by captain oddsocks
July 21, 2005
Entrance is through a wooden gate on the ground floor to a small entrance hall. A staircase then leads up to the first floor where the hostel reception, kitchen and rooms are located.
The spacious dormitory room I stayed in had four wooden single beds and at least a further two up on a mezzanine floor. A bed for a night costs 300Kc/10 euros/$12USD. There were also several chairs, a table, bookcase and a couple of other pieces of furniture within the room. I believe there’s also a private double room within the hostel that is available for 800Kc (400Kc/13 euros/$16USD per person). Outside the room was a small reception and sitting area, and a well equipped kitchen. The recently tiled bathroom is accessible from the kitchen and the toilet is at the end of a short passage away from the rooms and kitchen.
The mattresses seemed to be almost brand new and I slept well. Most of my waking time within the hostel, I spent leaning out the windows of the dorm that open onto the main square. The other guests that were there at the same time were quiet and respectful, and the service from the pleasant young manager was friendly and helpful, but unobtrusive.
One of the hidden advantages of staying at Hostel Pantof, is that it gives you a chance to experience the interior of one of the famous main square burghers houses. Every man and his dog has a dozen photos of the main square facades, but many, many fewer have actually been inside one of the houses, let alone called it home for a night.
The houses are well known for being opulently decorated at the front but quite functional inside; a typical one such as the building that Hostel Pantof is housed in will have an entrance hall with a passage that leads through to the back yard. The entrance hall was the place that craftsmen had their workshop and businessmen carried out their trade. The upper floors generally had three large rooms, with the two facing the square being used for living and the one facing the courtyard for storage space. The front and rear rooms were connected by a space called the upper hall.
Pantof is open from the beginning of May until the end of October and they can be contacted through their website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. An excellent option for your stay in Telč.
From journal Telc; renaissance pearl of Southern Moravia