Prague is Just Plain Sax-y

Posted July 16, 2009 by Nicki Krawczyk

Pic-10 Being green is very hip. Personally, I fully support it but have an awfully hard time making sure everything I consume is organic, everything I buy is sustainable, and everything I dispose of is recycled. It’s environmentally crucial … but sooooo tedious. Which is why I’m always pleased to find an example of recycling that’s actually insanely cool. Case in point: Design Hotel Sax in Prague.

Let’s start with the building itself, shall we? According to the hotel’s history, it was built in the 14th century and belonged to a blacksmith named, not coincidentally, Sax. Later incarnations include an orphanage, a hospital, and an apartment complex before it was finally converted to a hotel. If that isn’t optimal recycling, I don’t know what is.

On the interior, the designers apparently rescued and refurbished for all that they were worth, outfitting the place with original furniture and accents from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. The pieces they chose where of the futuristic ilk (which is amusing now that the future is today), so the whole place has an inescapable mod-meets-George-Jetson vibe. Each room is unique and features more of these returned-to-glory furnishings.

When it comes to appreciating the old instead of tossing it out for the new, Prague’s Old Town gives you plenty of reasons to keep appreciating. The immediate environs of Design Hotel Sax treat the traveler to a multitude of historical and architectural treats, among them Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and the Stahov Monastery.

Like the entire “green” movement, Design Hotel Prague isn’t necessarily cheap, either. Rates start at €120 in the low season for a standard room and climb up to €244 for a suite in the high season. But, you’ll be doing your part for the environment (well, kind of) and you’ll enjoy a completely unique hotel experience.

(Photo www. Hotelsax.cz)

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