This recently built hotel is in a business district near the Warsaw Airport - an area that's buzzing during the day but is dead at night.
The standard rooms are tiny and claustrophobic. The bed touches both walls and there is a small standing area next to the bed. There is no desk and chair so it's difficult to do work. You have to perch on the side of the bed to use a swinging table on a massive base next to the bed that also blocks access into and out of the bed. A strange design that I assume tries to be cool and space efficient but fails on practicality. Internet is included in the rate and works well. The bed mattress is open coil covered in foam. It's rather firm, and because of the foam is hot to sleep on. The bathroom is tiny with a small shower cubicle. The room was clean and fresh but very gloomy. There were no curtains...I eventually discovered switches for electric blinds (necessary as you would have to stand on the bed to close curtains).
Check in is supposed to be "self service" but a receptionist guides you through the laborious process - only for it to fail at the end because the machines can't read American Express cards. I was then checked in by the receptionist. Payment is up front on arrival (always a bad sign in my view). This means every other purchase has to be made at the point of consumption. There is a restaurant attached to the hotel - but it's for lunch times only. In the evenings a few snacks are available from a bar area. Food was limited - essentially Grilled Chicken or Salmon with Chips or Pasta. Cheap but very uninspiring. There is nothing else in the area apart from the Novotel across the street which has a full service restaurant in the evening and seems a whole lot more welcoming.
The price (Zloty 240/night) reflects the basic nature of the offering, but as long as you are selective there are similar rates available at much better hotels in Warsaw.
In conclusion - a bold attempt to be trendy and distinctive, but for me it was a difficult to use and rather disappointing. The small and dingy rooms would be normal in space strapped Japan, but seem out of place in Poland.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are the first SMART (Saving time, Music - designed, Affordable, Responsible for environment, Trend - setting) hotel in Warsaw. Our offer includes only the services hotel Guests really expect. We invite you to relax your body in our soothing bed, refresh under powerful rain-shower, boost your energy with the Sound Bar buffet and check the fastest internet connection among hotels in the City. Hotel offers breakfast from 6:30 until 9:30 during the week and from 7 until 10. A cost for breakfast is 50 PLN per one person, Convenient location between your office and the airport, quick self-check-in, and special Sound Garden Sound Selection will simply make your stay more enjoyable. ... more less
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