Value Score Poor Value
Good For Couples
Warsaw's Best Hotel?
Brilliant hotel smack in the middle of Warsaw. Very good restoration of an Art Deco masterpiece. Only downside really is that anything 'extra' is charged at a ferocious rate.
Despite a fully paid reservation there was no room
I made a reservation for an Executive Room for my husband and myself for one night. My credit card was charged for the full amount. After an exhausting (nearly 9 hrs) trip by car, we arrived at the hotel, in the evening. We brought all our luggage in to the lobby only to find out that there was no room for us. First they tried to send us to some far away hotel, on our own, even when we told them that we were very tired and didn't know the town at all .
Then we were sent to another, closer, hotel where we were given a room to stay. The room was not the same class of accomodation, with a leaking toilet. Not, to mention very unwelcome reception from the stuff.
No adjustment was offered to the deposit amount, even though we were not given an equivalent room. Actually, the only help we got from the manager of Royal Meridien , besides transfering our deposit, was to point out the general direction of the other hotel. Needless to say we will never go back or recommend Le Royal Meridien Bristol to our family or friends.
Unique Quality: Great location clise to the Old Town
not so luxurious
Although the hotel is located perfectly, being near the castle and old town, as well as near the shopping center, the university and the best cultural places, I was disappointed in it. The rooms were large, but my room seemed a bit worn-out and in need of renovation. I was also shocked at how greedy the hotel was. Imagine having to pay 0.5 Euro per MINUTE to use the internet in your room! This is what you would expect from a cheap, bug-infested hotel, not a luxurious one. In addition, the prices in the mini-bar were about 7 times the real market price. Furthermore, since I had to leave at 6:00 am to catch my flight, I missed breafest and they wanted to charge me extra to have my breakfest sent to me room, although other hotels in Warsaw have done this for free when I stayed there. At a high-class hotel I would have also expected free newspapers every day. So its greediness gave me the feeling that I was staying at a low-class hotel.
Unique Quality: The pool was small, but nice, because I was usually there alone. The breafest was huge and had things that I like, such as bagles. However, after a few days it got a bit boring as they served the same food for the buffet every day.
Le Royal Meridien has an impressive history. Opened in 1899, requisitioned by the Nazis, appropriated by the Communists, and even used as a secret base by the wartime resistance, it was reopened in 1993 by Margaret Thatcher. Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg once lived here, and more recent guests range from Charles de Gaulle to the Rolling Stones and humble me..
Le Royal Méridien Bristol is only a few minutes' walk from the historic Old Town, the Royal Castle, the National Theatre and Warsaw's business district.
Directions: On the royal route from the park to the castle
Old World Charm !
My wife and I stayed for a weekend at the Bristol in feb'05.
Old Bristol used to be the place to stay and to be seen in Central Europe. It has quite an impressive guest list. It survived WW2 almost undamaged.
Bristol is today famous for its Cafè Bristol - and the restaurants Malinova and Marconi. At Cafè Bristol there is a chocolate bufet every sunday !
The hotel has a suberb location:
The building next door is Palac Namiesnikovski. It was here the Warsaw Treaty was signed after the war. And it was here the treaty came to an end. In this palace Lech Walesa and Solidarity negotiated in 1989, where Walesa later chose Palac Namiesnikovski as his residence.
A few steps further up the road, is The Old Town: Stare Miasto - a part of the World Heritage. Make sure you really spend some time there !
Hotel Bristol is full of old charm ! It is not a "partyplace", but a quiet, elegant hotel - with excellent food !
Our room was huge - with a marble bathroom ! Also the bed was king size +.
For shopping, the Novy Swiat (Warsaw's "New World" shopping street) is right next by. As is Cafè Blikla.
The Palac Kultury is only a 5 minutes walk away.
If you are going to Warsaw, I think you will be very well off at the Bristol !
Unique Quality: Loaction: Palac Namiesnikovski and Stare Miasto only a few meters away !
Quiet, elegant , old charm hotel - with excellent restaurants !
Directions: Right next to the historic Stare Miasto.
Poland's Best Hotel
I stayed in this hotel in July 2004. This hotel is definitely a 5-Star Hotel. One night here and you will feel like a King.
Unique Quality: This hotel is within walking distance from many interesting attractions.
