Puro Hotel — Gdansk, Poland
For history buffs of a certain generation, Gdańsk will forever be linked with local hero Lech Walesa’s anti-communism struggles. These days, though, the city is basks in a glow of resurgent fortunes, its pristine Baltic-setting so attractive that the Puro hotel group has opened its fourth property here.
Set in the Old Town, right next to the market square, the 220-room hotel is a new build by local practice KD Kozikowski Design, whose lofty interiors by London-based DeSallesFlint recall the area’s historic grain warehouses and shipyard.
An airy eight-storey atrium leads into soft-pastel spaces furnished with quirky modernist pieces by Vitra, Moroso and Gubi, while the rooftop bar and terrace opens out over the marina and Old Town. But it’s in-house restaurant Dancing Anchor’s Marcin Malecki who steals the show with homey dishes like chicken ballontine stuffed with prawns and sun-dried tomato mousse, and an assiette of crispy pork belly, herbed sausage, potato puree and black pudding.