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by Mary Lussiana, The Daily Telegraph, September 19, 2016
This red brick boutique hotel is housed in what was once a granary, with parts of the building dating back to the 16th century. Original vaulted ceilings in the restaurant and some of the 46 rooms are skilfully woven into a luxurious, contemporary hotel which is imbued with past history.
An eight-minute walk from the Old Town Market Square, across several main roads, brings you to Mennicza Street, used as a stand-in for war-torn Berlin in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War spy thriller Bridge of Spies. The hotel is approximately 15 minutes from the main Railway Station and the airport is just over seven miles (11 kilometres) away.
Style & character 8/100
Care has been taken to preserve the buildings authenticity, with many of the historical elements visible such as the old red brick vaulted ceilings. References to the building’s past as a granary are frequent, with decorative panels filled with grain illuminated in the floor tiles. Whilst the ancient, low-ceilinged rooms are dark, the modern additions are spacious and light filled.
Service & facilities 7/100
The five conference and banqueting rooms tend to draw in the business clientele, but the small gym in the basement of the hotel is of benefit to all. The staff, of which there are too few, are local and can advise on what to do whilst in the city.
The forty-six rooms and suites are located in both the old granary and the newer part of the hotel, resulting in some rooms having the original red-brick exposed walls and vaulted ceilings whilst the more spacious suites have plain white walls, with some duplexes incorporating a kitchenette. Black and white photographs decorate all rooms, which have good working desks and tiled bathrooms with Essential Elements BATHE fresh neroli amenities. The Garden Rooms each have a private terrace in the internal garden.
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Food & drink 7/100
The Mennicza Fusion Restaurant offers a variety of international ingredients with dishes such as mackerel, curry, raspberries or duck with nectarines and buckwheat, served under the vaulted ceiling in a cosy ambience. A Tasting Menu is available. The Bar at the entrance serves local beers and a selection of wines and cocktails.
Value for money 7/100
Doubles from 410 PLN (£81) in low season; and from 630 PLN (£125) in high. Breakfast excluded but available at 70 PLN (£14). Wi-Fi free.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes, one room.
Yes, but more suited to adults.
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