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The Icon Hotel, Prague

$199 or less
Prague, Czech Republic, Europe: A guest room at the Icon Hotel, Prague
6 V Jámé
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 221 634 100
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

At first glance, it's hard to see beyond the high-tech surface of this refurbished Art Nouveau building just south of Wenceslas Square, where all 31 sleekly designed rooms feature Skype phones, free Wi-Fi as well as ADSL Internet, and biometric safes that unlock with a fingerprint. Despite the high-tech gadgets, the hotel maintains a calm residential feel, and its tastefully minimalist decor, comfortable beds with hypoallergenic linens, professional staff, and moderate prices make it an excellent value in a city with an increasing number of luxe options. Considering the tech appeal and the cool in-house bar and lounge, it's no surprise that the crowd here tends to be youthful and ready to mingle. In recognition of the late nights, breakfast is served until 11 nightly.

—2008 Hot List

When to go: April and May for the glorious Prague spring; October and November for lower prices and smaller crowds.

Which room to book: No. 201, a deluxe double, overlooks the shops on V Jame street: great for people-watching but not so great for noise. For a quieter stay, try No. 205, a deluxe double facing the rooftop garden.

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