Puro Kazimierz — Krakow, Poland
Quite without anyone noticing it, Kraków’s historic Jewish quarter of Kazimierz is having something of a moment, luring artists and other creative types with an attractive mix of art galleries, old-world workshops and millennial cafés.
Seizing the moment, the 228-room Puro stakes a prime spot in the medieval neighbourhood with a new building featuring architecture by ASW Architekci and slick mod-Euro interiors by Conran + Partners.
Amidst the roll-call of bold-faced furnishings and fixtures by the likes of Fritz Hansen, Gubi, &Tradition and Moroso, local artists proudly fly the Polish flag with Nawer contributing an eye-catching graffiti mural and Mateusz Szczypiński adding two modernist collages to the lobby.
At in-house restaurant Halicka, head chef Miłosz Kowalski serves up Polish standards such as trout, and smoked cottage cheese dumplings. We’re particularly partial to the bitter chocolate halva after a facial in the Prisma spa, the latter stocked with products by local beauty specialist, Alba1913.