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
My wife and I just spent 3 nights there. Very nice, friendly, helpful and comfortable. Don’t miss the Saint Thomas beer! Excellent location almost at one end of the Charles Bridge. Breakfast selection was good and tasty and so was dinner.
We stayed with our children (ages 9 and 12) at the Augustine in June and had a fabulous stay. Echoing the reviews below, the hotel is in a perfect location - a short walk to the St. Charles Bridge yet in a beautiful, serene spot of Prague. We walked everywhere. We had two quiet deluxe rooms on the 4th floor (limited view, attic like ceiling). The rooms were perfect, beautiful, comfortable and great housekeeping! Breakfast was included with our rooms and it was our favorite during a long European trip.
I recently stayed at this beautiful and extremely well maintained luxury collection hotel (previously an Augustine monastery) for 2 nights with my husband, sister and nephew. We were in 2 deluxe rooms, and I found them spacious, superbly appointed, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The heated marble bathroom floors were well appreciated!!
More importantly I'd like to recognize the staff and in particular, Marketa at the front desk who welcomed us at check in. She was so warm and friendly, and took the time to give us a comprehensive introduction to the hotel, its surrounds and Prague in general. What a delightful young lady and such an asset to the hotel !!
I must also mention Gary and Jackson with their radiant smiles, waiting to greet you at the doorway.
As with previous reviews, I must say that this hotel is in the perfect location, within walking distance to the Charles Bridge (~ 7 mins) and other sites, yet it is in a quieter area, far from the madding crowd of tourists.
We had breakfast one morning and I found the buffet very extensive, quite pricey but well worth the price tag.
The hotel was an excellent choice which no doubt enhanced our visit to Prague and I would highly recommend staying here for its location, uniqueness, luxurious comforts and the pleasant staff - truly the WHOLE PACKAGE.
Stayed for 3 nights with my wife and two kids (son age 15 and daughter age 12) in late May/early June 2018. I am an SPG Lifetime Platinum elite and I booked two rooms, one studio suite for cash and one classic room with 2 singles using the cash and points option (which presented a really good value).
Location: As many of the reviews mention, the hotel is located on the relatively quiet side of the river but still has great access to all the major sites and is a short walk to a subway station or tram line if you need to go somewhere farther away. We walked pretty much everywhere with our kids with minimal complaints (except when walked up the hill to the Petrin tower).
Rooms: My wife and I had a Studio suite on the 2nd floor (#206 I think). The suite had a very interesting, but ultimately impractical layout. When you entered the bathroom was immediately on your right and then a short hallway led to small sitting area. To the left and down some stairs was a small closet on one side and a small desk on the other and then a small hallway from there led to a bedroom with a queen bed and windows the length of both walls. Everything in the room was in good shape, clean and of high quality, but the room had a few major flaws: 1. the rambling layout was a cool, but highly inefficient use of space such that you never seemed to have a lot of room in any given area 2. there was no door or divider between the sitting area and the bedroom so one person couldn't sleep while the other watched TV or worked or whatever. 3. The bathroom was far away from the bedroom and required walking through all the other spaces to get there. 4. The bathroom did not have a separate shower and the step into and out of the shower was very high making entry/egress into the shower a bit of a nerve wracking affair even though we are still relatively young. I can only imagine what an older person or someone with mobility issues would think. The bathroom also had a single sink.
In contrast, the Deluxe Room with 2 twins occupied by our kids seemed much nicer. It had a nice entry hall with large closet. The bathroom was much larger than ours and had a double sink and separate shower. The bedroom was spacious and had two large sitting chairs a nice desk. Of note, this room was located on the 2nd floor overlooking the street and its tram lines. I had read several negative reviews about noise from the tram lines and was worried that the kids wouldn't be able to sleep but both of them said that they barely noticed the tram and slept fine. Probably different with a room at street level, but just wanted to note that at least on the 2nd floor it wasn't an issue.
Even recognizing that we may have gotten a studio suite with a particularly unique layout, if we had do it over, we would definitely not pay for the studio suite (I wouldn't even accept an "upgrade" to a studio suite without first taking a look at it) but rather either book a deluxe or premium deluxe room or just pay up for a standard suite (which I understand have a more traditional layout).
My advice based on all this is that given the unique room layouts in the hotel, I highly recommend you ask to look at a couple different rooms in the same category when you arrive before committing to a particular room.
Fitness: There's a small fitness room inside the spa in the basement. They have just enough of the key equipment that it meet most needs. Most of the guests are on vacation, so doesn't seem like they need anything bigger.
Food: The breakfast buffet is very good. There are lots of cheaper options a short walk away but none more convenient. You should definitely consider grabbing a beer or light snack in the bar as its a great space.
Service: We had positive interactions with all the staff and especially appreciated the doorman who always seemed to be in a cheerful and welcoming mood. Everyone spoke English which made things easy.
Kids: The hotel doesn't really do a lot to cater to kids which is to be expected at a city center hotel. The restaurant does have a kids menu but it's not very large and the main menu is for refined tastes so if your kids don't like challenging food you will probably eat out most nights, which is fine as Prague has lots of great places to eat.
Platinum Elite Benefits: The hotel was fully booked while we were there, but they still upgraded my kids room from a classic room to a deluxe room. I selected the free breakfast option, so my wife and I received a free breakfast buffet each morning. We paid for breakfast ( only 1/2 price or about $15 for kids 12 and under). There was a nice welcome tray of fruit, sausage and a beer in the room, although not sure if that was for being platinum or just a standard welcome amenity. There's no lounge on the property.
Overall, we really like the location of the hotel as well as its overall design and atmosphere. The breakfast and service were very good as well. If we returned we would be a lot more careful about choosing the layout of our room but the quality of the rooms was very good in general.
Excellent informed staff. Very good restaurant. Peaceful dining in the interior courtyards. This hotel is at the base of the hill with the castle complex. It is easy to walk to many nearby churches that have evening concerts as well as many local restaurants.