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Mosaic House

Published on March 20th, 2014 in Hotels

  • Delux room with a patio (photo courtesy of mosaichouse.com)

  • Delux Room Patio (photo courtesy of mosaichouse.com)

  • Delux Room Patio (photo courtesy of mosaichouse.com)

  • Double Room (photo courtesy of mosaichouse.com)

  • Private Bathroom (photo courtesy of mosaichouse.com)

  • Mosaic House exterior (photo courtesy of mosaichouse.com)

  • Mosaic House Lounge (photo courtesy of mosaichouse.com)

  • La Loca Music Bar & Lounge (photo courtesy of mosaichouse.com)

  • La Loca Music Bar & Lounge (photo courtesy of mosaichouse.com)

 

Lodging on a budget has never looked so chic, nor been so luxurious or so conveniently located. Mosaic House, which opened in 2010, offers a new concept in lodging – a fusion of private rooms and hostel-style dormitories all under one roof. I will admit I was a bit leery of the idea of staying in the same place as backpackers, but it turns out that I absolutely enjoyed my stay and it far exceeded my expectations. The private rooms are quiet, very pretty, and their bathrooms are much nicer than what you often find at properties charging double the price. I can simply say that at the prices they are charging here, this is the best deal in town – and you can feel good about your stay, as the property also happens to the first hotel in the Czech Republic to utilize 100% renewable source electricity, as well as numerous other green features.

 

Design

1930s Functionalist building, with a funky, modern interior..

 

Stats

Rooms: 27 private rooms, including 10 Deluxe rooms. (I would definitely recommend splurging for a Deluxe room if your budget allows!)

 

Rates: Starting at €52 in Low Season / €60 in High Season, not including breakfast.

 

Check-in: 15:00

 

Checkout: 12:00

 

Gym: No – but they are happy to recommend a local fitness center or yoga studio.

 

Free Internet: Yes – plus four computers in the lobby.

 

DVD Player: No – TVs with international channels in private rooms only.

 

Nightly Turndown Service: No

 

Linen Factor: Perfectly adequate.

 

Bath Products: Four Elements

 

Daily Newspaper: No

 

Pets: Maybe, just ask.

 

Parking: €20 per day.

 

Room Recommendations

Room 602: This Deluxe room is definitely my first choice, especially in the warmer months. Although it is not the largest in the hotel, the spacious terrace boasts a truly spectacular view of the Prague Castle, as well as the National Museum.

 

Room 601: This Deluxe room is a brilliant backup if Room 602 is not available or if you prefer a room with a bit more space, as it also features a spacious terrace with a similar – if slightly less perfect – view of the Prague Castle and National Museum.

 

Room 513: Sun goddesses sign up here, as this Deluxe room features an enormous private terrace that is ideal for sunbathing or even hosting a cocktail hour – need I say more?

 

Eating In

Breakfast: 07:00–11:30   À la carte. The food is, frankly, less than extraordinary, so if you have time I recommend that you go to eat at Café Amandine (Na Moráni 17), which is a five minute walk from the hotel. The breakfast is excellent and the prices are very similar to those at the hotel. Café Louvre is another option, although their breakfast is not as good as Café Amandine.

 

Lunch & Dinner: 12:00–23:00  La Loca, the Mosaic House bar and restaurant, can be summed up as a basic hamburger joint. The food is perfectly adequate, but nothing to write home about.

 

Table Request: If you like people watching, sit in the bar area.

 

Room Service: No – but all private rooms do have minibars that are very reasonably priced.

 

Staying In

La Loca stays open until 01:00 and offers entertainment (live music / DJs) two or three nights a week. The crowd is a mix of locals and hotel guests.

 

 

Also Worth Noting

Request a room on the highest floor possible and in the front of the building, as these rooms are the quietest and offer the best views.

 

Request a Mosaic House Map when you check in; it offers lots of excellent budget-sensitive suggestions, which I can confirm are spot-on accurate, as I actually live in the same neighborhood.

 

Private rooms include TV, iPod docking station, telephone, hair dryer, mini bar and safe; Deluxe rooms also include a balcony or terrace, plush terry bathrobes and slippers (rather posh for budget lodging!).

 

Fun & Fabulous Features

A 4–5 hour walking tour of Prague, including the Prague Castle and Old Town, is offered daily (400 CZK).

 

 

Mosaic House

Odborů 4, Prague 2, Nové Mesto
www.mosaichouse.com
tel 221 595 350
metro Karlovo náměstí
tram 14 to Myslíkova or 3, 4, 6, 10, 16, 18, 22, 24 to Karlovo náměstí

 

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