Gone are the days when Prague was a cheap destination. The Czech capital now ranks alongside most western European cities when it comes to the quality, range and price of hotels. Book as far in advance as possible (especially during festival season in spring and autumn, at weekends, and at Easter and Christmas/New Year). Many central hotels are set in charming historic buildings, and there is a new generation of funky design hotels and hostels. There are also dozens of backpacker hostels, most of them geared towards youthful party animals.