The concept here is "Chinoiserie-meets-art nouveau," as best as we can tell, meshing the hotel's original 100-year-old structure with Asian script and Buddhas throughout. In the rooms, this comes across as black-lacquer cabinetry, silky smooth linens, and freestanding bathtubs with a mosaic of a dragon on the exterior. The spa is small but management compensates with in-room treatments. At peak times the lobby hums with a motley collection of moneyed Europeans chatting
with the Czech staff wearing Chinese outfits. Guests get to use a separate entrance for the Buddha Bar, and breakfast is served in the more continental Siddhartha Café.