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“Red Lion Hotel, so spooky it's awesome!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Red Lion
Ranked #162 of 670 Hotels in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
Prague, Czech Republic
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4 reviews
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“Red Lion Hotel, so spooky it's awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

I've stayed in about 50 hotels in Prague in my short life... and this one was the best for atmosphere hands down. I booked via compare-hotels.co (.co not .com - which actually took me to Booking.com as it had the best rate that date) and was surprised at the room I was allocated, I arrived at midnight and got a suite with two bedrooms, a living room and a bath with a tub on the top floor. Pretty happy for €85 per night.

The breakfasts were fine, the cakes are nice too as is the goulash that they do there. The prices are very fair and for location, at the top of Nerudova with views of petrin hill and the hrad, was very impressed.

The bedrooms are decked out in this dark oak that, if arriving as a single young woman at midnight, going outside to the courtyard to get back in, was pretty scarey! But so cool, waking up on the morning and looking out over Petrin Hill was magical. I had the best trip to Prague of my life while staying here, the reception was great, organised everything I needed, spoke Perfect English and didn't bother me unless I wanted to be bothered.

great hotel, graet ambiance, super location, makes you feel like you stepped back into 18th century Bohemia, a great place for a romatic retreat or a getting to know yourself experience. 5/5

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bergen, Norway
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2011

Me and two friends visit Prague sat-tue, and stayed at Red Lion. The staff helped us order a taxi and our room was tidy and clean every day when we came back to the hotel. The breakfast was bad thou, so I recommend you to buy some food at a store or kafe. The location is very good and it's just a little walk to Charles bridge. Good value if you don't care about the breakfast and like to eat out. Order a table at the restaurant Cowboys, witch is just 50 meter away and very good.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2011

We wanted a traditional hotel, but we were deeply disappointed in our staying a week at the Red Lion. To begin with, the reception desk operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. only and although we phoned in advance warning that we will arrive from the airport at 9 p.m. ("OK, sure, we're waiting you" they said), we had to walk more than 50m to another hotel up the street to get the keys of the hotel and a plan to find our room!

And the room was absolutely appalling: a mean room reeking of stale tobacco smoke with a little window opening under a big plastic cover, so that no fresh air could come in; more then that it opens in a passage to another room, where guests were passing and smoking; and all these at 4 stars!

The next morning we were sick and strongly expressed our disagreement. They said they probably could put us in another room at noon; after only half an hour however there was another free room (it was not even 8 a.m.!). That one was surely better, but still we couldn't get enough sleep at nights, because there was no AC and we have to keep the windows open to a street full of revelers (please see the photos attached).

The breakfast was mean (some ham, cheese, eggs) and every day the same, served in a space beside the reception desk (the restaurant was in the cellar and closed in the morning). They simultaneously opened the windows and the door, so a strong draught blew at the tables; altough we asked them not to do this, they simply ignored us and my wife got a permanent headache...

In conclusion Prague is a beautiful city (The Golden City) but avoid the Red Lion Hotel!

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2011

Having been sent away from the hotel we booked because of a reservation mix-up we were directed to the Red Lion.

We stayed in the “apartment”. It was a double room with bathroom, toilet, corridor and twin room. The décor was very nice – lots of antique furniture and painted medieval wooden roof beams. There were good views of the hills and the rooms were very well heated. As the room faced the back of the building it was very quiet at night.

The bathroom had a bath which was welcome and we didn’t experience any water-pressure problems.

The hotel has some fairly steep stairs and no lift. Although not a problem for us, some people might struggle with their cases.

The location was great with a tram stop a five-minute walk below the hotel and the castle a ten-minute walk uphill.

Breakfast was good. There was a modest buffet of bread, cheese, ham, boiled eggs, cereals and fruit juice. The coffee was excellent but the fruit was slightly elderly and the juice not fresh. overall we were very happy.

I’d recommend the Red Lion: good location with rustic charm.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cheezypuf
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Stavanger, Norway
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2011

My friend and I just stayed at the Red Lion from mon - fri.
An unexpected treat was to be placed on the top floor with two spacious bedrooms for the price of one and excellent wiews.

Our room had a bathroom with a tub and also shower options, plenty of hot water and working fan in the bathroom.
There was cable TV / Radio and a fridge / minibar.

It felt much like having our own loft appartment - In March this was lovely - suppose it could be a bit too hot in summer.

Old, quaint and charming hotel - be aware that you need to carry your suitcases up and down all the stairs, and ours were quite heavy after some some serious shopping.
But we're in no way fit, and still managed without problem.

Friendly, but in no way 'in -your-face' staff in the reception
Be aware that reception is staffed from 07:00 - 19:00 only - so you need to call ahead if you arrive late. Guests are provided with their own set of keys - and if you, like us, share rooms but have an acute fear of losing your key and / or have somewhat different ideas of what time proper bedtime is - an extra key is provided for you.

According to my friend, the complemetary brekfast was nice.
I myself very much enjoyed the coffee machine in the reception area - excellent coffee - and you're also allowed to bring a cup to your room.

Beeing a caffeine - addict I would easily have given an extra half star for a kettle in the room and a few packets of instant coffee (again allow for a lot of stairs + lazy in the morning).
I like to sleep in - was awoken by bin-collectors a couple of times in the early morning, but when I closed the windows the sound was properly muted, and I had no prob. falling asleep again.

Also to our surprise: we apparantly had our very own brick-a-brack loving ghost living on - and lovingly furnishing- the roof :-)

I would not hesitate to book this hotel again or recommend it to someone else.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Red Lion
Address: Nerudova 236/41 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
Region: Czech Republic > Bohemia > Prague > Mala Strana (Little Quarter) , Praha 1
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#138 Luxury Hotel in Prague
#176 Family Hotel in Prague
Price range (per night): $70 - $227
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Red Lion 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Romantic hotel Red Lion is located in an historic burgher house from the 15th century in the very centre of Prague. It lies directly on the Royal Route, only 400 metres from the Prague Castle and 500 metres from the Charles Bridge. All rooms have an enchanting view of Petrin, the Royal Route and the roofs of Mala Strana (Lesser Side) underneath the Prague Castle. They are equipped with historical furniture. In some rooms you will find the original painted wooden ceilings dating back to the 17th century. Hotel guests can enjoy lunches in the hotel restaurant with remarkable renaissance ceilings. The restaurant serves traditional Czech as well as international cuisine. Breakfast is served in the form of rich hot buffet. The pub U Cerveneho Lva invites you for a glass of wine or Pilsner beer. Its centuries old stone walls provide cool refuge from the heat in the summer, which makes the pub a perfect oasis to relax in. The bar, which dates back to 1350, is located in a lime stone cellar with Gothic vaulted ceilings. It serves a variety of hot and cold drinks. The pleasant atmosphere of the hotel patio invites our guests to relax. A limited number of parking places is available directly in front of the hotel. You can use free Internet spot in the lobby. ... more   less 
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