Beyond the imposing façade of the Beranek hotel, set back from Wenceslas Square, lies an impersonal establishment that is entirely devoid of charm. This really couldn't be further from the image which usually springs to mind of this incredibly romantic city. Apart from the dreadfully ordinary communal areas, the guest rooms are nevertheless decent enough but expensive for the level of service provided. It is good to know that the hotel has its own car park, which is nothing to sniff at in a city where parking can be a nightmare.
The hotel stands on a large avenue in the Prague 2 district of the city or the 'New Town'. It may be slightly out of the way but is still close to both the city's metro network and its tramway system, the closest station being just 100m away and providing a direct link to Central Station. Once you've settled in you'll find the city's main thoroughfare within easy walking distance of the hotel, with Wenceslas Square around 10 minutes away. Closer to the hotel, meanwhile, you'll find a small park just across the road and plenty of shops in close proximity. The airport is about 11 mi away, so allow 30 minutes for the journey.
Take a look at the showcase in the hotel lobby if you're a beer-lover - one of them is sure to catch your eye! In fact, the hotel's official beer is on display and available to buy for those who fancy trying it - we did and would recommend it!
The hotel really is hard to miss as you approach it since its stature dominates the surrounding buildings. The recently renovated façade may be appealing but any enthusiasm will soon be dampened once you set foot inside. The reception desk to the right reveals a friendly, enthusiastic staff, and just opposite are a few comfortable leather armchairs, which pretty much complete the dark, characterless lobby. The atmosphere here is of the impersonal kind typically found in many chain hotels. The only plus is that there is a computer with an Internet connection which incurs an additional fee but Wi-Fi access is free.
The communal areas throughout the hotel are very easy to navigate and the upper floors are served by 2 lifts. Nevertheless, this does little to revive any enthusiasm you may have felt prior to entering the lobby. No particular effort has been made to give the place any sense of style and the corridors are not unlike those commonly found in offices buildings. The only original feature is the period piano tucked away under a staircase.
All of the hotel's 80 guest rooms are standards, although 4 of them can accommodate up to 4 people. The rooms have an average floor area of 15m² and feature pretty standard decor, just like the rest of the hotel. In terms of furniture and amenities you'll find a few wooden units, a hint of decor, and minimal amenities: individual air-conditioning, a free cable Internet connection, a small cathode-ray television, and a free safe but no mini-bar or room-service. Bear in mind, too, that the rooms on the courtyard side of the building are darker and the views rather uninspiring. All of the bathrooms come with a bathtub but no hospitality products. Smoking is only permitted on the first floor.
The 80 seat breakfast room is located up in the attic space on the top floor. The room is nice and spacious but here, again, the decor leaves a lot to be desired. Breakfast is included in the price of the room and is served as a continental buffet of fruit juices, hot drinks, cereals, etc.
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