A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night

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By Anna Jones / Published by Dwell
Located in a horseshoe-shaped fortress from the 17th century, the Long Story Short Hostel offers modern accommodations in a historic piece of the Czech Republic.

The resulting collaboration of a driven businesswoman and world traveler, interior designer Denisa Strmiskova, local craftsmen, and the property owner, the hostel blends history and modernity to create stylish sleeping quarters and communal spaces. Named for the long, continuous layout of the building, as well as the short-term accommodations it provides, the Long Story Short provides 56 beds in both private and shared rooms. Private rooms offer a sumptuous stay with a private bath, while shared dorms follow the original layout of the sleeping quarters. An arched hallway composed of pure, white walls organically links the sleeping quarters to the reception and communal space at the heart of the hostel. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 1 of 19 -
A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 2 of 19 - Private rooms provide lush, comfortable accommodations with arched ceilings and light-filled interiors. 

Private rooms provide lush, comfortable accommodations with arched ceilings and light-filled interiors. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 3 of 19 - The deluxe "Big One" is a luxurious escape, complete with a freestanding tub and heated floors.

The deluxe "Big One" is a luxurious escape, complete with a freestanding tub and heated floors.

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 4 of 19 - Private rooms boast an ensuite bath.

Private rooms boast an ensuite bath.

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 5 of 19 - The biggest dorm room sleeps 10, with four up top and six below.  The mezzanine sleeping area maintains the cool factor with perforated guards. 

The biggest dorm room sleeps 10, with four up top and six below.  The mezzanine sleeping area maintains the cool factor with perforated guards. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 6 of 19 - Modern, bent metal stair treads and risers lead to the upper sleeping quarters.

Modern, bent metal stair treads and risers lead to the upper sleeping quarters.

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 7 of 19 - The 4 Dorm is a spacious, apartment-style dorm set up with two beds up top, and two beds below, in addition to a private living area. 

The 4 Dorm is a spacious, apartment-style dorm set up with two beds up top, and two beds below, in addition to a private living area. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 8 of 19 - Shared baths, detail oriented to provide modern bath accommodations, are available to guests lodging in dorms. 

Shared baths, detail oriented to provide modern bath accommodations, are available to guests lodging in dorms. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 9 of 19 - Sliding wood barn doors conceal shower rooms. 

Sliding wood barn doors conceal shower rooms. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 10 of 19 - The Girls' Choice, a six-bed dorm, is complete with a custom built mezzanine floor. 

The Girls' Choice, a six-bed dorm, is complete with a custom built mezzanine floor. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 11 of 19 - The ensuite bathroom of the Girls' Choice dorm iscomplete with all the essentials a traveler may need. 

The ensuite bathroom of the Girls' Choice dorm iscomplete with all the essentials a traveler may need. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 12 of 19 - Informal lounge spaces along the arched corridor provide ample opportunities for interaction between travelers. 

Informal lounge spaces along the arched corridor provide ample opportunities for interaction between travelers. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 13 of 19 - The reception space is the heart of the hostel, providing lounge areas adjacent to the cafe. 

The reception space is the heart of the hostel, providing lounge areas adjacent to the cafe. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 14 of 19 - The Cooking Bar Cafe provides beverages, freshly made breads, and other deluxe snacks.

The Cooking Bar Cafe provides beverages, freshly made breads, and other deluxe snacks.

Interior furnishings and spaces are stylishly composed, blending dark accents with pastel colors and pure white walls. Raw materials such as wood, stone, and metal add warmth and texture. Custom furniture and vintage pieces meld contemporary notions with historic character. Sophisticated lighting styled from scenography creates a subdued ambiance of light and shadow. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 15 of 19 - Midcentury modern furniture pieces with blue pastel upholstery and warm, wood tones accent the bright white corridors. 

Midcentury modern furniture pieces with blue pastel upholstery and warm, wood tones accent the bright white corridors. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 16 of 19 - Wooden beams, wood floors, and wood furniture pieces introduce raw elements and textures. 

Wooden beams, wood floors, and wood furniture pieces introduce raw elements and textures. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 17 of 19 - Wood framing and bent metal stairs create a uniquely formed mezzanine and sleeping area with modern detailing. 

Wood framing and bent metal stairs create a uniquely formed mezzanine and sleeping area with modern detailing. 

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 18 of 19 - The corridors are distinctly branded.

The corridors are distinctly branded.

A Stylish Hostel in a Historic Czech Fortress Starts at $16 a Night - Photo 19 of 19 - The cohesive design extends even to the toiletries.

The cohesive design extends even to the toiletries.

The blend of creative elements forms a novel identity for this contemporary hostel in a historic shell. Soon, the accommodations will grow to include a restaurant and cafe, and an outdoor terrace and kitchen. A modern stamp on the historic town of Olomouc, the Long Story Short is perfect for the modern nomad—and rates start at just $16 per night.

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