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Hotel Bristol, your token five star
Warsaw. It may not be top of your European breaks wishlist (hell, it probably loses out to Krakow in your Poland wishlist, too), but it does have one thing going for it – it was recently judged the European city with the cheapest five star hotels.
Actually, there’s far more to say for Warsaw than that. Flights are uniformly cheap (last year we flew from London on Ryanair for £18, or $29 return – yes, total), and while some of the modern city is grim, the Old Town is gorgeous, plus there’s loads of interesting history, the 1944 Uprising Museum and Jewish Museum for starters.
So yes, you definitely want to go to Warsaw. And here are some of our favorite places to stay. They’re not all five star hotels – but then, you can probably find your own five star hotel, right?
Poland's third city, Łódź (it's pronounced "woodge") may lack the charm of Krakow and energy of Warsaw, but it is at the heart of the Polish art scene.
Łódź's famous National Film School counts three Oscar winners amongst its alumni (Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda, and Zbingniew Rybczyński) so it is fitting that DoubleTree has given its new Łódź property a cinema theme and located it on the site of Łódź Film Studio.
"Hilton Worldwide has a long history of association with the film industry and DoubleTree by Hilton Łódź builds on this heritage in an important European market" said Simon Vincent, Hilton Worldwide's EMEA president.
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If Paris, Rome and London have begun to lose their luster and you're looking for a novel way to explore Europe's vast terrain, don't fret. Way over on the other end of the continent, countries like Romania, Hungary, Poland, Estonia and Croatia beckon with 17th century castles, lush countryside, and unspoiled coastal cities. Here's a look at some of the most stunning old-world hotels to be found in the region.
Three Sisters Hotel, Estonia
This Relais & Chateaux-branded property is actually made up of three former merchant houses, built in the fourteenth century, and located within the walls of Tallinn's Old Town. Guest rooms (all renovated in 2003) convey the building's intimate, medieval vibe, but it's the suites that get the most play: four-poster beds, claw foot tubs, and spacious living rooms with the original ceiling beams.
Downstairs, guests can cozy up next to the fireplace, sip on vodka in the dungeon-like Beluga Bar, or head to the award-winning Bordoo restaurant for a five-course degustation menu (65 EUR pp) featuring Estonian specialties like onion consomme, steamed whitefish, elk "cocotte," beef fillet and apple with salted caramel.
Rates from $500/night.
Six more after the jump!
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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.
Hilton Hotels is adding more international properties to its brand than the Jolie-Pitts are adding kiddies to its clan. The company recently debuted three new hotels in far-flung locales like Japan, China and Poland.
Check after the jump for more on the new hotels.
Oh, how worldly you are, NYT! For its latest Check In, Check Out review, the paper headed to Poland. Specifically to Andel’s Hotel Lodz in the country’s third-largest city, Lodz. The hotel was apparently “still a bit unsteady” a few months ago—it opened in May—but is getting its footing fast. The red-brick building was once a weaving mill but is now home to business hotel for the booming city. The lobby, says the Times, is “improbably grand.”
Highlights: Loft-high ceilings in the guest room showed off the building’s original exposed brick and ironwork, while modern touches included a glass-top desk and flat-screen TV. The reviewer was able to order a full meal from the hotel’s bar menu despite arriving after 11 p.m. and the food was “above room-service average.” At first the waiter forgot the beer ordered but it was on the house when it did appear soon after. There’s a modern spa and a glass-domed rooftop pool with great views.
A candidate for our Geek Hotels 2010 list.
It makes sense that a luxury hotel decked out in electronic art would be located somewhere between Berlin and Krakow. (Or, for that matter, floating round a tin can far above the moon). Blow Up Hall 50 50 opened up last month in Poznan, Poland and it has taken interactive art to inhabitable levels.
Guests figuratively should take their protein pills and put their helmets on before entering the black-walled foyer flanked with a video installation created by Tate museum display artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Think meta-meta: 2,400 CCTV scrambled images of the hotel's guests doing whatever they do in the hotel lobby recorded for art's sake. Thankfully, this does not include footage from inside the guestrooms or bathroom use.
Too bad, though as the bathrooms are niftily hidden behind closet doors and have disorienting mirrors strategically mounted for bizarre levels of voyeurism. (Actually, we're very glad there aren't cameras in the bathrooms).