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The Augustine Review
There's plenty of competition in Prague's high-end hotel market, but the Augustine has vaulted to the top. How did they pull it off? First, there's the historic location, converted from a 13th-century monastery, with several monks still living on the grounds. Then there's the impeccable service. And finally, the rooms themselves: designed by Olga Polizzi, they incorporate modernist and cubist furniture designs—chaises, dressers—with art from '20s and '30s Czechoslovakia and splashes of color on the unfinished wood floors. There may be other five-star hotels in the city, but the Augustine is the first that truly reflects Prague's distinctive beauty.
Modern Luxury in a Monastic Setting
Prague is jam-packed with superlative hotels, and within this fierce market relative newcomer Rocco Forte's Augustine Hotel is a stand out. One of the most unique features of this seven-building complex is the 13th-century monastery where friars still live and worship. The décor certainly reflects the building's history, with deep, ecclesiastical reds and purples, vaulted ceilings, and old wooden doors, all of which blend perfectly with designer Olga Polizzi's contemporary vision. Each of the 101 rooms is uniquely decorated, incorporating modern furniture, vintage artworks, and generous bathrooms with marble floors and deep tubs. The in-house spa is small but features unique treatments like an exfoliation that uses beer brewed by monks. The bar and restaurant are as tasty— and as tasteful—as you'd expect.
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