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. It is the only hotel in Poland affiliated to Relais & Châteaux – the exclusive French hotel association.
Several centuries ago the hotel building was the residence of cathedral canons. Nicolaus Copernicus, famous astronomer and “father” of the heliocentric theory lodged here whenever he visited Krakow as a Canon of the Archbishopric of Warmia. Striving to measure up to the building’s historic significance and the works of art preserved within it we have made it our ambition to provide the ultimate in hotel accommodation.
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. Hotel Copernicus brings to life the idea of the coexistence of a listed building and a luxurious contemporary-style hotel. The establishment is fully climate-controlled, and each of its twenty-nine guest rooms is equipped with a safe, well-stocked mini bar, satellite television, and Wi-fi Internet connection. Period furniture and fine draperies have been scrupulously selected to harmonize with the character of the interior.
Luxurious bathrooms have been beautifully fitted with travertine and marble features. The Fireplace Room, home to a large collection of old manuscripts, it may be arranged as a high-tech equipped conference room.
Medieval cellars accommodate a swimming pool and a sauna. Atop the hotel suites a cozy rooftop terrace is nestled, offering a breathtaking panorama of Krakow. On one side, Wawel Royal Castle looms large on a massive limestone rock; on the other, towers of the Romanesque Church of Saint Andrew rise up next to the baroque dome of Saint Peter and Paul’s Church. Below, silver and grey roof surfaces descend into quiet streets.
Copernicus – it is here that Krakow’s true character, peaceful and pensive, is fully revealed.
Perhaps this is why Copernicus welcomed many prominent guests, including His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness Felipe VI Burbon ,Prince of Asturias, U.S. president George W. Bush with his wife Laura, Saudi Princess Reem Al-Faisal, Condoleezza Rice and cardinals from Pope John Paul II’s retinue, to name a few.