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Warsaw Gets A Taste of Luxury

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  Site Where: Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42/44, Warsaw , Poland, 00-325
February 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Up until very recently, one of the top places to stay in Warsaw, Poland was Le Meridien Bristol, a gorgeous landmark building located right in the center of the city. And technically, the Bristol still ranks as one of Warsaw's top hotels, except as of earlier this month, it's going by a new name.

An eight-month, EUR 12 million renovation resulted in several major changes to the property: refreshed guest rooms and public spaces, a new restaurant and wine bar, and, most importantly for SPG members, a re-branding from Le Meridien to Luxury Collection. Ooooh!

As of January 17, the elegant 112-year-old hotel began flying the LC flag, thus joining the ranks of such renowned places as Venice's Hotel Danieli, Manhattan's The Chatwal and Shanghai's brand new Twelve at Hengshan.

Inside the hotel, hallways have been re-carpeted, furniture has been updated, walls have been re-papered—even the vintage brass elevator chambers got a facelift. The new look of the rooms and suites is the work of London-based designer Anita Rosato, who's also worked on the interiors at Chewton Glen, Le Meridien Picadilly and Sheraton Rome.

And we can say, after having walked through a few of the freshly-renovated rooms themselves, the new blue-white-gray color scheme is definitely a hit: the effect is just the right mix of decadence and class. And in the Executive Rooms, which are just a step up from the standard Classic Room, come with their own sitting area, complete with desk, armchair, flat-screen TV and a window.

Other restoration work focused on the lobby itself, which has been expanded, and boasts a giant crystal chandelier hanging over a gorgeous sunlit room with marble walls and floor. The room connects the reception desk with the rest of the hotel, and it was quite a thrill (for us, at least) to simply sit and stare up at the bright green frescoes on the ceiling. Vases of fresh flowers placed on a circular divan in the center of the room only add to a sense of opulence.

Luxury, indeed!

Rates start at around $137/night.

[Photos: HotelChatter; Starwood]

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