The Roma who built a five-star hotel

by Nicola Dotto - 2015.09.29
The Roma who built a five-star hotel
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Swiss design and precision, combined with Roma passion and hospitality: this is the winning recipe at Hotel Gračanica, the first and probably only hotel in the world conceived, designed, built and managed almost entirely by Roma. It combines contemporary architecture and traditional elements of Romany culture with the typical cuisine of South-East Europe. The hotel is in Gračanica, a village near Pristina, in Kosovo. It was the brainchild of three Albanian Kosovar friends living in Switzerland, who showed initiative and perseverance in the face of the huge bureaucratic challenges in the small Balkan country. According to the World Bank, Kosovo ranks alongside some of the worst African countries by some standards: it's in 170th place in the world in terms of ease of starting a business, and is at 177th for the time it takes to obtain building permits and financial protection for investors.

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