About Hotel

Development History

Since 1793

George Hotel is an elegant architectural monument dating back to the times of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy. Wide stairs still remember the gorgeousness of that world. This hotel was always distinguished by the refinement of architectural solutions and design of the interior, lobby, corridors and staircases, which impress by their greatness and spaciousness. Being proud of its aristocratic sophistication, George Hotel kindly invites guests. The hotel guests get an opportunity to fully feel the charm of the romantic city.

“De La Rus” hotel (1890)
“De La Rus” hotel (1890)

In the middle of the 17th century there was a sluice, regulating water flow from the Poltva River, on the place of modern George Hotel. The best Galician restaurant “Under Three Hooks” was located here. In 1793 its owners decided to rebuild it fundamentally and open a new hotel. Three years later ''De La Rus'' hotel was built, which got its name due to being the main coaching inn for all the travellers from all over the world. Owner of “De La Rus” hotel, George Hoffmann, a businessman and landlord, native of Bavaria, laid out a beautiful garden; the hotel had two entrance gates from the direction of the central square.
Hoffmann could offer his customers not only exquisite dishes and beverages, but also comfortable rooms, concerts, entertainments, fireworks.
In 1875 architect Edmund Keler erected a theater hall in the garden for the German society “Frozinn”, where various carnivals, exhibitions and meetings, expositions of works of art took place. Decorated pavilions and pergolas in the form of antique temple could be found by the river.

Rebuilding of the “De la Rus” hotel
Rebuilding of the “De la Rus” hotel
Later, in the middle of the 19th century, the hotel was called “George” after the name of its founder. Hoffmann’s business succeeded and the family decided to develop the hotel. It happened in the year of 1899, when the city was rapidly growing. The time was very successful for the development of the hotel business, and one Lviv lady, an owner of a big laundry-house, decided to invest money in land lease with the right of the further hotel development.
Next year the architectural-building alliance of architects Ivan Levynskyy and Yuzef Tsybulskyy built a luxurious beautiful hotel in the style of Neo-Renaissance according to the project of famous Vienna architects Herman Helmer and Ferdinand Felner. Odessa Opera Theater and theaters in Vienna and Turin were designed by them as well. New George Hotel was officially opened on January 8th, 1901. On the corners of the newly-built edifice four allegoric statues of different parts of the world, Europe, Asia, America and Africa, arose. The entrance was decorated by the bas-relief with St.George or George the Dragon Fighter by a prominent sculptor Anthony Popel, previously modelled by Leonardo Marconi.
Mariyska Square
Mariyska Square

This image of the heavenly patron of George Hoffmann still serves as a logo of the hotel. At that time this was a high-class hotel, which corresponded to the contemporary five-star one: more than one hundred years ago there was round-the-clock hot and cold water supply, bathrooms, telephones, central heating system and electrical elevator. There were 93 rooms at the hotel, Suites comprised 32 of them. Standard room costed 6-12 zloty per day, Suite costed 13-24 zloty.

First-class restaurant and coffee house enjoyed popularity as they satisfied the needs of the highest rank guests by their cuisine and service. Ground floor of the building was occupied by numerous elegant stores for magnates, hairdresser’s and perfume salons, fancy-goods shop.
Mariyska Square
Photo of the hotel ( by the project of Herman Helmer and Ferdinand Felner)

The restaurant reputation at that time achieved the same level when it was considered to be fashionable and prestigious place to visit . Formerly there was not only just a restaurant, but also a bookstore, where the Ukrainian and Polish intellectuals would gather. Evening parties, balls and the celebrations of the city significant events always filled the luxurious halls of the hotel restaurant. At that glorious times champagne flowed like water at George Hotel for Lviv bohemia. The most well-to-do landowners and landlords, political elite, cavalry officers, generals, fashionable literary men, Ukrainian writers, gramma school professors belonged to the intellectuals circles of the hotel visitors and guests.

George Hotel unique winery attracted the restaurant guests. Moreover, coffee house of the hotel was considered to be the newest European facility of Lviv. Round tables, which did not restrict the number of visitors, made this coffe house outstanding. Before WWI George Hotel became the property of the union of private enterprises, concession on the hotel and the restaurant belonged to the triumvirate of L.Pir, S. and M. Borowsky, W.Ozhekhovsky.
Mariyska Square
“George” restaurant(the begining of the 20 century).

