More Karlovy Vary James? Really? Yeah I know, enough already! I’m almost done with posting about our trip to Karlovy Vary, just one or two posts left and then I’ll move on to something else, I promise. This post i’m going to talk more about the trip itself, the good points, the bad and the overall feeling of the trip.
So let’s start with our hotel, the Hotel Derby, a three star hotel. Now we’ve stayed in a lot of three star hotels and I think they’re really going out on a limb with their three stars on this one. When we arrived, the cleaning staff and/or mates of the receptionist were all sitting around having a chat in the corridor and stared us out of it when we walked in….how welcoming. The reception itself was more of a small cubby built as an afterthought but the receptionist was very pleasant and friendly.
The room was actually quite nice, bright interior with nice furniture and a comfy bed. There was a balcony but alas like many places we have stayed, there was construction work going on directly outside. Scaffolding seems to follow us wherever we go, whether it’s Paris, Venice, Madrid, Barcelona or Luxor. And if it’s not on one of the sights, it will definitely be on our hotel. Karlovy Vary had both, with our hotel being next to a building site and the Orthodox Church being hidden behind the skeleton of construction.
So yeah the hotel was alright, nothing special, we could have given them three stars for sure. But then we had breakfast the next day. Visibly mouldy bread and cheese do not a three star hotel make if you ask me. So needless to say on our second morning we ventured elsewhere for sustenance.
Speaking of other sustenance, we had an absolutely delicious meal in the Charleston Restaurant on our last evening in town. It was really good and I’d definitely recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for somewhere to eat.
I’ll let the photos do the talking now so sit back and enjoy the delights of downtown Karlovy Vary.
Night time in Karlovy Vary was a strange occasion. During the day, the hustle and bustle of tourists and rich Russian shoppers filled the streets but come sundown they all left. The streets laid empty, the shops deserted, the restaurant staff waiting around for customers that would never arrive. It was quite surreal and we couldn’t think of a reason why, except perhaps it was off season and the town may be more of a day trip location.
So overall impressions of Karlovy Vary? Definitely worth a visit that’s for sure. The architecture is fascinating and the views from the Diana Tower and the walkways above the town are wonderful. To fully appreciate this place and everything it has to offer I think you need to be very wealthy indeed as the majority of shops in town only cater for the super rich (whoooh Jurassic Park reference). Alas us being poor student types were only able to look from the windows. But yeah if you’re a millionaire, you’ll absolutely love it. The rest of us will have to make do with a stroll around the town and maybe a wafer or two.