A new addition to the Luxury Collection of hotels is the magnificent establishment, The Augustine in Prague, the first of its kind in the Czech Republic. Baroque Travel takes a look
Located in Prague’s pretty Malá Strana district, in the heart of the city centre, which has been delegated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Augustine is close to a number of major sightseeing attractions, including Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. This luxurious five star establishment is made up of seven different historic buildings, the largest of which is a 13th Century monastery, the St Thomas Monastery. In fact, an active group of Augustinian monks still live on a separate part of the monastery premises, giving this sumptuous hotel a very special atmosphere of tranquility. Guests can enjoy an exclusive tour of the magnificent private library that belongs to the church.
In 2009 the hotel was meticulously restored and designed by Olga Polizzi in the Czech cubist style, a 1930s movement that is very eclectic and artistic. Much of the original buildings still exist, including the magnificent vaulted ceilings and the original doors.
There are 101 rooms and suites, each individually decorated and furnished, all offering spectacular city views. Some of the suites are quite unique, as they were converted from monks’ living quarters on the upper floors of the original monastery. All offer every luxury, including televisions in the rooms and the adjoining marble bathrooms, with bathtubs and showers, and every possible amenity. Of course, the most impressive accommodation of all is the Tower Suite, a plush three-story penthouse that was previously the Monastery’s observatory. As expected, the panoramic 360-degree views from this suite are quite breathtaking.
Other facilities on offer include a fitness center, a spa offering a variety of massage and beauty treatments as well as its own hamman. There is also a wellness center. Guests enjoy yoga classes as well as the services of a personal fitness trainer.