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Hotel Josef Hotel 4 star
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Aficionados of contemporary design: you have found your temple in this conveniently located hotel! Modern and different from the hotels usually found in Prague, the Josef also sets itself apart for the quality amenities of its guest rooms. Spacious and comfortable, the attention to detail here is second to none for this category of hotel.

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    Location 8.18 /10

    The hotel is situated in the Old Town district, in a quiet narrow street with a few shops in the close vicinity, including a surprising poster seller, opposite the hotel, and several restaurants where typically Czech cuisine is served. The most beautiful Art Nouveau building, the Municipal House, stands behind the hotel and the Old Town Square is 500 metres away. To sum up, it is conveniently situated, close to the city's major sites, without suffering from the crowds of tourists. The hotel stands on the border with the Josefov district, which is the historic Jewish district of the city, and the name of the hotel is actually a reference to this. The underground and tramway lines are only a few minutes' walk away, and night owls will be able to go to the Roxy club, also just a stone's throw away.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The establishment's 109 guestrooms are available in two categories: Deluxe and Superior. The bedrooms' interior design is a real success. They are spacious, ranging from 22 to 26 m², and warm, which contrasts sharply with the immaculate coldness of the common areas. The choice of colours features nuances of white, beige and grey, with touches of bright colours. The king size beds are adorned with delicate bedding, and the headboards are particularly attractive, covered with leather which catches the light. An interesting detail: guests can still watch the TV easily while lying down, as it is placed at the side on top of a wardrobe.
    Every room has large windows, filling them with plenty of natural daylight, and most of them look out onto the verdant interior courtyard. The amenities are exemplary: a DVD player combined with a large flat-screen television, individual air-conditioning, a mini-bar, Wi-Fi or wired Internet access available for free (like the large safe), electronic blinds which enable guests to block out the light without having to shut the window, a welcome tray, etc. Attention to detail goes even further than that: there is an umbrella hanging in the wardrobe, guests can request an iPod docking station, a map of jogging routes is provided in every room, and twice a week, a member of staff can even accompany you on your jog. The surface area of the (more classic) bathrooms is quite substantial. They are fitted with a shower and provided with some hospitality products, a large mirror and a hair-dryer. Room service is available until 11:00pm. 12 of the rooms have a balcony and 2 of them are adapted to cater for disabled guests.

    Our accommodation tip: if you want to have a view of the castle, request room n# 704.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The Josef opened its doors in 2002, after a year of construction work; the site of the hotel was indeed created from nothing, and includes two buildings: the 8-storey Pink House and the 6-storey Orange House. Although the architecture may seem a little austere, it stands out from the usual Baroque and Renaissance façades of Prague as it displays metallic awnings combined with glass panes which do give it a certain character.
    The entrance hall is spacious and sets the tone: white can be seen everywhere! The spiral staircase located in the middle of this space is one of the pride and joys of the hotel. The bar on the right has an excellent selection of drinks, served from 6:30am to 12:00am, and also to the right, just opposite the reception, beautiful white leather chairs will make you want to come sit and relax. The business centre equipped with two computers with an Internet connection and some printers, is set in an area overlooking the lobby. A long glass corridor leads the way to the large breakfast room, with large patio doors opening out to a patch of lawn equipped with tables and deckchairs.
    The common areas found on the upper floors are all decorated in the same immaculate white as the rest of the hotel. There is a gym on the 7th floor, but what a shame, though, that there isn't a lift to take guests up to it. In spite of its small size, it is nevertheless beautifully bright, with a view of the surrounding rooftops. It is open from 8:00am to 10:00pm and its sauna and massage room are open from 10:00am to 10:00pm. A private car park (available for a fee) is reserved for hotel guests.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The interior design of the breakfast room, spacious and bright, is overall quite a success and you will be welcomed by a hostess, who will lead you to your table. Thanks to its capacity of 92 guests, it doesn't get overcrowded in the morning, at breakfast time. The food served on the buffet is delicious. The menu changes every day and offers many specialities for you to try. The produce used for the preparation of the buffet is fresh and tasty, with fruit juice and pastries, and other sweets, in addition to hot drinks, cereals and hot dishes, some of which are available upon request. We highly recommend breakfast at the Josef, served from 6:30am to 11:30am (or until 12:00pm at the weekend).

    To know

    The philosophy of the Josef, created by Eva Jiricna, is evocative: "minimalism provides a break from the permanent stimulation of the city". This is the only member of the Design Hotels group to be found in Prague.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The totally modern approach
    • The amenities in the guest rooms
    • Breakfast
    • The concierge service

    disadvantages

    • The 'clinical' effect caused by the modern decor
    • The lift doesn't go all the way up to the 7th floor (where the gym is)

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