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Hotel Slavia, Kosice, Slovakia

The Slávia Hotel is a pearl of Košice’s jewels. This three-star hotel is situated at 63 Main Street opposite Janko Borodáč’s Theatre. The secessionist facade of the building is superior to the surrounding historical buildings.

Located in the historical heart of Košice, this impressively preserved building which now houses a hotel and a café has a rich history and is ranked among the first architectures with expressive Art Noveau orientation from the first part of the 20th century.

The fourth stage begins in 1900 when the owners changed and the hotel was taken over by Konštantín Bauernebl. He had the hotel demolished and in 1902 completed construction of a manor house in the most glamorous secessionist style ever built in Košice.. Its facade was decorated with floral motives.The most fascinating are mosaics made of colourful tiles presenting various fauna, e.g.a rabbit on the left, and a rooster on the right. The rabbit symbolizes skills and cunningness.The rooster stands for diligence, early morning waking up, and strength. A kneeling man ladling out dark liquid is Baurnebel himself. He set up an ostentatious café on the ground floor with two floors of flats above. The café was originally called Savoy, later Royal. However, secession as the last architectonic style with dominant decorations is not just floral ornaments and mosaic on facades, but also similar motives inside. They reappeared after the reconstruction in the 90’s of the last century.It happended after the socialism that did not mind placing a textile shop in such a high – standard building. Shortly after that a casino opened . Nowadays, this preserved building is again what it used to be .After the completed reconstruction that regained it its original function, it is one of the prestigious hotels of Košice offering luxury and comfort to its guests.

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