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Article by Johannes Stolle in "Südosteuropa", volume 64 no. 4, 2016:

Luxe, November 2016

Interview with our architect Bujar Nrecaj on the occasion of his nomination as "Man of the Year 2016" in the category "architecture and design" by the Swiss magazine (from page 30):

"Ich wollte Räume schaffen, die zusammen mit der Umgebung ein Erlebnis sein sollten. Meine Architektur soll immer eine Geschichte erzählen. Vor allem reizte und freute mich, dass da nicht einfach ein reicher Investor kam und sagte: stell mir ein Superhotel hin. Sondern weil es ein Projekt war mit Romas für Romas, einer Minderheit. Es wurde ein multiethnisches, idealistisches Projekt, eine Art Friedensprojekt, in dem bis heute Albaner, Serben, Romas und Schweizer gut zusammenarbeiten. Entgegen aller vorherigen Skepsis, ob diese oft «verfeindeten» Ethnien zusammen funktionieren. Das Projekt Hotel Gračanica ist für mich ein Stück Schweiz mitten im Kosovo, mit aller Hospitality, dem Komfort und Design, die wir auch in der Schweiz schätzen."

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Deutschlandradio Kultur, 13 November 2016:

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Monocle radio, 26 October 2016: "Kosovo hospitality: Kosovo isn’t, perhaps, the most obvious tourist hotspot. But now it has a destination hotel: The Hotel Gracanica. A former Swiss diplomat started the venture with two of his friends from Kosovo’s Roma ethnic minority. As Monocle’s Guy De Launey discovers, the hotel is overcoming longstanding mutual suspicions by staffing the hotel with members of all Kosovo’s ethnic groups."

ZDF (2nd channel of German public tv), 13 October 2016 (from minute 6:44)

New York Times, 13 September 2016: "Kosovo's first and only boutique hotel"

 

La Repubblica, 14 July 2016: "Pristina, l'hotel dei Rom dove si costruisce la pace"

 

Article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about Hotel Gracanica

Washington Post, 14 January 2016:

"From there, I headed out along a bucolic, meandering country road, toward what I’d heard was an upstart hotel worth checking out, though I already had a room reserved in Pristina. I ended up at a no-nonsense whitewashed building, with no visible sign indicating that it was in fact a hotel, and reportedly one of the country’s best. After passing through the stylishly minimalist reception area, I wandered to the back yard to find an inviting, pristine swimming pool and a patio with guests perched on lounge chairs overlooking a horizon of gentle hills and cornfields.

 

Back inside, I chatted with the owner, Andreas Wormser. A former social worker from Bern, Switzerland, Wormser opened his 15-room, three-star Hotel Gracanica’s doors in April 2013. It was a utopian venture, a chance to offer jobs to Roma, Albanians and Serbs like those in Switzerland he’d once counseled, and to enrich the local economy. But Wormser, who, when he built his hotel, was intent on offering guests impeccable Swiss design, comfort and hospitality, was circumspect as we talked and he watched an employee prepare a tray of olives and hummus for guests.

 

“I can’t say now whether revenue from summer visits are enough to carry me through the winter months,” he said, and I was instantly regretful I hadn’t booked my stay in this oasis. He later told me that he is considering building an ice rink to attract winter guests."

 

Mondiaal Nieuws, 6 November 2015: "Welkom in het hotel van de hoop in Kosovo" ("Welcome to the hotel of hope in Kosovo")

Paste Magazine, 3 October 2015: "Not far from the monastery in both directions is Hotel Gracanica, a brand new Swiss-designed hotel with a pool. The hotel’s restaurant serves a simple menu of elegant traditional food and Sunday offers a hearty brunch for 10 euros consisting of seasonal treats like peppers stuffed with meat and rice, omelets with leeks and homemade byrek."


West, 29 September 2015: "The Roma who built a five-star hotel. Swiss design and precision, combined with Roma passion and hospitality"

 

Der Beobachter, 4 September 2015:

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Le Courrier des Balkans, 26 July 2015:

"Des hôtels comme celui-ci, il n’y en a pas beaucoup dans le monde. Installé dans une enclave serbe proche de Pristina, l’hôtel Gračanica réconcilie les différents communautés du Kosovo et fait la promotion du développement durable. Par l’exemple."

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RFI, 1 July 2015 (from minute 17:35

"Un lieu qui surprend, voire qui détonne au Kosovo. L’hôtel Gracanica, exemplaire à bien des égards! Il s'agit du premier hôtel totalement écologique, (...)."

 

clickatlife.gr, 23 March 2015:

Το πιο φανταχτερό ξενοδοχείο της πόλης είναι σίγουρα το Swiss Diamond Hotel, ενώ το Hotel Gracanica σας δίνει μια πιο eco-friendly επιλογή, λίγο πιο έξω από το κέντρο, στα προάστια.

 

Larissa Olenicoff on Lonely Planet, March 2015:

"Hotel Gracanica, a new boutique and eco-friendly design hotel just on the outskirts, is a peaceful retreat from the buzzing centre [of Pristina]".

 

Family4travel (travel blog in German), December 2014 (scroll down):

"Am nächsten Morgen fuhren wir auf Empfehlung von Quasi-Einheimischen in den serbisch dominierten Vorort Gracanica und gönnten uns im schicken gleichnamigen Hotel ein ausgedehntes Sonntagsfrühstück. Es war eine geradezu surreale Erfahrung: Alles um uns herum war schön, sauber und warm, an allen Tischen sprach man entweder Englisch oder Deutsch, und lecker war es auch noch. Eine rettende Oase westlicher Lebensart, als ich sie tatsächlich grade mal brauchte."

 

KlanKosova TV, 29 October 2014 (from minute 4:01):

Profil - Andreas Wormser

 

Braver, 8 August 2014:

Hotel Gracanica: Where Tourism and Social Entrepreneurship Merge

 

KlanKosova TV, 7 January 2014 (from minute 12:55):

Një hotel i jashtëzakonshëm në periferi të Prishtinës

 

The Monocle, UK, 7 January 2014 (from minute 28:40):

http://monocle.com/radio/shows/the-monocle-daily/567/

 

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland, 6 January 2014:

Ein ungewöhnliches Hotel am Stadtrand von Pristina (Prishtina)

 

albinfo.ch, Switzerland, 22 December 2013:

Ein Schweizer verwirklicht seinen Traum im Kosova

 

Koha Ditore, Kosovo, 22 December 2013: Hoteli multietnik

 

Zeri, Kosovo, 21 December 2013:

Hotel "Gracanica"

 

VOAL, Albania, 18 May 2013

Andreas Wormser - Zvicerani qe investon ne Kosovo

 

albinfo.ch, Switzerland, 17 May 2013

Zvicerani investon nje milion e gysme euro ne Kosove

Article about the Sunday brunch at Hotel Gracanica, Pristina, published in Prishtina Insight
Prishtina Insight, Kosovo