Clarion Prague City in the Nové Město district of the city was 10,000 points per night for our 4-night stay in July. I booked our reward stay in early May when my 75-day international booking window opened as a Choice Privileges Platinum elite member. The comparable paid rate at time I booked our stay was 460 EUR ($539.17 USD) for 4 nights, including the weekend. This is a popular hotel and looks to be sold out for most dates in August 2017.
Clarion Hotel Prague City has 4.5 circles on TripAdvisor and ranks #130 of 649 hotels on the date of this post.
Breakfast buffet is included on reward stays. Nice dining room, adequate breakfast.
Main complaint we had for our hotel stay was room cleaning service. One day no toilet paper, no coffee replacement for two days after day 2. One day there were no clean towels when we had soaked towels drying our hand laundry.
Positive aspects of Clarion Prague City were a comfortable bed, working AC, good Wifi, good TV, and interesting people watching on the square outside the hotel, a popular gathering place for people hanging out under the trees.
Clarion Prague City is 200 meters from IP Pavlova Line C Metro station or 5 minutes walk from Metro Line A Náměstí míru station.
The hotel is in a good location outside the really heavy traffic tourist area, yet close enough to walk to Wenceslas Square in 15 minutes and Charles Square in about 25 minutes.
Národní muzeum, one of Prague’s major museums, seen from Jugoslavska street, the main cross street by Clarion Prague City.
Wenceslas Square is on the other side of the museum with loads of retail shopping stores and malls.
Clarion Prague City is also on the border of Vinohrady district. This was an area of Prague we enjoyed for its leafy green residential neighborhoods and pubs. A quick search on Vinohrady indicates this area of Prague is known as the expat community.
Church of St. Ludmila, Vinohrady-Prague
Kelley preferred hanging out in Nove Mesto, Vinohrady, Letna and Holesovice neighborhoods. These places had a fraction of the crowds of Stare Mesto and Mala Strana. Locals seemed to outnumber tourists in many of the places we walked around the neighborhoods around Clarion Prague City during our four day stay.
Beckett’s Irish Pub on corner of Londynska and Bruselska is one of three pubs at this street intersection in Vinohrady, two blocks from Clarion Prague City.
Clarion Hotel Prague City Room 103
Normally I would prefer a higher floor than a First Floor room, however, the windows were double paned and no noise could be heard from the street below. The other advantage is we could walk the stairs and avoid the slow elevator.
Two chairs were a nice feature of room.
I was able to clear items out of mini-frig to put food leftovers and beer inside.
We tried to turn on the towel heater rack to no avail. Our clothes we washed by hand took two days to dry.
Buffet Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30 or 7:00? – 10:30am, Sat-Sun 7-10 am.
Breakfast is included on Choice Privileges reward stays. The hotel website indicates breakfast is not complimentary for some published room rates.
There were numerous restaurants, pubs, retail shops all around the hotel and a small corner market on the next block. A large Billa supermarket is about 500 meters, but I never ventured over there for groceries.
Clarion Prague City is a comfortable hotel in a great neighborhood for Prague with a nice mix of tourists and locals. Public transportation is readily accessible with trams and Metro. The hotel is close enough to walk to many of the main tourist sites in Prague in 15 to 30 minutes.
This hotel cost me 40,000 points for 4 nights. I purchased 36,000 points for $155 during Daily Getaways 2017 in April and booked this hotel the following week on Points Plus Cash for 24,000 points + $120. Unfortunately, Choice Privileges discontinued Points Plus Cash reward options in May 2017.
Choice Privileges points provided a nice savings on the $539 published room rate.
I will definitely consider staying at Clarion Prague City again when in Prague. I also recommend Park Inn Prague and Best Western Kinsky Hotel for other areas of Prague to stay at hotels with relatively low published rates during good loyalty promotion periods and low reward rates for times when hotel rates are high.
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