While I’ve spent a lot of time in Prague, I’ve spent nearly no time in its hotels. So on my most recent trip, I decided to redeem points for a couple of award stays, the first of which was at the Augustine Prague! I loved my stay that even before check-out I was looking up prices to see if I could swing another night. And while that second night didn’t work out, I’m sure I’ll be back in the future. Read on for my full review!
STAYING AT THE AUGUSTINE PRAGUE
THE AUGUSTINE PRAGUE LOCATION
The Augustine is in Malá Strana, an area on the castle side of the Vltava River. Its name means “Lesser Town” or “Lesser Quarter,” and historically, that may have been true, but one look at this gorgeous part of the city will assure you it’s anything but. With its winding streets, pretty pastel buildings and red tiled roofs, Malá Strana packs a ton of charm, and getting lost down its little lanes is the perfect way to get acquainted with Prague.
When I lived in Prague, Malá Strana was not an area where I spent a lot of time, so I jumped at the opportunity to play tourist a little bit while staying at the Augustine. I had so much fun wandering around a part of the city I didn’t know as well, putting aside my familiarity for a little bit to soak in all the history and beautiful architecture as if it were my first time visiting.
While across the river from attractions such as Old Town Square and Wenceslaus Square, Malá Strana is actually an extremely convenient location to get to and from. The 22 tram is just steps from the hotel, and it will get you to within easy walking distance from Old Town Square, as well as the National Theater (Národní divadlo), Náměstí Míru and other points of interest. As long as you buy a ticket in advance (and make sure you get the right kind!), jumping on the tram could not be easier, and you’ll have beautiful views as you cross the river.
That’s not to say you can’t take the metro, which the Augustine is also close: Malostranská, a stop on the green line, is just five minutes away on foot. There’s also tons to do within walking distance, including Valdštejnská zahrada and Vrtbovská zahrada, a pair of gorgeous gardens. The castle is also only an 11-minute walk away as long as you’re willing to tackle the hill!
Don’t worry about finding bars and restaurants, either; there are tons that are convenient to the Augustine. You’ll have your pick!
I arrived well before check-in time at 11:00 a.m., and the staff let me check into a room right away despite my earliness. They offered champagne upon arrival, which I happily took, and everyone was very friendly (so friendly, in fact, that they offered to let me see and photograph the view from the hotel’s Tower Suite if housekeeping finished cleaning with enough time before the next guests checked in. As it turned out, there wasn’t time, but I appreciated the offer!).
While the option for late checkout wasn’t mentioned when I checked in, the staff made a 2 p.m. deadline happen after I asked. I also appreciated that the hotel had a designated concierge who was young and spoke phenomenal English; it’s always super helpful when you get someone in the role who understand the pulse of the city instead of passing along the names of decades-old tourist hotspots.
THE AUGUSTINE PRAGUE ROOMS
THE AUGUSTINE PRAGUE PROPERTY
After settling in, I set off to explore the property and grounds, which is where the Augustine really shines. The Augustine encompasses a still-active Augustinian Monastery dating back to the 14th century, meaning it’s got 700 years of history to its name. You can see that history in its design features, such as its hallways’ vaulted ceilings, yet the hotel still has a modern feel with up-to-date interiors.
Its most beautiful spaces include the Sundial Garden, complete with beautifully manicured topiaries, fountains and grapes growing on the vines along the wall. It’s a tranquil space to stroll, dine or just hang out.
THE AUGUSTINE PRAGUE DINING
Upon arrival, I headed straight for the hotel’s restaurant, the aptly named Augustine Restaurant. The menu definitely had a Czech feel, but with an international twist; expect to find commonly used Czech ingredients, but not necessarily classic Czech dishes.
While the food I had for lunch was good, it was incredibly pricey, especially considering that outside of hotel settings, food in the Czech Republic is very cheap by U.S. standards. The restaurant seemed to cater mostly to business lunches during the afternoons.
I also ordered room service once during my stay, and while I can’t necessarily speak to the quality of the food—I only had french fries, which are pretty hard to mess up—I will say that they seemed to arrive nearly instantly, which really impressed me! Shortly after arrival, the hotel also delivered chocolates and french macarons to my room, which was a fun surprise.
BOOKING THE AUGUSTINE PRAGUE
WHAT I’D CHANGE
There are just a couple things I’d have changed about my stay, and honestly, they were very minor. First, there were no outlets in the bathroom, which always really surprises me since… hotels have hairdryers. Where do people normally dry their hair? Is it not the bathroom? I had to pull a chair up to a full-length mirror in the entryway in order to do it, so it wasn’t totally ideal.
The other issue, which might have been a bigger problem for some people, was that my room was on the ground floor right next to the tram tracks. Street noise doesn’t usually bother me, but every few minutes the tram would go by and when it did, the furniture in the room would noticeably shake a little bit. Again, it wasn’t a big deal—after all, I could have asked to move if it had been—but I was a little surprise that that was the room I ended up with as a Marriott Gold member.
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