Prague, Czech Republic :
Prague, Czech Republic: The Ultimate Guide with Kids
Stay at Hotel Pachtuv Palace
This gem is a designated small luxury hotel and can be found just off the base of the Charles Bridge in the Old Town of Prague. No major driveways or showy valets, the entrance is a discreet door on a small side street, only those in the know know. The hardest part is finding it and then it's all magic.
We paid 125 euro/ night for a glorious room with a massive living room and adjoining bedroom. There was a small kitchenette (concealed inside a cupboard) with a fridge, microwave, sink and two-burner stove. The baby cot was set up with soft linens and a little teddy bear and the bathroom was equipped with children's soap and a baby potty. It was literally, perfect.
The large living room wreaked of Victorian elegance, and it was so spacious and comfortable that we might not have ventured out on some days, if we had more time in Prague. Plus there was the welcome basket with fruit and perfectly chilled sparkling wine. Aaaahhhh, bliss!'
In terms of space, facilities, location, price and service this place hit all the marks and we were blown away.
Then we had breakfast. If you are lucky enough to be visiting over a weekend, avail of the Mozart breakfasts during which a four-piece ensemble accompanies your eggs to order and freshly squeezed juice ( high chairs available). It was completely magical.
We don't know why it is so cheap, and we don't care. Definitely one of the places we would return to with multiple children of any age, or just by ourselves.
Dine at Pravda, Upscale and Kid-Friendly
As adults with young children, upscale restaurants are usually out of bounds because white linens are just so tempting for the little critters to mess up.
In Prague, however, we found Pravda, with style and sophistication and a welcoming attitude towards kids and adults alike. We were so there!
We discovered it on out way down Pařížská, the beautiful Paris-esque street and were drawn in by the old building and the diverse menu. Everything we ordered was amazing from the chicken spring rolls to the traditional Czech goulash and the duck leg. They don't have a kids menu ( but they have a high chair) so Karam had a grilled salmon which was also exquisite. The service was fantastic - our waiter was friendly, informative and honest (he told us not to have the burger as it was nothing special but suggested some of the items we ordered instead).
If you are looking to treat yourself in a restaurant that doesn't turn it's nose up at kids, Pravda is the place to go to in Prague.
Note: Expensive meal in a city where meals can be quite reasonable, but totally worth it!
Czech Republic: General Travel Tips
1. While there are mini markets around the cities, Alberts and Tesco are the big supermarket chains for all your grocery needs including baby products like foods, diapers and wipes.
2. Walking around the old town is particularly difficult in Prague because of the nature of the cobblestone streets but its the easiest way to get around. Just be prepared to put some work into your arms and your wheels. And for heaven's sake, don't wear heels.
3. Lots of elegant wooden toys and hand-made puppets in Prague Check out the cool handmade toys at Manufaktura or the selection at Sparkys (also at the airport if you want to spend your last few karuna (19 to one USD).
4. Since the Czech Republic is world renowned for its crystal, a great souvenir for the family is a 3d crystal photo, done at a couple of places in the old town. Of course you have to get your baby to sit still for four seconds, which hurts more than the price (USD 200 onwards). But if you're a sucker for keepsakes and souvenirs, it's worth it!
5. I have nothing but good things to say about the Czech people. From the hotel staff to shopkeepers to the security at the airport, people laughed and smiled with Karam, which as we know, is such a deal breaker when you visit a new country.
6. If you stay in the touristy bits, English is spoken by almost everyone.
7. Useful words in Czech are:
* Doctor - doktor
* Taxi - taxíka
* Emergency - krize
* Bathroom - koupelna
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