The ho/s/tel is gorgeous, the room design superb and inventive, the ecological intentions admirable, and the staff tremendously friendly in a midwestern US college rush week kind of way...(if a little incongruous to what's left of the indigenous culture of Prague). This may be one of the most memorable and amusing places of the hundreds I've stayed in Europe: no down-home moments here if you're looking for a truly local experience, but there's a LOT to be had for the money if you've ever fantasized about living at an Urban Outfitters in Kansas City.
Mosaic is filled to the brim with doe-eyed, fresh-scrubbed American and proto-European college kids whose credit cards seem as limitless as their supplies of rainbow-colored condoms. There's a joyful, wholesome fun to the impeccably-scrubbed hostelry that only seems more delightfully hallucinatory with 4am vomiting sorority girls in the hallway offering a loud blow-by-blow of the evening's bar scene. And of course the penchant for the run-amok motion-detectors on the energy-efficient lights to strobe on and off with great enthusiasm at random throughout the room at infrequent and usually unimaginably inappropriate moments. And the tendency of the electric blinds to randomly grind open and close throughout the night.
(In my particular room, the light-and-blind show tended to begin around 3am with a luminous blaze of sight and sound that startled me awake just like I've always envisioned the apocalypse would. Fortunately, with the Christian rock and metal music playing in the bar downstairs, I suppose the second coming would be well-heralded at Mosaic House. With a bank of flourescent ceiling lights, two foyer lights, four bathroom lights, and two bedside lights, the permutations were as gloriously inventive as a good fireworks show in Taipei, and lasted at least ten times longer.)
But who stays at a hostel wanting a good night's sleep? And since when are all-night poltergeisty LED light shows less than an entertaining holiday treat?
If you sleep like the dead, rest assured the beds are comfy, the linens crisp, the hand-painted designs on the ceiling deeply winsome...and if the electronic blinds happen to raise and lower at random throughout the night, it's just another quirky touch from this unique boutique hotel whose abundant charms are evenly balanced with its patience-trying perversities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mosaic House is a new fusion of accommodation in Prague with central location, classy-modern design, La Loca MUSIC BAR & LOUNGE, a theater bar, common rooms, and a variety of accommodation options. Mosaic House also features some of the most sophisticated “green” technology in the hospitality industry including the first grey-water recycling unit with heat recuperation in the Czech Republic, room temperature controlled based on occupancy, bathrooms with low-flow toilets and rain-dance showers, and much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mosaic House Hotel Prague