Just the word “hostel” conjured up thoughts of crowded dormitories full of snoring and farting strangers. Not to mention the shared bathrooms and the delights which lay within.
However we were more than pleasantly surprised to find what awaited us when our cab dropped us in front of the modest exterior of the Brix Hostel, not far from the town centre.
The reception staff could not have been more welcoming or obliging. In fact they carried our luggage up the six flights of narrow stairs to the third floor. This was a service we didn’t receive at many of the hotels we have stayed at on our travels!
Here we found a spacious, comfortable private room with queen bed, all ready made up with bedding. The ensuite bathroom was huge, containing a large corner bath, shower, toilet and double vanity. And it was immaculately clean.
Our suite was actually significantly larger than the hotel rooms we had in London. At around a third the cost.
There was a well equipped kitchen on our floor, which is shared with the other two private rooms. Tea and coffee is available all day.
Relax and enjoy the amenities
Downstairs, you can relax in the lounge area, watch a movie, read a book from the book exchange or hook into the free wi-fi. The hostel hosts regular exhibitions from local artists, and also has performances by local bands.
The bar is undoubtedly the hub of the hostel. You can either relax inside or enjoy the outside courtyard in the warmer months.
Here you can mingle with the other guests and meet the staff who are eager to make sure you make the most of your time in Prague. From organising tours, suggesting itineraries, helping with forward bookings or simply dinner recommendations, the staff at many of the four star hotels we have stayed in could learn much from the staff at the Brix Hostel. They were amazing.
The tram to Wenceslas Square and the old town is a very short walk away, making it very easy to explore the city, with a number of restaurants and bars within very easy walking distance.
Lesson 1 from our time in Prague: Hostels are not just for backpackers.
Note: this is not a paid review. The service and accommodation we found was of such outstanding value, we felt they deserved a free review.
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