The Hotel Jalta Prague is located on the Wenceslas Square. The Square is for some reason considered the very center of Prague by most of the tourist. I myself prefer Old Town Square or the Republic Square area, or even the Malostranske namesti. Firstly the Wenceslas Square is more like a boulevard rather than a square. Also there are too many shopping centers, restaurants and hotels on the Wenceslas Square, where e.g. Old Town Square and Malostranske namesti are more historical centers, and the Republic Square is center for shopping as well as cultural events and even has great restaurants and nightlife. Of course you can find the National Museum, the Statue of the St. Wenceslas and e.g. Koruna Palace on the Wenceslas Square. It is my personal preference and my personal opinion. Surely the Wenceslas Square is still one of the best areas to stay at. In my opinion the Jalta hotel is ideal for business stay.
When you enter the hotel you get welcomed by professional and smiling receptionists and doormen. Lobby is spacious and offers a few seats on comfortable sofas. Even though on the picture I took the lobby does not look very well, it looks nice in real. The lobby is connected with the famous Como Restaurant, which is also used as a breakfast hall. My guide in the hotel was the sales and reservation manager Mr. Pisklak. He was very kind and informative.
Since my last visit of the Jalta (I guess back in 2006 or so), a lot of things changed. It is good to know that the hotel is continuously maintaining the rooms and the inner public areas. The rooms are well designed and decorated. There is the standard 4-star equipment in all rooms: safe box, minibar, air condition, L’Occitane cosmetics, hair dryer, LCD satellite TV (a bit obsolete design and size), robes, shoes etc. Some of the rooms have balconies facing the Square, balconies are relatively large and are perfect for smokers as the hotel is as usual non-smoking. There is also Nespresso and water available in the room – extra charges apply (and the water is not cheap… you can get a beer right at the hotel restaurant cheaper than the water in the room – frustrating; also the Nespresso is not available in standard or here called “superior” rooms).
The specialty of the hotel is a nuclear fallout shelter. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit it, but from what I read online it is an underground bunker which was meant to be used during the WW III! Also during the communist era it was used to eavesdrop all the hotel rooms and public areas. I am glad it is not used in such a way anymore. You can have the concierge organize a private tour of the shelter with an English speaking guide. I plan to do the tour myself, if I do so, I will update the article with the experience.
The hotel does not have any spa or pool, nor the extra services like hairdresser’s are available.
The hotel Jalta website is another example of how not to do the 5-star presentation. Main pictures are blurry. The presentation does not correspond with the hotel price level. The pictures of the rooms in the photo gallery section reflect the real room standings, but for regular user are difficult to find. I myself expected a lot better presentation.
The Jalta Hotel advertises couple of special deals among which is the free limousine transfer to/from the Prague airport. The limousine is Skoda Superb not E class or S class Mercedes Benz limousine as one would expect at the 5-star hotel. You get a discount if you book the hotel via the website and add the “special super secret” promo code “JaltaPromo”. You can get additional discount if you prepay the accommodation.
Some of the rooms unfortunately face the inner courtyard, which is not attractive at all. If you book the hotel directly, they will do their best to accommodate you in the rooms facing the Square. Remember, the bigger agent you book through, it is more likely to get the worse rooms :-D.
The hotel Jalta is rated 8.5 based on 353 reviews on the booking.com; the tripadvisor rating is 88% with rank 119 out of 670 hotel, hotels.com rate the Jalta hotel 4.3 out of 5 points based on 118 hotel reviews.
Jalta hotel definitely does not reach the 5-star international rating, but in Prague it is above 4-star hotels standards.
What I liked about the hotel: lobby, Como restaurant, exterior and interior of the hotel, balconies, staff, location, junior suites, decorations in the rooms.
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