Unfortunately, central Prague’s accommodation isn’t any more the cheap price that tourists boasted about a decade ago. Fortunately though, Prague’s trusted and efficient public transport makes virtually any remote area a simple journey to the city centre.
Cost effective options are numerous, regardless of if you want to be housed in a ‘ubytovna’ (penzion, hostel) or a camp site. ‘Penzion’ means B&B accommodation; though the break-fast might just be a cup of tea with butter and bread rolls. Much of the hostel-style housing has facilities that are surprisingly modern, nice staff and attractive locations but these will be more expensive. For lovers of nature, or people on very low budgets, they’re lots of camp sites in Prague.
Ubytovna (Hostel) – Should you not mind accommodation similar to that of the twelfth century, a ‘ubytovna’ would be your top choice. It should be noted that this is very low priced: the lowest price for a hostel (ubytovna) room for 2 people would be lower than five hundred CZK in the outskirts of Prague where tourists are less frequent. At such a price, you will not usually get a break-fast, and you will possibly need to provide your own shampoo, soap and towels. But at lower than five hundred CZK for 2, you will be able to buy lots of towels and have enough remaining to splash out on dinner and lunch.
Camp Site Areas – Should you journey during the months of the summer, you may find some camp sites where you’ll be able to set-up a tent, utilize camp site facilities or rent a caravan for only about two hundred CZK. This is a great deal when compared to even the cheapest hotels.
Penzion – A step-up from this is the modest family run hotel or the ‘penzion’ / Bed and Breakfast type accommodation. The word ‘Penzion’ doesn’t mean, necessarily, that you’ll be able to get your food here, although you may. A step-up from this would be a hotel, which is a word that normally suggests something more formal and grander (although not always) and that will have its’ own restaurant in all likelihood. Actually, lots of Рenziоns are superior to many hotels, which can often be very shabby.
Cheaper hotels – The last port of call for low cost accommodation should be the 3 star hotels on the outskirts of Prague, where you’ll receive a pretty good deal for the money you pay. The sole drawback could be the distance you are from the centre of the city and the travelling time required to get there may be about forty to fifty minutes. For these hotels, you could expect to be charged from six hundred to one thousand CZK per room, per night.