I was pretty shocked just how hard it was to find a place to stay in Brno that was in a good location and within our $50 a night budget. Luckily I stumbled across the Living Showroom Apartment on Booking.com.
Whenever we get the opportunity to book an apartment for the same price as a hotel we are pretty excited. Not only do we have more space, but we’re also able to cook our own meals which helps keep the costs down. While the location wasn’t exactly where we wanted to be, it was close enough so we decided to book our stay.
As is standard with apartments, we had to coordinate our arrival with the host so they could give us the keys. Since we were headed to Brno by bus from Krakow, we gave our host our arrival time. Fortunately there were no delays in getting to Brno and our transit from the bus station to the apartment was quick. We arrived a few minutes before our host which was perfect timing.
It did take us a few minutes to find the apartment building when we first arrived. The building is set back off of the main street so you have to walk through a small gate area (big enough for a small car) to get to the building. During the day the gate is usually open, but in the evening it is closed and locked. On our first night we found out what the extra key on the keychain was used for.
Living Showroom Apartment
The space is at the very top of a residential building in the former laundry room. It was quite a hike for us up 5 flights of stairs wearing our backpacks. I’m not sure how easily less active people with large suitcases would be able to climb up the stairs to the apartment.
The Living Showroom apartment is a little non-traditional as it was created as a design showroom, not an apartment. While quite small, it was nice and had everything that we needed for our short stay. In fact, there was even a washing machine which was a nice bonus. Unfortunately, we had just done our laundry in Krakow before we arrived. Had we known that there was a washing machine when we booked the apartment, we could have saved a few bucks by waiting to do our laundry here.
The bathroom was separated into 2 different rooms – the shower and the toilet/sink. This was nice as it allowed both of us to get ready at the same time without being on top of each other.
The shower had good water pressure and plenty of hot water but was lacking any sort of ventilation. We were lucky that it was relatively warm outside when we were there as the only way to air out the apartment was by opening the apartment windows and door.
We knew going in that we were not going to be right in the middle of the city. Even though it showed the Living Showroom apartment being a short distance from downtown, it seemed quite a bit longer than we thought it would be. Fortunately there was a tram stop just outside the door which made it easy to get around.
An added bonus is that there was a pretty large grocery store just 2 blocks away which made buying food to cook a few meals quite easy.
For our needs, the apartment was great. My biggest issues were the 5 flights of stairs we had to walk up to get to the apartment and the fact that there was no ventilation in the shower area.
It was an extremely compact apartment but had everything that we needed. Had we stayed at the apartment for an extended period of time, I think that the very small size would have gotten to us, but for the 2 nights that we were there, it was completely adequate.