Living Like A Local With @Roomorama: Prague Edition.

By Posted in - Budget Travel & Europe & Featured Post & Prague & Roomorama & Travel Blog on November 4th, 2011

Editors note: This is the first review of three about our stays with Roomorama. Stay tuned for Istanbul and Venice!

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

I’ve got a raw onion half on the arches of each foot–a home remedy Beth read about, which is suppose to draw out the debilitating toxins from my body–as I lay in bed staring out a huge window into the soul of a city I fear I may never see.

“Sick in Prague,” I say to myself. “Unbelievable!

We’ve been in the Czech capital for less than 10 hours–all of it, except probably 20 minutes, have been spent in our apartment at 14 Liliova Street unpacking and settling in.

Beth isn’t doing much better either. Though, her illness peaked a few days earlier, so she’s slowly coming back to life. She’s decided to go out and forage for food (i.e. find a grocery store). I drift off to sleep.

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I awake a few hours later to a smell I haven’t experienced for months: home cooking. The aroma of sauteed onions fills the apartment and brings me to full attention.

Flipping on the lamp next to the bed, I look around our room and see a soft glow of light steaming in from the kitchen and living room. It’s dark now, but our two bedroom flat has made the transformation from day to night perfectly– cozy, warm, it feels like home.

After a little soup and tea, I fall back to sleep to the sounds of Beth typing away on her laptop in the living room.

*     *     *

Dawn comes early and I’m excited to get the onions out of my socks. According to the lore, the onion should have turned black with toxins.

Feeling much better–my aches, shakes and stomach pain are gone–I rip my socks off only to find the onions haven’t changed a bit; they are still white.

Was it the onions that helped me? Or the Tylenol Cold and Flu I took throughout the day? I don’t know, but I feel better and we’ve got about 24 hours left in Prague.

I hop from bed, throw on a pot of hot water for tea and proceed to explore this magnificent flat. Outside the overcast sky is no match for the red clay piped roofs and the golden facade on the corridor of three story buildings leading to the Charles Bridge.

Strolling from room to room, I feel like I’m in a New York City flat circa 1950.

There’s a vintage feel to the place. Its old in a way that feels chic, but never dated. The kitchen and bathroom are lined with tile, while the rest of the rooms have hardwood floors. Each room is large and the space could easily accommodate four to six people, in fact there is no extra charge for a third or fourth person, raising the bar of this place in the sea of other Prague short-term rentals. It blows nearby hotels out of the water.

Overall, the place reminds more of a penthouse suite than an apartment, and I think a lot of that has to do with its layout. The bathroom is large and contains a shower as well as bathtub (the toilet or WC is located in a separate room off from the kitchen). Each bedroom contains two queen-sized beds (two fulls pushed together) and the living room has two more couches (one is a pullout), chairs and cable TV. The kitchen is huge and stocked to the max with anything you could possibly need from rolling pins, pots & pans to about 20+ tea cups. There’s a host of spices to use in the cabinets as well.

After stirring around for 20 minutes or so–opening closets, drawers, doors– Beth awoke and joined me in the kitchen. As she went through all the items she got at the market for about $33 as well as the spices provided by the hosts, it became clear we would be eating breakfast and lunch in.

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Our lunch menu consisted of Brussels sprout with a touch of ginger (Bobby Salvon-style), a tomato, cucumber and feta salad as well as baked dish consisting of the left over noodles from the soup.

Kicking back that afternoon during lunch, we laughed about our big plans for Prague that would, for now, have to wait. In fact, Beth even confessed she used the Czech-Republic and all its frothy goodness (plenty of beer!) as a sort of carrot on a stick to get me excited about long-term travel.

And despite being ill, we both agreed that having an apartment to hole up in to weather the storm is far better than a tiny European hotel. We were able to cook homemade comfort foods that reminded us of home and when you’re sick that’s what you really want! Especially, since the process of booking the apartment was simple and straight forward. And unlike some other short term rental sites we’ve checked out in the past, Roomorama had a great selection of places to fit any number of price points from budget to luxury.

