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A Stay at the Iconic Hotel Ještěd

Published on August 18th, 2016 in Hotels

  • Hotel Ještěd (© Pavel Štecha, source:

  • Hotel Ještěd (© Jiří Jiroutek, source: Phenomenon Ještěd)

  • Hotel Ještěd (© Jiří Jiroutek, source: Phenomenon Ještěd)

  • Hotel Ještěd (© Pavel Štecha, source:

  • Hotel Ještěd (© Pavel Štecha, source:

  • Hotel Ještěd (© Pavel Štecha, source:

  • Main Architect Karel Hubáček (© Jiří Jiroutek, source: Phenomenon Ještěd)

  • Ještěd Postcard (source: Phenomenon Ještěd facebook page)


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic Hotel Ještěd and TV tower, a pilgrimage to Liberec seemed essential as an overnight stay in this spacecraft-like accommodation has been on my to-do list for years. 

The futuristic building was commissioned by Radio Communication Authority in Prague and was designed by award-winning architect Karel Hubáček. It opened in 1973 and recently underwent an extensive restoration which, thankfully, left its retro glory intact.



Having breakfast at Hotel Ještěd  


At 1,012 meters above sea level the structure is promoted as a hotel and restaurant “above the clouds” and that is indeed an accurate description – the experience is shockingly similar to being on an airplane, especially when you gaze out the window at the clouds. 

The rooms are surprisingly large and comfortable, although the bathroom is tiny, even for one person it is a bit of a squeeze. 

All rooms still have the original ventilation system, providing a soft howling very similar to white noise; I did not mind my partner found it maddening. But the stay is more about the experience and I for one loved it.




Hiking and blueberry picking near the Hotel 


I think a two night stay is ideal. We spent one day hiking, which involved a lot of blueberry picking and a second day in Liberec visiting iQLANDIA Science Center and the Liberec Zoo.





Rooms: 19, including 1 suite and 1 family room.


Rates: Start at 1,500 CZK including breakfast.


Check-in: 14:30


Checkout: 11:30


Gym: No


Free Internet: Yes


Nightly Turndown Service: No


Linen Factor: Perfectly adequate, but its borderline.


Bath Products: Bring your own – trust me!


Daily Newspaper: No


Pets: Yes – Surcharge of 200 CZK per night.


Parking: Free for hotel guests.


Room Recommendations

Comfort: 2,600 CZK per night
I am normally a retro girl, but I actually preferred the Comfort room as it was indeed MUCH more comfortable, especially the bed and carpeting.


Retro: 2,600 CZK per night
These are the original twin rooms designed by Otakar Binar – which is super cool. If you do not mind wafer thin carpet and a bed very low to the ground these rooms are a great option.




Left: Comfort Room  |  Right: Retro Room (photos courtesy of 


Eating In

Breakfast: 8:00 – 10:30; Buffet


Lunch / Dinner: 10:00–24:00


Table Request: Request to eat lunch or dinner in the private salon.


Room Service: No


Staying In

Visit the recently revamped café /bar, complete with groovy modern lounge furniture, until 24:00. Otherwise there is not much to do, but the internet connection was good enough to stream Netflix.


Also Worth Noting

It’s cold up there! Even in the summer months you will be surprised how cold it is, pack appropriately including a sweater and wind breaker. 

If you drive, the final ascent or decent to the hotel can only be described as treacherous as it is a very narrow one lane road with no signals to advise if someone is coming in the other direction.

If you are afraid of heights cross this one off your list – you will be petrified.

Hospoda Domov, the restaurant right at the base of the mountain railway, is excellent. We ate dinner here both nights. (See contact details below.)



Cableway goes to the top of Mount Ještěd (photo courtesy of Phenomenon Ještěd facebook page


Fun & Fabulous Feature

The hotel can be reached by mountain railway, and the hotel provides free tickets to hotel guests – as many as you like. The base of the mountain railway is on a tramline, with contactless payment, and you can easily get to downtown Liberec to visit sites and restaurants. Last railway back to the hotel is at 19:00 – don’t be late!



Hotel Jested

Horni Hanychov 153, Liberec 8
tel 485 104 291

Hospoda Domov

Ještědská 149  
tel 482 771 251