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... left at mid day to catch the train to Warsaw & were surprised to find that it went from a large suburban station. It arrived & left in about 4 minutes with us in a first class compartment all to ourselves but it was extremely hot with substandard a/c so we sweltered until we crossed the Polish border where we waited whilst they changed engines. Come home buses, all is forgiven!!! After about 25 mins we set off again but now we were at the back of the train ...
... br> 4. What type of government did Poland have from after WW2 until 1989? Why?
5. When did Poland join the EU? NATO?
AP only: Describe agriculture in Poland over the last 60 years. For example, what was it like during the communist years (state-owned?) after WW2 and how did it transition to private-owned? Also, what are its main exports and how much of its industry is centered around agriculture? Why is Poland doing so well economically ...
... Castle and its decorated painted rooms filled with period pieces and artwork. How is this at all possible?
As difficult as it was at times to visit parts of the city (everywhere there is a story of the injustices and hardships that Poles had to endure first under Nazi occupation and then under Soviet rule) there is life and hope. Now that Poland is a truly independent and democratic country, Poles of all backgrounds are free to live their lives ...
Flash forward to 1944- the Nazi's and the Soviets are now at war (the Soviets are on the side of the Allies now) in Poland on the Eastern front. The Nazi's are on the fast decline. The Soviets have liberated much of Poland to the East. The Polish underground is wary of Warsaw being "liberated" by the Soviets. For much of recent history the Russians/Soviets have tried to claim Polish territory as their own and the Polish are also upset the Soviets helped ...
Today was a day of doing not a lot but preparation for my big travel towards Amsterdam. I had to go to the shops and buy some supplies for two flights and huge stopover in Liverpool. I went to the supermarket early and got everything then walked through the markets that were going ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Bristol Warsaw
Fantastic Service, average food
Stayed 2 nights January 2005 in standard double. Room excellent, although odd touches of wear and tear around carpet and light fixtures. Service at this hotel is impeccable.
Paid extra to use Executive Club Lounge, not really worth it with the exception of free wine and canapes between 6 and 8pm. The free breakfast was frankly disappointing, bread a little stale, rest of food lacked imagination considering this is a 5 star hotel. We ate in the Cafe Bristol in the hotel on the afternoon of our arrival, service again excellent, as was the quality of food. However, ate at the Marconi restaurant in the hotel and was very disappointed with the tasteless gnocci in a chestnut sauce and the penne arrabiata. Distinctly average pasta dishes. Calamari starter also average. Service and surroundings superb.
Good asian fusion restaurant near the hotel, called 'ginger', halfway down Nowy Swiat street.
Would still stay in this hotel again as it has a certain grandeur combined with fantastic service. Food quality OK, but dishes seriously lacked any imagination. 4 stars given due to average food.
Great service and food
This hotel is simply great! The rooms are spacious and the service is excellent. The restaurant has a Guide Rouge Star and the breakfast is fantastic. For dinner, try Belvedere or Michel Moran (newly opened French restaurant just 200 meters from the hotel).
I am still totally stunned from staying at the Bristol
I stayed at the Bristol in January 2004 only for one night, however this was the best night ever in a hotel. The room was very nice looking over the park, then completely covered by snow. The bathroom was very spacious with very nice amenities. I still love the bathrobe... but I did not take it with me, I swear!
Breakfast was exceptional, with a huge selection of gourmet bits. Service was extremely friendly, responsive and very attentive. It was also the first time I experienced a turndown service. And they had a very good exchange rate when changing Euros into Zlotys at the front desk. Don't change anywhere else.
Everything was simply impeccable and I will make sure to stay again at the Bristol.
