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Updated: July 31, 2020
Design Hotel Jewel – Small, great-value gem in a fantastic location.
Housed in a historic building that was once a jewelry shop, each of the eleven rooms at this charming spot is named after a gemstone. The rooms are average-sized but each is bright, spotless, and very comfortable. The bigger standout here is the dedicated, friendly service and the excellent bistro and bar on the ground floor where you can sit at a sidewalk table and watch the world go by. The location between Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square is just about perfect too since it’s easy walking distance to most of the city’s top sights, restaurants, shops, and bars. You’ll have to be okay going up a few flights of stairs, however, since there’s no elevator.
Design Hotel Jewel – Location
- Address: Rytířská 529/3, Prague.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Můstek (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk).
- Area: Prime location, almost equidistant from Wenceslas Square (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk) and Old Town Square (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk) in an area with a busy neighborhood feel. Restaurants, bars, and shops are right out the door and Charles Bridge is a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- How to Get There: Walking is your easiest means to get around. Metro lines A and B from the Můstek station are great for excursions farther afield, and line A links to bus #119 for easy public transport to the airport. It takes about 35 minutes (10 miles) to reach the hotel by cab from Václav Havel Airport Prague and a 17-minute walk (1 mile) from Praha Hlavní Nádraží train station.
- Handy to: Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Lego Museum.
Design Hotel Jewel – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel attracts a wide age range, from mid-twenties and up. It’s popular with couples and friends traveling together, as well as a few business people.
- View: Onto the surrounding streets.
- Parking: The hotel can help reserve parking in neighborhood garages from €10 per day.
- Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
- Extras: Exceptional, friendly, and relaxed service.
- When to Book: 1-2 months in advance for dates in May to September and in December around the Christmas holidays. Book even farther ahead if you want a specific room. At other times, 2 weeks ahead should suffice.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +420 224-211-699
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: hoteljewelprague.com
Design Hotel Jewel – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: Guests must use the stairs to reach rooms and the sole elevator transports luggage only, so it’s not well-suited for disabled people.
- For Families: The hotel isn’t particularly family oriented, but baby cots are available.
Design Hotel Jewel – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Jewel Bistro is located on the hotel’s ground floor and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including excellent Czech tapas alongside an impressive Czech wine list. The décor is casual chic. No kids’ menu. Open daily from 7 am to 10 pm.
- Lounge/Bar: There’s a full bar specializing in martinis at the bistro that serves until 1 am.
- Breakfast: Complimentary and excellent. Served as a buffet plus a la carte 7-10 am in the bistro.
- Room Service: Available from the bistro 6 am to 10 pm.
Design Hotel Jewel – Rooms
- Room Types: Single • Business • Superior
- Smoking Rooms: The Design Hotel Jewel is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The Pearl room is the prettiest of the largest Superior category and has a top floor view of the town. From the Business category, the Aquamarine on the third floor has the best color scheme and light.
- For Families: There aren’t any rooms particularly suited to families. Your best choice would be a Superior room that has a sofa.
Design Hotel Jewel – Local Transport
- Walking: The Design Jewel Hotel is about as central as you can get, and you could happily walk to most of the city’s main sights from here. Old Town is a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) while Prague Castle is an extremely gorgeous 25-minute walk (1 mile) across the river.
- Subway and Bus: Walking is probably easiest in most cases, but the very convenient Můstek Metro station is a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) for getting out of the city center.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Uber works well in Prague, or ask the hotel to arrange a taxi or private driver for you.
Design Hotel Jewel – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Prague Stories by Alena – A special crew leading excellent specialty tours around the city – from Jewish history to shopping. Start location: Hotel pick-up.
- Taste of Prague – Small (up to 10 people) 4-hour tours geared toward teaching about Czech culture via delicious food. Led by a local guide and includes beer and wine too. Start location: Depends on tour.
