located at Hostel Santini. I was impressed. The original architectural elements of the building also add charm to the hostel that you don’t always get. I definitely recommend staying at Hostel Santini. The location is perfect and you can’t beat the price.
Hostel Quick Facts
- Location: Nerudova 14, Prague 1, The Lesser Town
- Cost: Ranges €9.90 to €70 depending on the time of year and number of beds. I paid €13.90 a night depending high season for an 8-bunk dorm room.
- Nearby Attractions: Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old City Center
- Languages Spoken: Czech, English, Italian, German, Spanish
- Payment: Cash (ATM outside of the hostel) and Credit Card
- Pros: Great location, architectural charm, great beds and ensuite bathrooms
- Cons: Breakfast was mediocre, lots of stairs