During my recent trip to Warsaw, I had the pleasure of staying at the Intercontinental. When I arrived, the selection of fancy cars at the hotel entrance couldn’t be missed, so things looked promising. Good to know those guys chose the same 5 star hotel to spend their nights in as I did.
I booked a ‘king bed room with club lounge access’. It was a decent room on the 38th floor of the 43 story high building (one of the tallest in the city) and it actually had a double bed, and a small sitting space and desk area. Good to process some pics on my laptop! Standard marble bathroom with bath and separate walk-in shower. What I did appreciate were the extra dental kit, shaving kit, beauty kit, and a good selection of soaps. Cleanliness of the room could have been better, I noticed a few stains on the bed linnen. But speaking of the bed, this was without a doubt the best hotel bed I’ve ever slept in! Well maybe the second best, the bed in our cabin at the Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden can never be beaten! My room overlooked the old town and river, I didn’t have a view of the Palace of Culture and Science from in my room, as it is beautifully lit at night.
The price of my room included ‘club lounge access’, which means guests who’ve booked this type of room can access a separate lounge on the 41st floor. You can eat breakfast there and have small dinner if you don’t like to go the main restaurant. During the day, it’s the place to read a book and enjoy the view sipping on a complimentary drink. Seriously, everything in the lounge was free, not only fresh fruit juice, coffee, water and tea, but also sodas, beer, wine, and even whiskey. I really liked the fact that there were never more than 15 people in the huge lounge and I’ve actually spent quite some time there to relax from all the walking in the city.
On the 43rd floor, there’s the Health Club, a fitness area and wellness centre, which included a sauna, steam bath, swimming pool, and hot tub with stunning views of the city!
All in all a good hotel, but I’ve stayed in better 5 star hotels, for example Boscolo in Budapest, which is part of the Autograph Collection. Maybe for a city trip like this one, a more personal hotel would be a better fit, like the Bristol hotel. My sister stayed there and she really recommends it. I’m aware that the Intercontinental Hotel Group is a big chain and not all their hotels can be amazing, but on the other hand I did enjoy my time being there and I especially appreciated the extras like free bathroom stuff and complimentary drinks and snacks in the lounge.
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