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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CONTEST! Win 3 nights at Equity Point Prague!

We’re still celebrating the opening of Equity Point Prague and we want to do it with you. So we’re doing a contest. To win you only have to apply on this link at our facebook page.

Two people will win a stay for two in a private room of three days and nights at Equity Point Prague. You only have to be over 18 years old to be able to apply. You can participate until June 12th and the winners will be announced on June 13th.

What are you waiting for?? Participate in the contest!

Cerný, the sculptures that will impress you in Prague

Cerný is a well known controversial Czech sculptor whose art can be seen mainly in Prague. His work tries to impact the visitor and you shouldn’t miss it when you visit us at Equity Point Prague.

During the London Olympics a Double-decker London bus making pushups in front of the Czech embassy became really famous. This was just one of the latest’s Cerný’s sculptures created to impress the public.

In Prague you can find some of Cerný’s most important works such as a horse hanging upside down at Lucerna Pasaz, a Sigmund Freud statue hanging at U Medviku beer hall, a sculpture of two men urinating in front of Frank Kafka Museum, babies crawling on the Zizkov TV Tower, more babies crawling in front of Museum Kampa, and two giant legs at Futura, where you’re invited to climb up the ladders and watch two famous Czech politicians feeding each other through the anus of the sculpture.

Cerný’s sculptures are always impressive and force you think outside the box.

Today opens Equity Point Prague

Today is the big day as Equity Point Prague opens to the public. We’re very proud because it’s our 10th hostel and the first in Eastern Europe.

Equity Point Prague has 150 beds, a lounge area, a bar, a dining room area, a kitchen available for guests, a launderette and a chill out area. The building has been fully renovated and it now has wooden floors, granite staircases, modern bathrooms and double pane windows, something really important in Prague’s winter.

But probably the most interesting thing about Equity Point Prague is its location at the heart of the old town, at Ostrovni Street. It’s just some steps away from Slavia Café and 5 minutes walking from Charles Bridge.

When you visit Prague you love its magic atmosphere and if you stay at Equity Point Prague you’ll have a wonderful time.

Easter special events in London

I remember that as a kid I loved Easter because of the tones of chocolate I was allowed to eat. Of course I had to work really hard to get it, painting and hunting hard boiled eggs which, I had to admit, was funny too.

Nowadays, if you want to bring back the memories of old Easter days or live new experiences with your kids, in London –where we have the awesome Equity Point London hotel- there are plenty of activities such as: an egg hunt with prizes at Covent Garden; another egg hunt with craft stalls and Bunny Dance at the Horniman Museum; The Christathon, a pub crawl whose participants must go dressed as Christ; a boat race at Putney Bridge; a goat race –with real goats-; or the classical performance of The Passion of Jesus at Trafalgar Square.

You know you shouldn’t lose it!

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