The George Hotel

    Address:1/2 Mitskevycha Street
  • The George Hotel is the oldest functioning hotel in Ukraine, built in 1901 in the Neo-Renaissance-Neo-Baroque style.

    At the beginning of the 20th century the Viennese Association of Architects Helmer and Fellner built the George Hotel – a new and beautiful hotel in the Neo-Renaissance style. This was a fashionable high-class hotel which corresponded to the five-star category of those times. Over a century ago this hotel offered around-the-clock hot and cold water supply, telephone, central heating, and electric lifts. The cuisine and service of the first-class restaurant and coffee shop met with the satisfaction of guests of the highest rank.

    The building’s fronton bears the only surviving remnant of the old hotel – a bas-relief of St. George. The four corners of the building were decorated by the sculptor Popiel, according to the design of his colleague Marconi, with sculptures of four areas of the world: Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.

    At various times many famous people stayed at the George Hotel: the composers Ferenz Liszt and Maurice Ravel, the writers Ethel Lilian Voynich, Count Aleksei Tolstoi, and the Nobel Prize winner Wladyslaw Reymont, as well as the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, the dictator of Poland Josef Pilsudski, the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, and Iranian Shah Muzaffer Eddin. It was here where Honoré de Balzac stayed twice on the way to the estate of his beloved Ewelina Haska in Verkhivnya, in Podillya, and it was from here that he would write letters to her.  

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