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By webadmin | May 14 2009
The Rocco Forte Collection is delighted to confirm that The Augustine opened May 14, 2009 in Prague, making it the company’s twelfth property.
Conveniently located in Prague’s Malá Strana district, in the heart of the city’s rich cultural center, The Augustine is a short walk from the majestic Prague Castle, the Wallenstein Gardens and the famous Charles Bridge and within easy reach of the Golden City’s many tourist attractions. The 101-bedroom hotel has been created from a set of seven buildings, many of which have historical significance, including the 13th century Augustinian St. Thomas’s Monastery, after which the hotel is named. Several practicing monks still live in a separate part of the monastery, adjacent to the hotel grounds.
The Augustine’s beautiful historic features have been restored and carefully crafted into the hotel’s design by London-based design company RDD under the guidance of Olga Polizzi, The Rocco Forte Collection’s Director of Design. The hotel’s elegantly designed bedrooms all boast stunning views over the courtyards, the monastery chapel or Prague Castle. The suites will include an impressive 1,615 square foot Presidential Suite and a Tower Suite located in the monastery’s original tower.
The outstanding Tower Suite comprises three floors, one for the living room, another for the bathroom, complete with freestanding bathtub and large walk-in shower, the top floor for the bedroom, with panoramic views of the rooftops and brightly colored spires of Prague.
The Augustine will offer four private rooms suitable for exclusive events, dinners and meetings as well as a large 2,110 square foot ballroom in a double-height vaulted hall, ideal for elegant weddings and parties. The hotel also has direct access to St. Thomas’s Church and the stunning Wallenstein Gardens for the ultimate summer event or wedding reception.
For relaxation, the hotel’s spa will feature four treatment rooms, a hammam offering special heat treatments, a steam room, relaxation area and an 860 square foot fully-equipped gym. The Monastery restaurant will have 90 seats and will overlook a large courtyard with outside seating during the summer months. Guests will have the choice of two bars; Tom’s Bar, located in the monastery’s former barrel-vaulted double-height hall and The Brewery bar, housed in the cellar, in the former St. Thomas’s brewery building, complete with seventeenth century stalactites and stalagmites.