CNN Names Hotel Ještěd One of World’s Most Unbelievable

The newly restored hotel at the top of Mount Ještěd in Liberec is a stand-out for its sci-fi exterior and retro rooms

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas Published on 16.02.2016 09:29 (updated on 16.02.2016) Reading time: 1 minute

Designed in the swinging ’60s by Perret-prize-winning architect Karel Hubáček and widely considered a gem of modern architecture during its Czechoslovak-era heydey, in recent years the hotel atop Mount Ještěd in Liberec had fallen into disrepair.

But a 2015 crowdfunding campaign helped give the hotel back some of its former retro glory. And now the world is taking note: American news site CNN recently ranked Hotel Ještěd among the twelve “most unbelievable” hotels in the world, deeming it more like something out of a sci-fi movie than a place to stay the night.

Not only does the hotel offer panoramic vistas at an altitude of 1,012 m but it is probably one of the few hotels in the world that gives away cable car passes. A restaurant and television transmitter are also located in the tower.

Other futuristic-look hotels making the list were the 9 Hour Capsule Hotel in Kyoto and the grown up tree houses of Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island in Canada.

For more on Hotel Ještěd see our 2014 article 7 Unusual Ideas for Weekend Rentals.

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