‘Boatels’ are boats that function as floating hotels and are usually permanently moored. They are connected to all utilities and are thus fully equipped to provide hotel accommodation similar to that of their land-based counterparts. Boatels are typically moored along the riverfront of larger cities.
In Prague, boatels are located on the scenic Vltava River. They are almost all within strolling distance of Prague’s magical city centre with its narrow cobblestone laneways, renowned historic monuments and vibrant nightlife of restaurants, bars, music clubs and theatres.
PragueHere.com, a website for visitors and created by Prague locals who have intimate knowledge of the city, lists boatels that have received high ratings from visitors to Prague.
Prague is a very popular tourist destination and boatels are often fully booked due to their unique charm and central location, yet sheltered from the hustle and bustle. It is therefore recommended to make reservations well in advance.
Popular Prague boatels:
Nábřeží Ludvíka Svobody 1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
(86 rooms and apartments) This stylish boatel is located in the historic centre near Charles Bridge. Guests can enjoy the boatel’s restaurant offering Czech and international cuisine as well as a ship’s bar. Rooms offer views of Prague’s centre. Facilities include a 24-hour reception desk. Car parking is available opposite the boatel for 100 CZK/day. Transfers to/from the airport are also available.
Masarykovo nábřeží, Prague 1 110 00, Czech Republic
(25 rooms and apartments) Close to the National Theatre and the Dancing House, two ships – the Matylda and the Klotylda – form a unique boatel with panoramic views of Prague. With its attractive location, the boatel offers easy access to historic monuments and the city centre. It has an Italian restaurant with large windows to take advantage of the views and a summer terrace with a view of Prague Castle.
Hořejší nábřeží, Prague 150 00, Czech Republic
(83 rooms and apartments) Recently reconstructed, the Botel Admirál is moored on the right bank of the Vltava, between Palackého Bridge and the historic 10th century Vyšehrad fort complex. Other major monuments are within a 15-minute walk. The boatel has a restaurant, bar, and night club. It also has a charming terrace with views of the Vltava River. Facilities include a 24-hour reception desk. There is a car park directly opposite.
Podolské nábřeží, Prague 4 147 00, Czech Republic
(86 rooms and apartments) Boatel Racek, with its own restaurant and bar, is a 10-minute walk from the historic centre and only a few minutes’ walk from the Vyšehrad 10th century fortress which is situated high on a hill overlooking the river. Guests can take a tram to the city centre from a stop opposite the boatel. Tickets can be purchased at the reception desk. Transfers to/from the airport are available. The boatel also offers free car parking.
Strakonická 1032/2, Prague 5 150 00, Czech Republic
(28 rooms) This boatel, with a restaurant, is located on the left bank of the Vltava River, at the end of Císařská louka island. There is a tram stop and metro station (line B, yellow) at Smíchovské nádraží, a 5-minute walk away. The metro ride to Wenceslas Square takes 6 minutes. Botel Vodnik organises motorboat cruises and there are also paddle boats and paddle boards available for hire. A car park opposite the boatel offers parking for 200CZK/day.