Handwritten Collection, a midscale collection brand from Accor, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Launched with the aim of bringing together small and medium-sized hotels around the world, it has since grown into a collection of twelve charming and diverse hotels. One of the authentic hotels from the Handwritten Collection is The Crown in Krakow, Poland. We went exploring.
Krakow is one of the gems of Poland. The Crown is an ideal hotel to relax during a city trip or to stay on a business trip. The building is a historic place that has been revived by hoteliers with a passion for Polish art. The location is unique: just a twenty-minute drive from Krakow International Airport.
The Crown Krakow is located on the edge of the historic part of the city. The old town with its various tourist attractions is just a fifteen-minute walk away. You can easily discover them yourself or with a guide. Just think of the Sukiennice or the Cloth Hall, Wawel Castle, the Dragon Cave, the Barbakan, St. Mary’s Basilica, but especially the Rynek Glownu. The Main Square is indeed large. Gigantic even with an area of 40,000 m². Take a seat on one of the countless terraces and catch your breath. You can enjoy a drink here in both summer and winter.
Characteristic Art Deco interiors really do justice to The Crown Krakow. Choose from classic or deluxe double rooms or even a spacious suite. In combination with the comfortable and modern bathrooms made of high-quality materials, this is truly a pearl of a building. The hotel is also decorated with works by contemporary artists: painter Jacek Hazuka and sculptor Adam Myjak.
The bar also exudes the same atmosphere. Occasionally events with Polish artists are organized in the bar. An ideal combination with a fresh cocktail or a glass of wine or whiskey from the extensive collection. The extensive breakfast with local products is unique. Partly served in buffet form, but with the option of ordering fresh preparations à la carte.
You don’t have to think long about excursions outside Krakow. An hour and a half drive from Krakow is the Auschwitz concentration camp and Auschwitz II, better known as Birkenau. It is a place you must see once in your life, but a visit without children is recommended. The visit will undoubtedly leave a deep impression on you. More than one million victims died here during the Second World War.
Meanwhile, Handwritten Collection, a midscale collection brand from Accor, has opened twelve hotels worldwide in just twelve months. With approximately 25 hotels in the pipeline and more than 150 researched projects, Handwritten Collection is becoming one of the fastest growing collection brands in the world.
“Like a handwritten note, the signature style of each host at a Handwritten Collection hotel is what guests remember and what truly differentiates the brand. This resonates strongly with travelers who want to experience their destinations better. Handwritten Collection taps into a growing desire for unique hotels with charm and personality, while offering the assurance of Accor’s high standards of hospitality and world-renowned membership benefits,” said James Wheatcroft, Global SVP Midscale Brands, Accor.
The hoteliers, or hosts, of the Handwritten Collection are passionate people who welcome guests into their world. The personal touches each host shares with guests reflect their tastes, interests and little quirks of their personality. Guests discover these assets at different times during their stay. A culinary specialty, a unique cocktail, a design motif or the welcome of a friendly pet – these are just a few of the ways Handwritten Collection hotels express the personal qualities and passions of their hosts.
“We designed the Handwritten Collection to support the growing number of independent mid-market hotels who are eager to leverage the powerful benefits of a leading global hotel group, while retaining the unique character they have curated. We are very pleased with the extremely positive response to the Handwritten Collection from owners and partners in our first year, and we look forward to exploring many more new opportunities in global markets,” said Camil Yazbeck, Global Chief Development Officer, Premium, Midscale & Economy, Accor.