Hotel Copernicus, is situated at the foot of the Wawel Castle, at Kanonicza Street, which is considered to be the oldest and most beautiful street in old Krakow. In the Middle Ages, this is where the canons of the Wawel Cathedral built their houses.
The building of the Copernicus Hotel stands out among other gothic façades and interiors of works of art preserved. In the Herb Suite there is, for example, a ceiling beam from 1370 of the year, and in the Suite of Canons a fresco dated to 1500 year.
It was in this building that he stopped Nicolaus Copernicus, author of the heliocentric theory of the structure of the solar system during his visits to Krakow.
The exclusive Hotel Copernicus was the first in Poland to join Relais & Chateaux, associations of exceptional hotels and restaurants run by people with passion. ***
Hotel Copernicus is a monument of the highest quality, and at the same time offers its guests luxury and services of the highest standard, with air conditioning and access to the hotel's internet network via WiFi.
Hotel Copernicus has 29 luxuriously furnished rooms with bathrooms decorated with travertine and marble. Each of them is equipped with a safe, mini bar, satellite TV and Internet access.
The character of the historic interiors is emphasized by stylish furniture and appropriately selected details, such as draperies or stucco.
There is also a conference room in the Fireplace Room available. There is also an antique library available there.
For smokers, the Cigar Hall has been designated for relaxation.
In the hotel Vinoteca there are wines available in over 200 grades.
In the medieval basement of this luxurious hotel there is a swimming pool and a sauna, and above the hotel's apartments there is a terrace, from which there is a stunning view of the Wawel Royal Castle, towers of the Romanesque church. St. Andrew and the baroque lump of a nearby church. Saints Peter and Paul.
The stay at the Copernicus Hotel has been appreciated by distinguished guests, including: His Royal Highness Prince of Wales Karol Mountbatten-Windsor, His Royal Highness Prince Philip VI of Bourbon, Saudi princess Reem Al-Faisal, Condoleezza Rice, as well as cardinals from the retinue of Pope John Paul II and US President George W. Bush with his wife.
** Due to the historic character of the building in the Copernicus Hotel there are deviations from the categorization standards, all positively evaluated by Lesser Conservator of Monuments.
Belong to them:
- no top guard over the main entrance
- no top guard over the driveway
- no entry, no dedicated baggage and delivery route
- no separate freight and passenger lift
- no extra toilet separated in the apartment unit
Relais & Chateaux is an association founded in 1954, whose members share a passion for the profession and deep relationships with clients. Today, there are over 540 hotels and restaurants that invite their guests to take part in a unique adventure by discovering the wealth and culture of the local area. Relais & Chateaux members invite you to each continent, to the green vineyards of the Napa valley, to Provence and the Indian Ocean, as well as to Poland. The diversity of regional cuisine and hospitality are presented everywhere. We also support this idea, consistent with the preservation of local heritage and the environment, and presented to UNESCO in November 2014.
Quite a large plot at Kanonicza Street 16 began to be built already at the beginning of the fourteenth century, and in the middle of that century there were already two separate buildings. In the years 1411-35 canon Paweł Włodzimierski of the Dołęga coat of arms, using the existing walls, erected a large palace building the entire width of the property.
Unfortunately, in 1455, the building was consumed by a fire. Quite soon, however, the palace was rebuilt, and subsequent owners rebuilt and decorated the house in accordance with the spirit of the then fashion. In the 16th century, the ceiling, portal and rebuilt outbuildings were replaced during the reconstruction. During the partitions, the building was requisitioned by the Austrian authorities.
In the 70 years, the tenants were moved and the building underwent architectural research. The building was deserted for many years. At the end of the twentieth century, the ruined tenement house was purchased by the hotel group Likus Hotelei. Restaurants dealing with historic and luxury hotels, including The Hotel Stary, after renovation, was awarded the first place in the Prix Villegiature competition in the "best hotel interior in Europe" category.
The conservation work carried out by the new owner at the beginning of the 21st century allowed the former look and splendor of the place to be restored.
Rooms and apartments
Hotel Copernicus is a top class modern and luxurious hotel located in a historic building in the historical part of the city. 29 rooms have been prepared for guests, which in addition to stylish furniture and sophisticated accessories also have a safe, minibar, satellite TV and wireless internet access. All bathrooms are decorated with travertine and marble, which emphasizes luxury and elegance.
Copernicus Restaurant is located in the Renaissance interiors of the luxurious Copernicus Hotel. For guests, Polish court cuisine is served in the interpretation of the exceptionally talented Chef - Marcin Filipkiewicz. The menu offers quails, game, crayfish, mushrooms, asparagus and other noble products.
