In the heart of Prague, Czech Republic, just footsteps away from a couple of men peeing, you’ll find a small, luxurious hotel made even more fabulous by the staff. We stayed at Hotel U Pava last fall during our now exhaustively written about road trip across Europe. The hotel is charming. The attention to detail and vintage finishes added character that you won’t find in most hotel chains. The location can’t be beat. It’s just a 3 minute walk to the Charles Bridge. It’s 5 minutes from the Lennon Wall, and a lovely 15 minute walk from the Astronomical Clock. But when I think back on our stay at the hotel, I do not recall the wonderful decor or the ideal location as much as I remember the staff.
The staff at Hotel U Pava
Each morning, we had breakfast at the hotel, which was included in our stay. We travel with our toddler, so we had a temperamental 18-month-old with us. While I’m sure her presence mildly annoyed some of the guests, the staff didn’t mind. In fact, it seemed quite the opposite. Each morning, as I was enjoying a delicious cup of coffee and trying to entertain my squirmy child, one of the women who worked in the hotel would stop by. She always smiled, spoke directly to our daughter, Avery, and brought pastries, cookies, and packaged goodies to our table. The first day this felt like a random gesture, but by day three, I realized this wasn’t a one time act of kindness. It was a hotel staff that truly cared about their guests. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Those snacks, I should mention, came in very handy during our long days sightseeing and exploring Prague.
Rooms at Hotel U Pava
We stayed in a suite with a separate bedroom and living area, which was a nice option to have. Anyone who has ever traveled with a baby or toddler knows that sharing a cramped hotel room isn’t ideal. The extra space of the suite allowed us to stay up passed our daughters 8:00 pm bedtime and enjoy a few beers hours of relaxation without having to attend to a demanding, tiny human.
The decor had an old world, romantic feel, much like the city of Prague itself. Elegant draperies, stained glass, intricate artwork and an elaborately adorned ceiling added to the ambiance of the hotel. The room was equipped with thick blackout curtains, which were appreciated during our daughter’s midday nap.
The location of Hotel U Pava is the best part. It’s situated on a surprisingly quiet square in the center of the Malá Strana area of Prague. I truly don’t think there is a better located hotel. It was quiet and intimate, yet just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the tourist sites. I would definitely recommend staying on the Malá Strana side of the Charles Bridge. This was something I debated before finally choosing a hotel. I am so glad I chose the hotel and the location I did! We were situated perfectly between Prague Castle and Old Town, in walking distance to everything, and yet still in an area relatively easy to get to by car.
The one downfall, if there is one, would be the limited parking available. There were a few spots right in front of the hotel, and a few spots where you could parallel park around the square. While we didn’t have an issue parking, I could see where it could potentially be a headache when the hotel is fully occupied.
We would definitely stay at Hotel U Pava again and probably will someday. We fell in love with Prague and would love to return to experience even more of the city. When we do, lodging is one less thing I’ll have to research.