It’s crazy to imagine that the entire city of Warsaw was leveled in the second world war. Amazingly, Hotel Bristol was one of the very few buildings to survive the intense bombings. I learned that a bomb did strike the hotel. However, it did not successfully explode and therefore the building was saved. The hotel was actually built in 1901 making it 114 years old! Another fun fact is that Hotel Bristol houses Poland’s first elevator but I didn’t learn this until after my stay.
I had just finished up my time in Prague and traveled to Warsaw to spend a few days exploring and of course eating! During my time there I was fortunate enough to stay at Hotel Bristol. The hotel is part of the Luxury Collection which is a group of high-end and classic hotels offered by Starwood hotels. I’m sure you read about Hotel Imperial in Vienna which I stayed at during this same tour. If not, make sure you go check it out! Vienna was fantastic but let’s get back to Warsaw. Hotel Bristol is an icon in Warsaw. Anyone that I spoke with in Warsaw was quite familiar with the hotel.
After a speedy check-in process I headed up to the room in their classic elevator. My room had a view of a small park that is next to the hotel. The hotel is in a perfect place to explore the city center. Super convenient indeed. Only a few minutes’ walk and you’re at the castle that was rebuilt after the second world war. Also, I can’t forget their delicious welcome torte along with a welcoming letter. Heart warming.
The room was cleanly styled and I liked the vibe of everything. It wasn’t super extravagant but more minimal. I do appreciate the fact that they didn’t try to reinvent the wheel. What I mean is that they didn’t try to remodel the hotel too much. They kept the original styling which I believe is for the best!
After a tough evening of exploring and drinking around town with some friends it was back to get my sleep! The next morning I headed down to the lower levels of the hotel to visit the gym and spa area. The gym is quite small as expected but had quality equipment which was plenty for me. After getting my swell on I hit the steam room and checked out the pool. Both were nice and as I would expect for a hotel with such history.
The breakfast is where it got a bit more exciting for Pierre! The dining room where the breakfast was is simply beautiful. It kept the classical elegance of the hotel’s original styling and offered some amazing food. They had a lot of authentic Polish cuisine which I really loved! Lots of pickled items! A little sour to balance my sweet personality. Wink.
The hotel also has an amazing café called Café Bristol which I had a quick meeting at and enjoyed some dessert and coffee. Definitely a must visit! While there I saw a woman who I was told has been visiting every single day for decades so if that’s not a sign of quality I don’t know what is.
When it was finally time to leave Poland I was honestly quite sad. I felt like 2 nights was really not enough time to really explore Warsaw. I’m sure in the future I will spend more time there to see what else the city has to offer! That being said, the hotel was perfect. A very solid offering in an iconic hotel. I’m sure most would enjoy the hotel and I definitely would guide people to pay a visit to Hotel Bristol in the future!
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42/44 · Warsaw, 00-325 · Poland
Phone: +48 22 551 1000