Advantage Hostel - Prague

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The Hostelz.com Review

With its many included amenities and short distance from Old Town, Advantage Hostel - Prague makes a great base for a visit to Prague.

The Location

To say it up front -- the hostel is not located in Old Town, which might or might not be a good fit. For those looking for a party hostel in the center of everything, this is not it. However, for those who don’t mind (or who prefer) a fifteen-minute walk to the touristy parts of the city center, then the location is great. The hostel is in close proximity to plenty of restaurants, markets, and a metro station. The main train station is about fifteen minutes away by foot. Old Town is a twenty-minute walk, and the metro would make it even quicker to access. The location is close enough to the center to be convenient, but far enough away from the main attractions so as not to feel overly touristy.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel is quite clean, and the rooms are large and spacious. The nine-bed room feels more like two rooms, with a small sitting area by the door. The beds are made upon arrival. Linens are included in the price of the room, and both towels and padlocks are available for a refundable deposit. The in-room lockers are large enough for a big pack. The rooms have plenty of outlets, and small shelves are installed by the beds for any nighttime needs. There is no air conditioning, so the rooms can get warm in the summer, though a nice breeze can generally be had.

There are bathrooms on each floor, separated into men’s and women’s, and they are cleaned daily. There are plenty of hooks for hanging towels and clothes, though there isn’t a good private space to change as the shower stalls are located in the same room as the toilets. A small quibble with the bathroom is that the lights are operated by motion detectors, so they have a tendency to shut off while you are in the middle of a shower, so you might have to get out and dance around a bit to turn the lights back on.

Common Spaces

The atmosphere of the hostel is more relaxed and quiet but still friendly, and it offers opportunities to socialize. The hostel has a comfortable sitting area near reception with a television and computers for guests to use. There is a kitchen on the ground floor with two tables where you can sit and eat. The kitchen is small but has everything needed to prepare a meal, as well as a dishwasher for cleaning up. There is also a washing machine in the kitchen for guests to use (for a fee). There is another small kitchen on the second floor with a small sitting area. The common areas are clean and tidy. Though there is no pub at the hostel, reception sells cans of beer and small snack items. The free breakfast is simple but decent as far as free breakfasts go -- sliced meats and cheese, several types of bread, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, tea, juice, butter, and jam.

Each night, the hostel hosts a different activity, like beer tasting, or lessons on how to cook traditional Czech dishes. The events are free, fun, and a good way to meet others in the hostel. The hostel also has information on city tours, day trips, pub crawls, and other activities outside the hostel.

Summary

As long as you aren’t looking to be right at the center of the action, Advantage Hostel is a great place to stay for the price. The hostel does well at predicting and meeting the basic needs of guests -- plenty of outlets, big lockers, included linens and towels, and a good free breakfast. The spaciousness, the included amenities, and the extra activities make this hostel a great budget option for a stay in Prague.
by Jen
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2016-07-03
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View of Hostel Advantage from the street.
Reception area, which also sells beers and other snacks.
Sitting area off of reception with a television.
Computers for guest use.
Kitchen on the first floor for guest use.
One half of the spacious nine-bed room.
Other half of the nine-bed room.
Showers: hot water, good pressure, though no good place to change.
Bathrooms on each floor, one men's and one women's.
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Location/Contact

