New York has Soho, Berlin has Mitte. Kraków has Kazimierz. Founded in the 14th century, the Jewish Quarter used to be a city in its own right – a melting pot in which different religions could be reconciled. What was once a small Polish town is now a cultural center of Kraków with several monuments declared World Heritage Sites.
Amidst all this history there’s 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 have shown the utmost care and respect to make the project an organic part of the local landscape.
As soon as you enter Warszauer’s elegant black door, you are immediately immersed in the world of true design jewels. From Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chairs to GUBI’s iconic Pacha armchairs, from green marble to black oak, the sophisticated decor complements the hospitable and private atmosphere of the place. But it’s not yet another monumental luxury hotel, more a haven of tranquility for those who define opulence as time and intimacy.
Stepping down into the dining room, guests are invited to sit at a long wooden table and enjoy a nutritious breakfast or a drink. All accompanied by art books and exquisite artworks by well-known Polish painter and illustrator Tomasz Opalinski.
Warszauer’s rooms are the ultimate reflection of what wellness is today. Large windows let in a healthy dose of natural light, while guests aren’t distracted by the technology with TVs tucked between the curtains. Diptyque cosmetics will make you feel like you are in the SPA. And then there are more design treasures, including the reproductions of Gerrit Rietveld’s 1934 Zig-Zag chair, Ferm Living armchairs, Salak tables and accessories from Frama Copenhagen or Atelier Areti, to name just a few. The core idea was for each space to feel like a mini art gallery – an effort the owners made and succeeded.
There are different definitions of hospitality, but Warszauer seems to bring together its different aspects – design, serenity, intimacy, comfort, warmth, the good food. Not only is it a perfect starting point for discovering Krakow’s rich history, but also an ideal place for a weekend getaway if you still want to reply to emails but want to do so in an unparalleled setting. In the end, time passes more slowly when we’re close to ourselves – Warszauer’s vibe is just a gentle reminder that that’s exactly why we need to travel.
Photography by ONI Stories