When I first visited the Czech Republic back in January 2016, I was completely unprepared. It was a very impromptu trip; I booked my flights from London to Prague just a couple of days before jetting off, so consequently spent zero time researching things to do or places to eat and drink while in the Czech capital.
My sole reason for travelling to the Eastern European country was to conquer the Czech Republic Skywalk in Dolní Morava, which I’d seen in an article online. I didn’t check the weather forecast, I didn’t investigate the price of a pint or public transport to work out how much foreign currency I’d need, I didn’t make a Prague “mini bucket list” of things I wanted to do. The only real research I did was planning the route from Prague to Dolní Morava (which was over 120 miles away, so definitely not walkable).
I really should have been more prepared (did I learn nothing from my 10+ years in the Scouts?). What’s that saying, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”? Because of my failure to prepare, I ended up staying quite far out – at least a 30-minute bus ride from Prague city centre. This made sightseeing a bit of a mission, and visiting bars for a bit of boozing difficult.
So this time around, as I was only going to be spending 24 hours in the Czech capital, I was determined to make the most of it. I wanted to stay as central as possible, so I wouldn’t have to go too far for anything. After a bit of research, I found the Boutique Hotel Seven Days…
Where is Seven Days Boutique hotel?
Boutique Hotel Seven Days is excellently located in the centre of Prague, so the perfect place to base yourself if you’re only visiting the Czech Republic for a short weekend break.
Nestled in the Nove Mesto area, the hotel is less than a five minute walk from the National Museum and Wenceslas Square – both places that I didn’t visit on my previous trip, and as it was the end of November, the Christmas markets were just beginning to open, of which Wenceslas Square has a small one.
The Seven Days Hotel is also just over a mile away from the Town Centre and Old Town Square, and less than two miles from the beautiful Charles Bridge. Everything you could ever want in Prague is definitely within walking distance from the hotel – but if you don’t feel like walking, there are tram stops, bus stops and a metro station just around the corner.
There are also convenience stores that are open 24 hours as soon as you step out of the hotel, which come in handy if you want any snacks or drinks (or if, like me, you really want a bath bomb and a face mask, so you can have a relaxing soak in the tub – more on that later…).
Inside Seven Days Boutique.
The classic boutique hotel is housed in a grand 4 star heritage property, built in a neo-renaissance residential style in 1888.
As I stepped inside I was instantly transported to a classic, avant-garde era. The décor is elegant and traditional, with luxury Italian neoclassical furniture and lots of deep, romantic red; perfectly fitting for anyone looking for a romantic place to stay this Valentine’s Day. I actually felt a little sad that I was staying there as a solo traveller, as it’s the perfect hotel for couples.
The cheerful staff welcomed me into hotel and I immediately felt comfortable, I knew I’d found a gem of a place to stay. Though I was a little early for check-in, the hotel manager let me leave my bag in the luggage room, so I could head off to meet a friend. After posting on Facebook that I would be in Prague for the day, Kerry had messaged saying she’d also be there then. Kerry and I used to work together at MoneySavingExpert.com, but hadn’t seen each other for over six years – so jumping at a chance to catch-up, we made plans to meet outside the nearby National Museum. It was the perfect afternoon of gossip, giggles and ‘Goosecco’ cocktails.
When I went back to the hotel later that evening to check-in, I had a proper look around the lobby. It was beautiful, with so many wonderful little details. One of my favourite features was the light, which hung all the way from the top floor, down through the middle of the staircase to all the other floors. When it was lit up it was magical.
On the ground floor, just off the lobby area, is the V-Café Bar. The bar has a large selection of spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks – both local and imported. And prices are quite reasonable.
It was very quiet when I had a nosey around, but it was a Sunday night, so perhaps usual. I just loved the décor and little touches everywhere – the dark, polished granite, mahogany wood paneling and thick velvet drapes oozed glamour, reminding me of 1920s style bars I’ve seen in films.
