Polonia Palace Hotel
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Today is a travel day. No sights but a new city to adjust to for transportation and FOOD. The hotel we are staying in is the same as the tour group uses so we won't have to change rooms. . Time to put away the Euro and switch to the Zloty which should be a more favorable currency.
Had our last breakfast at Belle Blue. (Breakfast always …
Das Essen. Wenn eine Sache von Warschau über die Zeit hängen bleiben wird, dann das gute Essen und die vielen Restaurants und Bars, die jeden Abend bestens besucht sind und gut und günstig den hungrigen Gast bedienen.
... by Ringelblum. By 1942, when the first prisoners in the Ghettos were deported, the archives that had been collected by Oneg Shabbat were buried, but still continued to grow until 1943. Unfortunately, none of the members of Oneg Shabbat survived the war, but their incredible collection did.
Today, the Ringelblum archives are open to the public in Warsaw. These documents, which were left ...
... and a 750ml bottle of Wybrowa cost me $10! Normally about $35 in Australia. But the big stores such as Zara, Hugo Boss, H&M etc are charging exactly what you would pay in Australia. I'm sure groceries etc are cheaper, and accommodation too. But in terms of clothing Babcia will have to use the Internet if she's going to keep up the fashion stakes. Our hotel has been good value though and we'll stay here again when we return on the 7th of January for our last three ...
... on google maps, even though my service has been cut off (If I get a big bill in the next few days Vodafone will get an earful). Only issue was check in wasn't until 2pm, so I needed to wait. Went to Saxon Gardens, aimlessly walked around Warsaw and took some photos, back to the hostel, and had a six hour nap.
When I woke up it was dark, dreading that it was too late to do anything, I checked the time, and it was 8pm. Off to ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPolonia Palace Hotel Warsaw
Nice place near to the city center, good food, service and gym.
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I think the whole place was nice
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Historical Traveler Reviews Polonia Palace Hotel Warsaw
Has to be the best in two months of travel
I have read all the reviews and every positive you have read is ditto, ditto and then some!!.
If you spend the time to book on the Internet via one of the Internet hotel providers at a reasonable rate , you will get one of the cheapest and best 5 star, yes 5 star not 4 star Hotels available in Europe. The rooms are superb and comfortable. The beds are magnificent. The service and attention to detail is exemplary and the Breakfast is at the very top end. This is not an American breakfast as described by one reviewer, it is a European Breakfast, an American Breakfast and any sort of breakfast you could envisage, right down to the whole Salmon and the chef preparing your choice of Omelettes on the spot. All served in a Grand Dining room that many people came again and again just to take photos. The waiters are the best and I can't forget the beautiful white Villaroy and Boch China on all tables and the impeccable linen and flower arrangements..
The hotel is great and a must if you are going to Warsaw which by the way is very very cheap except for maybe the Taxis.
Be prepared for a culture shock at the Central station where beggars and undesirables can be particularly aggressive. We were treated to a fairly unpleasant site on arrival at Central station which I will not describe for fear of upsetting readers but the Polonia Palace only a short walk from the station was a wonderful place as the greetings were fantastic, the service wonderful, right down to the Reception staff escorting us to a Automatic teller machine to get some money. It is such a nice place that after our unpleasant experience we briefly thought that 3 days based purely in the Polonia Palace may not be a bad idea. But Warsaw demands you get out there , the Old and New cities are a wonderful example of painstaking and dedicated restoration and the results are a credit to Poland. Warsaw can be a bit bleak but the Polonia Palace glitters. Shop to you drop to put PLNs back into Poland and stay at the Polonia Palace and take a day or two to explore the city and it's attractions. It should be well worth it.
By the way even at the Polonia Palace our most delightful accommodation in two months of touring Europe we did not find hot coffee. We are still looking for it.
Jewel in the crown
The only surviving pre-war hotel in Warsaw. General Eisenhower stayed here as have most Polish celebrities and international diplomats.
The hotel was only recently opened in December 2004 after being closed for a major renovation for a few years. The results are breathtaking !
The hotel lobby guarantees a "wow" factor but even this is eclipsed when you dine in the hotel restaurant. It looks like it belongs in the Palace of Versailles ! Our evening meal which was one of the most expensive on the menu only came out at under £ 20.00 per person for a main course and dessert. The meal was accompanied by the beautiful sounds of an even more beautiful harp player in the corner of the restaurant.
The location of the hotel is superb. Opposite the Palace of Culture (TIP: ask for a room with a view and if available you'll see the Palace right in front of your window). The hotel is conveniently located, within easy walking distance of the Centrum railway station, Metro and buses to the airport.
And all of this for slightly more than the price of a Travel Inn in the UK !!!
Just returned from 4 nights at the Polonia Palace. Probably the best 4 star hotel I have stayed in in europe and better than most 5 star I have visited. Oozes class and style and in a different league to the typical chain hotels. Recently completely refurbished to a very high standard. Double bedded room was immaculate and kept spotlessly clean. Dining room took your breathe away. Breakfast was a mixture of hot and cold buffet and excellent. Lovely cafe and bar in hotel. We booked with Hotelopia and had an excellent deal. Very helpful staff.
Hotel is located between the main financial district and the shopping area. Several large department stores opposite including C&A and H&M. Main railway station 200 metres away. Bus and trams stop outside hotel. Old town square is about 25 minutes walk away past numerous shops, bars and retaurants.