Additionally, booking through Roomorama is also reassuring because if  you have any issues in your apartment or need directions or suggestions then your host is just email or phone call away. Unlike booking a hotel online, which is generally a sterile process, finding and securing a place through Roomorama puts you in direct contact with the owner, so before you even arrive you’ve already developed a personal connection.

After our lunch, some work and a nap, we did finally make it out into Prague for a couple hours, and man am I glad we did.

It turns out our flat was only about a 5 minute walk from the Charles Bridge as well as the Old Town Square. Talk about location! We were situated between both spots the entire time! We wondered around both places, grabbing a beer and strudel–kind of like a speed date with the city–before heading onward with a heartache for more.

Below are the photos from our stay and the yummy food we made in our Prague apartment. Enjoy!

The Living Room:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

The Kitchen:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Bedroom #1:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Bedroom #1 & #2:

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Bedroom #2:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

The Bathroom & WC:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague Roomorama Apartment in Prague

The View From The Living Room & Bedroom – Cute!:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

The View From The Living Room – Loved the huge windows throughout the apartment:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

All this food – $33!

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Greek Style Salad:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Making Brussel Sprouts:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Roomorama Apartment in Prague Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Making Soup:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Brussel Sprouts & Yogurt with Bananas:

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Hot Ginger & Lemon Tea (this is great for a cold):

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Mac n’ Cheese & Noodle Soup:

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Time for Lunch:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

The View Of the Front of the Apartment (Inside the apartment complex):

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

The Neighbors & Complex:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

The Front of the Building:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

The Street The Apartment is on:

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

Roomorama Apartment in Prague

In short, we loved this place. It was so spacious! There was a ton of room for us and like I mentioned above, the kitchen was stocked. We spent $33 on groceries that lasted us for the two days we were in town so we saved a ton of money preparing our own food. Even more of a bonus was having a comfortable spot to recuperate from being sick. It was nice, REALLY nice to have our own space that was homey and allowed us to make soup, mac n’ cheese and other various feel-good staples – something you definitely can’t do in a hotel. The location was perfect – literally a 5 minute walk each way to the famous Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. When we come back to Prague we would love to stay in this apartment again and we recommend it to any of our readers. Great for everyone – especially a larger group or a family.

Our apartment in Prague was compliments of the good folks at Roomrooma who have short term rentals all across the world. If you would like to stay in the flat mentioned in this story you can find it online here: Prague Holiday Rental

*While our lodging was sponsored, the views and opinions in the story are entirely our own.

*Please remember all photos on this website, unless otherwise noted, are copyrighted and property of Beers and Beans Travel Website, Nariko’ s Nest Weddings & Bethany Salvon. Please do not use them without my permission. If you do want to use one of them please contact me first because I do love to share and I would be flattered. Thanks!

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(26) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Patricia GW -

    November 4, 2011 at 5:59 am

    The apartment looks beautiful and clean, and lunch looks delicious! I’m glad you both are feeling better, too 🙂

    • Bethany -

      November 6, 2011 at 2:54 am

      Thanks Patricia we are feeling better now! 🙂 Yeah, the flat was perfect, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.@Patricia GW,

  • ayngelina -

    November 4, 2011 at 7:57 am

    So cute!

    I am staying with Roomorama this Monday thru Thursday in London and hope my place is as nice.

    • Bethany -

      November 6, 2011 at 2:54 am

      Oh, fantastic Ayngelina! You are going to love it. Have fun!@ayngelina,

  • Nic Freeman -

    November 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    This post has brought back my memories of Prague last year. On a 2 month whirlwind solo trip through Europe and the Middle East, I met a couple of friends in Prague for three days. We also stayed in a lovely big place – perfect for living room picnics and recouping. For me, Prague was a great place to take the travel pace down a notch. Awesome grocery stores. Cheap bottles of good wine to consume in the comfort of a lounge room with friends. Quiet, maze-like streets in which to slowly wander. Thanks for a great post!

