After learning about all of the interesting things to do in Brno I knew I had to visit the second biggest city in the Czech Republic and the Moravian capital.
With 2 nights there I barely had enough time to get a real feel for the city but I’m thankful I was able to stay somewhere comfortable and that offered a prime location for exploring the city.
Just steps away from the Green Square and Cabbage Market is the Royal Ricc Hotel and if you’re visiting Brno I would definitely recommend checking it out – if not for the location alone.
With a longstanding and rich history, the Royal Ricc made for quite a memorable stay during my visit to Brno and I’m glad I opted for something a little more traditional compared to the many other modern hotels available.
The Royal Ricc Hotel offers just 30 rooms to its guests, so during a stay you’re a lot more likely to feel at-home rather than like you’re just another faceless guest walking through the hotel.
The staff are friendly, cordial, and are always willing to take the time to help with any questions and never hesitate to make suggestions for things to do and places to check out nearby.
Boasting a rich history, the Royal Ricc is located in an old baroque house that has stood in place for more than 400 years and you really get a historic vibe as you’re walking through the vaulted ceilings of the interior.
In this post I want to share the experience I had at the Royal Ricc as well as provide an in-depth review of my stay.
The Royal Ricc Hotel in Brno: An In-Depth Review
Check-In and Interior
As soon as I opened the door and walked into the hotel I was immediately taken away by the interior.
It took on a very historic appearance with vaulted ceilings, thoughtfully chosen traditional furniture and completely painted walls that featured unique and classic artwork and design.
Walking in off the street and into the hotel lobby was like taking a step back into another time period and I could really feel the historic vibe as I admired the intricate details.
The check-in process went quite smoothly and after taking down my information the young lady working at reception handed me the key to my room and made some suggestions for places nearby to check out for dinner.
I walked up to my room on the second floor and even in the stairwell the walls were completely painted – only further adding to the historic vibe at the Royal Ricc.
The rest of the hotel was very traditionally designed and I was able to truly appreciate all of the small details that went into designing the interior.
Just like the rest of the hotel my room had a very traditional and historic feeling to it.
The ceilings were high and painted on the wooden ceiling beams were intricate designs which, when paired with the large window that let in plenty of natural light, made the room feel much bigger than it was.
Right in the center of the room was a large, comfortable bed and there was even a dedicated desk area – great for travel bloggers or those looking to get a little bit of work done while traveling.
The window overlooked a small courtyard at the back of the hotel and I really liked the window pane that featured a unique fixture setup that changed the color of the light as it came into the room.
Even though i was visiting in late September it was unseasonably warm outside but there wasn’t any direct sunlight and the high ceilings kept the warm quite cool without the need to turn on the air conditioning.
There was plenty of storage options for clothing and luggage and even slippers were available to wear around the room.
One of the more interesting features was the large blue ceramic heater in the corner.
These are not common at all in hotels, more so in older apartments, and it was yet another nice historic touch that the hotel took the time to provide.
Overall, I found the room to be quite spacious and big and definitely enough room for two people to enjoy their time during a short-term stay.
The bathroom at the Royal Ricc was surprisingly modern.
It featured a shower/bathtub combination and along with a toilet there was also a bidet in the bathroom as well.
A selection of amenities were provided, enough for one or two people, and there was even a pair of comfortable bathrobes.
I really preferred the modern bathroom at the Royal Ricc and it was a nice juxtaposition to be able to enjoy updated features and more recent fixtures in contrast to the otherwise traditional design of the rest of the hotel.
Depending on the type of room you choose you can find rates for the Royal Ricc in Brno starting at around $123 USD.
From what I could determine all of the rates include breakfast and I recommend heading down as early as you can for the best selection of items available.
I find this price to be quite reasonable, especially with the proximity of the hotel to the bus station, train station, and how it is literally just steps away from one of the main squares in the Old Town.
As always, I recommend booking as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates in order to secure the best rate possible and to avoid any potential issues with room availability.
One of the best things about the hotel was its location and it’s possible to reach all of the main sights, including the castle, in 10-minutes or less.
Both the bus and train station are also less 10 minutes away on foot and it’s possible to reach all of the main tourist attractions in the city quite quickly without having to rely on public transportation.
Just steps away is the popular Green Market Square and the top of the castle with incredible views of the city down below can be reached in 10-15 minutes.
Also nearby to the hotel are plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars, and a few small shops but I’d also recommend checking out the cabbage market that’s held in the nearby square every day.
Should you be interested in using public transportation there is access to the local trams less than 5-minutes walking away.
The hotel breakfast was very well done and offered quite a selection of different items.
From what I could tell all of the rates come with breakfast included and this helps to save you effort of having to find something to eat before heading out to explore the city.
There was quite a selection of both hot and cold food items available to choose from as well as various drinks including coffee, tea, and juices.
From the hot foods there were choices such as eggs and sausages and the cold items included things like cereals, sliced meats, cheeses, yogurt, pastries, and a selection of fresh bread with a few different spreads to choose from.
There wasn’t that much seating, although the hotel doesn’t accommodate too many guests so you don’t have to worry about running out of space regardless of the time you show up for breakfast.
The wireless internet at the Royal Ricc was quite fast and I was able to take advantage of a strong and reliable internet connection throughout my entire stay.
Apart from being able to use social media I was able to upload videos to YouTube, add photos to my Instagram and stream movies no problem.
I don’t have any complaints at all about the wi-fi and if you’re looking to stay connected while you’re abroad you shouldn’t run into any problems at this hotel.
Parking and Accessibility
There isn’t any parking available right at the hotel and you’ll have to either parking in a garage nearby or on the street.
If you’re arriving by car make sure you find a suitable place to park that allows overnight parking.
As for accessibility, it’s very easy to reach the hotel on foot if you’re arriving from the bus station or train station.
To get around Brno nearly everything can be accessed on foot and it’s possible to explore all of the main sights in less than a few hours.
Just down the street is the tram stop and you can use that to quickly reach the Starobrno Brewery or anywhere else you want to visit outside of the city center.
The accessibility of the hotel is quite good and I can’t foresee anyone experiencing any issues reaching the hotel or getting around the city.
In my opinion, the Royal Ricc is one of the best hotels in Brno and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you’re visiting the lovely Moravian capital.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the breakfast is a great way to start off the day.
The location is one of the best aspects of the hotel and it makes it very easy to explore Brno on foot as well as reach either the bus station or train station quickly and easily.
Especially compared to the expensive hotel chain options available in the city I find the price for the Royal Ricc to be very reasonable and it’s definitely my top recommendation for hotels in the city.