A hotel founded by a former Prime Minister has been renovated and reopened on Warsaw’s Royal Route. Founded in 1901 by pianist and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski, few in the Polish capital have not at some point walked past the neo-Renaissance facade of Hotel Bristol.
On entering the lobby, guests will first notice a large chandelier hanging over the reception area and its adjacent patio, which operates as a restaurant during the summer months. From here, the Art Deco design by Anita Rosato becomes more pronounced. When the hotel first opened, its elevators were state of the art—to the extent that newspapers referred to their design as a “jewel of industry.” Today the white-iron frames have been renovated to hearken back to 1901 without distracting from the overall modern focus of the redesign. Inside the first class of guest rooms, soft tones are interrupted by dark headboards and Art Deco accents, such as polished-nickel lamps on the nightstands and crystal mirrors. Rooms offer views of the Royal Route, garden, or hotel courtyard. The Bristol’s Grand Suites depart slightly from the guest rooms, with armchairs and sofas under high ceilings in cool hues of blue and gray.
The hotel’s presidential suite looks an extraordinary achievement. A gilded writing desk and several antiques from the original incarnation are arranged against stucco moldings and gold-toned furnishings. The 100-square-meter suite also features a balcony with views over Warsaw’s best-known street.
Downstairs, Marconi restaurant offers classic Italian cooking and notable Polish dishes, including its signature duck with caramelized apple. Over the years, many have visited the hotel but not necessarily to stay—primarily because of Café Bristol, a Viennese-style temple to coffee and cakes. Here is where chef Michał Tkaczyk presides over some of the finest pastries in the city—try the Bristol Cake.
To promote the opening, Hotel Bristol is offering a special rate on its suites from US$210 per night. Reservations can be made here.
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42/44, Warsaw; 48-22/551-1000.