A unique capital city, Warsaw has a complex history – all of which can be explored in its fascinating museums, attractions and architecture. Gothic facades sit among uber-modern structures and a melting pot of diversity, vibrancy and spirit. Each neighbourhood has its own personality – from the grand wide boulevards to hipster hideaways and the cobbled alleys of the Old Town. Here are some of the top places to stay during your visit.
Having hosted famous musicians, politicians and even royalty, this is arguably the most lauded hotel in the country. A grand exterior gives way to Art Noveau interiors housing an ESPA spa, pool, hammam, Viennese café, the Marconi Restaurant serving national cuisine, a swish cocktail bar with outdoor seating and 206 bedrooms offering Elemis toiletries. Built right at the turn of the 20th century, its public areas exude the kind of opulence that fits the hotel’s location – right beside the Presidential Palace. Upgrade to a suite for a premium experience, including round the clock butler service, antique furnishings and glittering chandeliers adorning the ceilings.
H15 Boutique Hotel
For a funky, contemporary experience with a sense of heritage, choose H15 Boutique Hotel. Here, the cutting edge designer rooms are encased by the Neoclassical architecture of the original building. A black and white chequered patio serves as a feature lobby – bold monochrome is somewhat of a theme running through the decor. Fine artist Rita Zimmerman’s vibrant photography in the form of large prints accent the rooms’ walls, along with minimalist framed four-poster beds and Italian furniture pieces. Peep through internal glass walls and dine in the Michelin starred restaurant. H15 Warsaw is a member of the Great Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Sofitel Victoria Warsaw
Interiors by architect Didier Gomez bring a French flair to this central venue, popular with business travellers and couples. Overlooking Warsaw’s oldest public park, it offers a prime location, close to theatres, museums and concert halls. 368 rooms are spread across five floors. And guests can dine at the open kitchen brasserie, or drink in its Victorias Lounge enjoying views of Pilsudski Square. The sultry, moodily lit, mirrored pool is not to be missed – an ideal nook for relaxing after a day’s sightseeing.
Raffles Europejski Warsaw
Also known as Hotel Europejski, or The European Hotel, Raffles Warsaw boasts one of the largest private art collections in the country; guests can book tours, or arrange private gallery viewings. The hotel offers four different places to dine, including the Long Bar (inspired by its iconic Singapore counterpart), a cigar lounge and a renowned patisserie providing visitors with a traditional tea brewing ceremonial experience. A state of the art spa caters for couples or individual treatments, while the pool area features a 1960s statement mosaic by Krystyna Kozłowska entitled “Abduction of Europa”. The service style is warm and personal, with a focus on attention to detail.
Nobu Hotel Warsaw
Made up of two separate wings, 37 rooms are housed in Nobu Hotel Warsaw’s Art Deco section. While 80 more are found in the minimalist and modern other half of the building. But this hotel is all about the cuisine and well suited to discerning foodies. A reservation at its fine dining restaurant is one of the most sought after in town. The famed international culinary brand brings its Japanese-inspired gastronomic panache to its Polish property, in the form of both a cafe and formal eatery. After dinner, pop into the Jazz Club downstairs.
This five-star skyscraper (the third tallest hotel in Europe) is part of the IHG chain and found in the city’s financial district. Its soaring stature provides superb views, especially from the wellness centre’s 43rd and 44th-floor indoor pool and hot tub. Rooms begin from the 24th floor; there are 414 in total, including self-catering suites. Acclaimed local celebrity chef Karol Okrasa is at the helm of the hotel’s restaurant, Platter. Plus there’s a new chocolatier in the lobby, for some decadent Polish sweet treats. Two floors of conference facilities offer excellent resources for events – be they personal or professional.