Pet-Friendly Studio #869 in Prague
The great thing about looking for a little pet-friendly place to rent in Prague is that there are options. Loads of options. A quick search in TripAdvisor, FlipKey or AirBnB results in hundreds of choices.
I love that. It tells me ahead of time what I can expect culturally. The large number of pet friendly spots to choose from, told me that the Czech Republic was going to be welcoming! I also love how affordable the options are. I was surprised at that. Happily surprised! With affordability tossed into the mix, the bipeds and I figured we could go ahead and be a little pickier than usual. With that in mind, we went all-out trying to find the absolute best place to stay during our time in Prague.
In addition to travelling in the fall instead of the summer, we sometimes cut our costs for accommodations by staying just outside of the main area we want to visit. By staying outside of the centre or historic part of a city and its main attractions, you can save a big chunk of change. And since we love to walk and don’t mind public transportation (as long as it is pet friendly!), this usually works for us. This time though, we wanted to do the exact opposite and find a place right inside the old town of Prague. At first we thought we’d stay near the famous castle, but then we realized we would be doing several day trips outside of Prague and as a result, being closer to the main train station would be better.
Looking at a map – you can see that the historic parts of Prague fall into 4 areas. On the East side (oddly always on the left of maps) of the Vltava river you have the Castle (Hradcany area) and closer to the water the Mala Strana (Little Quarter). But because we wanted to be closer to the train station that meant going to the other side of the famous Charles Bridge to the West bank and taking a look at either the Josefov (jewish Quarter) or the Stare Mesto areas (Old Town). In the end … we found a spot RIGHT on the border of those two areas. It was perfect!
Using the search criteria “[date], Old Town, pet-friendly, 2 people” is how we came across. Studio #869 on Bilkova Street. It had everything we wanted!
While still being in the heart of the Old Town it was off the main streets and thus blissfully quiet. It also had lots and lots of natural light and although small and without much of a view it had a tiny balcony Dad could use as his little private cigar lounge and as a place to enjoy a light dinner.
Across the street was the fantastic Asian Temple restaurant. We had dinner there once or twice and like most places, pets are welcome inside and out.
Other great foodie spaces included a lovely Mexican restaurant with great shrimp tacos around the corner; a lovely Irish Pub where mom got to indulge in her French fry obsession and several really great local foods place with a fun vibes.
And I can’t forget the STELLAR barber shop to keep dad’s beard in check! Just two streets away from our little nest.
The Old Town square and tourist office was less than a 5 minute walk in the main square. As well as the Alchemy Museum around the corner and a perfect little corner shop for cheese and a butcher for my meals.
Everything we could want was literally all around us. To have ALL that and quiet? Priceless.
Even the Charles Bridge was no more than a 15-20 minute walk away. That ended up being perfect for the day Mom proposed… and the stellar photoshoot that followed. And as we mentioned, the train station was about a 10-15 minute walk away. BUT still far enough not to hear the trains! And our friend’s wedding venue (one reason we were in Prague! More on that later!) was also only about 10 minutes away on foot. Really as far as location went we had hit the jackpot. Add a great price, and amazingly friendly hosts and we would go back any day!
Staying at the pet-friendly Studio #869 in Prague is a delight because the little “open-concept” single room studio is all sorts of modern awesomeness! It’s modern but, it’s housed inside a glorious older neoclassical style building. It’s the best of both worlds!
There is even an elevator! That in itself is a crazy luxury. We rarely used it and it stopped “in between floors” but oh it was nice to have at the end of a super long day of walking cobble stone streets.
We really liked how vast and open the common areas are. Often in old European building things can get tight and narrow. But not this time. This time you had room to maneuver. You could put bags down, look for keys and not be in the way. We loved the BIG massive doors too. Especially when we found out that ours was steel plated inside. Talk about feeling safe. And the intercom …? Also really great.
And it’s all crazy clean. The stone steps polished to a shine, the metal elevator doors, and mirrors on every floor gleaming and projecting our images back at us… and the lighting in the common area was good if sometimes a little slow to catch us via the motion detectors.
Dad loved that you could also let yourself into the building with an access code rather than key. That meant that if only one biped had to pop out a moment to grab something at the little store – or the pastry place down the street – well you didn’t need to take the spare key.
The moment we walked into our little studio we fell in love. The first thing that grabs you is how clever the layout is. A sort of box within a box concept. The kitchen is the first thing you see straight ahead and it was SO much more kitchen than we had hoped for. It was a real full kitchen.
The hardwood floors everywhere were spotless clean – like everything else. The closet space was huge and truly impressive. The white leather couch was comfy… so comfy Dad nodded off to sleep one day. The book nook came complete with loads of books on Prague and a full stereo system and truly lovely music collection.
The blinds were perfect for sleeping and worked on a remote control system that took two seconds to figure out. The bed was wide, comfortable, with great pillows and perfect little individual duvet covers. The mattress firmness was on point.
Two nightstands came complete with glass costers, and reading lights that actually worked AND even had dimmers.
The bathroom – a wonderful modern concrete creation – was perfect. Water pressure was great. Towels were plentiful and we even had a washer and dryer! The fancy pants bathroom oils and body-wash were a pleasant and welcome surprise.
The big glass desk did double duty as our dining room table and office. It could be moved about if we wanted, since it was on casters. And they did not skimp on the chairs. They actually looked a lot like the ones we have at home. Everything was exactly like the photos. Perfect.
The most obvious selling point is the delightful little kitchen. How we enjoyed that space! We absolutely loved the teas the owner had left for us. And totally ate every single amazing wafer cookie too! We also loved that the kitchen had everything we needed: plates, knives, pots, pans, colander, cutting boards … even dish soap and sponges. Heck, they even provided a Nescafé pod coffee maker and a free coffee each! (small charge for extra coffee pods applied or we could go get our own at the store 3 blocks away). And to have a big fridge – not a mini bar … a stove top and full oven… just … wow. There was plenty of paper towels, dish towels, garbage bags. Really everything.
As for all the other things that just make a stay better the one that made us smile ear to ear was the housekeeper visit done halfway during our two week stay at no extra cost.
From fresh bedlinen to towels and a cleanup of the kitchen it was nice to have that little extra touch. The cleaning lady was super nice, and arrived as requested while we were not there so as not to disturb. Also:
- Free Wi-Fi: I have said this before and will say it again: in this day and age, free wi-fi is a must. Anyone charging for it does not get our business. Wi-fi service at Studio #869 was perfect: free and with no lag.
- Heating/AC: They have it. We did not need it at all in September. But if you should need it. We tested it out. It works great! Heating too.
- Security: From the key and keypad to the street level door, to the apartment key, the huge steel baking to the big door, and iron peg that went into the floor when you locked it, the intercom and the safe. We felt protected.
- AV:There was a flat-screen TV we never used other than to check local weather and to use the clock.Radio and amazing stereo too.
- Other: We took full advantage of the washer and dryer, clothesline dryer, iron, and ironing board. Oh and yes, even the hairdryer in the bathroom.
In review: Staying at the pet-friendly Studio #869 in Prague is amazing value for money and a really great location. Lovely hosts with generous spirits. Plus, because no one was checking in the day we were checking out, we were told we could stay a little longer than normal check-out time. That was wonderful, allowing us to relax and indulge in a last visit to the fresh market before leaving Prague for Vienna and making a picnic lunch to enjoy on the train. So not only was the location great, and the studio lovely and pet-friendly, but we also got great customer service.