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Hotel Josef from Design Hotels

Located near the old Jewish quarter, Hotel Josef is formed from two houses, one called Orange, the other Pink, and is a chilled-out counterpoint to the city's urban lifestyle. Designed around a peaceful landscaped courtyard, the Hotel Josef offers a choice of thoughtfully designed functional rooms in the core of the city.

Eva Jiricna's award-winning design is a thoroughly contemporary statement, building on a great 20th century tradition of modern Czech design. As architect of some of the most innovative interiors in London, Paris and New York, Jiricna brings a highly crafted approach to state-of-the-art materials that create a unique setting in one of Europe's historic centers. Stone-clad bathrooms with glass partition walls add a sense of style to the comfortable bedrooms, fully equipped with efficient communications facilities and the latest technology. A business center and a gymnasium complement the sophisticated environment of Hotel Josef that has already become a major feature in Prague's growing business and tourist economy.


Prague

With ancient churches and mediaeval cobbled lanes, Prague is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe, and with good reason. As well as being able to visit the famous Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge and the Vltava River you will find numerous bars and cafes ranging from traditional beer halls to modern cool designer restaurants.

Getting there and getting around:

OK, the quickest way to get to Prague is flying, but it is also accessible by train -take Eurostar to Brussels and then Koln where you catch the overnight sleeper -tickets available from Rail Europe. Alternatively, the cheapest method of getting there is buy bus, albeit with a journey time of 19 hours -not quite the weekend return -tickets from Eurolines.

Rail EuropeEurolines

Flights to Airport Prague Ruzyne (www.prg.aero/en) are available from the following destinations in the UK:.

BMI Baby  Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester
British Airways  London Heathrow
Czech Airlines  London Heathrow
Easyjet  Amsterdam, Bristol, Doncaster, London -Gatwick/Stansted
Jet2.com  Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle

To get around the city, DP Prague (www.dp-praha.cz) operates two thousand metro trains, trams and buses in Prague daily. Notwithstanding some rather burocratic rules, bicycles can be transported on the Metro free of charge. For travel further afield in the country, Czech Railways, Ceské dráhy (www.cd.cz), operates an extensive service, but the online booking form is in Czech.

Sightseeing, events, tours and information:

Start with Green Prague http://greenprague.wordpress.com/ -a personnal guide to everything that's green in Prague -from environmentally friendly gifts to organic restaurants.
 
Prague's Old Sewage Station forms the basis for a fascinating tour exploring the city's indstrial heritage -tours available in summertime, or by arrangement for groups in winter -details at Ekotechnicke Museum (www.ekotechnickemuseum.cz).
 
The John Lennon Wall -after Lennon's murder in 1980, fans painted an image of him on a wall in Grand Priory Square opposite the French Embassy. The authories whitewashed the image but new images appeared. Every time the images were obliterated, they come back, and the wall has become an homage to the Beatles with images and lyrics.
 
Other useful links -many of these sites are in Czech, but you can generally find an English version by clicking on the Union Jack:
 
Czech Tourism (www.czechtourism.com) the official travel site of Czech tourism.
Prague Welcome (www.praguewelcome.cz) is run by Prague City Hall. Its aim is to promote the city, to introduce monuments, culture and history of Prague to visitors.
 
FOLKLORNÍ (www.fos.cz) gives information on folklore events in the Czech Republic.
Infant Jesus of Prague (www.pragjesu.info) official website for the Church of the Holy Infant of Prague.
 
Czech National Museum (www.nm.cz) -somewhat dryly presented website for this national resource.
Jewish Museum (www.jewishmuseum.cz) stablished in 1906,  the original aim of the museum was to preserve valuable artefacts from the Prague synagogues that had been demolished during the reconstruction of the Jewish Town at the beginning of the 20th century.
Castles of the Czech Republic (www.czechcastles.com) -details of 50 Czech castles, including the one in Prague. Includes the authors categorisation of "must see" castles.
 
Lucerna Palace - unique early 20thC cultural centre around Wenceslas Square with stores, restaurants, movie theatre, and concert hall.
 
