For solo travellers looking to meet people, groups wanting privacy or if you’re looking for an entry point into living in Prague, The Clown & Bard Hostel in Prague is your recommended accommodation. One of the original hostels in the city, the hostel has preceded others in its welcoming qualities coupled with cheap accommodation since 1995. Located conveniently three tram stops away from the city centre, the hostel is also in the happening district of Zizkov - a reason itself to stay here.
An eclectic clientele make this enticing
The Clown & Bard is well renowned amongst travellers backpacking through Europe. With staff who are as eclectic as its clientele, most of them are also international and have a temporary home under the rustic, comforting roof of the hostel. Always welcoming and friendly with 24/7 reception, the hostel staff boast a reputation for wanting to build new friendships and make an impression. Most of them have come to Prague and fallen in love with the city and hostel, and ended up living and working there. With the hostel bar that’s open early and closes late, it’s the heart and meeting point of the hostel. Drinks start flowing from the early afternoon with a nightly buzz around the hostel where all the travellers gather to converse and meet. Cheap drinks on offer are also quite enticing.
With clean linen, en-suite bathrooms and warm showers and free internet and Wi-Fi in all the rooms, it’s hard to imagine how the prices of the rooms are so low. The rooms come in a variety of options from double rooms to fourteen bed dorms. For the budget traveler, the fourteen bed dorms are a steal at 200 CZK / 9 USD per person. The options of a four and six bed dorms - each with their own en-suite bathrooms - could be your preferred option if you’re traveling solo and have a bit more money to spend.
It’s surprising how many options there are for groups traveling in packs. With room rates ranging from 800 CZK / 32 USD (double room) to 15,000 CZK / 60 USD (five beds) for rooms without bathrooms, en-suite are only slightly higher with double en-suites priced at 10,000 CZK /40 USD per room to 21,000 CZK / 84 USD for a six bed en-suite room.
Zizkov is easily the best neighbourhood in Prague
Breakfast is also served daily and it’s the perfect meal to start you on your day exploring the happening and less known neighbourhood of Zizkov. Zizkov is renowned in Prague as the more interesting and socially diverse area with most travellers giving it a miss due to its remoteness in terms of night-life. The neighbourhood surrounds the hostel, which is discreetly located as its entrance looks remote and down a flight of stairs into a basement. If you want to avoid the tourist centre or are on a budget, Zizkov is your neighbourhood. It’s bohemian vibe with small bars and cafes (go to Cafe Pavlac!) allows one to experience the culture of the local people.
Travellers won’t regret their stay here
For those wanting to stray off the beaten path, meet interesting characters and have a safe, cheap place to stay in the lively city of Prague, The Clown & Bard Hostel should be your preferred choice. The hostel attracts expats, students and local Czechs who want to experience a melting pot of culture, class and cuisine. And with nearby bars, beer gardens, cafes and restaurants, the hostel is conveniently located as it’s also just three tram stops away from the city.