Hostel Merlin, Český Krumlov

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Small but nice

It might be a little bit tough to find your way there from the bus station. Anyway, it's quite a small hostel but very cozy and feel like home. Though the room is really tiny, it's also a good choice.


Wizard's Attic

Located as close to the center of town as possible, hostel Merlin provides an easy access to all of Cesky Krumlov's sights. The kitchen is basic but a welcome sight in a hostel so small. The main reason this hostel is only average is because it is so cramped. The bathrooms especially are quite small (don't expect to be able to stand up gents), and the lights are operated by motion sensors that seem to work about 40% of the time. Just stretching while lying in bed I managed to hit an overhead beam with my hand. This tightness of space also means that meeting or talking with people is rather unlikely. The staff were friendly (although one of the women did scream Czech obscenities at someone else on the phone), but are not particularly helpful when it comes to recommendations on what to eat.

Age 21 | American

Warning! Do not visit this hostel -- there are plenty of good cheap hostels in Krumlov who will not try to extort extra money out of you or order you to leave in the night after you have paid! The owners insist on the right to refuse entry to anyone they wish (our crime was having a two-year-old daughter) and will call the police to make this happen. It's cheap and nice-looking, but its not worth it. This is the worst holiday experience ever in my life. I, my wife, and 2-year-old daughter were kicked out of this hotel-Pension Merlin in the middle of the night when most of the Hostel and Pension reception already closed and had to listen to lies and insults.


Great location, but everything in Cesky Krumlov is so close anyways! The best accomodations for your money! Make sure you ask for an extra blanket though.

Karen and Naomi

This place is wonderful. The location is great. The rooms and bathrooms are clean. There are REAL, fully stocked kitchens to use. The balcony and patio are great for relaxing on. There is free Internet. The girl who worked there was sometimes hard to find, and spoke minimal English but was super friendly. This place was also ridiculously cheap. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend this place to everyone.


We stayed here on our Eastern Europe trip, and by far it is absolutely the BEST hostel I've ever come across!


Cesky Kromlov is a fantastic place, and Hostel Merlin is a fantastic hostel. The only thing I could complain about would be that it is a little cramped, but in this place I'd call it cosy. The rooms are very well kept and the bathrooms are modern and clean. The beds are reasonable -- and they're separate beds rather than bunks, which is a good bonus.

The receptionist/manager was very friendly and helpful and spoke very good English. A bonus is the free internet, although there is only one computer and it is only available during the day (i.e. while the manager is around). You will get your own key for the room which also lets you in the door downstairs when it is locked late at night.

One of the best things about Hostel Merlin is the location. It is right beside one of the three bridges in the old town centre, and will only take you 1-2 minutes to walk to the square. You couldn't ask for a nicer location, right next to the river in a lovely town.

Cesky Kromlov is one of the nicest towns to visit in one of the best and cheapest countries to go to in Europe. Hostel Merlin is one of the cheapest hostels I have stayed in, and it has to be one of my favourites.

Dave Sanders
New Zealand

We arrived at this hostel with our two children and were immediately impressed. The location is ideal, it's clean, and it's cheap. It has friendly staff, too. We stayed an extra three nights, and will definitely go back. I'd love to see it in Winter.


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Liked: Location Didn't like: Noise


The atmosphere is very nice. There is a balcony which you can enjoy the river view. There is a supermarket nearby and I cooked all my meals in the kitchen. I enjoyed staying there.


Liked: Everything was great, staff, people, layout, rooms, bathrooms, location, price, balcony, common area. Best hostel to stay in Cesky Krumlov I think Didn't like: Maybe the beds in the rooms were a bit crammed, so it left very little walking space. But not a big matter


Liked: The room was in a very good Location, The place itself had a lot of character with a beautiful outdoor area, great parking (secure), and a lovely view.

It was very clean tidy and a very pleasent walking distance from the City centre. Didn't like: -


Liked: The hostel locates right beside the bridge. Friendly staff, nice kitchen, and cleanliness are as mentioned here. Comparing to the price, this hostel worths it. Didn't like: There is no hair dryer available. And the way to pension is a bit too dark.


Liked: The Staff was very kind !! And Merlin was so cute . Location also near the downtown.IT WAS SO NICE HOSTEL IN CESKY KRUMLOV :) Didn't like: N


Liked: Nice atmosphere, nice house Didn't like: very small double rooms


Liked: Kitchen, location is excellent Didn't like: Limited staff availability (but it is low season and paying someone to sit around doing nothing is pointless), tiny shoebox rooms


Liked: The location of the property was brilliant really close to the old town and also an easy walk from the bus stop. Didn't like: We stayed in a budget twin it had slopping roof so my partner could only really use half of the bed. The kitchen upstairs is tiny and there is a smell mold.


Liked: First of all, the staff was very very kind. she explained all about hostel kindly and city informations with map. Secondly, the atmosphere was so nice. the room was big, bed and other things were so comfortable.Lastly, Location was good. It is just 1 minute to main square.If I go to cesky krumlov again, I will go merlin one more. Didn't like: Nothing.



There are 3 well equipped kitchens (fridge, toaster, coffe maker, free tea, coffee, sugar etc.), 5 bathrooms and 5 toilets. Free BBQ (charcoal provided for a small fee), garden by the river, balcony with river view. Bike rental, arrangment of boat rents, horseback riding etc. Free parking. Free skates in winter, innertubes in summer.
Hostel rooms: 1 x 6-bed room (dorm), 3 x 3-bed room, 8 x double-room, 1 x single room - all 250 Kc per person.

Pension rooms: 5 x double room ensuit, 1 x double room with private bathroom and kitchen, 1 x 3-4 bed appartment with private bathroom and kitchen

Location and Contact


In the center of the town, about 50 meters from the main square, located on the riverside.The pensionIn the center of the town, about 50 meters from the main square. The hostel is located on the riverside, by Benesuv Bridge. The pension (rooms ensuite) is situated in Horska street, a very peaceful little street on the other side of the river, 3-5 minute walk from the hostel, 5-10 minute walk from the main square. The reception for both the hostel and the pension is located at the HOSTEL (Kajovska street). (rooms ensuite) is sutiated in Horska street, a very peace



Address: Kájovska 59, Český Krumlov (Cesky Krumlov), South Bohemia, Czech Republic

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Phone Number: +420 606 256 145
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

City Tours

Luggage Storage


BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Airport Pickup

Credit Card Payments


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: High-season (July, August): 10 AM - 9 PM (10:00-21:00), Off-season: 11 AM - 8 PM (11:00-20:00)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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