Prices are approximate, per room per night.
Europa Hotel Originally known as the 'Archduke Stepan', the Europa Hotel was rebuilt in 1903-5 by two leading exponents of art nouveau architecture, Bedřich Bendelamayer and Alois Dryák. The façade, overlooking Wenceslas Square, is decorated with graceful sculpted figures, elaborate wrought-iron balconies and a gable with a mosaic of coloured glass by Jan Förster. The decoration of the restaurant is even more extraordinary; particularly beautiful are the bronze lamps, supported by angels with flowing robes. The hotel is now rather run down, so it's better to look at than to stay in.
The Three Ostriches One of Prague's most charming hotels is the quaintly named 'At the Three Ostriches' (U Tří Ptrosů). It was built in 1606 by Jan Fux, a well-known supplier of ostrich feathers to the nobility, who used them to decorate their caps and hats. The restored interiors have preserved the original painted wooden Renaissance ceilings, together with some of the antique furniture.
Finding a Room in Brno Visitors to Brno should be aware that the demand for accommodation during Trade Fairs is high and that some hotels are frequently booked out. (Price hikes can also be expected.) If you arrive without a place to stay, your best bet is the Čedok office at Masarykovo 37, Phone: (05) 4221 0942.
Private Accommodation Staying in private accommodation is becoming an increasingly attractive option for visitors to Prague (and elsewhere in the Czech Republic). There are several agencies in the town centre and one or two have branches at the main railway station. Many apartments are in good central locations and, if you come out of season, prices are especially competitive - less than half what you might expect to pay in a hotel. Summer visitors should be sure to book in advance.