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Last January I had a quick overnight in Warsaw, and stayed at the Hotel Bristol Warsaw, which is a Starwood Luxury Collection property. It was a bit “shabby chic” for my liking. In other words, it was old world without having much of an updated feel to it.
This time around we were in Warsaw for two nights, and the Hotel Bristol was roughly twice as expensive as the other Starwood options (Westin and Sheraton), which made the choice easy. So we ended up booking the Westin Warsaw, which was about $100 per night.
After a bit of a kerfuffle at the airport, we took a taxi to the hotel, which took about 15 minutes. One of the cool things about Warsaw is that the airport is really close to the city.
The hotel was modern both inside and out, in stark contrast to the Hotel Bristol.
Reception was located inside the lobby and to the left, where we were promptly assisted.
The friendly associate quickly checked us in, and offered:
- 4PM late check-out for both rooms
- Complimentary internet for both rooms
- Club access for both rooms
- A Platinum welcome amenity for both rooms
One room had been upgraded to a deluxe suite. This was all without asking, which is rather rare at Starwood properties, in my experience.
Speaking of the lobby, one totally random thing that impressed me was that they had complimentary coffee, orange juice, and croissants near reception in the morning. That’s something I really appreciate, especially when it’s before the club lounge or restaurant open, since I’m usually up by 5AM or so in Europe.
Anyway, we took the elevator up to the 12th floor, where our rooms were located.
The first room was 1220, which was a deluxe suite.
Right by the entrance was a guest bathroom with toilet and sink.
Then there was a large living room with standard Westin furnishings, including a a couch, two chairs, and a desk with two rolling chairs. There was also a flat screen TV which could be angled to either the desk or couch.
The views from the living room were “meh” (not that Warsaw has an award winning skyline, or anything).
Then a door led to the bedroom, which featured a king size Westin Heavenly Bed. I’m starting to get a bit ticked off by Westin Heavenly Beds, because if you’re even the slightest bit exhausted, one of those suckers will easily put you into a 12 hour coma. Bad for battling jetlag. 😉
There was also a chair with ottoman and a flat screen TV in the corner by the window.
The master bathroom wasn’t all that huge, though did feature a walk-in shower, bathtub, sink, and toilet.
The shower had a bit of an unpleasant odor, though nothing worth switching rooms over.
I appreciated that the shower had both a rainforest shower head, and a “handheld” one — something I wish all hotels had.
The toiletries were Westin branded.
The second room was just down the hallway, room 1219.
For a standard guestroom it was a good size, with an entryway that had a bathroom on the right and closet on the left.
The room featured a king size Westin Heavenly Bed, chair, desk, and flat screen TV.
Interestingly the bathroom was actually identical to the one in the suite.
It’s worth noting that the wifi throughout the hotel was legitimately high speed, which I appreciated.
While the club lounge is on the 19th floor, it’s presently being renovated, so they’ve temporarily set up the 20th floor presidential suite as the club lounge.
They did a pretty good job with the temporary space. It consists of two rooms — the main room has mostly tables along with the food and drink spread, while a smaller adjacent room has mostly couches.
There’s an espresso machine available all day, along with a fridge with soft drinks. There are few things in life that make me happier than unlimited cappuccinos. And the ones coming out of this machine were actually very good.
They also had an impressive selection of snacks available all day, including pralines, chocolate covered strawberries, and some other local sweets.
Then in the evenings from 6PM till 8PM, happy hour was available. The alcohol to food ratio was impressive, as they had several types of wine and a dozen choices of liquor.
The food spread itself wasn’t actually that impressive, with similar snacks to what’s available during the day, along with two kinds of soup.
Then there was also a tray with (more) sweets.
The breakfast spread was a bit better, with pastries, croissants, muffins, fruit, cheese, cold cuts, cereal, yogurt, etc. It was available from 6AM till 11AM. They deserve some sort of an award for that, because I’ve never had access to a club lounge which served breakfast for five hours. Kudos!
There was also a chef on hand for custom egg orders.
The most memorable part of the club lounge was the service. There was one guy that seemed to be working there mornings and evenings, and he couldn’t have been more attentive. We were usually alone in the club lounge, and I swear he took it personally if we didn’t consume something at least every five minutes.
In terms of the hotel’s other facilities, there was also a fairly nice gym, which is open 24 hours per day.
It’s worth noting that the Westin is located in the business district of Warsaw, so it’s not ideal for sightseeing. What I didn’t realize when I visited in January (given that there’s virtually no daylight there that time of year and everyone stays inside) is that the Hotel Bristol is actually located right near the beautiful “pedestrian area” part of town.
And for that matter, I actually was impressed by Warsaw this time around. No, it’s not at risk of becoming one of Europe’s hottest tourist destinations anytime soon, but it was certainly a nice place to spend a couple of days walking around and enjoying uniquely shaped ice cream.
Still, it’s maybe a 20 minute walk from the Westin to that area, so well worth it for a hotel that’s much more modern, with great elite recognition, and a very nice club lounge. Not to mention the fact that it was half the price of the Hotel Bristol.
I was really impressed by the Westin Warsaw, and wouldn’t hesitate to return. Between the proactive upgrade, beautiful rooms, good service, and nice club lounge, it’ll definitely be where I stay during any future visits to Warsaw.