It’s always difficult to know what you’re going to get when booking a hostel online because everyone stays in a hostel for different reasons. Some because it’s cheap, some for a social atmosphere, some to party and some because they don’t know what other options are available.
We arrived quite late in Prague due to us getting a lift with someone through blablacar that departed Berlin late. The hostel we booked was called Blind Eye and when we checked in, the lady at the counter was about as boring as you can imagine. Straight face, monotone, very robotic. Anyway, that same lady throughout our stay was the least helpful of all the staff in the hostel. The rest of the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
The dorm rooms at Blind Eye are large with the one we were in containing 10 beds. The beds were already made when we arrive which was fantastic – I really hate having to put the sheets on my own bed when arriving in hostel. The room was quite warm because it was summer, but there was a fan and the window was open to let in some fresh air so it wasn’t so bad.
The shower arrangement in the hostel was kind of weird. There are no doors on the showers, just curtains. So if someone wants to have a shower and all the curtains are closed, they have to peek inside to see if there is anyone in there. It basically means you’re probably going to be seen naked in the shower by someone. It seems a bit odd that they haven’t dealt with this little issue.
The wifi worked in the room, but it was extremely weak and would regularly drop out. For anything more than a tweet, we had to go downstairs to get on the internet which was disappointing. The common area, however, was quite relaxing with a few big lounges and a good selection of movies to watch.
Every morning breakfast was served — toast with jam, cereal with milk and coffee and tea. It was quite a decent breakfast and you could even make yourself a jam sandwich for lunch if you really wanted to.
The location of Blind Eye is about a 15 minute walk from the middle of the old town, 10 minutes from the bus station and 10 minutes from the train station. It’s a great location, actually, and all around that area there are little pubs to drop into for a beer or a meal and we found the prices of most things to be much cheaper there because it was outside the main tourist area.
The best thing about this hostel is that the other guests were largely quite respectful everyone else. So that meant if we were asleep, they didn’t wake us by putting the light on or talking loudly. It seemed the crowd was not there for a big party.
All in all, we liked Blind Eye and would happily stay there again.