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Hotel with History – Hotel Bristol in Warsaw

Hey everyone!

For today’s blog I would like to share with you another one of my passions which is history. Since primary school I was always fascinated by Polish and world history. I think it was always amazing to discover what had happened years before I was born. When I’m travelling and staying at different hotels Im always trying to learn about property and the history of the building. I had this amazing opportunity to stay at historic Hotel Bristol in Warsaw where every corner has a beautiful story to tell.

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Since childhood I always considered Warsaw (polish capital) as the most beautiful city. So I was really happy when I got a job there a few years ago and was able to discover more of this beautiful city. Now when I’m living abroad and visiting Poland, this city is always on my list of places to visit while being home. Last month when I was visiting my home county I decided to spend a couple of days in Warsaw. I stayed at Hotel Bristol and must admit that this is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. The high level of strangers starting from check-in and finishing at check-out. Everything was perfect and made me love hospitality industry even more. I would definitely choose this hotel next time and recommend to all my foreign friends.

I got checked-in into the Executive room. I have NEVER slept on a more comfortable bed than this one! Hundreds of other customers on trip advisor or booking agree with me about the comfort of their sleep. Hotel Bristol provides a very high quality mattresses!

Bathroom was pretty big and reminds me of a vintage style (which you can find throughout the whole room). The only problem I had was with the bathroom Sinks. It was really hard to regulate water temperature. While washing my hands I burned them with super hot water. Same with the tub/shower – it was really hard to get in. I’m worried here about older guests, as I had problems to get into the tub without slipping. Every room also has bathrobes that you can use while visiting their swimming pool or spa.

My favourite part of staying at hotels is just walking around to look for interesting details. Once I checked in, I left my suitcase in my room and went for a long walk around the corridors. Their  luxurious elevators remind me of Parisian style. These historic elevators are definitely my favourite part and the most unique of this hotel. Normally in most of the places they use super modern and fast elevators, but in Bristol they decided to keep old ones, renovate them and let guests use them. Thanks to them I felt like I was in the 20’s somewhere in Paris or like a guest in the Hotel Bristol from many years ago (hotel opened in 1901). Bristol was closed in 1981 but the Cafe Bristol was still a very popular spot for artists in Warsaw. In 1993 they had a grand re-opening and which Margaret Thatcher participated in the opening ceremonies. In 2013 after interior renovations the Hotel joined the Luxury Collection (division of Starwood) so you can collect SPG points.

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This luxurious and historic hotel was a home for a lot of famous polish artists, politicians and other famous people. This is also a favourite hotel of Mick Jagger and a lot of politicians and artists from all over the world, who are visiting Warsaw.

Today, Bristol is one of those places where the old and historic interiors work together with the ultra modern amenities to help guests enjoy their stay.

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I really hope that during your visit to Warsaw you will have time to at least visit this hotel to experience its historic atmosphere. The Hotel is located on Krakowskie Przedmiescie, which is the main tourist attraction. It is a street with a lot of stores, restaurants and really good bars where you can spend your day in Warsaw.

 

Thank you for reading,

Kasia Walkow

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