Address
Sokolská 11-13, Praha 2, Prague (Praha), Czech Republic
Coordinates
50.073473, 14.429011 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.advantagehostel.cz
Telephone
+420 2 2491 4062
Fax
+420 2 2491 4067
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Good location, nice staff
The place is good, the beds are ok, it is clean, the showers are no so good, but the staff is very nice. the breakfast is good, free internet, cheap beer at the pub next to it, very calm. I recommend it.
Marie-Pier
(Canada)
2008-01-09
This is a large hostel in a busy part of the city. On the positive side, the beds are single beds, not bunkbeds as in most hostels, and the rooms are spacious and clean. On the negative side, if you're not a smoker, or even if you're a smoker who doesn't like to sleep in a smoky room, you might want to avoid this hostel. The guests seem to be mostly Czech and German. There is a tiny common area with a TV, but it's usually mosty empty except for the hostel's owner. There are also small common sitting areas on each floor. Discount for HI members.
David
2007-05-01
  I stayed at this hostel on easter weekend 2007. Very nice place, helpful staff, good shower. It is a little bit of a walk from Old Town Square, and the hostel itself is not very sociable. I was hoping to meet some people while there, but a small TV room with two computers does not make for the ideal hangout. All amenities at this hostel are great, shower is strong and hot, breakfast not great but it gets the job done. I would recommend staying here if it is the closest you are to Old Town, but plan your day wisely so you are not killing yourself walking to and from more than once or twice a day. All in all a very nice hostel, just not great for meeting people or being right at the heart of Old Town.
James T.
(U.S.A.)
2007-04-21
  Fantastic location just one and a half blocks south of I. P. Pavlova metro and tram stops. While on a busy street, the noise was not a problem for sleeping. The area has lots of folks walking at all hours, making is feel safe. The free twenty minutes of internet access at a time on two computers in a small lounge which also has TV, was a nice treat. I found a few folks hanging out in this lounge, but more folks chatting in the self-service kitchen upstairs. Clean, firm mattresses, which can handle a large guy. Bathrooms were never crowded, were clean. Hot water was adequate, but sometimes the temperature fluctuates a little, never to the point of scalding or freezing, though. Breakfast is a buffet, and includes cheese, meat, cereals, juice, tea, milk, coffee, jam, butter, a couple of types of bread. Plenty. The restaurant adjacent is independent, but has large lunches for less than $5. A laundry on Krakowska street nearby washed and folded my dirty clothes for me. Folks at the desk are not native English speakers, but you can figure out what they are saying. The desk sells water, Cokes, ice cream. I did not see many Czech guests. British, Australian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, a French school group one night, some German girls. About 60% women, and most folks were in their twenties.
Texas Doug
2006-09-15
  This hostel has everything I expected and a little bit more. New colored rooms, restaurant with the cheap beer, free internet access, frienly staff, clean rooms and showers, single beds (not only bunk), excellent location and very good price. The atmosphere is great. What else need the single backpacker? It was a good choice, believe me.
Wonderpack
2006-03-17
  This hostel is well located but that's about it. The rooms have ugly paint jobs on the walls and are very humid and muggy. (My clothes couldn't dry.) There is only one computer with free Internet. It's very difficult to get access to it. The receptionist was not the most friendly and helpful person. Try somewhere else. But if you're stuck this place is ok, I guess.
Oli
2005-08-20
  Advantages: this place is close to the subway, and there is a Jidelna (local place offering cheap food) across the street. The breakfast is okay — at least it's a buffet and you can even pack your lunch here. There is one computer with free Internet access. Disadvantages: we stayed in a double room facing the main street. It was very noisy and we had to close the windows at night; otherwise it was too noisy to sleep. There is not even a desk in the room. The bathroom is the most horrible place. Well, it's generally clean but there is no privacy. You can't lock the door because the shower and toilet are in the same room. People can walk in while you're out of the shower and putting on your clothes. There is no hook at all to hang towels or clothes. The staff are okay.
Alice
2004-10-27
  I was really unimpressed with this hostel. The rooms were freezing (I was there for New Year) and stank of stale cigarette smoke. The reception staff were pretty unfriendly, despite my repeated attempts to make polite conversation. There is only one computer with internet and it doesn't work most of the time, particularly for hotmail users. The shower curtains are so see through they may as well not exist - paricularly a problem when guys are walking past the open door to the bathroom all the time to get to their rooms! I still managed to enjoy myself, primarly because of the people I met and because of the fantastic (and so cheap) food in the next-door restaurant (definitely recommended), but I won't be staying here again.
Michelle
2004-08-15

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