Le Meridien Bristol Hotel

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Le Meridien Bristol Hotel

, Warsaw
5 star

Rooms: 206

42 Krakowskie Przedmiescie - Warsaw - 00-325 - Poland Hotel Website | 48 22 551 1000
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10/10
Stunning Hotel
Submitted by: Andy in 01/02/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Fantastic service, not very expensive and closed to the old town. Excellent.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Le Meridien Bristol Hotel

Excellent

from Traveller042
Excellent Hotel. We stayed there for 3 nights, 2adults 2 children. The children loved it - especially the breakfast. Rooms were spacious, clean comfortable, well decorated and quiet. We got a better deal by booking each room for 1 adult and 1 child but had to make sure that they stuck to that when they calculated the bill.
Breakfast was wonderful. Pool was great. There is also a gym, sauma, steam room and treatment room. Service was good. We left in the Meridien Bristol car (which was more expensive than a normal Warsaw taxi but still reasonable) feeling pampered.
Even if you're not staying there you can visit the Cafe Bristol which serves wonderful coffee and cakes and does a 'chocoholic's feast at weekends'.

First class

from AldwJones
I stayed in the hotel for the weekend. The hotel is first class and the staff are very friendly and helpful. (They soon get to know you)The hotel is well-located in Warsaw (right next to the Presidential Palace) and with about a mile of the old town (or less). It has an adequate gym and a small pool. The taxi from the airport was efficient.There is red cavier for breakfast and champagne. I would stay there again.

Warsaw is getting there as far as tourism is concerned. Be preapred to queue for even the most simplest things - tickets for entrances etc.
Chopins drawing room was very missable and unimpressive! The attendent made you wear over cover shoes and no efforts were made to assist with notices etc.

The opera house is worth a visit and is near the hotel. It cost £8 (sterling) to watch a ballet (Swan Lake).

Warsaw was cruelly blown up by the Germans in 1944, but it is being rebuilt. All the buildings are mostly new (although they look authentic).

Watch the cars, when you go on a crossing you seem to be a target (even with a green light to cross!). Toursits guide books are in short supply, we had to wait until we got to Warsaw to get a goodish one.


Best wishes

Superb Dinner and Drinks in an Art Nouveau Treasure

from VegasCanuck
Although we did not stay at this property, I am compelled to write a quick review about our dinner and drinks in the Bristol's lounge. We were saying at the nearby Sofitel which was fine (see review). The Bristol is an art nouveau treasure (at least the public spaces that we experienced). We stopped for a drink in their lounge...not crowded with an excellent jazz trio playing. We inquired about food and the attentive waitress brought menus from both their restaurants and we were able to order and enjoy our dinner in the lounge area...what a treat! Superb food...risotto with sweetbreads and a perfect classic penne a la carbonara. Great service and a breathtaking space...the way Warsaw would have been before the war. If we ever come back to Warsaw, we will stay at the Meridian Bristol.

Old and showing it a little too much!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Bristol is a historic hotel in DIRE need of MAJOR upgrades and refurbishment. I believe the last renovations were in 1992 and it shows. For what is billed as the top hotel in Warsaw and indeed the whole country the hotel simply and plainly did not deliver. There were many faults, quite a few would be classed as irritants but all add up to a less than ideal stay. The ideal stay by the way can be found at the Westin Warsaw (see trip report there).

Before arrival I tried to communicate with the hotel by email and these inquiries were simply not answered. Do not give an email contact if you have no plans to reply. I had booked the basic room but was graciously advised that I had been upgraded to an Executive room. The lobby was not all that impressive for a historic hotel. Upon entry to the room mid afternoon I felt that the room was a little on the dark side. The bed also appeared to be sagging a bit. The toiletries were fairly basic and lacked things like conditioner. The walls had faded paint and paint chips. The bathroom ceiling had cracked plaster. The room layout was boring. The common areas too suffered from various shadings in the wall paint.

I had left ironing my evening clothes to the last minute and was shocked to find no iron in the room. This is really poor form for a top hotel. When requested the iron did arrive quite quickly. The iron had a frayed power cord. These things cost $30…really, buy a new one…and for each room.

