What We Love
- An airy feel and abundant natural daylight deep within the buildings
- An extensive buffet breakfast that’s on offer until 11:30 a.m. weekdays and 12:30 p.m. on weekends
- 20- to 30-minute orientation tours around the neighborhood to point out everything from the best bars to the safest ATM
What To Know
- Room service is available until 11 p.m., but there’s no actual restaurant for lunch or dinner
- There’s no spa
- The rooms tend toward minimalism, and some are on the small side
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In Prague’s medieval quarter near the Old Town Square, this international four-star hotel designed by Eva Jiricna thumbs its nose at the traditionalism that defines most of the city’s top hotels. Think cheeky fuchsia and orange throw pillows and sashes, glass and chrome galore, and Apple computers at the check-in desk. It comprises two new buildings containing six and eight floors that are linked by an open courtyard and glassed-in link at ground level. Their staggered plan and ingenious design make the most of a quirky site, letting great light into most of the 109 (soundproofed) glass-walled rooms. Staff is friendly, but this isn’t a full-service hotel: There’s no restaurant for lunch or dinner (though room service is available), and Nespresso coffeemakers are available in only a handful of top rooms. No problem: It’s not a hotel to hole up in but a base for exploring one of Europe’s most fascinating cities.
In the Area
The hotel is located in the main pedestrian area and only a few minutes’ walk from Old Town Square. It’s near the Municipal House, which now hosts art exhibitions and musical performances in a glorious old building, and Powder Tower, a 213-foot-tall tower that was the gateway to the medieval Royal Route through Old Town. Also nearby is Wenceslas Square (actually a 750-foot-long boulevard), a vibrant historic center of Prague now filled with shops, cafes, and nightlife.
How to Get There
We have a brief few days at the Hotel Josef, but what fabulous memories they have provided! From the outset the wonderful Concierge Team could not have been more helpful with my email queries prior to our arrival and their helpfulness just consistently continued during our stay, Johnny would not let us pick up a bag and Mahrous makes the best Irish Coffee and Amaretto Sour ever!!
From Libor who collected us from the Airport, to Vasek, Gongchun, Annetta, Inga, Johnny, Paschal, Basel, Antonio and of course Mahrous together with the Catering and Housekeeping Teams, this was a completely joyful experience from beginning to end.
It was all the more fabulous as we had originally booked for the Maximillian Hotel and had been transferred due to a refurbishment at that establishment.
Prague is beautiful and go stay at the Hotel Josef and be totally wowed by its exemplary quality service and friendly and wonderful Team - thank you so much everybody and we will be back!
Baedecker describes the Hotel Josef as “Icy cool. Ultimate London design with white walls, gleaming stainless steel surfaces, orange lounge furniture. Guests sit like fish in an aquarium behind the restaurant’s reinforced green glass. This is how models and shakers of fashion like it – cold”
I have never thought of myself as being a model – or, indeed a shaker of fashion but I liked it. We stayed in the hotel for eight days and, I think I can say, without any reservation, the hotel made us hugely welcome and did their very best to make sure that our visit to Prague was hugely enjoyable.
The hotel is near to the ‘old town’ and, for some guests, it may be a little noisy. Unfortunately, the ‘old town’ is a magnet for the kind of behaviour that has given ‘Brits abroad’ a bad name. The pedal buses serving raucous ‘yobs’ beer whilst they pedalled their way around the city, passed our window and there was a club quite close by that 'turned out' in the early hours of the morning. On the plus side we had a view of the spires of the Church of Our Lady before Tyn as well as other ecclesiastical landmarks – all lit up! It was a lovely sight!
(to be continued)
I was there just for a short trip but I have to say that it is a very nice hotel: I like its modern style especially the main entrance; the staff is very friendly and always available. My room was clean and well equipped and the breakfat was delicious....So, I hope to come back again
Seems this hotel over books it’s rooms. We arrived with confirmed reservations and were told very politely that they did not have a room for us (same thing happen to a friend of ours)and they sent us to another hotel for the first of our 3 night stay. Actually liked the 2nd hotel better but didn’t have option of staying. When we finally got our room at the Joseph for night 2&3 the room was very hot - the hotel staff did acknowledge it was very hot in our room but nothing they could do to fix issue. Had to keep window open but the hotel is in an area with lots of bars and it was very noisy and impossible to sleep. Sorry to say I can not recommend this hotel. Hopefully this review gets the Josef to stop over booking and if a guest is unhappy in the room do something about it.
Spent 5 nights over the half marathon weekend. The hotel was nice and clean with really friendly and helpful staff. The breakfasts were really good with a great selection and the staff in the restaurant were very polite and attentive. Reception staff were also very good, especially Aneta who went the extra mile to make sure that we had a great stay. She is a great ambassador for the hotel. The room was good with great sound insulation. Never heard any other guests. The outside noise at busy times was greatly muted as a result. The cleaning staff were in every day with towels changed daily and bedding changed twice during the short stay. The location was brilliant for the main square, Charles Bridge and the Castle. Would certainly consider staying there again.