Hi, friend. We just returned from a stay at minimalist Hotel Josef in Prague, the city’s first design hotel, and wanted to give you skinny in case you’re heading to this glorious European capital. This cool, contemporary property pops with playful colors and offers a light, bright respite from Prague’s magnificent medieval core. We love Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture, but it’s nice to have a rejuvenating breather from all that heavy ancient history.
Fresh, home-baked bread and a sprawling breakfast buffet (included in your room fee) are among the highlights at this playful hotel, designed by famous local-born architect Eva Jiricna. The glassy, geometric property features 109-rooms and is located near the old Jewish quarter, within walking distance to Old Town Square. A little tip: In the morning, snag a table outside in the courtyard and keep in mind that you can order a little something special off the breakfast menu, as well as grazing at the buffet.
Nearby, be sure to grab a pilsner and a plate of sausage with bread dumplings at Lokal, a kitschy classic Czech pub that’s located right down the block. You’ll also find lots of stylish local boutiques in the neighborhood selling jewelry, interiors, and fashion including edgy Blackout where Mr. Scout picked up a pretty sweet designer blazer.
We like to compare and contrast to keep things interesting, so we also spent a few nights at the posh Four Seasons Prague, located on the edge of the Vltava River, just steps from the famous Charles Bridge. The luxurious new Ava spa had just opened when we visited. In fact, there was a photo shoot taking place as we were soaking up the relaxation in the vitality pool. Stay tuned for more on the Four Seasons Prague.