Indoor heated swimming pool in Le Royal Meridien Bristol Hotel is not the most beautiful one I have ever seen but the whole fully equipped health club is sterile clean and looks nice. It's free of charge for hotel residents. There are comfortable, soft chairs put by the pool.
Equipment: You need swimming shorts or swimsuit but just in case you forgot to bring them the hotel offers "swimming kit" for you, free of charge!. Take a look at the list of available on request kits (shaving, sewing kit etc.) in your bathroom.
We went downstairs to the fully equipped health club of Le Royal Meridien Bristol Hotel which offers:
1. Indoor heated pool,
2. Finnish sauna,
3. Turkish sauna, the Turkish hammam, a variant of a steam bath,
4. Workout room.
5. Solarium (about 3.5 euros per 15 min.),
6. Massage room (about 50 euros for full massage).
Numbers 1 - 4 are free of charge for hotel residents.
The whole health club is pretty sterile clean and looks nice although I would add some paintings, sculptures or green plants to liven the space up.
Equipment: Towels and mineral water are available free at place.
Biking in Warsaw is getting easier and safer almost every year. Although the network of bike lanes is not so extensive as in Germany, Netherlands or some other bike friendlier countries but it is slowly getting better.
Apart from biking in the urban areas (including downtown) you can also try to reach some nature in destinations in the outskirts of Warsaw (eq. Kabaty Forrest - Konstancin Jeziorna direction on the map) or in close vicinities (eq. Kampinos National Park - KPN direction on the map).
To raise awarness of drivers and city officials that bikers also should have their chance to use their bicycles for safe journeys in Warsaw, once a month there are organized Criticall Masses in the downtown (usually starting from the Old Town's Royal Castle Square). Some more information on NGO initiative - Cities for Bicycles at http://www.rowery.org.pl/.
Equipment: Bring your bike or try to borrow from your local contacts as bike rentals are not common in Warsaw.
If you need some equipment or accessories, or need your things serviced, go to NIKKO. This small place on Ul. Mickiewicza 22a can serve all anyone might want regarding ski, tenis, bycecles etc equipment and oher soprt activity gear .
The phone No. is 839 55 21.
For three years there have been questions on pl.rec.rowery newsgroup about if and where there are bike rentals in Warsaw. Well, the answer has been "no, there aren't any AFAIK", but I have just found one!
It's Local Rent-a-Car at 140 Marszałkowska St, tel. 826 71 00, the prices start from 14,5 euros a day + 250 euros deposit. Surely not cheap (especially for Poland), but if someone's got some money, it's worth a try.
If it is the season and you enjoying having fun at the basketball game make sure that you check out Polonia Warsaw's basketball team website for the upcoming games. They either have their games played at Bielany's Physical Education Academy (AWF) or at Torwar venue. A lot of fun and lots of shouting for the good players:-) Hopefully Legia Warsaw's basketball team will join Polonia's in a fight for play-offs for Warsaw
Equipment: hands to clap, eyes to enjoy the game and throat to shout!
Roller skating is becoming more and more popular in Poland and in Warsaw. A great place for roller skaters is Pole Mokotowskie park. It is very close to the very city of Warsaw.
The park itself is a popular place for walks, meetings with friends etc.
In case you'd like to swim (olympic size in-door swimming pool) or have fun taking advantage of the numerous attractions of this Warsaw's nicest water park go to Wodny Park (just Water Park) at Warszawianka sporting complex at 4 Merliniego Str. You can also play squash there!
Equipment: Bring your own or buy it in the store located at the complex