Bristol Hotel, Warsaw
This beautiful neo-Renaissance building built in 1899 - 1901for the most luxurious and expensive Hotel Bristol has earned a number of reputable awards and is the only hotel in Poland that is a member of prestigous the Leading Hotels of the World. You may visit its stylish interiors, I liked the Column Bar most.
In Bristol Hotel two Nobel Prizes (1903, 1911) of Maria Curie, Polish chemist living mostly in Paris, were celebrated. From the hotel balcony Jan Kiepura, world famous tenor, used to sing for the crowds. Wojciech Kossak, a famous Polish painter set up his atelier in the hotel and paid with his paintings which decorated the hotel restaurant. Nowadays the hotel combines 19th century ambience and charm with 21st century luxury and technology and accommodates many heads of states, movie/sport stars and other VIPs including fellow VT-ers :-).
The history of the building started with a fraud and scandal. An open architectural competition was hold to choose the best design and it was chosen and prized but finally the design of someone else, the member of the competition jury Wladyslaw Marconi came to the realisation and paradoxically it was a good choice. The Vienna Secession decors of the hotel interiors were designed by famous Austrian architect Otto Wagner but unfortunatelly were not re-stored after damages of WWII.
One of the shareholders in the consortium that built the hotel was the famous pianist and post-World War I Polish prime minister, Ignacy Paderewski. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 1941, his ashes were brought to Warsaw and placed in a crypt in St. John's Cathedral (details in the tip Thank you America!).
The exclusive Bristol Hotel in Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street - built in art-noveau-style from 1899-1901 - was destroyed in 1944 by the Germans, after the war rebuilt in a different style and between 1981 -1992 reconstructed in its original form. A fine example of how Warsaw continues to recreate lost architectural treasures of the city even today. It looks splendid from the outside though I cannot vouch for the quality of the hotel as such (we never stayed there). You can visit the popular and often crowded hotel cafe though to get a glimpse of the interior.
So, you walking the Royal way and looks at the surroundings. Very wide street, Krakowskie Przedmiescie - most elegant street in Warsaw. On one corner - you cant miss out, you can see a beautiful building not like the palace but luxurious enough. It is a famous Bristol hotel. It is located near to Old Town of Warsaw, the Opera House and the National Opera and offered a spectacular view of the Presidential Palace.
The hotel is open on the 19th of November 1901, destroy during the WWI and re-open 1947.
In November 1981 the hotel was closed, then on the 17th of April, 1993 the Bristol was officially opened by Sir Dennis and Lady Thatcher.
In 1997 it was ranked 38 in a list of top 100 hotels world-wide.
Not stay there, but stay in front of building enough to decided to found out more of it.
Bristol Hotel before WWII was one of the most lavish hotels in Europe. This is how it looked back then. It was destroyed by the German army (just like the other 85% of Warsaw that laid in ruins after the war).
... it was rebuilt. The renovation works were completed in 1993. Now, it's again Warsaw's most luxurious hotel.
The easiest and the cheapest way to enjoy the splendor of this place would be to visit its excellent cafe.