I live in Warsaw about 15km from city centre but sometimes we just like to have a little city center sleepover and we were keen to check out the Bristol, which we have admired externally for many years.
The location on Krakowskie Przedmiescie, is perfect. The hotel reception area is a little cold and not very enticing however in Warsaw where all trace of pre War history was destroyed there is a feeling, very rare in Warsaw that you are stepping the same steps as famous 20th century Warsavians, the small brass plaques in the reception remind you of previous guests.
We did not get the hard sale of breakfast and internet as we had already paid in advance 120 pln per person 30 euro!
We were allocated a room on the newly refurbished 6th floor, which was traditional with contemporary twist, dark greys and duck egg blue was the colour scheme. The bed as it was brand new, was very comfortable.
In-room facilities were non existent no free wifi, no tea and coffee facilities, limited toiletries, in the bathroom, one bathrobe, in a double bedroom, limited tv channels, no information about Warsaw in the room, or hotel recommendations, about places to go things to see, I know Warsaw so I did not need this, but for guests visiting from outside Warsaw, it would be nice to sit in your room, planning you day
I did not get any 5 star service from concierge, when i asked if the hotel had bus tickets, I was just given the short answer of No.
We made our own plans for dinner, although after a few bottles of wine I was in desperate need of water when we returned to the room, but at 19pln nearly 5 euro for a small bottle Perrier, I risked the tap water. Do hotels just not want you to use the mini bar, a bottle of Perrier in Warsaw costs 2pln, even if they marked up the price by 5 times they would still make a profit.
I was looking forward to my 30 euro breakfast feast, the service was friendly, level of spoken English by the staff is excellent, however, my first coffee, was weak cafetiere,no offer of a coffee menu, but this was available but only if you asked. There was an interesting menu of breakfast dishes on the menu on our table, brioche with smoked salmon and hollandaise for example, but i was unsure if they were included or if they would incur an additional charge. The buffet breakfast was the usual Polish fare of cooked breakfast with tinned mushrooms, cold meats and pastries, definitely not worthy of the price tag and poor in comparison to the other 5 star hotels in Warsaw. There are many places for breakfast close by, I would save my zloty and check them out
I am glad I checked it out but would recommend other hotels in the city over The Bristol
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Bristol boasts even more incomparable beauty, being a prestigious blend of history and contemporary luxury. Our exquisite 168 guest rooms and 38 suites reflect the engaging mix of comfort and discreet elegance defined by subtle soothing colors, state-of-the-art technology, majestic high ceilings, and charming views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Bristol, Warsaw Hotel Warsaw
- Le Meridien Warsaw
- Warsaw Le Meridien