Seamlessly tying together the new world with the old, The Augustine is one of the most elegant hotels in central Europe. For one, the 13th-century Augustinian St. Thomas Monastery is part of the seven-building complex, making the meticulously-renovated property a tranquil and welcome respite from the Czech Republic’s busy streets and hoards of tourists. Each of the blissfully-quiet 101 bedrooms and suites are uniquely decorated and offer such design features as vaulted ceilings and furnishings inspired but he 1930s Czech Cubism.
Centrally located in the heart of Prague, with stunning views of the city’s castle and the Wallenstein Palace Gardens, the Augustine is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and has received numerous accolades from Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure amongst others since its opening in 2009. Its owner and operator, Thomas Smit of Waldeck Capital, spoke to DuJour about the most requested room at the hotel.
Most requested room in the hotel:
“Surprisingly, it’s not the royal suite or the presidential suite, but I cannot give the suite number because of security.”
What makes it special:
“This particular suite is on the top floor of the old monastery building which can be easily secured, monitored and isolated for celebrities, dignitaries, statesmen and royalty. Apart from sensational views of the Prague Castle, Lobkowicz Palace and Wallenstein Gardens, the suite has a zen-like charm and warmth with amazing character.”
Your personal favorite:
“Probably the same room for the same reasons, but our Royal Suite is close second.”
“It’s a fabulous romantic and welcoming suite with a private dining room and a very large living room with fireplace.”
“Those that have stayed in the Presidential Suite include Tom Jones, Pink, Moby, the bands Muse and Coldplay, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gary Oldman.”
“It averages at around €2,200, but in high season, we have gone up to €3,200.”
“We brew our own beer from a 400-year-old recipe used by the monks who were great lovers of wine and beer. After all, it was a monk who made the first champagne—Dom Perignon.”