Where to Stay in Prague: The Augustine Hotel

Where to Stay in Prague: The Augustine Hotel

Stay: The Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague

Located At: Letenská 12/33, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czech Republic

Spend: $260+ per night

Expect: History meets luxury in this 5-star hotel, spa, and restaurant located within a 13th century monastery

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Rachel Off Duty: My Review of Where to Stay in Prague – The Augustine Hotel

I was hosted by The Augustine and Visit Czech Republic. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

From boutique hotels to vacation rentals, where to stay in Prague can be met with limitless answers. But for those looking for a historic location, top-tier service, a distinctive sense of place, and prime Prague Castle views, there can only be one.

Enter, The Augustine Prague

Being the hotel geek that I am, I was dying to stay at The Augustine in Prague for three reasons: 

  1. This hotel was built within the St. Thomas Monastery, which dates back to the 13th century and is still in operation to this day 
  2. It’s a part of The Luxury Collection by Marriott, an exclusive collective of hotels and resorts selected for being prime stewards of culture, history, and hospitality in their respective destinations (the only other Luxury Collection property I’d ever stayed in prior to this was The Royal Hawaiian in Oahu!)
  3. It is home to the one, the only… Christmas Suite!!! (you’ll want to see this, so keep reading – I have a whole section on it below)

So, when I spent a month in the Czech Republic during the winter, I knew I had to check out The Augustine and all its Christmas cheer for myself. 

If you’re wondering where to stay in Prague and considering this hotel, read on for my full review of The Augustine’s location, history, rooms, food, and whether the Christmas suite really lived up to the hype!

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Location: Prague’s Mala Strana Neighborhood

Rachel Off Duty: Mala Strana Neighborhood of Prague, Czech Republic

A stone’s throw from the Prague Castle, located in the quiet yet hip Mala Strana neighborhood (also known as Lesser Town), you’ll find The Augustine tucked away behind tall stone walls on an unassuming street. You might not know you’ve arrived right away when you first find it, but you’ll soon realize just how centrally located you are. 

The Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Lennon Wall, and the Kafka Museum can all be found in the neighborhood. Beyond that, a quick 15-minute walk across the Vltava River gets you to the heart of Old Town, and you’re never more than 10 – 20 minutes by Prague Metro from anywhere else you’d need to be.

Now imagine 13th century Prague, with no metro, few buildings, and just one newly constructed bridge connecting the east and west sides of the river. This is when the story of this monastery-turned-luxury property begins!

The Augustine Prague Property

Rachel Off Duty: The Augustine Hotel Property
Rachel Off Duty: The Augustine Hotel Property
Rachel Off Duty: The Augustine Hotel Property
Rachel Off Duty: The Augustine Hotel Property

The Augustine dates back to the year 1227, when the Church of St. Thomas was constructed. A monastery was soon added, but the site suffered several fires over the centuries and constantly needed to be restored (in fact, the most recent restoration took place in the 19th century). 

Despite the restoration over the years, you can distinctly feel the history here when walking around the property’s seven buildings. Augustinian monks have strolled these corridors, roamed the cloistered courtyards, and dined in these same halls for centuries. If you look around, you’ll start to notice that some of the doors are different sizes, and some don’t even lead anywhere anymore because they used to be monks’ quarters. The halls have a bit of an Alice in Wonderland allure to them, and so many stories to tell. 

With all this history, you might wonder whether staying in a monastery hotel would feel a little… well, dated. But apart from the impeccably well-preserved frescoes, a stay at the Augustine is far from monastic!

In addition to the rooms, which I’ll talk about next, the Augustine also has an onsite fitness center and spa. You can do everything from relax in the sauna to enjoy unique spa treatments like calming candle massages and collagen facials. Czechs take their spa time very seriously, and this spa is a central feature and huge perk of staying at the Augustine, if you’re wondering about what the best places to stay in Prague have to offer.

The Augustine Rooms

Rachel Off Duty: The Augustine Hotel Rooms in Prague

Of the Augustine’s 101 rooms, no two are the same. Each has a touch of Augustinian flair in one way or another.

Some rooms might have vaulted ceilings and original doors, others might have wall-to-wall frescoes.

The rooms on the top floor are composed of old monastic ‘cells.’

The Presidential Suite is a massive, 1,600-square foot apartment that seems to never end.

Finally, the Tower Suite has 360-degree views of Prague and spans three whole floors. 

Rachel Off Duty: The Augustine Hotel Rooms in Prague
Rachel Off Duty: The Augustine Hotel Rooms in Prague

What ties the rooms together are the finishings. In each room, you’ll find Czech Cubist furniture, a similar color scheme, and marble mosaic bathrooms. It’s 1930s Czech luxe with modern finishings like heated bathroom floors and comfy soaking tubs. 

