While we were in Prague, we spent time at two different hotels. You may start to realize this is something I frequently do. The reason for this was our trip to Berlin and Karlovy Vary that broke up our time in Prague. When we arrived, we spent one night at The Augustine which is a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel. This hotel is located in the Mala Strana or Lesser Town. The other hotel that we stayed at for four nights was the Hotel Century Old Town Prague McGallery by Sofitel. As the name indicates, it is in the Old Town area of Prague. I found both of the locations to be great. In comparison, the Old Town area has better access to bars and restaurants with a shorter walk. I found Prague to be a town where you walk nearly everywhere. We did not take an Uber/taxi except to and from the airport and train station. You will find my review of both hotels below.
1. The Augustine. As I mentioned, this hotel is a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel, so I was able to get government and AAA room rates. This was of help because this hotel is rather pricey. When we arrived after our long flight, we were greeted with a warm welcome and offered a glass of sparkling wine and bottled water. Our room was not ready around 11am when we arrived; however, they did offer the option of freshening up in their spa. I had the locker room area to myself. They had everything available to get ready in the spa area including a hairdryer. I was able to take a shower and change clothes before going out sightseeing for the day.
The Augustine is in an old monastery and the property is actually rather large. We stayed on floor two with a view of the Prague castle. Our room choice, the premium deluxe room, was extremely spacious. Upon check in, they offer two complimentary drinks in their bar to try the beer that is exclusive to the monastery. Also, waiting for us in the room, was a pretzel and sausages with two additional beers. Included in our stay was a complimentary breakfast in their restaurant. The breakfast was buffet style with the option to order off the menu as well.
You can see in photos the minimalist decor in the hallways. Also, the bar is quite beautiful where you can try out the beer from the monastery …. or enjoy another one of their “fancy” cocktails. Overall, I loved the property, hotel room, and decor. In the future, I would absolutely stay here again on a visit to Prague. In retrospect, I wish we would have stayed here additional nights.
2. Hotel Century Old Town Prague McGallery by Sofitel. This hotel is not a large property in contrast to the Augustine. It is located in the middle of a rather busy street in Old Town and felt more commercial. I thought the location was fantastic for exploring and getting to restaurants. They recently underwent a complete renovation. It appeared very updated with modern decor. Upon check in, as we are an Accor platinum member, we were upgraded to the executive room. Waiting for us in the room was a bottle of champagne with a fruit and macaroon tray.
In comparison, this room was a lot less spacious than The Augustine. It appeared similar to the photos online as far as decor. However, the layout of the room was different than presented online and the bathroom was very small. It was not what I was expecting, so it actually left me slightly disappointed. There is really no counter space to get ready in the bathroom. It made things difficult. In addition, the shower is very tiny.
Overall, I thought this property was in a great location. It is enticing online looking at the photos, but in person, I definitely felt like I was let down. It was a tough comparison to the other hotels we stayed at on the trip that were really incredible. That being said, they do offer a Kafka suite, junior suite, and Le dome suite that look pretty amazing for a price that isn’t too outrageous. I would say that the price for our room was very good compared to the other hotels from our trip. It was the most inexpensive hotel per night at under $200/day. On a visit to Prague, my goal was not to stay in the hotel room. I think this hotel functioned very well at a relatively inexpensive price.