Designer hotels in the Czech Republic
Designer hotels are a trend of modern accommodation. These hotels are, in many ways, reminiscent of classic hotels and offer similar services. They differ, however, in their exceptional design and use of unique materials and furnishings; and, obviously, well-known designers and architects have frequently contributed to the look of the exteriors and interiors.
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Designer hotels are attractive to clients looking for something unusual that they can’t get in normal, everyday life. Quality, originality and, naturally, the well-known names of the architects and designers have their price, and designer hotels are, therefore, generally four- and five-star establishments. Naturally, most such hotels can be found in Prague. These include, for example, the luxury Hotel Josef, designed by architect Eva Jiřičná, and the Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague, which is the work of Raymond Visan, and whose furnishings and atmosphere mix influences from the Orient, colonialism and the Prague Art Nouveau. Unconventional design and playfulness mark the Fusion Hotel Prague, Hotel Icon and Hotel Moods, and the Design Hotel Metropol and Hotel Yasmin also received considerable recognition. Different to these in many respects is Hotel Sax in the Lesser Quarter, which is completely furnished in the retro style of the 1950s, ‘60s and 70s.
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The designer hotels family also includes Hotel Omnia in Janské Lázně. Here, architects had to overcome the hotel’s location in the Krkonoše National Park, meaning that, while the hotel is unremarkable from the outside, on the inside it’ll dazzle you with its lines and natural materials.
Remarkable architecture can also be found at Hotel Noemova archa in Brno, designed to resemble an ocean liner, and the Miura designer hotel in the Beskids, part of the Čeladná golf complex, where you can admire top works by Czech and global artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Tony Cragg.