Miss Sophies . Prague
In searching for a place to stay in Prague I was about to select Sir Toby’s, located in Prague 7. Sir Toby’s was located across the river in Prague 7, which actually was a great area when we visited the restaurant “Prague Cats.” I ended up making a reservation at Miss Sophie’s - which is owned by the same people as Sir Toby’s, but located in Prague 2, also known as New Town.
This turned out to be a wonderful location. The central part of Prague, (Prague 1,) is VERY touristy. Small hotels are crammed into the narrow alleys which are FULL of tourists and shoppers day and night. Miss Sophie’s is located south of Wenceslas Square near the I.P. Pavlova metro station. Close enough to easily reach all activities and sights in Prague. But separate enough to feel away from it at the end of the night and visit restaurants that are cheaper and have a more local flavor.
After arriving from our long train ride from Munich (due to four transfers,) we hauled ourselves to the metro station and stared at the machine in bewilderment at how to purchase tickets. As with my arrival at the Munich airport I figured no fare inspector will hassle you for not having the exact ticket required- just as along as you HAVE a ticket for around the correct amount. The Prague subway is easy with only three lines, and we took the red line two stops down, exited the large I.P. Pavlova station and walked three blocks to Miss Sophie’s.
Above: Prague metro: Mustek Station and I.P. Pavlova. Below: Miss Sophie’s
Miss Sophie’s is a small boutique hotel, astonishingly modern given the historical surroundings of the city. As such is Prague: hip clubs, trendy furniture stores, and modern restaurants sit juxtaposed or hidden in cellars along the centuries old castles and houses. The furnishings of Miss Sophie’s are minimal and modern. Lights turn on automatically in the bathroom. The shower is stone and glass with a metal grate. The beds comfortable, and being on a side street the street noise is relatively quiet.
The neighborhood of Prague 2 is and excellent place to base yourself as a “temporary local.” Even though it’s only two miles or a quick subway ride to the old town square it’s a world away. You’ll see mostly locals bustling about office buildings, running errands, or running for the trams that constantly snake through the streets. This area also has an enormous selection of small cafes and markets. At times when we didn’t want to sit down for a full meal we’d pop into a market, order some sliced meat, grab some bread from the many baskets and make a quick sandwich. Miss Sophie’s has two free internet terminals, but there are also a few internet cafes in the area, and a nearby laundromat,
For breakfast we ended up eating at Banditos, a Mexican restaurant located directly across the street from Miss Sophie’s, and for dinner two nights we visited the Pivovarsky Dum restaurant.
Miss Sophie’s is located at Melounova 3, at Melounova and Jecna. If taking a cab home it’s best to just tell them “I.P. Pavlova Metro,”and walk the two blocks. We found both trips in a cabs the driver didn’t know where this tiny street angled street was located.
They’re at: www.miss-sophies.com