When we arrived at the Josef after the 16 hour trek from the US we were told that due to a booking mistake we did not have rooms and would have to stay in their sister hotel, the Maximillion, around the corner. This is how so many horror stories start on these user reviews, but not this time.
The operations manager, Luke, walked us over and offered to buy us dinner at their restaurant (NoStress, also excellent). The Maximillion was a little less ultra modern than the Joseph, but had everything we wanted. The rooms were fairly large and had great bathrooms including high quality English bath products. They also included flat screen TVs and espresso makers. The Max also had a free business center and a well appointed library room on the 2nd floor. The breakfast was also excellent featuring omlettes and other eggs made to order and a buffet with fresh fruits, meats, etc.
For the 2nd half of our stay we got back into the Josef. We were very satisfied with the Maximillion, but wanted to try them both. The Josef was amazing! It had everything at the Max and more. The place is beautiful and super modern. The business center has free water bottles, free printing, and brand new PCs - all of which made life very easy. The breakfast was amazing featuring even more than the Max including fresh berries and watermelon in January.
We stayed in room 801 which was pretty much the best room ever. The balcony looked directly into Old Town square, the room was large, and their signature glass walled bathroom was super cool (the toilet and shower have frosted glass). The room was comfortable and beautiful and made us feel like we were really treating ourselves. The bath products were Aveno at Josef. At both the hotel had a selection of DVDs to borrow (free with superior rooms). The DVDs were a nice touch because after a few days of very limited English language TV it was fun to watch something other than the news. My brother stayed in a regular Superior room and was also very happy. It was smaller and didn't have the view and balcony, but was still larger than most European rooms I've been in and had the ultra cool bathroom.
The Josef's concierge also stood out. She booked us reservations at restaurants, made us appointments for tours and generally seemed to try everything she could think of to meet our requests.
I highly recommend both hotels, but the Josef was the true standout. Room 801 at Josef is one of my favorite rooms in the world, rivaling my stays in the Westin in Kyoto and St. Regis in New York. Both hotels are very close to Old Town Square and Republic Square so there is no shortage of sights, food, and nightlife. The hotels maintain brand new cars and staff drivers on call for trips to the airport, train station, or anywhere. Their prices were at or below regular cabs. Finally, Josef had free Ipod docks available from the front desk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the very heart of one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe, designer Eva Jiricna has managed to create a modern masterpiece. The 109-room Hotel Josef in Prague's old town offers a design concept that elegantly blends the most modern elements with the rich history of its surroundings. iPod Docking Stations are available free of charge at reception. Breakfast is included if you book directly through our hotel website. hoteljosef. com ... more less
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