There is also a small courtyard area, which was beautifully decorated with Christmas lights and a huge twinkling Christmas tree. Although there were patio heaters and blankets out there, in late November it was certainly too cold to sit so fresco and enjoy it. But on a warmer summer or autumn evening, I reckon it would be the perfect place to relax with a few glasses of wine and some good friends after a busy day exploring the Czech capital.
Rooms at the Seven Days Boutique hotel.
There are 50 rooms in Hotel Seven Days, all smoke-free and with sound-proofing. My room was a Superior room, with a gigantic queen-sized bed dominating one corner.
The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The bed was exceptionally comfortable; one of the best beds I’ve ever slept in (along with the bed in The Gordleton Mill in the New Forest, which I visited last year). I had such a long, deep sleep, I actually found it difficult to get out of bed the next morning. Though that could have been due to the bath before bed-time.
The room featured Villa Borghese-style furniture, which was classy and traditional. There was also a hidden single bed, tucked in the corner behind the curtains.
While the hotel was lavish from inside, the view from my room was of nothing – I could see the flashing of what I thought was a disco light below, but later realised was a Christmas tree. But I have no complaints, as I’d much rather spend time being a part of ‘the view’, than ogling it from my window.
For any business travellers staying at the hotel, the rooms have a desk and chair. Or, if you just want to chill out and watch TV, there were plenty of channels to choose from – as well as on-demand options and YouTube. I particularly liked the way Hotel Seven Days had provided a guide to the remote control; often when you’re unfamiliar with a remote it can be difficult to figure out which buttons to press. But the handy guide (in English) was really helpful.
There was also a fridge in the room, with a chilled bottle of water ready for my arrival – which I really needed after a long, hot soak in the tub.
I’ve said it before on other hotel reviews, but bathrooms are a huge thing for me travelling. Just like the rest of the bedroom, this one was spacious, spotless and tastefully decorated (the terracotta tiles actually reminded me of my parents’ bathroom).
As soon as I saw the bathtub I just knew I had to have one. I don’t normally take baths, as showers are so much quicker, more convenient and more environmentally friendly than baths. But after a long day travelling and walking and exploring, I couldn’t resist. Cue a relaxing 1-hour long soak, complete with a bath bomb, face mask, glass of wine and some chill out music on Spotify (the wi-fi was perfect for streaming music).
After my bath, I put on my new silky pyjamas* and climbed into the big bed. It felt like such a waste of what could have been a gorgeously romantic night away – it’s definitely the perfect place for a couple’s retreat.
Like the bedroom, there were lots of little details in the bathroom that I really appreciated. As I travelled hand-luggage only, I couldn’t bring full-size shampoo and conditioner – and having long hair, I need a lot of both. So I was grateful for the basket of toiletries on the side, as well as the squeezy, wall-mounted tubes of soap and shower gel.
I was also pleased to see that the hotel is doing its part to fight climate change and reduce the carbon footprint of its guests. As well as the usual “please reuse the towels” notice, Hotel Seven Days launched a new service to hall reduce environmental impact just days before I arrived. Guests staying more than one night can choose not have their room cleaned every day in exchange for a free bonus, like drinks, dinner or access to the spa, depending on the length of their stay.
It’s definitely the little things that matter.
Leisure facilities at the Seven Days Boutique in Prague.
Although I didn’t use it, there is a beautiful spa on the top floor of the hotel, which I can only imagine would be the perfect place to relax after a hectic day of sightseeing. The spa includes a private sauna (which was very pink) and a bubbly jacuzzi, as well as some loungers. The spa’s open every day from 8am until 10pm, although a reservation is necessary and using the facilities will cost you extra.
If you were planning to head to Prague for a relaxing break with a loved one, Hotel Seven Days offers a Romantic Getaway package, which includes a 3-course candlelit dinner, access to the spa, robes and slippers. Who wouldn’t want to indulge in such luxury in the ‘City of Love’?
Food and drink at Seven Days Boutique hotel.
When I first started travelling alone back in 2015 (as part of my ‘12 countries in 12 months‘ challenge), I used to really fear dining alone in restaurants. I felt conspicuous, like everyone was looking at me and thinking “look at that girl over there on her own, can’t even find someone to eat with her”. These days, after visiting over 30 countries, I’m less bothered.
