Hostel Pantof is a small, homey hostel offering accommodation in dorms and private rooms with views over the romantic and historic main square of Telč.
The hostel building is fairly typical for the main square of Telč, long and narrow on an old gothic plot of land. The gothic or renaissance cores usually have arched ceilings on the ground floor and the walls can be up to a metre thick at the base of the building. Most of the houses on the square have some kind of business or shop on the ground floor and Hostel Pantof is no exception. Conveniently for travellers, it’s an exchange office that also sells maps, stamps and some souvenirs.
The entrance to the hostel is beside the exchange office and consists of a heavy wooden gate that hides a long passage leading to the courtyard. Half way along the passage is a staircase leading up to the residential part of the building and hostel reception.
Leading off the reception and lounge area is a generous kitchen, recently refurbished bathroom and the rooms themselves, complete with windows offering a fabulous view along the length of the square.
The dorm room that I stayed in had six single beds and some other thoughtfully selected furniture including a table and chairs and a bookcase full of travel information. The price for a bed in June 2006 was 300Kč, but check current prices here. The hostel also has private double rooms available for 800Kč (400Kč/13Euro/16USD per person).
New and clean
The mattresses and linen seemed 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.
Sounds like nice place to stay doesn’t it? Well, I also have some bad news for you. It’s not open all year round. Their brochures say they’re open from May through October, but the website says June through September. Outside Prague says that it might be a good idea to call ahead and reserve, once you’re sure of your dates.
If you can catch it during the months that it’s open, Hostel Pantof is a good option for central, cheap and cheerful accommodation in Telč.
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