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The Augustine, Prague 
$$$$

12/33 Letenská

Prague
Czech Republic 11800 1

Tel: 42 266 11 22 33

The location of this new property from hotelier Rocco Forte—in an ancient Augustinian monastery in the scenic Malá Strana district, between soaring Prague Castle and the calm Vltava River—is its best selling point. Numerous cultural and archaeological concerns delayed the 101-room hotel's opening for years, but the result is worth the wait: The accommodations may be in the former monks' quarters, but instead of monastic austerity there's a tasteful sense of modern luxe. Rooms are done in rich fabrics in warm earth tones and dressed up with elements of local design, such as reproductions of Pavel Janak's angular Cubist timber chairs and elegant chaise longues from designer Adolf Loos. The Augustinians retain ownership of the buildings, and guests can take a tour of the historic library, monastery, and chapel with one of the monks who still live in the separate monastic quarters. One downside to the great location: A tram line right outside the courtyard gate means there's practically no sidewalk in front of the hotel, making for an awkward, traffic-dodging exit on foot.
Which room to book: No. 331, in the Monastery Wing, is a Classic King with views of the elegant Baroque St. Thomas Church; for all-out indulgence at $5,400 per night, No. 224, the Charles Suite, is a spacious 1,600 square feet furnished with touches of Czech Cubism.
Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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