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Hotel Copernicus stands on Kanonicza Street, Krakow’s oldest street that winds its way toward Wawel Royal Castle – the historic seat of Polish kings. Amidst the neighbouring Renaissance townhouses Copernicus stands out with its expansive, Gothic façade. As the first in Poland we joined the Relais & Châteaux – the exclusive French hotel association. The rich historic fabric of our hotel is manifest in the Coats of Arms Suite topped with an astonishing medieval wooden beam ceiling and in the Canons’ Suite featuring a meticulously restored fresco dating back to 1500.

FACILITIES

Rooms

LED TV
Working desk
Mini-bar
Air conditioning
Safe
Towels / Slippers
Hair dryer
L’Occitane cosmetics
Bathtub or shower
Shoe care kit
Wellness & Spa

Body and face treatments
Swimming pool
Dry sauna
Relaxation zone
L’Occitane cosmetics
Towels
Conferences on request

1 conference room
Projector
Screen
Flipchart
Catering service (max. 30 ps.)
Wi-fi
Restaurants & Bars

Copernicus Restaurant
Bar
Summer bar with a terrace
Breakfast served individually
Room service
Cleaning services

Daily cleaning
Laundry service (extra charge)
Ironing service (extra charge)
Reception services

24h Reception
Concierge
Languages: Polish, English
Computer / Fax
Transport

Transfer from/to the airport (extra charge)
Private transfers arranged on request (extra charge)
Parking

Private paid parking
(extra charged)
Internet

Wi-fi
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

   ABOUT RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX

Founded in 1954, Relais & Châteaux is an association of over 550 exceptional hotels and restaurants run by independent men and women who share the same passion for their profession and for maintaining authentic relationships with their clients. The members of Relais & Châteaux are present on every continent, from the vineyards of Napa Valley to Provence and the Indian Ocean. Each one invites you to discover the art of living through the specific culture of the locale and to share in a unique human adventure. Each member of Relais & Châteaux is profoundly determined to protect, share and showcase the richness and diversity of cuisines and hospitality throughout the world. They endorse this ambition, in keeping with the preservation of local heritage and the environment, through the Relais & Châteaux Vision, presented to UNESCO in November 2014.
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   HISTORICAL VALUE

DESCRIPTION OF THE PLACE
The Palace at 16 Kanonicza St. is a wide, three-storey townhouse with a seven-window brick façade. Of note are the relics of masonry structures from the early 17th c., brick walls from the 16th c. featuring small stone windows and fragments of architraves, remnants of large medieval windows with stone crosses as well as attics with ogival blind windows, renaissance windows, a beautiful portal from 1554 and a modern-looking crowning cornice. The Palace is split into a front and rear section (with two rows of rooms) and in addition has annexes that enclose a perpendicular yard. Its rooms changed their functions, but many elements of their original furnishings are maintained (windows, portals, exquisite wooden beam ceilings dating from the 15th and 16th century, wall paintings from various periods, splendidly-preserved 19th-century wooden panelling and polychrome paintings). All this constitutes a highly valuable and integral whole.

SENSATIONAL DISCOVERIES
Krakow is a place where until today unknown masterpieces of medieval wall painting are discovered. Spectacular recent finds include Romanesque murals of St. Andrew’s Church as well as gothic figures of saints in the galleries of the Augustinian Abbey in the district of Kazimierz. One of the most interesting murals that have recently been discovered in secular residential buildings is the 16th-century décor of the Guest Room no. 101 on the first floor of Hotel Copernicus. Its discovery in 1998 was a great sensation, and the painting immediately became the subject of analyses of art historians. What came to light was partially preserved decoration that nevertheless was in good condition. It included green ornamental wooden “panelling” with plant motifs, and above it depictions of four Church Fathers (St. Jerome, St. Gregory the Great, St. Ambrose and St. Augustine)., either enthroned or seated at writing desks, dressed in parti-coloured robes, holding the insignia of their office and books. All is skillfully painted: space and form are rendered faithfully, the colouring is harmonious, softly modelled parts (e.g. complexion) combine with competently used graphical elements of outlines, face types are diversified. Wall inscriptions are excerpts from hymns to Church Fathers, who were held in high veneration by higher clergy across Europe. It has been established that the author employed by the donor was a member of Krakow painters’ guild. The decoration could have been created between 1510–1520, which was the period of transition between Polish Gothic and renaissance, with its triumphant humanism.

RENAISSANCE MURALS
The discoveries made in the building also include murals from the Renaissance period. Room no. 108 has 17th-century ornamental decoration resembling the ceiling friezes from the nearby royal castle. It is accompanied by an illusionistically rendered depiction of Maria Immaculata and Saint Stanislaus the Martyr. Interesting paintings (dating from the 16th to 19th centuries), frequently consisting of several layers, have survived in other rooms.

PERIOD CEILINGS
In brick and masonry palaces of the Middle Ages wooden ceilings were used. They divided a building into storeys and braced the walls. Such ceilings came in several varieties and could be impressively decorated. In the Palace on Kanonicza Street a collection of nine ceilings has been preserved – the work of Krakow’s carpenters. The most interesting is the ceiling in Room no. 103 on the first floor, probably made from elements dating back to the 15th century. It is composed of seven beams with small crossbeams and is covered with painted decoration in the form of mannerist representations of highly stylized plants with intense, vivid colouring. During the renovation works fragments of the ceiling from the 16th century were found, covered with paintings depicting effective rosettes and rings of stylized bay leaves. The ceilings of Hotel Copernicus are one of the finest examples of this type of art in Poland.

In connection with the historic character of the building at the hotel are following derogations from the rules of categorization:
– No top cover over the main entrance ( a positive opinion of the Malopolska Conservation Department)
– No top cover on the driveway ( positive opinion of the Malopolska Conservation Department )
– No separate entrance, separate road storage and supply ( positive opinion of the Malopolska Conservation Department )
– No separate lift cargo – passenger ( positive opinion of the Malopolska Conservation Department )
– No separate toilet in the Apartments ( positive opinion of the Malopolska Conservation Department )

THE FIRST HOTEL IN POLAND AFFILIATED TO THE RELAIS & CHATEAUX ASSOCIATION
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Stay & Dine Package

We would like to present you our Stay & Dine package. The offer can be combined with 7 different room types and includes i.a. night in a luxury room, daily breakfast, 5 course tasting dinner.

The offer is valid from 04.05.2021 till 31.05.2021.

Copernicus Spa by L'Occitane

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Rooms

Stylish furniture and sophisticated curtains have been carefully selected to fit the character of the interiors. The luxury bathrooms are finished with beautiful marble and travertine details.

Copernicus Restaurant

Our renaissance inspired restaurant is based on polish royal cuisine. Copernicus stands for traditional recipes interpreted in an innovative manner by our talented Chef – Marcin Filipkiewicz.