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How to Find an Apartment in Prague (Step by step guide)

Finding and booking an Apartment in Prague could be described as a few clicks process, but better not to precipitate because reserving accommodation can hide many unpleasant surprises that can turn your holidays into a nightmare. Here I wrote a step by step guide for finding an Apartment in Prague, a procedure that goes through all the advises and cautions that you should consider while planning your trip.

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To begin with, decide about the size of your Apartment

Prague Apartments Size funnyDepending on the number of people who will be traveling, you can decide about the number of bedrooms in the apartment, this may also influence the price of the apartment in a next step. Couples will mostly go for a Studio or even a One Bedroom apartment as this has an independent bedroom and a separate living room, if you are planning to stay for extended period and wish to cook your own meals, the one bedroom option is recommended as you will avoid the smell in your sleeping place. If you are in Prague just for a weekend or you are planning to eat mostly in restaurants, then you can save on the Studio option, there are many tiny nicely furnished studios to choose from at very reasonable prices.
Small families, a couple with one or two children can also stick with the One Bedroom Apartment, as it has usually a sofa-bed for children in the Living room and an independent bedroom for the parents, some of the clients prefer more commodity and comfort so they go for the Two Bedroom apartment option, some of the apartments have even two bathrooms for more intimacy. The two bedroom apartments in Prague are mainly the choice of larger families with adult children for whom sleeping on the sofa-bed is not that comfortable. Two couples traveling together to Prague usually go for the Two Bedroom Apartments with two bathrooms, but as there aren't that many apartments with such facility, it's recommended to book in advance as apartments with two bathrooms are preferred by most of guests.
For larger families or Groups of friends traveling to Prague together, getting a Three bedroom or even a Four bedroom apartment that accommodated from 10 to 21 guests is a good choice mainly from the economical point of view, single beds can be distributed in the apartment as per the client's wishes. For large groups there are many apartments in the same building, so a group of 30 or 40 people can be accommodated in three or four apartments even in the same floor, so that they stay in touch and organized during their trip to Prague.

Following the point mentioned above, choose the right Prague district for you

Prague Old TownYou should first understand the structure of the city of Prague. Prague has 10 districts, but only some of those districts will interest you for choosing your holiday apartment.
Prague 1 which includes the medieval center of the city composed of the: The Old Town (Stare Mesto in Czech) and the Jewish Quarter (Josefov), The Lesser Town or the Little Quarter (Mala Strana) , Prague Castle Area (Hradcany) and the New Town (Nove Mesto) mainly known with its Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti). You will find most of the monuments, attractions and sights in Prague 1, a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like Prague Castle, the Old Town Square, the Charles Bridge and the Jewish Quarter.
Prague 2 that includes Vysehrad with its national cemetery and the ruins of a medieval fortress, the New Town with its Charles Square (Karlovo Namesti) and the Gothic town hall, and Vinohrady, with its exclusive Art Nouveau Apartments from the late 19th century.
Prague 3 district includes most of the Zizkov area with its largest equestrian statue in the world, the statue of Jan Zizka , the 216 meter-high Zizkov Television Tower, the grave of Czech-German writer Franz Kafka also as many beautiful parks like the famous Vitkov park.
Prague 5 that holds the Andel shopping area on Smichov, a new center of Prague with many international offices and one big shopping mall easily accessible by public transport, Metro, tram lines and buses.
The rest of Prague districts are also worth visiting as each district has its unique sights and monuments, but as we are talking about apartment rentals, and after around 10 years experience, we can assume that tourists usually prefer the above mentioned districts, mainly as they are more centric, safe and concentrate most of the monuments and attractions of Prague.

Another important point, fix your Budget for the Apartment

Your budget for Prague ApartmentsThe prices of Apartments in Prague usually depend on the above mentioned two points: the size and the location, but it also depends on the level of equipments and furniture of the apartment. Apartments are classified from Economy (one star) to Platinum (five stars), between those categories you can also choose Bronze, Silver of Gold. There are apartments with just basic furniture for tourists who are interested mainly in exploring the charm of Prague and just need a place to sleep. And high standard apartments furnished with design furniture and high-end electronics also as air-conditioning and Internet connection. In between, there are many reasonably priced apartments with useful non exaggerated equipments and amenities, those are the mostly preferred apartments for the average travelers.
As we already mentioned, the location influences notably the price of the apartment, usually apartments that are in the Wenceslas Square and the Old Town are the most priced, followed by Apartments in the Mala Strana and near Prague Castle, and then Apartments that are in areas around the center of Prague, like Vinohrady, Andel and Zizkov. There are also few apartments in further districts like Prague 8 or Prague 7 that are usually in a budget and chosen by guests who travel to Prague with their own cars or those who don't mind traveling to the heart of Prague by metro, tram or bus.(A photo courtesy to Josef Hannin).

Next step is to contact a Travel Consultant in Prague

The next step will be, to contact a travel agent in Prague, better a specialized one in apartment rentals, just write a brief e-mail about your preferences, the location where you like to stay, also as your traveling terms, the number of guests, if there will be some children (in many cases children are accommodated free of charges), your approximate budget and any other extra wishes as Internet connection, air-conditioning...etc. Once you receive an answer from the agent, don't hesitate to ask any other question that may come up to your mind, and just run away from any agent who doesn't care that much to answer you concretely, remember you will be paying your money, so better to avoid any bad surprises due to a poor information about the location in Prague or the amenities of the apartments. Also if you are planning to stay in Prague for an extended period or if you are booking more apartments at once, don't hesitate to negotiate the prices if possible, saving few bucks for a dinner in Prague or a museum entrance is always useful.

Last but not the least, book the apartment as soon as possible

Once you feel satisfied with the apartment and the offer in general, you will have to book the apartment, usually it's better to make the reservation as soon as possible, Prague is quite busy, mainly during weekends and you can never guarantee that the apartment doesn't get booked while you are still thinking or hesitating. Normally, a credit card number is enough to make a booking, in some cases a deposit is required but generally you will be informed by the agent about the booking conditions. After making the booking, it's highly advised to take the concrete phone number of the person who will be meeting you for the ckeck-in, many apartments have a reception desk for the check-in, others don't, get the exact address and verify it on Google maps to avoid confusion at your arrival. Also provide your full detailed contacts and a mobile phone number with roaming that you will be using during your stay in order to be reached in case of emergency. We would also recommend using the Airport Transfer Service provided by the travel agent as this will facilitate the check-in process as the driver will assist you and take you directly to the address of your apartment, he will even wait until you meet the responsible person for the apartment.

By following the above mentioned steps you will make the right decision choosing your Apartment in Prague, you will avoid deceptions while booking the apartment and bad surprises at your arrival to Prague.

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