Czech Republic hostels include both independent establishments and official Youth Hostel Association properties. The independent hostels in the Czech Republic are most often small family-run pensions and guesthouses. Many have a great deal of character and some can actually be considered boutique hotels. These provide cheap Czech lodging for those on a budget no matter where they travel in the country, but you will find that Prague hostels are the most numerous.
Most traditional youth hostels in the Czech Republic are affiliated with a new government association established in 2003, but these are few in number. Although today’s youth and students travel as much as they always have, the tradition of youth hostels with sexually segregated dormitories and strict evening curfews is largely over. Today’s young travelers enjoy freedom, and Czech Republic hostels give them access to nightlife and the freedom to come and go as they please. In fact, some Prague hostels are actually part of the celebrated nightlife of the city, with clubs and lounges that are extremely popular with young tourists and remain open late at night.
South of Prague and only about twenty miles from the Austria border is the UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Cesky Krumlov, one of the most visited towns in the country. There are numerous Czech Republic hostels here because the town is also a mecca for artists, students, and the intelligentsia. Look for the charming Hotel Skippy, named for the local proprietress. It is set on the banks of the Vltava River in a 200 year old house located only a five-minute walk to the city center. There are private rooms sleeping as few as two people to as many as six, a communal kitchen (often where the owner gives English lessons to locals), communal bath, and riverside terrace. The Hostel 99 is located inside the old city gates and is also in a historic building. It has its own pub and full-service restaurant. This establishment will assist you with white water rafting on the Vltava River, cycling tours, and skiing in nearby Sumava National Forest.
Hostels in the Czech Republic will also be found in the city of Brno, the capital of South Moravia and second-largest city in the country. This is a university city as well as center of tourism and commerce. There are a number of hostels and pensions here. Look for the Hostel Fleda, located in the city center in a historic building that is part of the legendary Club Fleda, one of the most popular music venues and nightspots in Eastern Europe.
Again, you will find that Prague hostels account for the largest number of such properties in the country. Amongst all the luxury hotels and exclusive boutique hotels in the heart of Old Town Prague are some hostels that offer a high degree of comfort and a great deal of character. One of the most iconic is the Old Prague Hostel, within walking distance of all the things to do and see in the city. Most of these are located in the Prague Jewish Quarter, but you will find them across the river near Prague Castle as well.