5-star hotel for less than 50 euros/person!
It's the most luxurious and most expensive hotel in Warsaw. It accommodates many heads of states, movie/sport stars and other VIPs. In January 2006 the hotel had a great pleasure to accommodate VT-VIPs from 9 countries coming for the VT-meeting :-). The hotel is conveniently located along Royal Way at a walking distance (some 10 min.) to the Royal Castle and the Old Town.
The discount weekend price (by phone) for the least expensive room for two people was exactly 96.62 euros! Well, without breakfast. In the internet hotel webpage the price was some 10 euros higher. Larger rooms cost some 15 euros more. Other Warsaw 3 - 5 stars hotels at similarily convenient location cost only a few euros less. Those located in ugly downtown/centre cost some 20 euros less but you would probably spend that money for taxis to the Old Town.
GENERAL HOTEL TIPS FOR WARSAW
1. If you used to stay in 3-star hotels in, say, the USA or Western Europe, do not hesitate to start looking for a hotel in Warsaw from 5-star hotels, especially for weekends. You may start from here
2. Pay attention to location of the hotel, the best are in or close to the Old Town (Stare Miasto) or the Royal Way (Krakowskie Przedmiescie St. + Nowy Swiat St.) - safe area day and night; if it's important for you to have a nice setting for a walk do not take a hotel in ugly (and maybe not that safe at night) centre/downtown.
3. Prices are lower (10 - 50%) for weekend nights (Fri/Sat/Sun) as most hotels are used by business in Poland.
4. It's often cheaper (some 10%) to make a reservation by call. Think over it. You also may ask by phone about transfer from airport/train station. It costs extra and the price is usually not given on hotel webpages. If possible save money using skype for calls to Poland. It works quite good at least from Europe.
Unique Quality: Haha, the best were those guys in costumes who opened doors for me then and back... :-). Well, the hotel offers comfortable transfer from the airport by Mercedes S with English speaking driver awaiting you in arrival terminal with a table with your name written on. It cost some 90 zl (23 euros), back to the airport some 60 zl. It's strange but the hotel doesn't have own guarded parking (only on a street). They offer (extra charge) valet guarded parking lot in nearby Sofitel Victoria hotel. It may take some 15-20 min. to bring a car from there, I guess.
Numerous hotel facilities are given in hotel webpage. My room was not very large but fully equipped and had very comfortable bed and window view to the Polish White House, the Presidential Palace (we had a new one since a month but I didn't see him through my hotel window).
The staff at reception was ready to do whatever we wanted. When I asked about re-booking Tasia's train ticket back to Minsk, Belarus they wanted to send a driver with the ticket to the train station (it was Saturday afternoon and all tourist offices were closed). When Urszula wanted to sew a button back a chambermaid brought her a sewing set in a minute. When lifts/elevators didn't work I called to the lobby (there are phones by each lift doors) and a hotel boy came to us by the lift and excused that they were forced to have 15 min. technical break each day.
For those having a laptop an Internet in hotel room is expensive, some 70 zl per 24 hours (compare: 4-6 zl per hour in internet cafe). Urszula lent Toyin her favourite and lovely cap and the cap disappeared from his room. The next morning they found it, the cleaning lady took it out, probably by mistake, it was nothing expensive but it shouldn't have happened!
Directions: Along the Royal Way, half a way between the Royal Castle and Warsaw University (10 min. on foot to both). Map here
The most expensive 5*
Le Royal Meridien Bristol is the most luxurious five-star hotel in Poland. Located on the Royal Way, in the neighbourhood of Old Town and President's Palace makes it favourable place to stay for artists, politisc and VIPs.
Unique Quality: The most needed information about this hotel such as location, rooms, meeting and conferences, restaurants and bars, leisure facilities and prices you will easily find on its web page.
Directions: Hotel is located on the Royal Way, on the Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Karowa crossroad.
Bristol is one of the few most expensive and most luxurious hotels in Warsaw. I don't even try and go there for a cup of coffee... It is located very close to the President's Palace and to the Old Town of Warsaw. Bristol joins the best Polish tradition and hospitality with luxurious interiors and top prices.