Magic Lantern -the "magic" of the Laterna magika theatre lies in its inseparable connestion of film or projected image and live action on the stage, through which the creative process itself originates.
Prague National Theatre -for opera, drama and ballet.
 
Prague Pubs -a selected database and guide to the pubs of the old city.
SK Slavia -official site of the football club
Wine of the Czech Republic -official web page of Moravian and Czech wine

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast:

Adalbert, Prague (www.hoteladalbert.cz)
Located in a restored building on the grounds of the Brevnov monastery, and close to Prague Castle. It was the first hotel in the Czech republic to be awarded an Eu Green Flower accreditation. Website has a good list of their environmental measures, which range from water saving to energy efficiency.
 
Adria, Prague (www.adria.cz)
Centrally located four star Eu eco-labelled hotel . Mind you, one has to question a standard where on one hand the hotel boasts having air-conditioning, and on the other hand lists having wooden company pencils as one of their eco measures.....
 
Buddha Bar Hotel (www.buddhabarhotelprague.com)
 
Mosaic House (www.mosaichouse.com)
Upmarket accommodation combining four star hotel and dormitory rooms. A host of green features include greywater recycling unit with heat recuperation technology, water heated with by solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, room temperature levels and electric shutters controlled by a super computer based on occupancy, bathrooms with low-flow toilets, rain dance showers.
 
Mamaison Residence Belgicka Prague, Prague (www.mamaison.com/belgicka)
Executive aparthotel just ten minutes from Wenceslas Square offering serviced apartments in a classic Art Nouveau building fitted out by interior designer Barbara Skorpilova. Awarded a European Eco-label, they offer business class accommodation with all the facilities you would expect, although its a pity they don't make more of their eco credentials.

Eco hostels and budget accommodation:

Mosaic House -new hostel-hotel hybrid in the centre of Prague opened on June 1, 2010 and here's why. This building is an old theatre and we've retrofitted it to be the best blend of old and new. The old stage is still in place in our Belushi's bar and throughout the building, the latest environmentally friendly features are in place to make Mosaic House as green as possible. Solar panels on the roof help heat the water, rain dance showers reduce the amount you use and in the basement, the Czech Republic's first ever Grey Water Recycling Unit recycles what comes through the pipes! You can be one of the first to stay here FOR FREE by entering out latest Hot Hostel Competition. You can also read about the Top Ten Attractions in Prague in our free Backpacker Resources section. So what are you waiting for? Get involved!
 
Sir Toby's Hostel - Centrally located friendly hostel with 70 beds, serving locally sourced vegetarian and organic food. The hostel is keen to follow environmental measures, including recycling, composting of food and running the hostel company car on bio diesel.

Self Catering Apartments

Oh-Prague.com (www.oh-prague.com) - when visiting Prague with your family and/or friends, staying in a self-catering apartment can be a great budget saver and gives you the opportunity to plan your day in peace and quiet. With Oh-Prague.com you can choose from over 310 short term apartments or hotels in the Golden City at the Moldova.

Shops and Restaurants

Country Life (www.countrylife.cz) is a tiny deli and buffet restaurant on Jungmannova serving organic and vegan food,.along with a larger bistro on Melantrichova Street. Website is not in English.

King Solomon (www.kosher.cz/en/) is a Kosher restaurant serving high quality kosher meals, with much of the produce being home produced and organic.

 


Hotel Josef from Design Hotels

Located near the old Jewish quarter, Hotel Josef is formed from two houses, one called Orange, the other Pink, and is a chilled-out counterpoint to the city's active, urban lifestyle. Designed around a peaceful landscaped courtyard, the Hotel Josef offers a choice of thoughtfully designed functional rooms in the core of the city.

Eva Jiricna's award-winning design is a thoroughly contemporary statement, building on a great 20th century tradition of modern Czech design. As architect of some of the most innovative interiors in London, Paris and New York, Jiricna brings a highly crafted approach to state-of-the-art materials that create a unique setting in one of Europe's historic centers. Stone-clad bathrooms with glass partition walls add a sense of style to the comfortable bedrooms, fully equipped with efficient communications facilities and the latest technology. A business center and a gymnasium complement the sophisticated environment of Hotel Josef that has already become a major feature in Prague's growing business and tourist economy.


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