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The Augustine

Published on December 26th, 2013 in Hotels

  • The entrance to The Augustine (courtesy of The Augustine)

  • Tower suite (courtesy of The Augustine)

  • An executive room (courtesy of The Augustine)

  • Presidential suite (courtesy of The Augustine)

  • The Lichfield Cafe & Bar (courtesy of The Augustine)

  • The Thomas Brewery Bar (courtesy of The Augustine)

  • The Augustine Spa (courtesy of The Augustine)

 

The Augustine is the newest luxury property in Prague, and if you’re a design connoisseur or architecture aficionado, this is where you will want to stay, as it’s easy to see that an incredible amount of thoughtfulness and care went into the design of this property – even the hallways are exceptionally beautiful! As for service, although I would not describe it as being on the same level as the Four Seasons or the Mandarin Oriental, I would still call it gracious. The rooms are beautifully appointed with parquet floors, to-die for hand-embroidered curtains, Czech Cubist ceramics, as well as a thoughtful selection of books and prints – all of which give the feeling of spending the night in a very stylish home rather than a hotel. The bathrooms, with polished marble, heated floors, plasma screen TVs, and my favorite terrycloth bathrobe in town, are large and breathtakingly refined – they completely fulfill the fantasy of what you dream of having at home. The Augustine’s spa also happens to be among the best in Prague. Need I say more?

 

Design

Contemporary classic with Czech Cubist accents, housed in a beautiful 13th century Augustinian monastery (hence the name).

 

Stats

Rooms: 101 rooms, including 16 suites.

 

Rates: Start at €330 Low Season / €502 High Season, including breakfast.

 

Check-in: 14:00

 

Checkout: 12:00

 

Gym: Yes – large and well equipped.

 

Free Internet: No (Wi-Fi service is available, but fees apply; however, two computers in the Business Center are available free of charge.)

 

DVD Player: Only in suites.

 

Nightly Turndown Service: Yes

 

Linen Factor: So nice you want to steal the sheets (the linen is by Pedersoli).

 

Bath Products: REN – Clean Bio Active Skincare

 

Daily Newspaper: The International Herald Tribune or Wall Street Journal (or whatever you wish) delivered to your room upon request.

 

Pets: No

 

Parking: 950 CZK per day.

 

Room Recommendations

Tower Suite: Imagine a 360-degree panoramic view of Prague from your bed. That is precisely what you will find in the three-floor Tower Suite. This suite provides one of the all-time great views of Prague, overlooking the Prague Castle, Malá Strana, Staré Město and more. Be forewarned, there are lots of steep stairs involved in making it to bed, but if you’re up for the challenge (and the exercise), the view is absolutely worth it.

 

Suite 224: This spacious suite is my favorite. Featuring several rooms, including a living room, a study, a library (with working fireplace, of course), a kitchen, a large dining room, a superdeluxe bathroom, and a bedroom to match, it would be ideal for a movie star staying for a month or two, as the 150 square meters (!) gives you plenty of room to spread out and make yourself very much at home.

 

Room 233: I loved this Executive room, which looks out onto the monks’ garden, with a picturesque view of a pine tree in the foreground and the steeples of St. Thomas Church in the background. The room, as with all the rooms in the hotel, is so thoughtfully appointed: The curtains are to die for, Cubist-era prints decorate the walls, and porcelain Czech knick knacks and books are subtly placed throughout the room, leaving one with the impression of being a guest in a very nice home in the Bohemian country side, rather than a hotel room in downtown Prague.

 

Eating In

Breakfast: 07:00–11:00; 07:00–14:00 on weekends and bank holidays.

 

Lunch & Dinner: 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–23:00  Augustine Restaurant is certain to hit the spot for virtually any palate, day or night, as the brasserie-style menu offers a little something for everyone.

 

Table Request: Ask for a banquet table overlooking the main courtyard. In summer, dining on the terrace is a must.

 

Room Service: 24 hours

 

Staying In

Augustine Spa: 09:00–21:00

 

Augustine Restaurant: 11:00–24 Possibly the chicest bar in town; they make fabulous cocktails, and it’s quiet enough that you can actually have a conversation. In the warmer months, I love indulging in an aperitif or two on the cloister terrace, with its beautiful vaulted ceilings.

 

 

Also Worth Noting

Slippers are available only by request, which is a bit odd as the rooms feature wood floors and you will definitely want slippers. Once requested, they arrive promptly.

 

Fun & Fabulous Features

There are currently five monks-in-residence living at the property, so don’t be surprised when you see them walking by in their handsome brown robes! Be sure to request a tour – given by one of the monks – of the monastery’s library, which is filled with lots of old medical books. The tour is 500 CZK per person, and booking must be made at least three weeks in advance.

 

 

 

The Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague

Letenská 12/33, Prague 1, Malá Strana

www.theaugustine.com
tel 266 112 242
metro Malostranská
tram 12, 18, 20, 22 to Malostranská

 

 

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