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Hotel Stary: contemporary and aristocratic (Cracow)

Hotel Stary: contemporary and aristocratic (Cracow)

Éric Boucher - 2008-09-08

Shortly after opening, the Hotel Stary won the 2007 Prix Villégiature award for “Best Hotel Interior Design in Europe”. A well-deserved award that salutes a unique ambience and decor in the heart of old Cracow.

This old 15th century mansion, altered in the 16th and 18th centuries, was not all that long ago still in a derelict state that is hard to imagine when you are stretched out on a king-size bed in one of the hotel’s suites. A vault had collapsed and investors were not exactly queuing up, considering the extent of the works. The revival of this patrician residence came from three providential brothers, Wieslaw, Tadeusz and Leszek Likus. Not really unknowns because the siblings already owned two of Cracow’s finest hotels: the Copernicus, a Relais & Châteaux establishment located at the foot of the royal castle, where all visiting heads of state stay and where Nicolaus Copernicus lived, and the Pod Roza, whose guests included none other than Tsar Alexander I, Balzac and Franz Liszt.
 
The saga of the Likus brothers resembles all the fairytales born of the collapse of communism. In the 1970s-1980s, Wieslaw emigrated to West Germany and the Far East, returning with a few savings at the fall of the Berlin Wall. After various investments, the three brothers bought the Hotel Pod Roza in 1997, just as Cracow was starting to become a tourist destination.
 
Sensible businessmen, the owners are also men of taste who are familiar with international standards. They develop the interior architecture themselves and design the furniture, which is then made in Italy. A post-modernism that elegantly combines classicism, contemporary comfort and international style with an Italian touch:old frescoes, Renaissance arches, LCD screens, fitness room, walls of brick, dressed stone and steel structures…
 
The rooms are priced accordingly but, fortunately, the hotel’s facilities are not reserved for its guests alone: swimming pool, sauna, gourmet restaurant... The terrace is a real must, offering a unique view of Cracow and the Rynek (market square) and ideal for an evening drink, to take advantage of the grill beneath a starry sky and escape from the bustle of the historic centre.
 
Hotel Stary
Ul. Szczepanska – 31 011 Kraków.
Tel: 0048 12 384 08 08 
 
Single room: PLN 800 (around GBP 190)
Double room: PLN 900 (around GBP 215)
Luxury suite: from PLN 1,900 (around GBP 455)

Shortly after opening, the Hotel Stary won the 2007 Prix Villégiature award for “Best Hotel Interior Design in Europe”. A well-deserved award that salutes a unique ambience and decor in the heart of old Cracow.

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