Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague
At the five-star Augustine in the conveniently located Lesser Town district, Gothic and Renaissance architecture meets modern Eastern European design, where 13th-century details like vaulted ceilings and 19th-century frescoes share space in rooms appointed with Czech Cubist furniture and pottery. You might even bunk down in a room where Augustinian monks once slept, as the collection of seven buildings – parts of which dates back to 1284 – formed some of the St. Thomas Church and Monastery (in fact, some monks still have quarters here); the hotel’s marvelous bar is the site of the property’s former refectory (and gives the bar its name), serving wickedly good “Archangel” cocktails, named for the subjects of the room’s Baroque frescoes, as well as St. Thomas Beer, brewed from the original recipe that monks started making here in 1352. Its 101 rooms are chic combination of Old World luxury and Czech modernism, with rich colors of orange, green, and gray, and generously sized marble bathrooms with heated floors and rain showers. Suites, especially, have magnificent views, most of them to the Prague
Castle, some to the interior Sundial Garden. There’s also a highly regarded fine-dining restaurant, as well as a spa. Heavenly.