With the signing of the contract for a hotel in Krakow, the hotel group is expanding its portfolio in Poland. A MEININGER hotel is also currently being built in Warsaw. The opening of both hotels is planned for 2023.
MEININGER Hotels and Polish real estate developer Fronton have signed a deal for a 503-bed and 135-room hotel in Krakow, scheduled to open in summer 2023. The deal was brokered by Pawel Nowakowski, owner of PNConsulting. “We are delighted with this result of successful cooperation with our Polish partners,” says Ajit Menon, CEO of MEININGER Hotels. “The MEININGER Hotel in Krakow is being built in an excellent location with a future-orientated infrastructure project for the region.”
Hotel with rooftop terrace in the heart of the city
The new MEININGER Hotel is being built east of the Old Town in the Grzegórzki district in a complex of historic houses that will consist of three buildings in the future. The plan is to renovate an existing front building and its associated garden house, and to add another garden house, which is already under construction. A rooftop terrace together with two inner courtyards—one with a breakfast terrace and the other with a generous green area will form the heart of the complex. “The concept of MEININGER Hotels, which counts leisure travelers as well as school classes among its guests, fits ideally into the surroundings of Grzegórzki. The architecture plays a central role in this,” says Eugeniusz Batko, CEO of Fronton. As in the other buildings of the hybrid hotel chain, the hotel facilities include multi-bedded rooms for up to six people, a guest kitchen with washer and dryer, a bar and game zone. All buildings will be connected via the ground floor.
Direct connection from the hotel to Main Station and the airport
The hotel is located along the new railroad line between Krakow Main Station and Rudzice. After completion, guests will be able to travel directly from the airport to the new Grzegórzki station, only two minutes from the hotel. Directly opposite the hotel is also the Hala Targowa market hall, known for its wide selection of regional products. Sights in the neighborhood, which is known by locals for its restaurant and bar scene, include the new Opera House, the Botanical Garden, and Jagiellonian University, where Nicolaus Copernicus once studied. From the hotel, it’s a few minutes by tram to the historic Old Town or a 15-minute walk. The main train station is a ten-minute streetcar ride and a 15-minute walk away. The Jewish quarter of Kazimierz is within walking distance just 15 minutes from the hotel.
Krakow: Former capital in the south of Poland
Krakow, the former capital of Poland and home to the second oldest Central European university, has a rich cultural offering. The medieval Old Town, Wawel Castle and the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Krakow remains a vibrant center for art and culture, as well as an important center of science. In 2000, Krakow was elected European Capital of Culture, and since 2013 the city has held the title of UNESCO City of Literature.