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!