Warsaw’s Autor Rooms is the perfect boutique hotel for design fanatics everywhere | The Escapist

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Where?

Warsaw, Poland

What?

What happens when you bring Poland’s best creatives under the same roof? The result is Autor Rooms: an ode to Polish contemporary talent materialised in an exclusive overnight experience. Nestled in the heart of Warsaw, Autor Rooms is a former aristocratic apartment-cum-design hotel. Spearheaded by Mamastudio, the city’s first independent design studio, the Autor Rooms’ project brought together local artists, architects and designers to create an exclusive atmosphere showcasing creative craftsmanship and hospitality with a uniquely Polish flair.

Each item under the house’s aristocratic stucco ceiling has its own story. You can marvel at the elegant pendant copper mirrors and door handles by designer Maria Jeglinska, admire the 19th-century inspired tiles by Warsaw-based workshop Purpura, and unwind on retro armchairs revived by design furniture brand 366 Concept. And because good things come in small doses, Autor Rooms only has four bedrooms, each boasting a unique interior design debauchery. Picture minimalist canopy beds, daring translucent bathrooms, retro ebony bedside tables, quirky hanging lamps and an abundance of art deco indoor plants.

Guests meanwhile are invited to share the eclectic spaces of the living room, the terrace, and the Mediterranean-inspired kitchen. Browse through the library’s collection of Polish books and vinyls as you wait for breakfast to be served on the majestic oak table in the dining room, a masterpiece from design carpentry brand Segiet Oniszh. The breakfast menu, made from local products, includes a delicate assortment of Polish cheese and cured meat, homemade jams, farm-to-table fruits and vegetables and a delicious selection of freshly-baked goods. The Garden of Eden of design, Autor Rooms offers an in-depth experience of modern Warsaw, curated by the creative minds that make the city happen.

What not to miss in the city:

— Explore the Katyń Museum, a moving collection of personal objects dedicated to the memory of more than 20,000 Polish nationals executed at Katyń by the Soviet secret police in 1940. In 2015, the Katyń Museum moved to a new home in the impressive Warsaw Citadel, designed by local firm BBGK Architects, which has since won multiple architecture awards.

Get your caffeine fix at Antymateria, a quirky bicycle workshop and cafe, and meet Warsaw’s growing community of urban bikers.

— Pay an obligatory gastronomic visit to a bar mleczny, an iconic Polish milk bar, and indulge in a feast of pierogi, Polish dumplings, potato pancakes and pork cutlets, downed with a generous glass of homemade juice known as kompot.

Text: Lucía González Mantecón
Images: Courtesy of Autor Rooms