Photo courtesy of Hotel Josef
Hotel JosefPrague is packed with hotels housed in historic buildings of the Baroque, neo-Classical, and Art Noveau variety, which is what makes Hotel Josef so refreshing. The property, on the edge of the old Jewish Quarter just a short stroll from Old Town Square, is a gleaming, unapologetically modern glass-and chrome design hotel in the heart of the city’s medieval past. Designed by noted Czech architect Eva Jiřičná, known for her use of glass and steel, especially in her sculptural spiral staircases (like the one here), the 109-room boutique property eschews Old World excess in favor of clean lines, minimalist design, and neutral palettes with an occasional pop of bright orange or red, hot pink, or cobalt blue. There’s a range of room and suite choices, but it’s worth spending just a bit more for one of the suites on the 7th or 8th floor, for the walk-out balconies where you can enjoy breakfast or a cocktail; bathrooms are of two types, either enclosed limestone or made entirely of glass. Though the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, there’s an on-site French bakery in the breakfast room for morning pastries; other cool amenities include a rooftop bar, a leafy garden for relaxing, and free three-hour use of a retro scooter.