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The 101-room hotel with meetings facilities, due to open in the Czech capital Prague in early summer 2008 as the 12th property of the Rocco Forte Collection, has been called The Augustine.
The name stems from the property being created from a complex of five historic buildings, the largest and most important being the 13th century Augustinian St Thomas’s Monastery.
Located at the very heart of the city in the Lesser Town, the hotel boasts spectacular views of Prague Castle and the Wallenstein Gardens. The monastery will provide The Augustine with a picturesque setting of established courtyards and elegant garden squares, while retaining certain areas for the practising Augustinian monks who remain in situ. Key historic features, such as cloistered terraces, wooden ceilings, wine vaults and stone arches have been incorporated into the hotel’s design. New additions, include a tranquil courtyard entrance and a glassed-in courtyard, which will become The Augustine’s main restaurant, complete with two protected trees.
In addition to the guest rooms, The Augustine will feature: a 90-seat restaurant; a bar occupying the monastery’s barrel-vaulted double-height hall; a second bar and restaurant with 70 covers; a 150sqm main function room (with its own pre-function lobby) in a protected double-height vaulted hall and a second 85sqm function room; a purpose-designed meeting facility with business centre, two "Meeting Rooms":http://www.venues.org.uk/searches/meeting_rooms_venues.asp and two boardrooms, all with direct access to private garden areas; and a sizeable health and fitness centre with 80sqm gym, four treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and relaxation area.
(Please see "Business Meeting Venues":http://www.venues.org.uk/searches/business_meeting_venues.asp and "Conference Venues":http://www.venues.org.uk/searches/conference_venues.asp for more information.)