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Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague


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Edit 01 Oct 2020-02 Oct 2020 (0 guests)

The beautiful hillside Malá Strana is one of Prague’s most celebrated historic regions. Dating back to the Middle Ages, it’s home to medieval castles, ultra-modern art installations and everything in between. In the very heart of it all resides the Augustine Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Occupying a number of buildings that were once part of the 13th-century St. Thomas Church and Monastery, the hotel blends the austerity of its origins with sophisticated Czech cubism for a stay that feels like something out of a fairytale.

The hotel’s resurrected medieval buildings are brought into the 21st century by modernist artwork and design, while its historical roots are lovingly preserved. Original frescoes and carvings remain intact and in many rooms, you’ll find relics of the past like ornamental iron and original wood beams. Rooms are spacious and many have ample natural light, while comfortable beds boast the same mattresses favoured by the British royal family. Bathrooms have heated marble floors and large tubs and in suites, you’ll find perks like tour tickets and fresh-baked treats. A stay in the monastery’s old observatory – aptly called the “Tower Suite” – will give you 360-degree panoramas of Malá Strana, the hotel’s very best views.

The excellent Augustine Restaurant offers a lighter take on traditional Czech cuisine, and The Refectory bar serves monastery-inspired cocktails beneath soaring ceilings and restored baroque frescoes. The hotel’s crown jewel, however, is the central garden. There, you can enjoy St. Thomas beer – brewed according to the monk’s original recipe – while gazing at the remains of the medieval monastery. Though open to both hotel guests and the general public, the garden remains largely unknown; the Augustine sits within a heavily touristed area but feels like a hidden gem.

The hotel lacks a pool but has a well-equipped fitness centre and a spa with the irresistible “St. Thomas Beer Body Ritual.” The Malotranská metro station is a five-minute walk away, and many of the area’s attractions are within a twenty-minute walk. The Wallenstein garden is right next door (as is the owlery within), the iconic Prague Castle towers over the property, and a museum dedicated to Franz Kafka is quite close as well. A small population of Augustinian friars remain on the property to this day, and they offer tours of the grounds and of a dusty, magical library – take one to cement your stay as a trip back in time.

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    30 minutes by road from Prague Vaclav Havel Airport

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    101 rooms & suites


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