New York has Soho, Berlin has Mitte. Cracow has Kazimierz. Created in the 14th century, the Jewish district was once a free city – a melting pot where different religions could get along. What used to be a small Polish town is now a cultural center of Cracow with many monuments marked as a World Heritage Site.
In the middle of all that history, there’s the Warszauer – a 12-room boutique hotel tucked away between Kazimierz’s old buildings and cobbled streets. A modern yet minimalist building by INDO Architekci who showed great care and respect to make the project an organic part of the local landscape.
The moment you walk through Warszauer’s elegant black doors, you are immediately plunged into a world of true design gems. From Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chairs to the iconic Pacha Armchairs from GUBI, from green marble to black oak wood – the sophisticated decor complements the welcoming and private atmosphere of the place. But this is not yet another monumental luxury hotel but rather a calming place for those who define luxury as time and intimacy.
Walking down to the dining room, guests are invited to sit around a long wooden table to enjoy a hearty breakfast or drink. All in the company of art books and exquisite artworks from the famous Polish painter and illustrator – Tomasz Opalinski.
The Warszauer rooms are the true reflection of what wellness is today. Large windows provide a healthy dose of natural light while guests are not distracted by technology with TVs hidden between the curtains. diptyque cosmetics allow you to feel like you are in a SPA. And then, there are more design treasures including reproductions of Gerrit Rietveld’s 1934 Zig-Zag chair, Ferm Living armchairs, Salak tables and accessories from Frama Copenhagen or Atelier Areti to name a few. The main idea was to make each room look like a small art gallery – an effort the owners made and succeeded in.
There are different definitions of hospitality, but Warszauer seems to bring together its various aspects – tranquility design, intimacy, comfort, warmth, the good food. It is not only a perfect place to discover Cracow’s rich history but also a perfect place for a weekend getaway when you still want to respond to e-mails but do it in a setting unlike any other. After all, time passes more slowly when we are close to ourselves – the Warszauer atmosphere is just a gentle reminder that this is exactly why we need to travel.
Photography by ONI Stories