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Mosaic House Design Hotel

January 6, 2021

Nestled in the heart of Prague, just a stone’s throw away from the Vltava River, sits the Mosaic Design Hotel: a green oasis in the bustle of the city. With transport links and plenty to see and do on your doorstep, you’ll find it easy to enjoy the city and local area from here—and at the end of a busy day, you can relax in the four-star, stylish surroundings of Prague’s greenest (in all senses of the word!) hotel.

 

The Mosaic Hotel has 94 air-conditioned, beautifully refurbished rooms over seven floors. The modern Standard and Comfort rooms are well-equipped, but there are more opulent options too: the Superior Rooms, with a green terrace and minibar, and the Penthouses, luxuriously large rooms with a panoramic roof terrace and outdoor bathtub.

 

 

 

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Green, Attractive Spaces to Work and Rest

 

The style is smart and urban, but not cold or clinical. There’s a comfortable home-from-home feel and greenery is everywhere, softening lines, defining cosy areas and brightening up spaces.

 

The green terraces on the upper floors are home to hundreds of plants and trees, as is the roof and the square outside, and a living plant wall adorns the south façade. Three roof wells provide refreshment and a rest space for birds and a pond in the yard teems with fish.

 

“Design that surprises people” is key to the hotel’s mission to create an interesting and attractive environment. The art pieces and installations are the work of local and international designers, artists and architects, including Czech sculptor Michal Trpák. The mosaics that give the hotel its name, remnants of its origins as a trade union building, have been carefully preserved and discreetly showcased.

 

 

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The Café Mosaic is a stylish space to enjoy a snack, drink or light meal, and the cosy Library provides a quiet place to place to relax, work or chat. For even more tranquillity, seek out the Secret Garden: an oasis within an oasis! This beautiful courtyard is bursting with greenery and charm, and it’s the perfect place to recharge.

 

The hotel also offers a workspace with state-of-the-art technical equipment and in-house catering services, suitable for meetings or small conferences, and a sumptuous spa with massage and sauna facilities.

 

 

 

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Smart, Sustainable Accommodation

 

Guests for whom sustainability isn’t a priority won’t be asked to get involved with the green side of things, but interested guests have the chance to learn about the hotel’s sustainability successes—and there’s a lot to learn!

 

The Mosaic is the first hotel in the Czech Republic to receive the BREEAM In-Use certification at ‘Excellent’ level—and the second hotel in the world to have a grey water system including heat recuperation. The water from showers and washing basins is collected, cleaned in a small wastewater plant in the basement and then re-used in a second circuit to flush the toilets. The system also recuperates the heat in the warm wastewater.

 

The hotel’s electricity providers only use solar, wind and water sources, and there are 3 chargers for electric vehicles. Use of natural gas for heat and hot water is reduced by the grey water recycling system and production of hot water on the roof via solar collectors, and the ventilation system is equipped with heat exchangers.

 

 

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 Intelligent windows automatically halt cooling in summer or heating in winter when they’re opened, and on the south façade, intelligent blinds, steered by sun and wind sensors, close if it’s sunny and the room is empty, but open when a guest enters. In the winter, these blinds open when guests are present so that any winter sun can heat the room. Specialised glass on the north and south facades optimise the reflection and transmission of heat, and a smart system ensures rooms aren’t heated when not in use. These measures greatly reduce the hotel’s energy requirements.

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The hotel also has rigorous waste separation and recycling policies, and procures supplies sustainably whenever possible. The hotel’s owners expect the same standards of the tenants in their buildings on the square outside, which they redeveloped, adding art installations and benches to make it more attractive and welcoming to guests and the local community. They only select tenants who contribute something to the community atmosphere of the square. One of these tenants is the new QQ Asian Kitchen Restaurant, in a building once part of the hotel, which now has its own separate entrance.

 

A commitment to social responsibility and sustainability is important to the hotel’s owners and they sponsor local sports clubs, provide free space to non-profit organisations and work hard to retain staff, offering ongoing training and generous annual leave.

 

 

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Stepping Outside

 

If you can bear to leave, everything you want to see in Prague is within easy reach, either by foot, public transport or via the free bikes provided by the hotel. The famous Wenceslas Square, home to the National Museum, and the beautiful Charles Bridge, which links the Old Town with the Lesser Town, are close by. There’s a tram stop just 100m from the hotel, the nearest metro station is only 400m away, and owner Juerg Zwahlen is optimistic that carbon-neutral shuttles to the airport, just 30 minutes’ drive away, will be in place by the time the threat of Covid-19 has abated.

 

And now that’s we’ve mentioned the dreaded C word – how has Covid-19 affected the hotel? Badly, admits Juerg Zwahlen, but he adds that it “has not changed anything in our approach to being a ‘green hotel’.” In fact, he says, going green has been an advantage in these difficult times, because they have far lower energy costs. This shows that, whatever the crisis, sustainability proves its worth.

 

 

 

 

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