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In the very heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities, designer Eva Jiricna has managed to create a modern masterpiece unique to its surroundings yet which fits into them beautifully at the same time.
The 109-room Hotel Josef in Prague’s old town is a study in understatement and seamless transition between itself and its majestic environment – it isn’t merely a slick interior renovation of a centuries-old building. Eva Jiricna, who has raised eyebrows with her innovative interior designs in London, Paris and New York, created two buildings around a peaceful landscaped courtyard that gives the hotel a clear focus and point of orientation. Invigorating contrasts abound in the hotel’s public spaces: A well-crafted steel and glass staircase, the reception area and bar are given a calming foundation by limestone in Hotel Josef’s lobby.
Guestrooms at the Josef are designed with a similar efficiency that pervades the rest of the hotel. Classy, functional elements such as the rooms' lacquered finishes are offset by warmer design influences, including relaxed limestone floors. Baleri armchairs and Philippe Starck fittings in the bathrooms are a testament to Hotel Josef’s attention to quality detail. All are created with the limited amount of space in mind, making this design hotel a well-proportioned mix of design efficiency and luxury - without forfeiting any of the creature comforts one expects.