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The best hotels in Prague for free stays

The Augustine bar

I’ve been to Prague numerous times (and even lived there for a couple of years!), but when I visited in September, I did something I’ve never done there before: Use points for free hotel stays. It brought a whole different element to the experience of staying in the city, and I loved seeing how local properties incorporated Czech culture and history into their design, their menus and more. But while most things in Prague are cheap because of a favorable exchange rate, the city’s nicest hotels are not among them. So here’s a list of the best hotels in Prague for redeeming hotel points and scoring free stays!

THE BEST HOTELS IN PRAGUE FOR FREE STAYS

MARRIOTT

THE AUGUSTINE

Of all the options in Prague from international hotel chains, this one is my pick. Part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, the Augustine encompasses a still-active Augustinian Monastery that monks have operated since the 14th century. The influence is clear across the property: You’ll find restored frescoes in the bar, vaulted ceilings throughout, and even a brewery down stairs founded by the monks in 1358. 

But despite the neat historical details, the Augustine’s outdoor space almost steals the show. The Sundial Garden makes a peaceful spot to hide away, with its fountains, manicured topiaries and grapes growing along the vines that scale the wall.

While the hotel is across the river from some key points of interest, it’s extremely close to others, including Prague Castle—so don’t let the location scare you away. Its surrounding area in Malá Strana couldn’t be more picturesque, and there are ample public transportation options just steps away from the hotel that will get you around easily if you’re not big on exploring on foot. 

I loved the big bathtub, top-floor castle views and architectural details at this hotel, and I’ll definitely be returning on future trips. You can read a full review of my stay here!

The Augustine is a Marriott Category 6 hotel, so a standard room requires 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points outside of peak and off-peak dates. For stays during those times, you’ll need 60,000 (peak) and 40,000 (off-peak) points per night.

CARLO IV

On the other side of the river, in Prague’s city center, is the Carlo IV, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. While the building doesn’t date back as far as the Augustine’s, that’s not to say it doesn’t have history: It was originally constructed as a Neo-Renaissance palace in 1890 and later became the Czech Mortgage Bank before becoming the hotel it is today. The best part, though, is that some of its rooms and its common spaces still feel palace-like: Think high ceilings, hardwood floors, marble staircases and ornate fixtures.

I stayed at the Carlo IV for the second part of my September trip, and I generally enjoyed it. It feels much larger and busier than the Augustine; it lacks that tucked-away feeling, and there was a constant stream of tourbus groups coming through that at times made it difficult to talk to the front desk. But the food at the Inn Ox Lounge (international with tinges of Czech influence) was good, the cobblestoned outdoor garden space was pretty, and the location was generally pretty convenient. I didn’t get to try the pool, which is set in a dimly lit, columned space, or the bar, which sits in what was once the original bank vault and specializes in cognac.

The Carlo IV is a Marriott Category 5 hotel, which means you’ll need 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to book a standard room for the night. That will sink to 30,000 during off-peak times and jump up to 40,000 during peak times.

PRAGUE MARRIOTT HOTEL

If you’re looking for easy access to Old Town, the Prague Marriott Hotel is another solid option. Located in the bustling Náměstí Republiky, or Republic Square, you’ll be less than 10 minutes walking from the city’s main attractions across both Old Town and New Town. 

I tend to prefer Marriott brands with a little more character when it comes to design, so I opted to try the Augustine and Carlo IV on my most recent stay instead of the Marriott. But if clean and modern is your aesthetic, you can’t go wrong here. Clean lines and geometric designs throughout the rooms lend them a polished and up-to-date feel. Amenities include a gym, on-site restaurant and coffee shop, pillow-top mattresses and more.

Like the Carlo IV, the Prague Marriott is a Category 5 hotel, so a standard room goes for 35,000 Bonvoy points (and 30,000/40,000 for off-peak/peak dates, respectively).

HILTON

HILTON PRAGUE OLD TOWN

For those preferring to go the Hilton route, the chain has a solid option in the Hilton Prague Old Town. Located just steps away from the Prague Marriott, it’s close to Old Town and plenty of other attractions. 

With is marble-clad lobby, the hotel has some Old World grandeur vibes, but it’s modern at the same time. Lots of white keeps both the lobby and rooms fresh-looking and contemporary, while Art Deco details in the room keep the hotel consistent with the neighborhood’s surrounding modern architecture.

While there’s another Hilton location in Prague—the Hilton Prague—it’s more of a conference venue and better situated location-wise for business travelers than for tourists. 

Hilton uses dynamic pricing, which means its award night prices in Honors points can fluctuate. But at the time of writing, it looks like you can grab a standard room at the Hilton Prague Old Town for 50,000 points per night.

IHG

INTERCONTINENTAL PRAGUE

Just past Prague’s Jewish quarter up Pařížská street, now the city’s fanciest for shopping, you’ll find the Intercontinental Prague. It’s got a great location, with Old Town Square just a few minutes away (and straight shot down Pařížská). Walk down the street in the other direction and you’ll reach the river; cross it via the Čechův most bridge and you’ll see the steps to Letná Park, home to a beer garden with my favorite view over the city.

But there’s no way to disguise it: The Intercontinental, from the outside, is hideous. Done in a Brutalist style that screams “Communist era,” it’s blocky and heavy on the concrete.

Of course, they say you should never judge a book by its cover, and while I haven’t been inside, I’m assuming that holds true for the Intercontinental based on photos I’ve seen. The hotel also boasts a spa, a rooftop restaurant with top-notch views, an indoor pool and honey from its own beehives.

A room here will run you 40,000 IHG points per night.

For more on how to book hotels for free using points (and how to earn those points!), check out the 52 Cities free resource library or join me on a free points and miles masterclass

CHECK OUT THESE POSTS FOR MORE ON PRAGUE:

Prague two-day itinerary
Fun things to do in Prague, Czech Republic
Staying at The Augustine Prague
Where to stay in Prague

Hope you enjoyed this post on the best hotels in Prague! Do you have a trip to Prague coming up? What other questions do you have? Let me know in the comments! >>

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Carly

November 18, 2019

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