    • Bethany -

      November 6, 2011 at 2:56 am

      Yeah, you have it exactly right. Prague was absolutely magical. The little bit of it we saw we loved and I was so psyched when I found a large grocery store. I almost fell over with happiness! @Nic Freeman,

  • Kieu ~ GQ trippin -

    November 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Being sick in Prague doesn’t look so bad. 😛 I’m hoping Gerard and I get a chance to stay with Roomorama at least once during our upcoming trip. If it’s anything like this of course. 😉 And if it comes with all that food! Lol.

    • Bethany -

      November 6, 2011 at 2:55 am

      Well it was a real bonus to be in this place when we were sick – that’s for sure. Roomorama is great and super easy to use – definitely check ’em out if you can. 🙂 @Kieu ~ GQ trippin,

  • Denise -

    November 4, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Lucky you! I’m so jealous. I love how you photographed the space 🙂

    • Bethany -

      November 6, 2011 at 2:53 am

      Thanks Denise – we did get lucky on that one! @Denise,

  • Nomadic Samuel -

    November 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    What a cozy looking place! It almost looks too comfortable 😛

    • Randy -

      November 6, 2011 at 2:52 am

      @Nomadic Samuel, Fo’ shizzle! We didn’t want to leave. 🙂

  • Michael -

    November 5, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Nice, crisp writing and photos that make me want to be there. I’ve done apartment rental in Rome and would not consider a hotel in a European city again. Thanks for letting us know about Roomarama.

    • Bethany -

      November 6, 2011 at 2:52 am

      @Taylor, Us to Taylor! We were bummed we didn’t get to see to much of Prague. Luckily, though, we saw just enough to know that we loved it.

  • Taylor -

    November 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    That’s nicer than any apartment I’ve actually lived in. Too bad you didn’t get to see too much of the city.

    • Bethany -

      November 6, 2011 at 2:52 am

      @Taylor, Us to Taylor! We were bummed we didn’t get to see to much of Prague. Luckily, though, we saw just enough to know that we loved it. @Taylor,

  • Alouise -

    November 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    That’s too bad you were sick in Prague, but it’s always nice to have your own space (rather than just a hotel or hostel room) when you’re not feeling good.

    • Bethany -

      November 6, 2011 at 2:52 am

      Yeah, it was comfortable and felt just like being at home, except it was even bigger than the last two places we lived. haha 🙂@Alouise,

  • Karyn -

    November 6, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I stayed at the same apartment unit with a couple of other girls during my study abroad program in summer 2010! One afternoon, a local band was playing on the street right outside our window. Wonderful location. Love the pictures =)

  • Audrey -

    November 12, 2011 at 7:39 am

    This place looks great! I’ve always been a hostel girl, but I may just reconsider next time I do a longer trip 😀

  • Sarah Wu -

    November 13, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I saw these photos on your FB. It looked so cozy and beautiful. Like a couple’s retweet 😀 heehee

  • Sophie -

    November 16, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Very nice! We’re trying out roomorama this winter. This looks promising 🙂 (Hope you’re both feeling better).

  • Cam -

    November 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Looks like a great apartment! We hope to find similar apartments next summer during our tour de Europe

  • Raymond @ Man On The Lam -

    November 18, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Your food photos always make me hungry. There is something to be said for home-cooking, especially when you’re not feeling well… 🙂

  • Caro from Passport and a Toothbrush -

    January 31, 2012 at 5:27 am

    ”I awake a few hours later to a smell I haven’t experienced for months: home cooking. The aroma of sauteed onions fills the apartment and brings me to full attention.”

    Nice! Really captured the simple pleasure of having a physical home away from wherever home is! I find it so important to travel slowly and enjoy some privacy once in a while! And doesn’t hurt that the place looks GREAT!

  • Jenna -

    March 9, 2012 at 7:01 am

    This definitely looks like a place I would love. I have been to Prague many times but have never really found the perfect place to stay. I love that city so much that I can see why you left with “heartache for more.”