History of the Royal Hotel

History of the Hotel

Hotel Królewski — surrounded by history

HOTEL KRÓLEWSKI is a historical place. A centuries-long history of the facility in connection with its location at the Motława makes it an attractive spot on the tourist map of Gdańsk. For the same reasons one should also take a historical journey into the Hanseatic city.

Gdańsk — a historical port city of the Baltic Sea

The area of current Gdańsk’s location was chosen as the preferred place of settlement as early as the 10th century. A convenient location at the mouth of the Vistula River and the Baltic Sea forced the city’s development towards a commercial port. Around 1330 WYSPA SPICHRZÓW (Granary Island) became its heart, a place of loading and unloading of raw materials and products and their storage area. Already in the Middle Ages Gdańsk became famous for building granaries located on islands, created as a result of shipping channels’ infrastructure development.

As a result of these activities WYSPA OŁOWIANKA (The Ołowianka Island) was also established, where the current HOTEL KRÓLEWSKI is located. The name of the island is associated with the character of the goods stored in this part – lead. DWÓR OŁOWIANY (The Lead Court) and WIELKI ŻURAW (The Big Crane) constructed by Adam Wybe, a citizen of Gdańsk of Dutch origin, were also located here.

A granary with a royal lineage

The current historical building that houses HOTEL KRÓLEWSKI was founded in the early 17th century to commemorate an act of receiving privileges by the city from KING KAZIMIERZ JAGIELLOŃCZYK in 1454. Being a distinctive point in the island‘s landscape, the four-story granary was designed and built by the most eminent architects and sculptors of Gdańsk, including Abraham van den Blocke and Jan Strakowski. The building of SPICHLERZ KRÓLEWSKI stands out in the Island’s landscape because of its ridge system. The ground floor of the four-story building was available through a series of gates: five from the west, one to the south and the north and three to the east. During your stay, while enjoying its interiors in your free time, you will find preserved gates from the northern, southern and western side.

Industrial monuments of the 19th and 20th century

Nearby industrial monuments

In the 19th century Wyspa Ołowianka began to change its original character. At the end of the 60s in the 19th century a sewage pumping station was built. In the years 1897-1898 a city power plant was built, the work of a Berlin company Siemens & Halsie. Then, after World War II, a power plant was established here, giving the final industrial look of the island.