Mosaic House is one of the most popular hostels in Prague. And an added bonus is that it’s very cheap, with rooms as low as 10 Euro a night.
The catch though is that the 10 Euro, and cheapest room, was a 26 bed, all female dorm.
Travel is all about the experience, right? So I booked it!
I wasn’t really looking forward to it. That is an insane number of beds. That is a brothel. A sorority house!
The lobby and bar area are very clean and upscale at Mosaic House. I was very pleased with the looks of it. Maybe this wasn’t going to be so bad after all.
The room was in the basement and the walk down the stairs was pitch black. OK, this is a little weird.
The room wasn’t what I expected at all. I expected seven sets of bunk beds lined up on each side of the room. But instead, the room was set up with basically little cubbies with two sets of bunk beds in each. There were large dividers between each set of bunk beds so it felt very private. Each bunk had a reading light, plug and a trunk to lock your backpack in.
There wasn’t much light in the room so the photos (from my iPhone 5) aren’t very good.
The only thing that bugged me at first was that I was on one side of the room on a top bunk while my travel partner Chelsea was on the other side of the room on a bottom. If you’re traveling with someone else, make sure you ask for two beds TOGETHER!
The room had a bathroom attached with three toilets, three sinks and three showers. Not exactly a lot for 26 girls. But surprisingly I only had to wait a few times.
I expected a lot of drama in the room. Girls fighting for mirror space or accusing each other of stealing but there wasn’t any of that at all.
There was a small group of about eight of us who all seemed to get along, sharing travel stories and tips from our personal journeys. Twenty-six beds makes it easy to make friends!
For the most part, everyone was very considerate of each other. Girls were quiet when they came back from the bars and in the mornings. My cubby mates were incredibly messy but hey, that’s just how some girls are, right!?
The one thing that drove every one of the 26 girls crazy was the disgusting cigarette smoke smell. We had a small terrace off the dorm and the maids would go out there several times a day for a smoke break. And they would leave the door open to our room! It smelled like an ashtray in there. This reason alone, I would not recommend it to anyone else.
It was definitely an experience. While I’m not sure that I will choose a room with that many beds again, it was fun to try it. It wasn’t at all as bad as I expected.
26 bed, all female dorm. Check!