Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague
What We Love
- Characterful property with tons of original features
- Great location in a historic neighborhood, close to Prague castle
What To Know
- There’s a tram to Prague’s castle running outside the hotel which may disturb light sleepers
- Guests can access the Wallenstein gardens next door
- WiFi is an additional cost of $35 per day
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a converted 13th-century monastery in the heart of Mala Strana, The Augustine melds old-world sophistication with 21st century amenities. A collection of seven buildings wrap around a secluded courtyard and span Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic style. Original features include barrel-vaulted ceilings and elaborate frescoes. This characterful property stays true to the city, giving visitors the chance to experience classic Prague while enjoying creature comforts.
Bed and Bath
The views from the guestroom windows really convey a sense of space; the monastery courtyard (a handful of monks still live nearby), Prague’s red-tiled rooftops and the city’s famous castle. Inside, there are more modern touches, including porcelain knick knacks — a Czech specialty — reproductions of Czech Modernist furniture, inlaid paintings on the walls and exposed wooden beams overhead. Bathrooms are marble heavy with underfloor heating and anti-steam mirrors.
The real showpiece is the Thomas Brewery Bar, the former cellar of the original St Thomas Brewery. It’s an atmospheric spot to sip a Czech beer with stone vaulted ceilings and original 17th-century stalactites and stalagmites. For cocktails, try the 1887 bar located in a beautiful barrel-vaulted hall decorated with 19th-century Baroque frescoes. Classic European dishes are served at the Elegantes restaurant. There’s also a modern spa, complete with a hamam, that’s easily on par with the Mandarin Oriental down the street.
In the Area
Next door, the Wallenstein gardens abut the hotel and guests can access them through a passageway at night with a special key. The tram to Prague’s castle is yards from the Augustine’s front door, while Charles Bridge is a short five-minute walk. Traditional Czech pub grub in an upscale environment can be found at Olympia (be sure to try the duck). The Café Savoy is the place for American-stlye breakfasts in a beautifully restored, fin-de-siecle room. And in the Old Town, Artel sells great pieces of Czech glass and crystal, including incredibly detailed tumblers and champagne flutes.
How to Get There
The Augustine Hotel is quite simply the finest ... from the warm welcome to the cozy bedding ... the delectable food to the sumptuous cocktails ... the St Thomas Brewery Bar to the Refectory ... and of course the excellent service. Our stay here was simply fabulous! The treasures of Prague were right at our feet with this outstanding location. They say if you touch the gold spot on the two plaques at the center of the Charles Bridge, at the same time, you will return to Prague, so we did. I pray it’s true and I pray when we return we stay, once again, at The Augustine!
This charming property is a real Prague gem! The converted monastery makes for unique, interesting architecture that is refreshingly unlike usual hotels. The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful.
The room we had was spacious and well equipped; the only gripe I have is that the noise from the trams could get quite loud and they even made some of the furniture rattle, though they seemed to stop running fairly early, so its wasn‘t a major issue. But its definitely a good idea to check room types and locations when booking.
The location of the hotel couldn’t be better in my opinion. Its across the river from the old town, so its away from the crowds. Yet everything is still walking distance... the Charles Bridge is a couple of minutes walk as is the beautiful St. Nicholas church; the old town is 20 minutes away while the stairs leading up to Prague Castle are just around the corner. One really couldn’t ask for more!
We had an excellent stay in Prague at the Augustine. The building itself is so charming, and our room (220) had wooden beams on the ceiling and a classic rooftop view. It didn't hurt that we woke up to snow on the rooftops our last morning. The concierge Adam made great dinner recommendations, and my husband and I both had amazing massages at the spa. We love the slightly quieter location (vs. being right in the old town square area), but it is still so walkable to everything. The bed was super comfortable, the bathroom spacious with heated floors. We also happened to be there the night they had a tree lighting ceremony which was beautiful. I will definitely be back on my next visit to Prague.
The Augustine is a lovely hotel. I am going to start with the things we loved. The concierge, Michael was so attentive and helpful. He suggested Marcela Kvetonova as our city guide for a 3 hour tour. She was one of the best guides we have had. The food at the hotel was top-notch. The fine dining, breakfast buffet and the lunch at the bar were all excellent. The room was very spacious and we loved the heated tile bathroom and spacious tub. We appreciated the appetizers and beer as a welcome gift. Regarding the things we didn’t like so much, we had a city view room and I would suggest a garden view room for two reasons, The first is that it has a very tiny window and it’s not a city view it’s just a view of a building across the street and the second reason is the cable cars come by and shake the room in the early morning. The plug in the bathroom was not able to function with the hotels hair dryer so that was a little bit of a nuisance. So, overall it was a fabulous experience and the hotel is located in the perfect spot to access all areas of the city. This hotel and the staff clearly represent what a lovely people the Czech Republic embodies.
Prague is the jewel of Europe and the Augustine is the perfect setting! Located only steps to the Charles Bridge, this luxury hotel maintains the charm of its origin, a monestary. Rooms are beautifully appointed and the suites are divine. Make a point of enjoying the spa more than once. In-room dining made late night service super convenient. The staff was warm and welcoming from our first hello to our last goodbye. Thank you for a lovely hotel to call home away from home!