Bar prices in hotel reasonable although the restaurant prices were on a par with prices in the UK. Eating out was far cheaper and you could get a reasonable meal in a decent restaurant for £3- £5. Beer averaged about £1.25/£1.50 a pint in most bars.
If you're wondering what Warsaw is like, its a mixture of old and new. Much of it has been rebuilt since the war and the architecture is very impressive. The old town is very pretty with many restaurants and bars. I was surprised at how stylish and unspoilt it was - no stag parties like you see in Prague.
Visit Warsaw and stay in the Polonia Palace - you wont be disappointed.
Top class hotel in a great position just 500 metres from main railway station. Culture of Palace is also across the road.
Hotel is definitely 4-star quality with sizeable rooms and all the facilities you would expect including mini-bar (although rather expensive), satellite TV with good quality bathroom. There's also a fitness area which we didn't use.
The hot breakfasts were plentiful and varied, something for people from all countries and the staff very helpful. Would recommend to anyone.
Watch out for the Warsaw taxi drivers!!! Got conned by one - always check or fix a fare before departing. Our taxi meter shot up from 7 zloty to 23 in double quick time. Better still get the bus or tram - and there are plenty right outside the Polonia Palace.
the polonia palace in warsaw was the only hotel to remain untouched after world war II, partly because the german high command stayed there. for approx. £50 per night my husband and spent 3 fabulous nights there. it has a magnificent grand entrance and lobby but there is no pretension. the staff were extremely helpful, our room overlooked the palace of culture. the room was huge, very clean and modern and a lovely en-suite. the bar and coffe shop were very reasonably priced for such an elegant city centre hotel and had a great, relaxing atmosphere. the bus from the airport stops virtually outside the door so transport was not a problem and the train station was 500 yards away. breakfast was amazing, fish, polish, continental, cooked. you name it ,it was there to be eaten. cannot fault it.
Excellent Hotel. You wont be disappointed.
Date stayed: July 13 & 14, 2005 (2 nights)
Price Paid: USD$81 per night (inc breakfast)
Booked via: HotelsPoland
Excellent. A few hundred metres from Central train station. Numerous trams pass the front door. There is also a metro station at the front door. Opposite (and with a good view of) the palace of culture. Only short walk to one of the main shopping areas.
Apparently this is the only surviving and still operating hotel from before WW2. The hotel was recently totally, beautifully and sumptuously restored. (Note, there are still some reviews floating around the web which are from before the restoration - ignore these as they are effectively rating a different hotel). Apart from breakfast I did not have a chance to use any of the facilities, except to say that the lifts were fast and efficient.
Excellent. Brand new. Very comfortable. Attractive contemporary colour scheme with modern finishes. Large bed with nice linen and cool lighting. Large marble bathroom with big shower. Usual business mod-cons: desk, broadband, electronic safe, etc.
Excellent. Genuine American breakfast served in magnificently restored Louis XVI dining room. Great range of hot food, fruit, cheeses, meats, cereal, pastries, juices, etc. Good coffee served to your table. Omelette man was quick and made tasty omelettes just the way I instructed. Did I mention that the dining room was magnificent?
Excellent. Quick check in. Swipe cards for rooms. Well spoken English. Excellent tourist advice from both reception and concierge. Housekeeping was thorough and unnoticed. Quick check out.
Would I stay again?
Definitely. Very hard to fault. For this price I rate this hotel 9 out of 10.
Polonia Palace Hotel is fantastic! The rooms are are large and spotless. The breakfast buffet is one of the best I have ever had and the luxurious restaurant makes it taste even better. The location is very convenient for the train station ( if you intend travelling on a train make sure you arrive VERY early to obtain a ticket, preferably the day before - we waited in line for over an hour and missed our train to Krakow). It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the old town - but you pass so many places of interest it is well worth it. I would certainly return to this hotel.
Booked this hotel with (---). Got 3 nights incl breakfast for £135! Bargain! Hotel is beautiful, restored to the highest standards, staff are friendly and helpful. First class service in the restaurant. We had the 6 course dinner menu for a special occasion which was superb and very reasonably priced 180 Polish zlotys! The hotel breakfast is awesome as previously mentioned....a chef will cook you an omelette etc while you wait. Location is right in the middle of Warsaw.Easy walking distance to various sights and great transport links via tram/bus to where you want to go in Warsaw. I asked for a room with a good view and was rewarded by a first class view of the Palac Cultury.Rooms are modern, sat tv, air conditioned, mini bar/fridge (sound system from tv plays in the bathroom!) Had a few drinks in the Bojangles Bar which was very nicely done out.Would stay here again - no problem! Probably the best hotel I have ever stayed in!
Quite unbelievable ! Booking with "quo vadis", we only paid 60 € / night (breakfast included) for this palace.
I confirm totally the other review.
It's important to mention the splendid breakfast, the better one I have ever seen in an hotel...
Great Hotel - excellent location
Just 500 meters from the Central Train Station - the recently completely refurbished Polonia Palace Hotel stands opposite the Palace of Culture. You couln't ask for a better location - a 15PLN cab ride from the Old Tiwn and the Royal Route, 20 minute stroll along Jan PawelII Avenue to get to the Jewish Ghetto area and right in the heart of the business and major shopping areas, the location is a dream! Staff are attentive, polite and multi-lingual - ever ready to help you with your query. The place is spotless! Breakfasts are served in the restaurant which has been refurbished to its Louis XVI excellent - a great place to start the day. You can always use the Gym, Sauna and Solarium to work off any overindulgences. Highly recommended!!