Great location very good room
Our stay here was fantastic. THe service very attentive. We were just steps from many tourist sites . Our room was upgraded on our arrival to Poland. The hotel has it's own taxiis which is very convenient if you want to feel secure at time of arrival at the airport. Sunday morning there was the most spectacular buffet at the Marconi. We really unwound at the pool and would definitely return
An Amazing Hotel in an Amazing City
I don't know where to start with this review. Everything was great here. My room was huge. The bathroom was gigantic compared to other places I had stayed this summer. The room was very clean. The chocolates on the pillow were good as I had taken to throwing them away at other hotels. The laundry service was much, much better and cheaper than my hotels in Milan, Berlin, Tallinn and Prague. The breakfast was excellent. The cafe had awesome desserts and they even had some chocolate festival going on in the evenings which was not too expensive. It was worth 5 pieces of chocolate cake! Total sugar shock. The staff was helpful. The best restaurant near there was on Nowy Swiat #21. It is set off the road through an alley-way and it is called "Polska". I found the food in Poland to be 2nd to only Italy. The Bristol is great and very affordable if you search the net for a good rate. I had a "weekend special" for 75 EURO/night!! It was amazing until I checked out and there was some screwy tax thing that made it actually 100 EURO/night which made me angry for about 10 seconds because I realized it had been such and awesome stay that it was better to just pay it and leave happy. When I return next year I will read the fine print on my reservation. Although I never really figured out what had happened this year. Another thing is that this hotel's location is much better than other 5-star hotels in the city center. It is only minutes from the castle and Old Town square. It sounds too good to be true but it is not. If you go and have a bad time there then it has to be something you have done to deserve it. I am a magnet for bad service and there really was nothing bad about this hotel. I guess the hidden cost was more acceptable because I almost always expect something to go wrong and if it was only a little extra money then so be it.
Caviar for breakfast
Ok, it was not iranian Beluga or Sevruga, it was just red caviar, but it was there for breakfast, along with vodka, in addition to the usual morning stuff (and, moreover, I don't like caviar at all!).
The hotel is a Leading, but it's better and cheaper to book on the site of Le Meridien.
Best option to get there from the airport is the bus n. 175 (25 mins - about 15 stops - to the bus stop right in front of the hotel entrance, bearing the name of the hotel): avoid the taxi drivers trying to hook you at the airport!
We had a wonderful room on the upper floor, in english country style, with windows directly on the city and the Presidential Palace, neighbouring (actually, attached) to the hotel: every morning at 8,50 am we were waken up by the drums of the militar band for the ceremony of the changing of the guard (cannot decide whether this was a pros or a cons).
Do not miss the beautiful historic center of Warsaw (form the hotel entrance half a mile on the right) and the Lazienki park (two and a half miles on the left).
Highlight of our stay
We originally booked a room directly with the hotel for three nights, but there are cheaper deals available through Polish travel agencies - about half price from the rack rate. Eventually we paid $90 per night for 2 adults and one child sharing the room. The hotel is fantastic and I would happily have paid far more. The bar is expensive - 22 zloty approx. per beer - but has a half price offer from 5pm till 8pm on drinks and snacks. It's a great art deco bar, so we had a few cocktails early before heading out for dinner. The Sunday brunch is amazing, about 130 zloty for unlimited Italian sparkling wine, oysters, caviar, sushi, pasta, meat...really good. Caviar at breakfast too! I agree with the previous poster that the fitness suite/swimming pool could do with an upgrade, but it's perfectly adequate. I would love to go back to this hotel.
A very fine hotel with good facilities. On arrival we were upgraded to a suite which was large and beautifully furnished. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Our stay here was one of the highlights of our holiday in Poland.
The Bristol is an excellent hotel. It has been refurbished to a very high standard retaining all the excellent period features of the property. When we arrived we were offered a chance to upgrade to club class which we did. This was excellent and our room was very beautiful and overlooked the presidential palace. The bathroom was white marble and very large.
The Cafe Bristol is excellent, it is very striking and the food is superb.
The staff were exceptional and could not be more helpful.
If you are travelling to Warsaw this is definitely the place to stay!
Great location, really grand hotel
I stayed at the Le Meridien Bristol last weekend and enjoyed it a lot. the location is great. one of the few hotels from where you can take a nice walk to the old part of the town and the former royal palace. it is right in the king´s walk, the most prestigious rd. several bus lines call the stop in front of the hotel. the staff was really friendly and breakfast was great. they have a really nice patio in the hotel courtyard, very quiet. the food in the restaurat was terrific.
the room was facing the courtyard, so very quiet. very large marble bathroom. all the rooms are individually furnished.
the pool/spa is in the basement. it is ok but should get some redoing especially the sauna/steam room.
I would stay at the bristol again, a really grand hotel of europe and visited by many stars and statesmen.