We just returned from a 3 night stay at the Bristol.
It was our 3rd visit to Warsaw and the first time we staid at this hotel (we staid at the Intercontinental and the Sofitel during our previous visits).
We walked past the Bristol a few times last year and we liked the idea of staying there one day. But being in our 30's the 'oldfashion style' of the place prevented us from booking it at that time so when I saw on the hotel's website that the place was completely renovated (and redecorated in a style I would call 'contemporary art deco') we decided to give it a try.
From the 3 hotels we tried in Warsaw I would say that the Bristol was our favourite (even though the Intercontinental was also exceptionally good). The things that made the difference to us were the location of the Bristol (close to the old town, on the most beautiful street of Warsaw, next to the presidential palace) and the fact that it is a historical landmark (the whole place feels so 'grand', full of old world charm despite the renovations, while the Intercontinental could be just in any big city).
I will now try and rate the different aspects of the hotel :
1) Overall impression : 10/10
'Wow!' The renovations they carried out are truly amazing, contemporary but with a art deco twist. Really very nice, with lots of marble and white and blue tones. With respect to all the old features that are so well kept (I did some research on the hotel and it's remarkable how many things still look so much like they did 100 years ago, for example the Column bar and the lobby ceiling paintings). This is one of only 2 'historical hotels' that are left in Warsaw (the other being the Polonia Palace) so the chance of staying in a place like this one is exceptional.
2) Room : 9/10
Very nice again ! I requested a quiet room with a king bed, non smoking and that's what we got.
We were in room 243, overlooking the park. Nice and quiet.
Very stylish with lots of attention to detail, not the largest room I've seen but more than adequate and I do know that being in a old building is a limiting factor when carrying out renovations so it was fine with me. Comfortable king bed (180cms wide), clean marble bathroom with no separate shower (knew that before). I was hoping for a bathroom with daylight but not having it wasn't a big deal at all! Shower head could do with a replacement but also here no real complaints. Nice Waterl'eau products.
Air conditioning worked fine but with outside temperatures of 36C it's obvious the room wasn't as cool at night as I should have wanted it to be.
Discrete turndown service every night and free mineral water, replaced twice daily.
3) Staff / Service : 8/10
Reception staff was ok, not over-the-top friendly but ok. 'Correct' is what I would call it.
Breakfast staff also fine, some very friendly and pleased to serve you, others a bit shy. From what I understand they are not too familiar with the idea of 2 men staying in the same room having breakfast together. :-))
Also saw some of the staff text messaging on their mobile phones during work, didn't really bother me but not too sure how '5*' it is :-)
4) Breakfast : 9/10 (I would give the Intercontinental breakfast a 10/10)
Very large choice, good quality and food is refilled all the time. Fresh orange juice. Nice crispy bacon, pancakes, nice scrambled eggs, some nice Polish meats and specialities and the possibility to enjoy breakfast outside in the courtyard made a big difference to us! You can have a glass of sparkling wine to go with it too.
Almost forgot to mention the panna cotta's, I had way too many of those :-( very nice !
5) Pool / Wellness : 8/10 (the Sofitel pool is really worth 10/10!)
Pool - nicely renovated and ok size but could do with some smooth, cosy lightning, instead of the bright white lights that are there now. I was also missing some music, even though there were new speakers hanging there. I guess that the 'cold atmosphere' was the reason that no-one was using the loungers that were around the pool.
Sauna and steam bath were nice (but steam bath very very hot!!). Very clean too and nicely designed. There is a decent gym too and the staff was pleasant.
6) Facilities : 8/10
Free wifi at the lobby (worked fine), but not free in the room which was fine for me.
We didn't really try any of the bars or restaurants at the hotel (or the Cafe Bristol), even though we planned on trying the Column bar but with the very warm weather we had while we were there it was just so nice to spend time outdoors during the evenings. Maybe next time...
As a final point I should mention that, even though the Bristol is the most expensive 5* hotel in Warsaw, it is worth every penny so if you're not too sure about booking, just do it! You won't regret it.
- 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