Hotels Warsaw: The Luxurious Bristol

When traveling in Poland looking for hotels Warsaw will be one of the cities you might find yourself in and the Bristol commands an enviable position. Not only does this grand hotel stand at a prestigious location next to the Presidential Palace but, with over 100 years of history, the luxurious Bristol also holds a special place in the hearts of Warsaw’s citizens. At only a short walk from the Royal Castle, the Old Town and the 200-year old National Theatre and Opera House, Hotel Bristol is one of the city’s most cherished landmarks.

This luxury hotel perfectly captures the grandeur of old Warsaw. The grand neo-renaissance façade makes it a beautiful addition to the historic landmarks along the famous Royal Route. Upon entering the lobby, I’m met by marble flooring and art deco design, evident in the geometric floor patterns, streamlined furnishings and eye-catching crystal chandelier.

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The Hotel Bristol is an enchanting juxtaposition of old and new. Recently re-designed by London designer Anita Rosato, the hotel seamlessly blends contemporary comforts with the early 20th-century décor. Guests can immerse themselves in the style of the 1920s while enjoying hotel-wide WiFi; modern massage and beauty treatments; and access to a state-of-the-art heated pool, sauna, steam room and gym.

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The elegance of the past is retained in each of the 168 guest rooms and 38 suites. The exquisitely designed Executive Rooms, where I spent the night, features the bold lines and theatrical contrasts expected of art deco. The color scheme moves from cool creams, blues and grays with subtle touches of gold. The furnishings are custom-made and the large windows boast unique views over the Royal Route.

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Inside the marble bathroom, I find Waterl’eau toiletries, a plush bathrobe, and comfortable slippers waiting for me. The perfect place to relax; the room feels elegant, refined and calming.

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Since the hotel opened in 1901, Hotel Bristol has played an important role in the cultural life of Warsaw. Founded by world-renowned composer and piano virtuoso, Ignacy Paderewski, Hotel Bristol has been a hub for both Polish and international performers, artists, and musicians. Throughout the years, the hotel’s suites have hosted many famous names, from Pablo Picasso to Marlene Dietrich, Woody Allen to Martin Scorsese.

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Today, when the hotel’s concierge team isn’t welcoming celebrity guests, they’re designing luxury vacations for discerning travelers. The team, headed by Michal Borowiak, provides exceptional service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, enabling guests to better explore the Polish capital. Whether it’s a ticket to the opera or exploring the city by private plane, the luxury experience that you seek can be arranged at the hotel’s front desk.

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The Hotel Bristol boasts some of the most exclusive spots in the city for unwinding after a full day of exploring. Before dinner, I called into the Bristol Wine Bar to taste a few of the fine wines found in the bar’s impressive wine collection.

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Following a couple of glasses of Merlot, I was ready to sample the stunning culinary creations of the Marconi Restaurant. In this elegant restaurant that mirrors the hotels art deco style, top chef Carlos Teixeria shares his passion for fine Polish food.

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The restaurant’s signature dish – roasted duck with caramelized apples, rosemary, clove, and garlic – will give you as traditional a taste of Poland as the Hotel Bristol itself.

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Charlotte Claxton

Charlie is a freelance writer who specialises in travel, luxury and food. Having earned her chops as a staff writer for international travel brands and digital marketing companies, she now writes for freelance clients and runs her own travel blog. Charlie grew up in London and has since lived in Canada and Australia. She currently writes from various cafés, hammocks and beaches as she travels the world, bringing LuxeInACity readers first-hand insight into the best luxury experiences worldwide. Get to know Charlie better at