More international hotel brands are venturing into Warsaw, Poland’s capital, in Eastern Europe. The city is becoming increasingly attractive as a travel destination due to its cultural and entertainment offerings. Here are two of the best recent openings, ideal for either business or leisure.
Raffles Europejski Warsaw
Opening on June 1, Raffles Europejski Warsaw is the first hotel from Raffles Hotels & Resorts to operate in the city. It is fully restored from a neo-Renaissance palace built in 1857 by Enrico Marconi which quickly became the city’s creative heart. The hotel is located on the historic Royal Route, with views over the Old Town, the Presidential Palace and the Saxon Gardens. The elegant interiors of the hotel showcase some of the best modern and contemporary Polish art as well as the skills of Polish craftsmen – from the lighting, to the carved burl wood headboards, to the parquetry floors.
The hotel’s 106 spacious and elegant rooms and suites feature blackened oak floors, contemporary Polish art, a corner library and sleek marble-clad bathrooms. Measuring 293 square metres, the hotel’s Presidential Suite was once used to host recitals and piano concerts, and is home to a 19th century piano.
Dining and entertainment options at the hotel include the Europejski Grill, The Long Bar, The Humidor exclusive lounge, and the Lourse Warszawa Patisserie. Other hotel facilities include the Europejski Ballroom, Raffles Spa, a gym, and an indoor swimming pool.
Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel
For visitors who prefer to stay in a lifestyle hotel with easy access to the airport, the Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel, which opened on May 10, is an excellent choice.
Located across the road from the Frédéric Chopin International Airport, the hotel is about 20 minutes by car from the city centre with easy access to the surrounding business parks. Its decor reflects the Warsaw tradition of modernist art and bold graphic design. All 225 rooms and suites feature modern pops of primary colours in its art, textiles and furniture, complemented by graphic art from the renowned Polish Poster Gallery.
Other facilities at the hotel include a signature restaurant offering local Polish cuisine with a modern twist, a hotel bar, an idyllic spa and wellness area, and a swimming pool. Meeting and event facilities include a main ballroom and seven meeting rooms, and an outdoor terrace.