Hotel Le Royal Meridien Bristol
It's placed very close to the Old Town, next to the Presiden's Palace, on the Royal Way. The most exclusive hotel in Warsaw and probably the most expensive, built in 1901.
From the Airport you can get there by bus no 175.
Le Meridien Bristol food
As stated previously, we only ate in the Marconi Restaurant but the Malinowa Restaurant is supposed to be one of the best in Central Europe and listed in the prestigious Michelin Guide but the price goes up accordingly.
I think that the same Chefs cater for both restaurants so it doesn't matter which you go to, the food is delight to view and eat.
Le Meridien Bristol Restaurants
The hotel has 2 restaurants and a cafe. We only went into the Marconi Restaurant for breakfast and one evening meal, along with a visit to the cafe but I can recomend the food.
A word of warning, Le Meridien Bristol is not the cheapest of places to eat!
If you have a choice whether to book just a room or bed & breakfast, take the latter. The buffet breakfast is sumptious with hot and cold food. Basically, if you can think of it, it will be there, even to the point of Caviar and Champagne!
Le Meridien Bristol bedroom
The accomodation in this hotel is decorated to an excellent standard and is very comfortable. The picture shows a standard room which includes a telephone & fax machine with internet modem connection. Also supplied was a hair dryer, iron and ironing board, cable TV system with multilingual programs - CNN, BBC news, CNBC, Bloomberg Financial News, complimentary in-room coffee & tea making facilities, bathrobes and slippers and air conditioning.
Rear view of Le Meridien Bristol Hotel
I have stated the cost as being between 100 and 120 US Dollars per person but the rate seems to vary according to where you search for a price. We had several recomendations that it was cheaper to book through the internet, yet we found it was far cheaper to book through a high street travel agent (at least, in Britain, it was).
Unique Quality: After the war the hotel was soon renovated and opened in 1947. In 1948 the Hotel Bristol was nationalized. In 1952 it was taken over by the "Orbis" State tourist agency, and became a hotel exclusively for visitors from abroad. Much of the hotel was redecorated in the new socialist realism style.
By the Seventies, the Hotel Bristol had lost its edge over other Warsaw hotels. In November 1981, it was closed. In 1991 the hotel was completely renovated and refurnished. On the 17th of April, 1993 the Hotel Bristol was officially opened by Sir Dennis and Lady Thatcher.
In 1994, Forte Hotels bought the international luxury hotel chain "Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts". The Hotel Bristol was incorporated into Le Meridien's most exclusive brand and renamed "Le Royal MERIDIEN BRISTOL" in September 1998. Le Royal Meridien Bristol is the only Polish member of The Leading Hotels of the World
Directions: Right next to Radziwill Palace, used by the Prime Minister.
THE hotel for Warsaw Old Town area
Le Meridien Bristol is, in my opinion, the best sited hotel for touring Warsaw. It is 5/7 minutes walk from the Old Town in one direction and 7/10 minutes walk from the main shopping street, Nowy Swiat, in the other. You can get to most of the historic parts of the city by walking from here but if you want to, there are buses that run from the front of the hotel accessing most areas.
Unique Quality: The Hotel Bristol was founded by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the famous pianist, composer and also Prime Minister of Poland in 1919. The construction of the hotel started in April 1899 and welcomed it first visitors on 19/11/1901.
The hotel had eight floors, including a complete basement and four wings. Besides the bedrooms and suites there was also a restaurant, banquet room, ballroom, a room for private parties, cafe, shops, hairdresser, barber, photographer and a florist. The bedrooms were furnished in different styles: Gdansk Baroque, Louis XV and XVI, Chippendale, Louis Philippe. The hotel immediately became the best in Warsaw and was patronized by many famous people from the world of politics and music. After Poland regained independence in 1918, the manager of the hotel, Paderewski, became the Prime Minister. The first historical session of his Government took place in Le Royal Meridien Bristol.
In 1928 Tadeusz Jentys, Director of the hotel, sold his shares to the Bank Cukrownictwa (The Sugar Industry Bank), which became the majority shareholder.
During The Second World War many high ranking German officials stayed at Le Royal Meridien Bristol. In 1944 Hitler gave orders for the city of Warsaw to be destroyed but Le Royal Meridien Bristol by some stroke of luck was left standing and recognizable - an island in a sea of ruins.
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