Hostel Elf, Prague

Praha 3
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A hostel for people who love hostels.

There are so many hostels who simply offer affordable accommodation in a convenient neighborhood and feel that is enough. Hostel Elf is one of those hostels where you can really feel the love that goes into it. The hostel itself is beautifully decorated, the bunks are custom. Some have curtains and lamps, depending on the room. They offer a nice, healthy breakfast daily, and free barbecue once a week. Water in jugs with slices of lemon sit on the table in the common area. The outside patio is a truly magical place to unwind. The owners have really gone the extra mile to make this a cool, comfortable, inviting hostel. It is a bit more expensive than other hostels but worth every penny.



This is just great hostel where you can meet other people to party with! I stayed there five days and I hope to come back soon. The staff is helpful, rooms are clean and I loved the design. Location cool, there are many non-tourist places to discover in the neighbourhood and just a few minutes walk to downtown. I definitely recommend!!

Age 31 | Finland

Good experience

I spent three days in May 2014 in Elf Hostel. The place is clean and organized. Nothing extraordinary, but all you could expect from a Hostel -- comfortable bed and wifi available. The location is not the best. Although is not far way from the center, a closer place would have worked better for me. But the price was good. I recommend the place!

Age 37 | Brazil

Hit and miss.

Too many drunk idiots screaming and yelling at night ruined it for me. Also, though most of the staff were nice there were a few that were downright hostile -- I saw a guest almost cry when someone was giving her hell. One of the cleaning staff had a habit of shoving my gf. Breakfast is basic -- cheap bread, coldcuts, jam. It's not all bad. The building itself is cool, has a bit of character and is only a half hour walk to the old town. Bottom line, I think they make more money off drunken louts than people who just want a place to chill and get some sleep at night.


Such a fun place!

Everything you could ask for, at a great price! Well located, nice outside patio, great living room areas, fantastic breakfast(!), individual bathrooms, kitchen corners, free internet -- everything was there! Staff were always super friendly, even if the hostel was very full at the time of our visit. Simply put, its a super nice hostel. I would choose it again.


Cramped with rude staff

I stayed here for three nights and was delighted to leave. The staff were very rude without exception, and the rooms were far too cramped with too many beds and no space to even get changed. The seating area by reception is also cramped and uncomfortable. There are lots of other hostels in Prague, so don't bother with this one.


Great if you like to be stoned most of the time

Finding this hostel was a challenge. We wandered around until 1:30 in the morning before we located it. We stayed here for four nights and left with assorted bedbug bites. Our dorm room was not very clean and several of the hostelers were even less clean. The dirtiest hair I have seen in a long time. The location was good -- bus #133 to downtown area stopped right in front of the hostel although beware of pickpockets on this particular bus. The hostel had a small kitchen area which had old, out of date food left behind that should have been tossed long ago. Having free internet was a definite plus. Overall, avoid this hostel if possible.


Friendly, colourful, clean, great value, great meeting point

Elf is a really cheery, colourful, clean, and friendly place that's well run and good value. We stayed in a double room (without facilities) for four nights in Oct '07. They gave us a four-bed room for the first two nights for the two of us, but that wasn't a problem at all. The corridors and public areas have lots of colours and graffiti, the common area is always buzzing but not raucous. Its a great place to meet people from all over the world -- that was very evident even though two of us were not really looking for that so much. The breakfast was really good -- sandwiches (with and without meat) and some really nice sugar/chocolate buns that come in fresh first thing in the morning (they entered with us at 6.30 a.m. the day we arrived). To say it's in Praha 3 and hence out of the way would be ding it a disservice. If you want to stay in the centre of all the attractions, then this is not the place, but its location really is quite convenient. Its about a five-minute walk from Florenc Bust Station, ten minutes walk from Prague's main train station (HLN), and there's a bus right outside the door (#133) that takes you to the Starometska stop, which is pretty much much smack bang in the centre. There's a train line right next door, and sometimes boisterous beer drinkers at night. The latter hardly bothered us actually. the trains rumble by quite often and might be a problem for a light sleeper. After all the walking we were doing in the day, I never once heard a thing -- slept like a baby!


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Very good hostel with great atmosphere for solo travellers


This hostel has an amazing atmosphere, the staff are great, the toilets and showers are modern and clean (bit hard to adjust the temperature in the shower), the rooms don't have aircon unfortunately. This hostel was great for socialising and i would of stayed longer if it wasn't booked out.