When you call for room service, they know you by name (a small touch, but really helps a hotel feel ‘luxe’ to me). My reservation was made under ‘Rachel Off Duty,’ so I was called Mrs. Offduty the whole time, which made me smile 🙂 

The Augustine Room Options:

Rachel Off Duty: The Augustine Hotel Rooms in Prague

From classic rooms (375 sq ft) to presidential suites (1600 sq ft), there are tons of options when it comes to rooms at the Augustine. Each has its own unique features, so rather than list them here, use this link to compare room types, prices, and amenities for yourself

The Christmas Suite at the Augustine Prague

Rachel Off Duty: The Christmas Suite at the Augustine Prague

Want a special stay in Prague for the holidays? Let’s talk about The Christmas Suite! 

Once a year, from November till early January, the Augustine transforms one of its suites and one of its rooms into a cozy, elaborately decorated Christmas wonderland. Families who book the Christmas Suite, and couples who book the Christmas Room, can expect their own Christmas tree, lights and wreaths, freshly baked sweets, a complimentary Christmas gift, and other fun surprises throughout. You can also receive complimentary parking and daily buffet breakfast. 

Rachel Off Duty: The Christmas Suite at the Augustine Prague
Rachel Off Duty: The Christmas Suite at the Augustine Prague
Rachel Off Duty: The Christmas Suite at the Augustine Prague

As I opened the door to our Christmas Room, I let out an audible “WOW” at the sight of a hotel room decked out with lights and gold trimmings. When it comes to where to stay in Prague, especially during the holidays, the Christmas Suite at the Augustine is unlike any other. 

How to Book the Christmas Suite at the Augustine?

Though the Christmas accommodations at the Augustine do not come cheap, they are an amazing and cheery option that’ll put you in the festive spirit. Early reservations are strongly recommended, and you can check availability and pricing by emailing Santa’s helpers at the Augustine ([email protected]).

Food and Drink at the Augustine

Rachel Off Duty: Food at the Augustine Hotel Prague

There are three and a ‘half’ main dining and drinking options at The Augustine. And, while there are so many good places to eat in Prague, I definitely recommend indulging in at least one meal here at the hotel!

The Augustine Restaurant

Rachel Off Duty: The Augustine Restaurant in Prague

The onsite restaurant, the Augustine Restaurant, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While I only visited for their buffet breakfast (which I really enjoyed and which comes with mimosas on request), what I’ve been told is that the restaurant focuses on international cuisine with distinctively Czech flavor and seasonal ingredients. Throughout the year, the restaurant might also host seasonal events like garden BBQs in the summer. 

The Refectory Bar

Rachel Off Duty: The Refectory Bar in Prague
Rachel Off Duty: The Refectory Bar in Prague

For drinks and light bites, you’ll head to The Refectory. This quiet but elegant bar is a showstopper in my opinion. Decorated with original 19th century pink frescoes, The Refectory was the former dining hall of the Augustinian monks.

Fun fact: Augustinian monks brewed their own beer here until the mid 1900s! In the 16th century, they were even the official beer distributors for the royalty at the Prague Castle. And let me tell you – Augustinian beer is pretty strong! You can try it here at The Refectory, along with a great selection of cocktails. In the winter months, you can even order seasonal drinks like mulled wine (known locally as Svařák), which is delicious. 

Room Service at the Augustine

Rachel Off Duty: Room Service at the Augustine Hotel

The Augustine’s room service options come from the Augustine Restaurant, and as far as room service goes, it’s pretty tasty and well-presented! We ordered room service one night for a lowkey evening, and had a beautiful root vegetable soup, charcuterie, a burger, and a glass of wine.

St. Thomas Brewery Bar

Rachel Off Duty: St. Thomas Brewery Bar in Prague

Last but not least, the ‘half’ I mentioned earlier is the hotel’s St. Thomas Brewery Bar. This stunning artificial grotto was once the cellar of the original St. Thomas Brewery! While we got to tour it during our visit, this venue is currently only open for private events. 

Tips to Know Before You Go

1. HOW TO GET AROUND IN PRAGUE

Prague is an incredibly walkable city with a super efficient metro. You can also find Uber and Bolt (Europe’s rideshare app, which I recommend downloading). 

You won’t likely need a rental car if you’re planning to stay within the city itself. But if you do plan to explore the rest of the Czech Republic, use this link to rent a car. I recommend Sixt by the train station in town, or the rental car options at the Prague airport.

2. WHAT TO DO IN THE AREA

  • Get a massage or a facial at the Augustine Spa
  • Grab a beer from The Refectory
  • Wander up the Prague Castle for sweeping city views, and don’t miss the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Lobkowitz Gallery, and The Golden Lane
  • Snap your photo at the John Lennon Wall (be sure to bring a sharpie so you can add your own mark!)
  • Stroll across the Vltava River for Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, the Dancing House, and more
  • Hike up the hill to see Prague from the Petrin Tower
  • Take a Foodie Tour with Taste of Prague
  • Take a walking tour or biking tour of the city

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