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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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Address: Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42/44, Warsaw, Central Poland, 00-325, Poland