Hotel Josef, Prague $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The city's highest style quotient—or most self-conscious design statement—belongs to this 2003-vintage place five minutes' walk from Old Town Square near Josefov (Old Town's Jewish quarter). Czech-born architect Eva Jiricna was responsible for everything: the two buildings called "Pink" and "Orange" facing a quiet courtyard with a manicured lawn, and the post–Space Age lobby/bar, where every texture of white is illuminated by white halogen spots. In fact, the 109 rooms are also all-white, with hits of color from tangerine or olive cotton throws and boxy armchairs. In the Superior rooms, what appear at first to be giant glass-walled closets are actually the bathrooms. (Do not book one with a new date.) There's no denying the glamour and impact of all this, but most rooms are small and have views only of the interior courtyard. Rooms 704 and 801, on the other hand, have castle and rooftop views and terraces. A sister hotel, the Maximilian, brings the same style to even newer digs a couple of blocks away (Haštalská 14; 420-225-303-111; www.maximilianhotel.com).
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