Time of year: Late January 2018.
Purpose of trip: This was the second stop on our eight day visit to the Czech Republic.
Why we chose this place: The Garni Hotel Castle Bridge was organised for us by our hosts as a comfortable, central base from which to explore the beautiful town and UNESCO world heritage site of Český Krumlov.
How long we stayed: Three nights.
Our accommodation: A simple, contemporary double room in this still-new hotel, a balcony overlooking the town’s medieval castle across the River Vltava, a comfortable, two-duvet bed, a sparkling, beautifully fitted en suite shower room, a desk and TV, and free wifi. There is public parking nearby.
Service: Staff on reception, at breakfast, and the housekeeping team, were courteous, welcoming and professional. Our receptionist stayed late to greet us after our bus journey from Prague, which was very much appreciated.
Location: The views from our room make this location hard to beat. Český Krumlov itself is a small, beautiful town, with most of its attractions nestling within two ‘loops’ of the river, connected easily by several bridges . The castle, monastery, galleries and museums plus the town’s bars, restaurants and coffee houses are an easy stroll from here.
Food: The hotel provides breakfast: a generous spread of sweet pastries, bread and rolls, yoghurts, fresh fruits and cereals, plus pancakes, bacon, eggs and other savoury options. There are also plentiful supplies of coffee, tea and juices.
What we paid: We were guests of the Czech Tourist Board but rooms at this time of year would have cost between about £63 and £95 per night (for a suite), including breakfast.
What empty nesters might really like about this place: This little town is picturesque and rich in history, and staying here, much of it is on your doorstep. There’s a good variety of eateries for lunch, dinner, snacks and coffee close-by, too. And the view is truly breathtaking.
What empty nesters might not be so keen on: It’s hard to find fault with the hotel, the staff…or the location here. It’s an incredible spot, and we had a great stay.
In the interest of disclosure, we received three night’s stay on the promise of writing a review. If we had had criticisms about any aspect of the accommodation or the service, we would have written about it. For more on our disclosure policy, read here.