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Leopolis Hotel - L'viv - Ukraine
Leopolis Hotel - Logo
Lviv, Ukraine
5 Stars & 6 Stripes
Extraordinary - Society
October - 2010
5 Stars & 6 Stripes
Overall - 'Hotel & Service'
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End of October, and we were on the way to discover the second largest city of the Ukraine, Lviv, formerly called ‘Lemberg’. We flew Lufthansa (PHOTO TOUR - CLICK HERE) nonstop from Munich to Lviv and left the terminal of this small airport just two hours later. The air was unusually mild for the progressing fall season and the sky as blue as on any nice summer day. Though young in years by European standards, Lviv celebrated its 750th anniversary in’ 06; this place belongs on our ‘must discover’ list. A uniformed driver expected us at the terminal and chauffeured us safely within fifteen minutes with his black town car to our hotel, in the center of the historic city. The historic city center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Lviv is a dynamic and predominantly young city, with several institutions for higher education such as the Lviv Polytechnic and the Ivan Franko National University founded in 1661, one of the oldest in Eastern Europe.
Leopolis Hotel: Udo Heine & Thorsten Buehrmann
Arrival at the Leopolis Hotel: Udo Heine & Thorsten Buehrmann
Just steps from the Rynok Square, the Lviv Opera House, the Roman Catholic Church of Jesuits, the Latin Cathedral, the Armenian Church, the Town Hall and so many other architectural gems, the location of this small boutique hotel is priceless. The streets in the heart of the city are cobblestone flanked by old buildings that have survived World War II and the Soviet occupation largely unharmed. Check-in was amiable in the comfort of a casual elegant boutique style setting. Here we were invited to attend the daily complimentary Happy Hour for hotel guests at the house library, before dinner. Soon after, we were in the elevator to our accommodations on the second floor.
Leopolis Hotel: Library
Leopolis Hotel: Library
I quickly slipped into a bathrobe, checked the well stocked mini bar and decided to take a shower while my laptop was charging its batteries. The bathroom was well equipped and nicely decorated, and featured bath amenities that were delightfully different. First thing to catch my eye was DAMANA, a body line by Aslotel that “has been created adopting ancient knowledge of herbal enrichments and draws its inspiration from the sun, earth and Mediterranean climate”. My stylish but comfortable and carefully designed accommodations appeared spacious. The base colors were shades of brown, eggplant and beige, merging effortlessly with the views of the historic city beyond. I felt perfectly at home, yet utterly indulged at the same time. The wireless connection was complementary, which is not necessarily the case in all of Europe.
Leopolis Hotel: Suite
Leopolis Hotel: Suite
We were looking forward to discovering the heart of the historic city and were delighted to find just steps from the hotel the ‘Opera Passage’ an upscale shopping mall which includes LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.A. and many others. Owned by the same investors that created Lviv’s new celebrated boutique hotel ‘Leopolis’, the close-by luxury mall seems like a great match and an open invitation for its guests. During our stay, it was Lviv’s Fashion Week, Kenzo Takada, a world-renowned Japanese fashion designer and founder of Kenzo, resided at the Leopolis as well. We had the great honor of meeting Lviv’s high society and Mr. Kenzo at the Fashion Week’s Gala Dinner at the ‘Opera Passage’. (PHOTO TOUR - CLICK HERE)
Lopolis Hall: Kenzo
Lopolis Hall: Kenzo (PHOTO TOUR - CLICK HERE)
Loepolis’ Executive Chef Emanuel Wernbacher had catered here at Leopolis Hall, on the upper floor of the Opera Passage, an excellent three-course sit-down dinner with all the dressings. This venue makes an interesting spot for weddings, banquets and meetings of all kinds. This international gala dinner was spectacular, from the amazing decorations, the warm lighting to the fashionably dressed company. Ukraine’s National TV station covered Lviv International Fashion Week and gala dinner, which was sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Austrian Airlines. After the gala dinner we attended the Fashion Night at La Piazza in the Opera Passage briefly. But since it was late we decided to walk back to the hotel for a nightcap at the cozy bar and call it a night. Breakfast at the Leopolis is amazing and as international as its guests, many visiting on business.
It feels almost like a place where time has stopped (PHOTO TOUR - CLICK HERE). Well cared-for buildings, monuments and life-sized statues that are patiently waiting to be photographed are plenty. The tempestuous and exceptionally interesting history of Lviv emerged back in the mid 13th century. Due to its unique geographical location, on the crossroads of East and West, Lviv became a hub for Eastern Europe’s trading throughout the 15th to 17th centuries. During the 18th to 20th centuries Lviv was a part of the Austrian and Hungarian Empire and became known as the city of and for technical innovations. Kerosene and the kerosene lamp were invented, fact proudly captured through a monument.
Statue of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Statue of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (PHOTO TOUR - CLICK HERE)
The city had been and is today renowned, as center for literature, music, theater, art, architecture and some interesting characters like Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. The term masochism is derived from his name. Leopold von Sacher–Masoch, whose lifelike statue is found just short walk from the hotel, was an Austrian journalist who gained significant recognition as author as well. Though most of his works were not translated into English, his novel ‘Venus in Furs’ is renowned world wide and available in English. Von Sacher-Masoch was born in the city then known as Lemberg (1836 –1895), the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, at the time a province of the Austrian Empire (now Lviv, Ukraine). He studied law, history and mathematics at Graz University, and after graduating moved back to Lemberg where he became a professor. In 1869 he signed a contract with his mistress that made him her slave for six months, with the stipulation that she wear fur as often as possible. Please peak into the hole of the statue’s chest (CLICK HERE), where one would assume is his heart.
Lviv Staute City View
Lviv: City View (PHOTO TOUR - CLICK HERE)
We are congratulating Mr. Udo Heine, Director of the Leopolis Hotel, Lviv to the formation of a well-rehearsed team that is able to showcase the vision of its investors. The level of service we experienced during our stay was excellent and is a result of a hands-on management who has an emphasis on continuous training. Mr. Heine’s formula for his success in making the Leopolis one of the most prestigious hotels in the country is constant supervision of quality, maintaining the highest level of service and making their guests feel at home. Mr. Heine and his teams are in the second phase of the hotel’ s development that will double the amount of accommodations and includes a new spa center, a conference hall, bars and restaurants.
Leopolis Hotel Award
2010 Leopolis Hotel - Award-Hand-Out - Seven Stars And Stripes
by Edmund & Thorsten Buehrmann

Editor: Ingrid Lemme

Editor-in-Chief: John Lomitola
© 2010 ~ Seven Stars and Stripes, Inc.


 
 
 
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