In fashion, travelling is part of the gig. I’m always getting on a plane for editorial shoots, ad campaigns, press trips and the like. So, whenever I pack my suitcase, it usually means it’s for business, rather than pleasure. It’s not easy for me to shift into vacation mode, which is why when I finally get the chance to take a break, a comfortable spot is my number one priority. I avoid taking early bird flights, so that I can get enough sleep before it’s time to head to the airport, I make sure I’ve packed a minimal assortment in a small, but sturdy suitcase (so it’s not all wrinkled when I unpack) and, most importantly, I pick the sort of hotel where I know I can just unwind.
I discovered Puro during the Art and Fashion Forum in Poznan. A friend took us out to dinner in the hotel restaurant one evening and I fell in love instantly. The fantastic colour scheme and meticulous blend of retro and contemporary interior design captured my heart. Not to mention to their premium level of customer service and sublime hand-picked selection of press and books. When the first issue of Unpolished came out, it was swiftly dispatched to the Puro reading shelf, personally by yours truly.
The next time I was travelling to Poland, it was to Gdansk and I was over the moon to find a Puro Hotel there. It’s located just along the riverbank, close enough to the Old Town to make it convenient, but tucked away enough so that I wasn’t getting tramped on by hordes of tourists. The staff welcomed us (I was there with a friend) warmly in the spacious hall. There’s something about the lighting scheme that puts you instantly at ease and, overall, the design was as perfect as it had been in Poznan a few months before. The beds are nebulously comfy and even the bathroom mirrors are so fabulous that after I posted a photo on Instagram, I had quite a few people (mostly makeup artists) ask me where they could find one.
The cherry on top is the yummy food in the Dancing Anchor, especially the most decadent cheesecake I’ve had in ages. Thanks to the Dancing Anchor, I also discovered a new wine called Solaris, which is actually produced in Poland. I never knew that Poland could make a wine as fine as its vodka!