Best place I stayed during my entire trip around Europe.


overall amazing hostel!

Super friendly and helpful staff.

Great facilities and lots of activities to socialise.

Would 100% recommend


The only small thing is that there was not ac in my room and the pod style bunk beds which are super nice get kinda hot but otherwise a great hostel with great people


Charming hostel with a great atmosphere.

The room was ok but there was a lot of noise both from the road right outside our window and also from the hallways in the hostel (people screaming, talking loud, slamming of doors), this may not always be a problem tho.

The hostel had a great kitchen with a lot of equipment but it should have been more equipment for doing dishes and a better system for the fridge.

The staff was very friendly and welcoming.


The staff were great, helped in anyway possible. The beds and rooms werent that clean, its also because the hostel is pretty cheap so everyone can afford it. Location isnt that close or far from the Center walking wise, but if you rented bikes or scooters then youll be fine, or even the metro/bus.


This hostel was super social and the 12 person room was a good vibe. Cheap beer and free water. Short walk from train station. Bus stop close!

Not every bed has a charger, kitchen looked small.


The staff here is absolutely wonderful!! Teresa at the front desk was so kind and helpful, she made us feel really welcome. The hostel is in a good location, really safe, and has lots of common spaces! Plus theres a cat:) Super nice to have private showers/toilet rooms. Showers were difficult to turn on to the wanted temperature but not a big deal! Good sized lockers. Full sized kitchen. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone going to Prague.


Favourite hostel I have ever stayed in. Was made to feel like family, will 100% stay again.


Brilliant atmosphere, incredibly friendly staff involved in everything. Really easy to meet people over beers in the garden. I felt I made some really long lasting friendships there. Easy access to the centre or the train station.


Such a lovely place! The staff is super friendly and the rooms are ok. The location is not far from the city center, you have the bus in front of the entrance


Really nice staff. 30 mins walk from town centre. Could do with some air conditioning. Otherwise great fun and good value


If your traveling alone, this is the hostel for you. Really easy to meet people, theres a really cool vibe. The staff is amazing and really friendly. One issue is that is 25 minutes from city center, but if you dont matter that, is a really nice place to stay


Lovely staff and great activities planned. No air con so therefore facility rating goes down also bathrooms werent the cleanest


there was seven beds in my room and only six lockers so i didnt get to lock my stuff in. otherwise I liked it, it had the best people and I had so much fun with my roommates


We had a really great time! The hostel has events almost every night, including a l bbq and a pub crawl. Everyone, including staff, was super nice and really friendly. Super social and easy to connect with others. Also only a 15-20min walk from the Old Town, making it super convenient.


I had an amazing time here, it was a really social hostel with a really well- equipped kitchen and cool social spaces. Made some really good friends here, and the centre of town is only a 3 minute e-scooter away!


Loved this hostel. Super clean and social!


The hostel is popping at night. This is great if you are solo. Make sure to bring eye mask and ear plugs because it can be loud if you are trying to sleep. I had a great time meeting people. Its pretty clean and its about a 20-25 minute walk to the main sights. I walked all the way to the zoo and it took me about 1 1/2 hours. I like to walk so this was wonderful for me! Pay with card because most ATMs charge you fees when you pull out money. I recommend if you are solo!



Comfortable hostel located in the atmospheric area of historic Zizkov, features all of services that are required by traveller.
A comfortable sleep, free breakfast, free linen,lockers, a common lounge,terrace, 24 hours reception, equipped kitchen, bar and more...
Variety of accommodation options to suit your preference/from doubles to 12-beds dormitory. Free tea and cofee for the whole day.
The staff of Hostel Elf is here for you and we will provide you with the free map and advices regarding any inquiry that you might have about your stay in Prague.
We do have a special seasons offers such as free BBQ, Happy hours.. for more info visit our website :

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Location and Contact


• Walking distance from the city centre.
• 5 min walk from the Main Bus Station Florenc
• 10 min walk from the Main Train Station



Address: Husitska 11, Praha 3, Prague (Praha), Czech Republic

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Website Hostel Elf Prague
Phone Number: +420 2 2254 0963
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Facilities and Amenities

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



City Tours

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

24 Hour Security


BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets by Each Bed

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Privacy Curtains for Each Bed


Themed Dinner Nights

Walking Tours

Airport Pickup

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: 40

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 16

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 16

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 14 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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