Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Karel Capek’s robot”

What we are going to do these weeks is to show you how we have decorated the hostel. Equity Point in Prague is becoming a sort of museum and we want to celebrate the opening of the hostel explaining you the history of each paintings. Characters are very unusual and we would like to arouse your curiosity, so stay tuned!

Karel Capek’s robot

“ROBOT” (Printed; room 405)The word “robot” was introduced to the public by the Czech interwar writer Karel Capek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), published in 1920.

The play begins in a factory that makes artificial people called robots, though they are closer to the modern ideas of androids, creatures who can be mistaken for humans.

They can plainly think for themselves, though they seem happy to serve. At issue is whether the robots are being exploited and the consequences of their treatment.
Karel Capek himself did not coin the word. He wrote a short letter in reference to an etymology in the Oxford English Dictionary in which he named his brother, the painter and writer Josef Capek, as its actual originator.
In an article in the Czech journal Lidové noviny in 1933, he explained that he had originally wanted to call the creatures labo?i (“workers”, from Latin labor). However, he did not like the word, and sought advice from his brother Josef, who suggested “roboti”.

The word robota means literally “corvée”, “serf labor”, and figuratively “drudgery” or “hard work” in Czech and also (more general) “work”, “labor” in many Slavic languages (e.g.: Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Polish, Macedonian, Ukrainian, archaic Czech).

Traditionally the robota was the work period a serf (corvée) had to give for his lord, typically 6 months of the year. The origin of the word is the Old Church Slavonic (Old Bulgarian) rabota “servitude” (“work” in contemporary Bulgarian and Russian), which in turn comes from the Proto-Indo-European root *orbh-. Robot is cognate with the German root Arbeit.

Who will be the next one?!

Equity Point New York Achieves First 100% Green Energy Certification in New York State from NextEra Energy, Inc.

Equity Point New York is proud to announce its property as the first in New York City to achieve NextEra’s 100% Green Energy certification, the nation’s leading independent certification
program for renewable energy.

The certification demonstrates Equity Point’s commitment to superior renewable energy options available to retail markets. Equity Point’s investment in Green Energy will aid the development and advancement of sustainable energy technologies in New York City as well as the United States.

NextEra’s 100% Green Energy certification acknowledges a significant application of emissions-free energy for Equity Point’s flagship American hotel

Celebrate the Gay Pride 2013 all over the world

Today is the Gay Pride Day, a day to honor all the efforts done by activist to get equal rights for LGTB people. The battle started at the Stonewall riots in 1969. To celebrate this historic moment there are parades all over the world mainly because there are still rights that need to be conquered. But you can fight for your rights and party at the same time. That’s why the Gay Pride Parades are such huge parties everywhere.

Let’s take a look at the Gay Pride Parades of some of Equity Point Hostels locations:

Lisbon’s Summer Music Festivals

Each year, when the summer approaches, every music fan searches for the most amazing concerts and Lisbon is one of the European cities with an interesting skyline of concerts during all the summer.

They’ve got impressive festivals but also regular concerts each weekend that reunite some of the leading local and international bands. And also, most of the concerts take place close to Equity Point Lisboa, our amazing Lisbon hostel at Barrio Alto neighborhood.
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Equity Point tops the list for the Best Hostel Chain at Hostelbookers Awards for Excellence 2013

Hostelbookers has awarded the three hostel chains that have received the highest combination of bookings and customer ratings averaged across all the accommodations.

So Equity Point has won the first place thanks to all our customers, Generator is at the second place and Plus hostels at the third.

We are really pleased to win a prize that is based on our customer comfort.

Let’s take a look at Equity Point New York free breakfast

A few days ago we showed you how is a typical the breakfast at Equity Point Lisboa hostel. Ongoing with the same issue, today we bring to you some pictures of Equity Point New York’s breakfast.

All the products served at the hostels are bought locally even though they may be very similar between hostels. So at Equity Point New York’s free breakfast we serve fruit cereals, café, milk, infusions, juice, butter and Jelly. We also have some products that are only available at Equity Point New York breakfast like bagels –a New York classic- and cream cheese.

You can toast your bread or bagels at all our hostels. And we also have a bagel cutter that sometimes amazes non Americans who haven’t seen one before.

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The free breakfast at Equity Point Lisboa looks like this

One of Equity Point Hostel’s signatures is that we serve a basic free breakfast at all our hostels. The content of this breakfast may vary depending on the kind of food that’s available at each country and also may slightly fluctuate seasonally.

Many people ask us about what’s included at our breakfast so we’ve decided to start a series of posts with pictures of those meals. And today we will start for Equity Point Lisboa’s breakfast which includes: coffee, milk, tea, juices, cereals, bread, jam, butter, chocolate cream and fruit.

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Looking for new buildings – A day in the life of Clara our expansion manager

Clara - Equity Point's Area Manager - Expansion

Dear Friends,

I’ve felt the need to explain my Italian adventure. I leave my home in Barcelona a bit scared, because my flight company is totally unknown to me. They don’t even have a website, you cannot check in online and no one has ever heard of them. Surprisingly we leave on time, the male flight attendants are extremely cute, and we are offered orange juice and cookies for free. I feel lucky.

In the plane, I run into a friend of my best friend and he asks to take me out for dinner once we land in the beautiful Italian city because he is there all alone. I’m quite smart and I find the way to escape from that dinner. I feel lucky. I arrive at the hotel and they inform me that tonight is the only day in the year that the museums are open at night and the entrance is free. So I just throw my things in the room and I leave immediately. I buy myself a portion of pizza for dinner and I head to some of the most beautiful museums not only in Italy but in the world. I’ve promised my colleague Maria that I will buy some pasta for her. Her kids love the huge macaroni that you can buy in Italy so I’ve bought macaroni compulsively. I feel lucky. I get back to the hotel around 2AM, tired but happy. When I get in the bathroom I realize that the shower and WC are at the same place. Uhmmmmmmm! As I feel lucky I think that with some planning in the morning, first WC and then shower, I’ll be able to do everything without a problem, after all… I’m feeling lucky. Continue reading