- Royal Walk Free Tour – Just show up on the hour at the Astronomical Clock for these super popular hour-long walking tours run by tip only. Start location: 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Prague Venice – Set off in a Venetian-style gondola from underneath the Charles Bridge for these well-run and fun 45-minute boat tours. Start location: 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Wittmann Tours – The most knowledgeable company for Jewish-themed tours, offering 3-hour tours of Josefov. Start location: 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Country Life – Vegetarian self-serve restaurant that’s economical and good for families. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- V Zátiší – Who would have believed that Czech and Indian food went so well together? 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- U Prince – Touristy but crowd-pleasing and boisterous restaurant right in front of the Astronomical Clock and a view-filled rooftop bar. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Bellevue – Considered one of the finest restaurants in the city. Elegant modern fare is served with a view of the Charles Bridge. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- George Prime Steak – Considered the best steakhouse in the city. Décor is slick and modern. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Mistral Café – Modern European in a cool, minimalist setting. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Kantýna – Order tartar or an excellent burger at the butcher stand and a Pilsner Urquell from the bar, sit at the communal table, and meet some locals. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Field – Michelin-starred with a farm theme and beautiful dishes made from seasonal ingredients. Book in advance to get a table here. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Pohostinec Karlín – Gastro/wine bar with an open kitchen. 15-minute walk (0.8 mile).
Best Nearby Cafe
- Café Kampus – Popular with university students. Adorned with cool local art and sometimes features live music. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Kafé Damu – Bright local café of the performing arts school, serving good coffee and perfect if you need to bring your laptop and get some work done. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Tricafe – Possibly the best espresso in Prague. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- One Club – Multi-story bar and club that parties through the night. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Reduta Jazz Club – Notable jazz club which can claim US President and saxophonist Bill Clinton among its past performers. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Čili Bar – Tiny cocktail bar with Cuban cigars. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Absintherie Jilska – Taste the legendary drink in steam punk meets art nouveau surrounds. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- U Tří růží – 15th-century pub with frothy pints on tap and a lively atmosphere. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- U zlatého tygra – Traditional pilsner beer hall in the heart of Old Town. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Black Angel’s Bar – Very hip and popular speakeasy-style bar at Hotel U Prince. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Dvorni Vinoteka Wine Shop – Friendly wine shop and tasting room specializing in Czech varieties. 1-minute walk (50m).
- Manufaktura – Excellent collection of Czech-made soaps, shampoos, and lotions that make great gifts. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Art Deco Galerie – Well-loved vintage shop specializing in all sorts of gorgeous items from the 1920s and 30s. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Moser – Bohemian crystal from a renowned, luxury glassworks house. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Pohadka – Classic, well-made traditional Czech toys. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Butik Klára Nademlýnská – Well-known Czech women’s clothing designer making modern pieces with Bohemian flair. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Sex Machines Museum – This large collection of sex machines and erotic objects is likely to make you giggle. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Astronomical Clock – Crowds gather in front of this 60m-high clock, on the hour from 9 am through 11 pm, to watch small statues of apostles go on parade. It’s hard to see from the square, so buying a ticket to watch from the tower of the chapel is well-worth it. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Old Town Square – The center of Prague’s Old Town dates back to the 1300s. It is surrounded by medieval buildings and is often filled with crowds that have come to see the Astronomical Clock. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Church of Our Lady Before Tyn – Imposing, fairytale-like Gothic church that’s an unmissable landmark. The interior is baroque and worth visiting. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Mucha Museum – Small museum, featuring mostly prints, is well-worth it for the history lesson about this famous artist’s life and work. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Basilica of St James – Huge 14th-century Gothic basilica that got a baroque makeover in the 1800s. Time your visit to the free organ concert after Sunday Mass for a very special experience. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Wenceslas Square – The largest and busiest area of the city, full of big-name stores, busy restaurants, and lots of activity year-round. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Prague Jewish Museum & Old Jewish Cemetery – This is actually a cluster of several sights that you can walk between in the Josefov neighborhood, including the Pinkas Synagogue, Old-New Synagogue, and Old Jewish Cemetery. The Old-New Synagogue is one of the city’s oldest buildings. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Charles Bridge – Ancient pedestrian bridge filled with statues, buskers, crowds, and beautiful views of Prague. Walk across to get to the old and new centers of the city. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).