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Almost entirely destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising at the end of the Second World War, the Polish capital is now synonymous with resistance and resilience. Today, it is a dynamic city with an important financial district, a thriving modern culture and a series of beautiful parks and gardens. Throughout the city, fine examples of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture attest to Warsaw’s fascinating past. Come to admire Old Town landmarks such as the Royal Castle and St. John’s Cathedral; or to explore the modern center’s eclectic nightlife. And when it comes to time to turn in for the night, stay at one of Warsaw’s best hotels, listed below.
Best Overall: H15 Boutique
Located at the heart of the modern city center on a street known for its many restaurants, H15 Boutique is a 15-minute stroll from the Palace of Culture and Science. The 19th-century building is a historic landmark, with Socialist Realism design elements on the façade dating back to its previous occupation by the Soviet Union. Inside, bold 1950s decor combines with attentive service to create a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere. There are 46 rooms, ranging from cozy Standard Rooms to the two-bedroom Penthouse Suite.
No matter which you choose, make yourself at home amidst unique artworks and warm wooden floors. Amenities include a kitchenette, a 55” LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and an ensuite bathroom with underfloor heating. Signature Restaurant serves modern international cuisine, while the fitness room allows you to stay in shape despite the mouthwatering meals. There’s a spa for beauty treatments and massages, as well as an array of thoughtful hotel amenities, including airport pick-ups, a sightseeing car and a 24-hour reception.
Best Budget: MDM Hotel
The MDM Hotel is conveniently located near the Museum of Polish History, within easy walking distance of Central Station. With single, double and twin floorplans, it’s the ideal choice for all kinds of budget visitors - whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple or with family. All rooms are clean and comfortable (albeit slightly on the small side). Make the most of handy amenities such as a work desk and a flat screen TV, and save money by connecting using the free Wi-Fi.
If your budget allows, consider upgrading to a Deluxe Room or Suite for extra space and a private sitting area. Upstairs Bar & Bistro serves affordable Polish and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the evening, catch up on the latest sports while taking advantage of the daily drink special. This is a particularly good option for thrifty business travelers, thanks to a 24-hour business center and three flexible meeting rooms. Public parking is available outside.
Best Boutique: Hotel Bellotto
A four-minute walk from Castle Square in Warsaw’s picturesque Old Town brings you to Hotel Bellotto. Built within a 16th-century palace, the hotel once served as accommodations for Polish primates, or bishops. Today, its grand columned entrance and exquisite interior decor set the scene for a truly special stay. Choose from 20 rooms and suites, each one designed to reflect the building’s history while still delivering the latest modern comforts.
Even the most basic rooms have a luxurious bed, a TV and a minibar. Spacious apartments charm with separate lounge suites and beautiful Old Town views. In the morning, enjoy the breakfast buffet or have your meal delivered directly to your room. There’s a spa with a sauna and fitness center, while Miodowa confectionary caters to those with a sweet tooth. Focaccia Ristorante specializes in gourmet Italian cuisine and cocktails are served at the Lobby Bar.
Best for Families: Mamaison Residence Diana Warsaw
Housed in a restored 19th-century building, four-star Mamaison Residence Diana Warsaw offers contemporary accommodations near the shops and restaurants of historic thoroughfare Nowy Świat. There are 46 studio apartments and suites, all with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and a DVD player. Even the smallest studio has a living room with comfy sofas - perfect for family bonding time. Large families will find ample space in the two-bedroom Diana Suite.
All options include a kitchenette, so you can save money by self-catering. If cooking on vacation is not your idea of fun, don’t worry - on-site Mąka i Woda restaurant serves Italian pizzas and pastas guaranteed to delight even the pickiest kids. Babysitting services are available upon request, while laundry facilities come in handy for those with toddlers. Other helpful amenities include underground parking and an airport shuttle.
Best for Romance: Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw
Mamaison Hotel Le Regina is ideally placed for romantic strolls through Warsaw’s Old Town. Housed inside 18th-century Mokrowsky Palace, the hotel is a landmark, with a beautiful arcaded façade. Inside, 58 rooms and suites await, each with satellite TV, a minibar and decadent bathrobes and slippers. For a truly special stay, splurge on a Deluxe Room with a bathtub, original frescoes and either a terrace or direct access to the private garden.
At La Rotisserie restaurant, treat your loved one to award-winning cuisine in the romantic inner courtyard. If you’re planning an intimate evening in, order from the 24-hour room service menu instead. Lobby Bar serves cocktails and liqueurs, while the Roman-style spa pampers with a sauna, a gym, a massage room and a blissful indoor pool.
Best Luxury: Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw
With the Presidential Palace literally next door, it’s hard to imagine a more refined location than that boasted by five-star Hotel Bristol. Since 1901, this hotel has charmed celebrities and dignitaries with its neo-Renaissance architecture and stunning Art Deco interiors. For the most luxurious stay imaginable, book a night in the Paderewski Suite. Measuring almost 1,200 square feet and bedecked with 20th-century antiques, it includes limousine transfers, breakfast and a 60-minute massage.
Bristol Spa is a sanctuary of relaxation, complete with a heated swimming pool and a gym. Experience fine dining beneath crystal chandeliers at Marconi Restaurant or indulge in Viennese pastries at Café Bristol. Column Bar is a luxe Art Deco setting and is a legendary destination for live piano music and after-dinner drinks.
Best for Nightlife: Warsaw Marriott Hotel
Located a few minutes’ walk from the city center’s vibrant nightlife scene, Warsaw Marriott Hotel is home to the Panorama Sky Bar. Situated 40 floors above the city, the views are breathtaking - especially when accompanied by one of eight flagship Warsaw cocktails and the sounds of the capital’s hottest DJs. If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, opt for drinks at Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant. Rooms and suites are made for morning-after relaxation, with designer bedding, a minibar and a flat-screen TV. Feeling peckish? Treat yourself to gourmet Italian cuisine at Parmizzano’s Restaurant. If you’re looking to host a party of your own, the hotel’s Grand Ballroom has space for up to 700 guests.
Best Business: Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre
Hilton Warsaw’s financial district location makes it an excellent pick for business travelers. The hotel has ample conference space, including Warsaw Hall, the largest ballroom in the city center. With a business center and complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel’s public areas, working in between meetings is easy. Choose an Executive Room with a work desk, a 40” TV and a Hilton Serenity bed for access to the Executive Lounge. Here, you can enjoy complimentary breakfast and refreshments (and it's a stylish space to catch up with colleagues). Other amenities include a choice of restaurants and bars and a spa with a 25-meter indoor pool.
Best B&B: Chopin Boutique B&B
Nestled across the street from The National Museum, Chopin Boutique B&B exudes bohemian charm, with traditional decor and rustic wooden furnishings. You have a choice of rooms and suites, all fitted with a kettle, satellite TV and a private bathroom. Breakfast (think organic Polish products as well as pastries and jams made in-house) is served at a communal table designed to encourage conversation with fellow travelers. For a small fee including wine and snacks, enjoy evening piano concerts in the century-old Chopin Salon.