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Dům u velké boty

Published on March 06th, 2014 in Hotels

  • Room 26 Bedroom (photo courtesy of Dům u velké boty)

  • Room 26 - stove in the bathroom! (photo courtesy of Dům u velké boty)

  • Large room (photo courtesy of Dům u velké boty)

  • Mr.Rippl's lovely Geraniums brightening up the street (photo courtesy of Dům u velké boty)

  • View of the German embassy and lovely Geraniums (photo courtesy of Dům u velké boty)

  • Lobby (photo courtesy of Dům u velké boty)

  • Breakfast room (photo courtesy of Dům u velké boty)


Nestled in a little square in the steeply sloped Malá Strana neighborhood, Dům u velké boty is an old family residence that dates back to the Renaissance period, when it was built for workers at nearby Wallenstein Palace. In 1926, it was acquired by the family of the current occupants (and your hosts), Mr. and Mrs. Rippl, and the charming interior design appears to have changed very little since then. The pension is a wonderful place to stay – and very ARTĚL style – as it is filled with personal design touches and fabulous vintage finds that I wholeheartedly approve of. So if you prefer intimate hotels where you feel like you are staying in a friend’s house (especially one decorated by their Bohemian grandmother), I think you will love this place – I did.



Renaissance building with a Baroque façade; the circa 1910–25 interior design features original antiques and artwork.



Rooms: 10, including 2 suites.


Rates: Starting at €80 Low Season / €135 High Season, including breakfast.


Check-in: 15:00


Checkout: 12:00


Gym: No


Free Internet: Yes – plus one computer in the cellar.


DVD Player: No – and no TVs either!


Nightly Turndown Service: No


Linen Factor: Perfectly adequate.


Bath Products: Relax Refresh Revive


Daily Newspaper: No


Pets: Yes. No charge.


Parking: €13 per day.


Room Recommendations

Room 26: This room is easily my favorite. Although it is not the largest in the hotel, it is without a doubt the most charming and interesting. Facing the courtyard and featuring a spacious balcony with a view of the Prague Castle, as well as some very picturesque Malá Strana buildings, this enchanting room also features a rather unusual bathroom with a ceramic tile kitchen stove from the late 19th or very early 20th century built into the wall. The bedroom has wonderful veneered furniture from the 1920s, as well as a somewhat curious selection of original artwork from the same period.


Room 33: Like Room 26, this spacious room also features a lovely ceramic tile stove from the late 19th or very early 20th century, as well as fabulous brass beds from 1915; the beds won me over immediately as I happen to own the exact same kind! The view looks out across the street and offers a perfect view of the German Embassy, housed in a Baroque Palace once owned by the Lobkowicz family.


Room 34: This street-side room is also quite spacious and happens to be one of the only three rooms in the property to offer a bathtub.


Eating In

Breakfast: 08:00–10:00  Small buffet with eggs made to order by your hosts!


Table Request: Anywhere with a view of the stove, so you can watch them cook your breakfast.


Room Service: No – but there is a self-serve (honor system) refrigerator in the lobby with drinks at very affordable prices.


Staying In

Pack a good book and a deck of cards, as there are no TVs in the rooms.


Also Worth Noting

The staff is not only able to recommend concerts, activities and restaurants, they are also happy to arrange the tickets or make reservations for you. Refreshingly, their recommendations are very sincere and they go out of their way to suggest things they really think you will like and to steer you away from things they view as excessively touristy or a rip-off, etc.


The hotel does not have an elevator, and rooms on the ground floor are not recommended, as they face the street, so be sure to keep this in mind if climbing stairs is an issue for you.


Fun & Fabulous Features

Geraniums! Your host, Mr.Rippl, happens to have a very green thumb, and visitors from April through the first frost will benefit as the hotel features the most fabulous and picturesque geranium flowerboxes on every street-facing windowsill.




Dům u velké boty

Vlašská 30/333, Prague 1, Malá Strana
tel 257 533 234
metro Malostranská
tram 12, 20, 22 to Malostranské náměstí