on April 9, 2007
We booked a room for two adults and a child at the House at the Big Boot, which is run by an absolutely fabulous Czech family in Prague's Mala Strana (Castle District.) We could not have been made to feel more welcome during our stay in Prague. Upon arrival to the hundreds-year old house, we were met at the front door and given a warm reception in English. Thomas escorted us up the narrow staircase to where we would sleep: a spacious room with a rolled-in, single bed for our son. I quickly hung my things in an antique wardrobe as my husband opened the windows that overlooked a small back garden. It was cool, crisp weather on that first afternoon, but a radiator allowed us to control the temperature in our room when it got colder at night. Extra blankets were in a dresser in case you needed more than the soft, white duvets. While we did not care that we didn't have a television - we knew all programming would have been in Czech anyway - a private bathroom was essential for our family. Fresh towels were replaced here daily. We spent much of our time away from the house, but we enjoyed a nice breakfast each morning. There is an extra fee for this meal, but it is plentiful, convenient, and a good value. Our son loved a cake pastry that was served one morning and kept on the look out for it to be served again on a side table. The basics remained the same: an assortment of cereals, breads, and eggs cooked to order with ham or bacon. The thing that really makes the House at the Big Boot special is the people who run it. Helpful and friendly, they did their best to give us directions to every type of attraction we wanted to see in their home town. When we needed to find candy to for an Easter Sunday basket, Jan directed us to a marvelous chocolates shop nearby. I can't say enough nice things about the quick and courteous service. Even more than appreciating the good value we received for our money, I liked the Rippl family. I was happy to be in their home.Other positives? The house is across the street from the German Embassy. Here a thousand East German citizens once jumped the garden walls to demand entry into West Germany... to escape the tyranny of communism. The American Embassy is just a few yards farther down the hill. Everything most tourists want to see - Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Petrin Hill - are all within easy walking distance. Yet the area is quiet and peaceful at night, close to several nice restaurants.How did we make our initial reservation?We contacted the house via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Could a larger family stay here?Yes! The rooms are all different and can be connected to accommodate a variety of needs... You can even rent a family suite with a kitchen! Check out what they offer at www.dumuvelkeboty.cz.
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