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
Parking on site
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Converted 13th-century monastery with a secluded courtyard and a historic cellar bar near Prague castle
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.