I was excited about my first visit to the Czech Republic, my 33rd country, and one that had been on my list for a long time. After being at home for a month, I needed some space of my own, so instead of staying in a hostel as usual, I was looking for an apartment. And I found Internesto. A shared apartment, with a private room, a shared kitchen, bathroom and social area. It sounded perfect! Here’s my full review of Internesto apartments in Brno.
Brno is in the Movaria region of the Czech Republic, in the South East, not far from the border with Austria and Poland. I had heard good things about Brno, it is the Czech Republic’s second largest city, and has seen a boom in recent years thanks to companies like IBM who have large offices there. New residents have brought with them new restaurants and bistros, funky bars and a killer nightlife to go with the existing student culture and proud history, creating a buzzing economy and a city that is well worth exploring. I spent three nights in Brno, and you can read more information about what to do in Brno in my other post 48 hours in Brno.
Internesto Apartments in Brno
Wherever I go, I try to stay in unusual places with a social conscience or a fabulous concept, and awesome decoration, like the Art Hostel in Leeds or Hobbitenango in Guatemala. I was first attracted to Internesto by the excellent reviews and good prices, and when I took a look at their website I loved how they saw themselves as a family, creating unique spaces where visitors can really feel at home.
Internesto started around 3 years ago when the “head of the family” Radek was a cash-strapped student and decided to rent out a room in his apartment to earn some money. Internesto has now grown into several shared and self-contained apartments in two centrally located buildings in Brno. Each of the apartments and rooms has their own personality and are uniquely decorated. Some are calming and beautiful, others were bright and fun, and there was even an alcohol themed apartment with this gorgeous ‘plum brandy’ room.
Unfortunately, the apartments aren’t suitable for guests with limited mobility as the apartments are all on the second floor or higher.
The Location of Internesto Apartments
Internesto have two locations in Brno, the first has the shared apartments, and is a stone’s throw from the main square in Brno, on Vesela Street. I stayed here and loved how I was just minutes away from everything in Brno. The second building was about 10 minutes’ walk away, on the top floor of a building on Veveri street. The stairs are tough here if you’re not used to them but if you get an apartment with views of the castle the effort is more than worth it!
Checking in at Internesto
I had let my contact Bea know what time I would be arriving in Brno. There isn’t a 24-hour reception so if you are arriving after 8pm there is a late check-in fee, or you can do a self-check-in if you have pre-paid for your reservation. The Internesto team will send you the code for the front door, and a small locker with the keys to your apartment, so you can find your way to your room with the map provided. I arrived during the day, and Zoltan on reception made sure I had everything I needed, and kindly offered to carry my bag up the stairs.
The security is excellent, and we were each given a set of four keys to get to our room – one for the main door, another for the door to the terrace to access some of the apartments, another key for the apartment front door, and the final key for my room. The apartment needed to be closed with the key, so that meant I had no chance to accidentally forget my keys!
My Room at Internesto Apartments
I stayed in the most central property, in one of the shared apartments called “Full House”. My room was called graffiti, and, you guessed it, had a graffiti-themed décor. It certainly is not for the faint-hearted, but I loved the bright colours, which contrasted beautifully with the sleek wooden floors and white walls in the rest of the room. The room was huge, with plenty of space for three people. There was a single bed in the main part of the room, and another two singles upstairs on a mezzanine level. I also had a desk, a couple of small tables, a wardrobe, coat stand and shelves, so there was good storage space too. The bed was really comfortable, with a good mattress and a huge pillow so I could mould it to suit my sleeping position perfectly.
In the apartment, there was a shared kitchen, and two toilets (one for men & one for women), and a separate shower room which also have a washing machine and tumble dryer. There was also a seating area outside the bedrooms, and a full-length mirror to share. I spent most of the time in the room though, as it was nice and bright. There were two other rooms in the apartment, one was occupied by a Czech family, and the other by a guy who was originally from India and had lived in Brno for 11 years working for IBM. He was staying in the apartment for a couple of months while he was waiting to move into his new apartment.
There is fast wifi throughout the building, which was an open network – you just had to like Internesto’s Facebook page to access the internet.
Dining Options at Internesto
Each apartment has its own kitchen facilities to make your own food. For breakfast, you can choose to have a buffet breakfast next to the reception area for €4 per person. The breakfast is really good and had a selection of breads, sweet pastries, cereal, and cold savoury items like cheese, ham, sausage and hard-boiled eggs. There was a range of teas, coffee and juice to drink, as well as yoghurt and fruit too, and it was a good chance to meet other guests from different apartments.
What I loved about Internesto Apartments
The family concept, how welcoming the staff were and they all spoke excellent English.
My bed was super comfortable, and I slept like a log all three nights.
I loved how each apartment was unique, each had their own personality and funky décor.
The central location was perfect for exploring Brno
The yummy breakfast
Anything I didn’t like?
There was only one shower, which could have been an issue if all three rooms were at full capacity, but it was fine with 5 of us in the apartment.
Overall I loved my stay at Internesto Apartments in Brno, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the apartments for solo travellers, families or friends. If you would like to book with Internesto or to check availability then visit their website, or you can also find them on Facebook and Instagram too.
What do you think of the funky decor at Internesto? I’d love to hear read your comments below!
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