But sometimes, I’ll admit, I still get a little anxious. That night in Prague, after spending the day roaming the Christmas markets and catching up with my old friend, was one of those times. So rather than dining out in one of the many places near the hotel, I decided to eat in the hotel restaurant. The food was a little more expensive than I’d usually pay, but my anxiety got the better of my money-saving senses – plus, I wasn’t that hungry anyway, having had a lovely lunch at nearby Mezi Srnky with my friend.
I chose a table in the dining room far away from the other diners, and after perusing the menu (which is in both English and Czech, thankfully), I decided on a chicken noodle soup and a beer. Both were served really quickly, and I enjoyed them – the soup was filling despite being quite a thin, consomme soup. And the beer was ice-cold, as it should be. My only gripe, if you can call it that, was that the waitress didn’t seem very friendly – but perhaps that was a cultural/language barrier? Either way, it didn’t detract away from my meal; I was in, out and back up in my room within 30 minutes, where I spent the rest of the evening soaking in the bath, relaxing and editing my photos from earlier in the day.
After my small dinner the night before, I was looking forward to the complimentary breakfast the next morning – the pictures online looked amazing. Typically, as like other hotels serving continental breakfast, there was both a hot and cold buffet, with fresh fruit, cereal and yoghurts on one side, plus bacon, sausages and eggs on a hot plate. Coffee was self-service from an urn, and cold juice was available if you didn’t want a hot drink.
Unfortunately however, I was a little too late down to the restaurant to see it in all it’s glory (hence the poor pics below). Boo. The food I did have was really tasty though – especially the baked oats with fruit compote, served in a white ramekin. I’d have had seconds if there were any left.
For anyone planning a stay at Hotel Seven Days, the continental breakfast is served from 7-11 am – but at around 9am when I headed down, it was slim pickings. So, if you’re looking to fill up on hearty breakfast before heading out for a long day of sightseeing (or beer drinking – because ‘when in Prague’ and all that), head down to the restaurant early.
Tips for staying at the Seven Days hotel in Prague.
If you’re planning a stay at the Boutique Hotel Seven Days, here are a few things to bear in mind:
- There’s free wifi available throughout the hotel (public areas and the rooms), with a strong, speedy connection.
- Check-in time is 2pm, and check out time is 11am.
- The room key has the name of the hotel and the address on it – so if you’re out and about and a bit lost, but don’t speak Czech or can’t find someone who speaks English, just flash them your room key. The area is pretty well-known so they should be able to point you in the right direction.
- Airport transfers are available – if you book your stay with the hotel directly for three or more nights, you’ll get a free transfer one-way, or if you stay more than five nights you can have a free round trip to the airport. Not sure if five nights in Prague would be a bit overkill though… I guess it depends on what you have planned though (definitely make plans, don’t be unprepared like me).
Seven Days Boutique: the verdict.
If you’re looking for somewhere central to stay in Prague, then you couldn’t get much better than the Seven Days Hotel. And after just one night’s stay, it’s clear to see why the hotel scores so highly on TripAdvisor (4.8 out of 5), Facebook (4.7 out of 5), Google (4.6 out of 5) and Booking.com (9.1 out of 10).
Depending on the time of year you’re planning to visit Prague and who you’re travelling with, Hotel Seven Days could be the perfect place for you. It would make an ideal base for a romantic getaway in the Czech capital, so definitely consider staying here if you’re planning a trip with your special someone this Valentine’s Day. Or, if it’s European Christmas markets you’re after, then you couldn’t be better located for the festivities, mulled wine and bratwurst.
Disclaimer: I stayed at the Seven Days Boutique hotel in Prague on Sunday 25 November 2018 for one night, in a standard double room on bed and breakfast basis. The room cost £189 for one person, but my stay was gifted by Seven Days Boutique Hotel. All opinions in this review are my own, however.
Disclaimer: Nightwear gifted by UK Lingerie.