A few hours away from Prague and just a short drive away from the border of Austria is the lovely little town of Slavonice.
In this lovely town is where you’ll find the Design Hotel Besidka.
If you’re looking for where to stay in Slavonice it’s actually the Hotel Besidka I’d recommend and in this post I’m going to go over my experience with the hotel and why it’s a great choice for accommodation!
Before I get into the review I want to tell you a little bit more about the Hotel Besidka.
The Design Hotel Besidka
This hotel is actually a design hotel which gives it a unique and memorable position as accommodation in Slavonice.
Where many of the other hotels in the small town are outdated and underwhelming the Hotel Besidka is completely one of its kind and adds a lot more to the overall experience that anyone will be able to enjoy while visiting Slavonice.
What’s a design hotel?
Basically, each room has been thoughtfully designed to have its own unique style and contemporary look so that none of the rooms look the same.
Each of the rooms has been designed according to a different style of each of the original eight owners.
For example, I stayed in the Pan Kosiak room and there are a variety of other rooms available that have been named and designed after someone else.
Inside the hotel is a restaurant so you’re also able to grab a bite to eat nearby instead of having to wander around looking for somewhere suitable.
Alright, with that out of the way let’s get into the review and my experience during my stay at the hotel.
The Design Hotel Besidka: My Review
Obviously one of the first things that you experience when you visit a hotel is the check-in process.
The central location of this hotel and made it very easy to find and after parking out front for a few moments I walked inside the restaurant to look for the owner Jan so that I could check in.
He wasn’t there and instead a young girl helped me out.
Rather than having a traditional check-in desk/concierge area you simply walk into the restaurant at the bottom of the hotel and speak to whoever is working behind the counter at the time.
Everyone that was working was very helpful in regards to helping me to figure out where to park and after taking my passport to fill out some documents the girl lead me to my room.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t given much information about Slavonice and I wasn’t informed as to whether or not there was any Wi-Fi available but this wasn’t a problem and I was able to figure it out on my own.
The Interior of the Hotel
It was definitely a bit unusual having to check in through the restaurant but once I finished up with the check-in process I was lead to my room and on the way there were some pretty neat features that make this hotel unique compared to other options in the city.
There is a sprawling courtyard where you can relax if you want to take advantage of some peace and quiet while breathing in some fresh air and there is an interesting statue/structure in the courtyard designed like some sort of a fountain.
To get to my room, which was on the top floor, I had to walk up this awesome silo staircase that had a clear ceiling and a very interesting spiral set of stairs.
I noticed in the courtyard that there was also another wood covered set of stairs that leads up to a different set of rooms so when you’re walking around it’s easy to see all of the different unique design features that this hotel is so proud of.
The first thing that I noticed when I walked into my room were the windows that wrapped around the entire living space.
The view was incredible and there was a lot of natural light getting let in so I didn’t have to worry about any interior lighting and I was able to enjoy the view and relax after a long drive from the Prague Airport.
The room itself was quite spacious and although it was a studio there was definitely enough space for two travelers and even a small family of four.
There was plenty of table and countertop space, a large dresser and even a small couch and coffee table where I spent some time relaxing after walking around and exploring the city.
Even though I visited in July and it was very warm and humid outside the two large windows in the main bedroom area provided a very enjoyable cross-breeze so it was never too warm or muggy in the room itself.
In the center of the room is a large, comfortable double bed. The mattress was definitely on the soft side but the pillows were firm and not scratchy.
Two covers were provided so you’re better able to stay covered depending on your preferences rather than having to share with your travel partner.
Apart from a comfortable double bed there was also another sleeping area tucked away in one of the corners of the room and it offered a little bit of additional privacy as well.
On the Booking.com website I noticed that it was wired internet only but I think that’s just a mistake since there is definitely wireless available at the hotel.
From my experience the wi-fi was quite slow and would often shut down for a few minutes at a time.
Additionally, I wasn’t given any info about the wi-fi when I checked in so I was left on my own trying to figure it out.
Thankfully it’s not password protected but there are a variety of different free open networks to choose from so you’ll want to test them out to see which offers the best connection.
I was able to do some light internet browsing and I even uploaded some photos to Instagram but YouTube streaming and uploading videos simply didn’t work for me.
Instead of just one dedicated bathroom there was a separate shower room with a skylight for even more natural lighting and another room with just a toilet that also had a window with an amazing view of the surrounding area.
The bathroom came with some basic amenities and there was a towel dryer that would be very useful during the colder winter months.
The shower worked very well with suitable pressure and there was a good range in water temperature between hot and cold.
Towels were provided, which were quite soft to the touch, so no need to bring your own or worry about traveling with a travel towel.
One thing I noticed was that the actual sink in the bathroom wasn’t able to produce any water cold enough for drinking so I just used the shower for that instead – not a problem at all.
I checked the cost for 1 random night in September 2016 and the price is about $65 per night in a double room but can fluctuate depending on which room you get.
While there is breakfast available at Besidka I unfortunately wasn’t able to enjoy it.
I had to leave around 830AM and when I asked a young man working he said breakfast would be available at 8AM.
Early in the morning I came down right at 8 and was met by a confused older lady that said breakfast didn’t start the until 9.
There must have been a mix-up somehow and while I would have loved to have a breakfast before leaving on my drive to Hallstat it just wasn’t ready for me at the time.
However, the hotel definitely offers breakfast but you’ll want to double check with the timing in case you need to stick to a specific schedule.
Free parking is available on-site right behind the hotel.
The parking is complely secure and to access the lot you’re given a special key from whoever is working in the restaurant at the time.
There are enough spaces for approximately 6 cars so unless the hotel is full of people that arrived by car there should be enough space.
One of the best things about the Hotel Besidka is its prime location in Slavonice.
From the front doors it’s barely a 30-second walk to the main square and you can explore the entire town on foot in less than 1-hour.
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, bakeries and even a small grocery shop nearby and there is also access to hiking trails along with a few small parks as well.
The Design Hotel Besidka is a comfortable and affordable place to stay in Slavonice.
The location is incredible, the idea behind the hotel itself is one-of-a-kind and although it’s a no-frills kind of place it’s actually quite memorable and homey.
It also doesn’t matter if you’re driving to Slavonice or if you’re taking the bus or train, it’s very easy to reach the hotel so there’s no need to worry about getting there regardless of what time of day you arrive.
One more thing that I want to mention is that this hotel is very well regarded among the people living in Slavonice and the owner Jan is extremely proud of what he’s been able to accomplish with this accommodation property.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Design Hote Besidka if you’re visiting Slavonice and looking for somewhere suitable to stay that could turn out to be the highlight of your entire trip.