The Anti-Hotel Where Architects Stay.
Warsaw-based creative design firm Mamastudio’s foray into hospitality – Autor Rooms, which opened in 2015 – was motivated by the founders’ frustration when attempting to find tasteful accommodation for design-loving friends visiting the city’s fashionable central district from out of town. They partnered with Polish architect Mateusz Baumiller to create a “different place to stay in Warsaw” that would encourage people to share their deep love for the city.
The result is a transformed 19th-century residential building, a mix of original historic features and modern design, eclectic furnishings and architectural flourishes. With only four rooms plus a common area and kitchen, which houses a library and vinyl collection, the intimate setting puts home comforts alongside hotel luxuries. A weekend pied-à-terre for a city break or the whole residence, for anything from a small conference to a family party, can be booked for a surprisingly and pleasingly un-luxury price. It has just been featured in Sibylle Kramer’s book Where Architects Stay: Lodgings for Design Enthusiasts, one of the rooms adorning the cover.
“Our goal is to create new quality in the hospitality market in Warsaw,” Mamastudio explained about the venture that saw them collaborating with designers, artists and studios, collectively referred to as the ‘authors’. “We want to fill the niche between cheap hostels and private accommodation on the one hand, and big names and luxe hotels on the other.”
Retained features include stucco and parquet flooring, while copper pipes recreated in structural forms, timber pods and transparent glass showers add contemporary cool. Custom-designed furniture – much of which is available to purchase, as is the artwork curated by the city’s Starter Gallery – has been supplied by local designers and manufacturers. Marble tables and soft furnishings from Beza Projekt, ornate tiles from Purpura and glassware by Maria Jelinska are just some of what can be found in the space, as well as items that have been produced in collaboration with Autor Rooms and are available through the webstore.
Joanne, the in-house chef who prepares an extensive and inclusive breakfast menu for guests is also on hand – as are many of the staff – to give insights to the best way to explore the city. Autor Rooms’ book on Warsaw has also been curated with a local approach, to give you a truly authentic guide to experiencing life in the city.
Autor Rooms can be booked via the website and found at Lwowska 17/7
00-660 Warsaw, Poland.