There is also a glazed courtyard with a cafe room, where stylish chairs were placed at the tables.
From the observation deck, where the summer bar is located, there is a beautiful view over the roofs of tenement houses on the Krakow skyline with Wawel, domes and towers of nearby churches.
Famous guests of this exclusive hotel, including US President George W. Bush and Prince Charles, also used the Copernicus Restaurant.
The wine card is awarded every year with a prestigious magazine award Wine Spectator - Award of Excellence.
The Restaurant offers 22 space, a cafe on the 16 patio, and the Fireplace Room can accommodate 24 people.
The Copernicus restaurant is open from 12.00 to 23.00.
There is a room - service available from 23.00 to 7.00 for guests.
Sala Kominkowa (10,5mx4,65m) is a perfect place to organize an intimate conference, business meeting or dinner with important clients and can accommodate 20 people at the table or 30 in a cinema style.
The room is equipped with a screen, flipchart, TV, overhead projector, multimedia projector and high speed internet connection. The hotel staff provides coffee breaks, snacks, lunches as well as dinners combined with wine tasting.
The interiors of historic Gothic cellars have been designed for an exclusive zone of rest and relaxation. We offer unique Spa treatments prepared by L'Occitane specialists.
L'OCCITANE is a brand of high-quality French cosmetics, inspired by nature and produced on the basis of carefully selected essential oils and natural ingredients.
Guests have at their disposal:
- a cabinet for two
- Cabinet for 1 people
- relaxation zone
Description of the palace
Hotel Copernicus at ul. Kanonicza 16, is a two-story building with a 7-axis brick façade, on which the remains of stonework from the beginning of the 1554th century, stone frames of window openings, fragments of brick walls from the XNUMXth century, as well as an attic with ogival blinds have survived. The building was rebuilt during the Renaissance period, and the Renaissance windows and a unique portal dating back to XNUMX date from this time. The modern crowning cornice has also been preserved.
The building of today's luxury hotel is double-bay, i.e. the rooms are arranged in two rows, from the front and from the back. Behind the building, the outbuildings surrounding the yard are preserved.
During the many years of the tenement's existence, the rooms changed their function, but elements of ancient architecture, such as window stonework, portals, beam ceilings from the 15th and 16th centuries, as well as murals from various periods of the tenement's existence, also paneling and polychromes, have survived. from the 19th century.
Discovery of medieval painting
In Krakow, old works are being discovered to this day. That was the case, among others during work carried out in the church of St. Andrew, where medieval wall painting was unveiled, as well as in the cloister of the Augustinian monastery in Kazimierz.
During the conservation work carried out in 1998 in the tenement house on ul. Kanoniczej 16 in the 101 room on the first floor of today's Copernicus Hotel was found a secular polychrome from the 16th century, as well as the decoration of the entire room and, although incomplete, it was in excellent condition. It is a green paneling with floral motifs. Above her are representations of four Church Fathers sitting on thrones or at writing desks. They are Saints Jerome, Gregory, Ambrose and Augustine, who were presented in colorful robes with books and insignia of their dignity.
The paintings depict enormous value, also artistic. The space and shape are faithfully rendered, the color and modeling are adequately represented, and the face types are varied.
On the walls were also discovered texts, which turned out to be fragments of hymns in honor of the Fathers of the Church. Their worship was strong then, especially in the higher clergy. The author could have been a Cracow guild painter. He painted his work in the years 1510-1520, means at the time when gothic was ending in Poland and the renaissance was slowly developing.
Renaissance and later paintings
In the XUMUM Hotel Copernicus, a sixteenth-century ornamental decoration was found, reminiscent of the ceiling friezes of the neighboring royal castle, as well as the image of Maria-Immaculata and Saint. Stanisław Biskupa.
Also in other rooms there are interesting and valuable paintings from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century and often lying in several layers.
Antique wooden ceilings
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the stone buildings had wooden ceilings that divided the building into storeys, bolted the wall, and were richly decorated. In the current Hotel Copernicus there are 9 ceilings, the most interesting of which is located in room 103 on the first floor and is probably made with the use of fifteenth-century elements. It is composed of 7 longitudinal beams and small cross beams. It is covered with a manneristic painting decoration in the form of stylized herbal compositions with an intense color.
During the restoration works, fragments of the ceiling from the XNUMXth century were also found, covered with paintings in the shape of rosettes and rings made of stylized bay leaves.
The ceilings preserved in the Copernicus Hotel are one of the most interesting examples of this type of elements in Poland.