Beginning from 1940 George Hotel has become a part of the “Intourist” hotels chain.
At present George Hotel is one of the most exquisite and ancient hotels of Ukraine and Europe, which absorbed many-sided range of spirits, starting from the ancient traditions of the city up to extraordinarity of contemprorary Lviv.


Famous Guests

These celebrities lived in our hotel at different times.

Honore de Balzac
Honore de Balzac
20.05.1799 - 8.08.1850

The famous writer visited Ukraine three times and three times he stayed at George Hotel on the way to his beloved Princess Evelyn Hanska. The writer was spending all nights long in the hotel, drinking French wine and playing cards.

Ethel Lilian Voynich
Ethel Lilian Voynich
11.05.1864 - 28.07.1960

Glorious English writer, author of such famous novels as "Gadfly", "Hire Your Shoes" and "Jack Raymond," stayed at the George Hotel in 1895.

Jean-Paul Sartre Charles Emar
Jean-Paul Sartre Charles Emar
21.06.1905 - 15.04.1980

Famous French philosopher, playwright and writer was also a guest of George Hotel.

Ivan Franko
Ivan Franko
27.08.1856 - 28.05.1916

Ukrainian writer, poet, scholar, journalist, translator, social and political figure, Ivan Franko visited the hotel restaurant. In 1898 the celebration of 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian literature revival and the 25th-year anniversary of Franko's works took place at George Hotel.

Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms
07.05. 1833 - 03.04.1897

German composer, pianist, conductor. Wrote for piano, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, and for voice and chorus. Johannes Brahms said: “It is not hard to compose, but it is fabulously hard to leave the superfluous notes under the table”.

Jan Wiktor Kiepura
Jan Wiktor Kiepura
16.05.1902 - 15.08.1966

A Polish singer (tenor) and actor. The first time he acted in Lviv was on the 15th of January 1925 in the Great Theater, where he played a role of Faust. At that time he lived at George hotel, from where he sang to the crowd.

Giacomo Casanova
Girolamo Francesco Giovanni Giacomo Casanova Chevalier de Senhal
02.04.1725- 04.06.1798

Italian philosopher, diplomat, writer, a secret spy and renowned lover stayed at George Hotel in March 1778. This story was recalled in his book of memoirs.

Maurice Ravel
Maurice Ravel
07.03.1875 - 28.12.1937

Famous French philosopher, playwright and writer was also a guest of George Hotel.

Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
07.05.1867 - 05.12.1925

Famous Polish writer, Nobel laureate in literature was also in Ukraine and stayed at George Hotel in 1923.

Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss
11.06.1864 - 08.09.1949

Legendary German composer, conductor, author of operas and symphonic poems in the Romantic style visited George Hotel.

Henryk Sienkiewicz
Henryk Sienkiewicz
05.08.1946 - 15.11.1916

Famous Polish writer, historian, Nobel laureate came to Lviv for a long time and stayed at “De La Russ” Hotel in 1879.

Ferenc (Franz) Liszt
Ferenc (Franz) Liszt
22.10.1811 - 31.07.1886

Austrian composer, pianist, teacher, conductor, writer, one of the greatest representatives of musical Romanticism, founder of the Hungarian composer's school visited Lviv with concerts in 1847 , and stayed at George Hotel. He greeted his fans from the balcony of his room.

Mozaffar al-Din Shah Qajar
Mozaffar al-Din Shah Qajar
23.03.1853 - 03.01.1907

The King of Iran Muzaffer Eddin stayed at the hotel in 1905. Count Potocki wanted to invite such an honorary guest to his palace, but Shah’s escort was so numerous that they could be hardly placed in 76 best rooms of George Hotel.

Jozef Klemens Pilsudski
Jozef Klemens Pilsudski
05.12.1867 - 12.05.1935

Polish politician, marshall and statesman, first chairman of revived Polish state, the founder of the Polish army. He was in Lviv December 21st, 1918 and stayed at George hotel.

Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin
09.03.1934 – 27.03.1968

The world's first cosmonaut, Hero of the Soviet Union, Colonel, who made the legendary turn around the Earth also visited George Hotel.


Our Staff

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Uliana Khainska

Chief Booking Office and Front Office Manager

Yulia Mishula

Senior Booking Office Manager Sales Manager of conference services

Khrystyna Vasylevska

Booking Office Manager

Kateryna Azarova

Booking Office Manager