Poznań is a city of contrasts. On the one hand, a thousand years of history reaching back all the way to the beginnings of the Polish state, on the other - modernity finding its reflection in architecture, design and ubiquitous technological novelties. The combination of tradition and state-of-the-art trends can also be seen in the Poznań hotel industry. Thanks to the hoteliers’ commitment and the investors’ vision, many dilapidated buildings have been transformed into real jewels. What is more, that transformation managed to exhibit the historical values of the places in question.
A hotel - a modern work of art
Blow Up Hall 5050 is a five-star hotel which is an integral part of the Stary Browar Arts and Business Center. At the same time, it is also an example of a transformation which, despite using state-of-the-art technology, managed to keep the spirit of history alive. The original walls of the brewery, where beer was brewed as early as the 19th century, has been turned into a luxurious hotel. You will be lead to your room by the instructions on a smartphone, which is also your room key, received at reception. The decor of the lobby is created in interaction with the guests themselves, as their image seen with the eye of the camera is being transformed into a multimedia installation. Blow Up Hall 5050 is a place worth visiting, if only to discover why, according to CNN reporters, it is one of the most technologically advanced hotel in the world.
Lancer hotels, townsman hotels
Brick walls are also a hallmark of the City Park Hotel & Residence at Wyspiańskiego Street. This is an old military barracks area, whose history dates back to the end of the 19th century. It was there that the recruits had been trained, and, in the Interwar period, the 15th Poznań Lancers Regiment was stationed. Today, it is an oasis of tranquility, combining tradition with modern design. On the premises there is a hotel, suites, few well-known restaurants, a casino and a deli.
Another place worthy of mention is Brovaria in Stary Rynek (the Old Market Square). It is known mostly for its beer, which is manufactured on the spot, and it prides itself in its excellent restaurant as well as its history-inspired hotel. A well-trained eye will immediately spot that the hotel is made up of two neighbouring tenement houses, transformed into one functional unit. The cosy interiors and their style resemble that of the early 20th century, and the intimate rooms charm with their unforgettable atmosphere. The view onto the Square completes the experience. History buffs will also appreciate other historically inspired hotels, such as Hotel Kolegiacki or the famous Poznań Bazar.
Hotel history repeats itself
The fortunes of buildings which used to be hotels show the truth in the title statement. The most famous of them was Hotel Saski at the mouth of Wrocławska Street. Now forgotten, in the 1930’s it was the pride of the city, and it owes its name to Emperor Napoleon, who signed a treaty with Frederic August the Elector of Saxony in 1806 right in its very walls.
translated by Kaja Kurczewska