Rocco’s Augustine to open in summer 2008

7 Nov 2007 by Mark Caswell
The Rocco Forte Collection has announced that its forthcoming Prague property, due to open in early summer 2008, will be called The Augustine. The Augustine – named after the 13th-century Augustinian St Thomas’s Monastery which forms part of the new hotel complex – will feature 101 rooms in five historic buildings. The hotel will be located in the Lesser Town (also known as Mala Strana) quarter of the city, close to both Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge, and around 10km from Prague’s Ruzyne International Airport. The group says the new hotel will include “cloistered terraces, wooden ceilings, wine vaults, stone arches and elegant garden squares”, and even the odd monk, as certain areas of the buildings will be kept aside for practising Augustinian monks. Rooms will average 40sqm, with views ranging from the courtyards to the chapel or the city’s main cathedral, and interiors designed by London-based firm RDD, whose clients include the Cheval Group, Marriott International and Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts. Other features will include a 90-seat restaurant, a double-height bar with outside cloister terrace, a total of six function and meeting rooms (the largest being 150sqm), a business centre, and a spa with gym, four treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and relaxation area. The extensive work being carried out to bring the five buildings under one complex can be seen at Aside from the monastery, the other buildings being converted include a 14th-century Gothic palace (formerly the Blue Key hotel), and two previously government-owned properties. The arrival of The Augustine will follow the opening of The Charles Hotel, Munich last month, and the reopening of Le Richemond in Geneva in September (see the November issue of Business Traveller for a review). For more information visit Report by Mark Caswell
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