The hotel has a new executive lounge which is nice. It has 2 computer stations with internet to use free of charge. The charge for lounge access was 20-30 Euro, can’t recall exactly. They had evening drinks and canapés. The canapés were a bit disappointing but not overly so. The morning continental breakfast in the lounge was okay but certainly not spectacular like the Westin’s offering in the lounge and the restaurant.

I had arranged to meet relatives for dinner at Malinowa restaurant. Mistake. For the 1st 45 minutes we were the only ones there. It did pick up later. The food was marginal but the service very attentive. The main course, pheasant was quite tough and not at all what I expected. Dessert was again unimaginative. My dining companions had similar impressions when we met the next day.

I appreciate a good hotel gym. If you do then do not come here – go to the Westin! Two old treadmills in the dungeon…err basement. Also a bike and some weights but no elliptical. Seriously, this is very sub par for a high class hotel. I have seen better at Hampton Inn. There is a pool which is a rarity in Warsaw.

I would certainly NOT stay here again. The Westin was incredible, one of the best hotel stays I have experienced. Also, my comments on the comment card have not been acknowledged in over a month.

One may say that I do not like the older style hotel and to that I say rubbish. I often stay at Fairmont Hotels and have Platinum Status there. Many of these are historic railway hotels that have a lot of history and are very well maintained. Yes, the Westin is a different style but very cool indeed.

Fabulous buffet

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had an excellent stay in this lovely old hotel. We could walk to all the sights and to lots of cafes and restaurants. The room was very spacious and furnished like a gracious country house.

The breakfast buffet was superb! There was everything - fish, meats, cheeses, cereals, yoghourts, breads, hot dishes etc - even caviar, vodka and champagne!

We didn't give in to the chocolate buffet in the elegant cafe, but the chocolate Bristol cake was divine and the apple pie the best we've ever tasted.

If you have any room left, the all you can eat sunday brunch, (with unlimited wine!) was excellent and two classical guitarists created a lovely ambience. Unfortunately it was too cold to eat in the courtyard. Maybe next time....

Historic Hotel -Great rooms

from A TripAdvisor Member
Recently returned from a 2 night stay at the magnificient Hotel royal Bristol in Warsaw.
Booked a late deal through expedia for the room paying only 65 pounds per night (the standard room rate is 380 euros!). The hotel is superbly located about a 5 minute walk to the old town and perhaps 10-15 mins from the centre of the new town walking down Nowy Swiat which has some interesting cafes.
Our room was on the 6th floor, had views over the palace and was very large and furnished to a high standard. The levels of comfort and cleanliness were beyond anything else we have experienced in Europe at any price, never mind 65 per night. The bathrooms are equally large and impressive, with robes, slippers and a twice daily towl change if required.
The hotel staff are excellent, offering high service levels and courteousy with excellent english language ability.

We made use of the pool and gym / suana facilities. I found these to also be very good indeed, with large towels, robes, slippers and bottled water and fruit all provided.

Any downsides? - not really, although the cost of food and drink in the hotel is high - but then again it is 5*. Within a few minutes of the hotel food and drink is on offer of good standard for a fraction of the price.
We got a taxi from the airport to the hotel at a cost of 40 Zloty (this required considerable negotiation to achieve, as when you tell the driver you are staying at the Bristol I think they double the fare!)
Returning to the airport we used the hotel limo (60 zloty) for a last bit of luxury. I will definately stay here again, the ambience is excellent and this is often lacking in many other more modern 5* hotels.
Highly recommended, particularly if you get get a good deal on the room rate.

Good Hotel Polite Staff

from Polska
Stayed at the Hotel early March four nights. Booked through the web site for my-self, husband and 9 year old Grand-daughter, chose a room which had two Queen beds, however when we arrived the Hotel said the web site creators had got things wrong and they did not have any rooms with two Queen beds. They offered an upgrade to the 7th floor with a separate sitting room with a settee which our grand-daughter could use, or offered a foldaway bed in the original room.We declined as we wanted her to be beside us in our room in a proper bed which we thought we were getting. Eventually they put a three quarter size bed in the room for her, so they were accommodating. The room was very large so there was still plenty space for comfort. The bed we had however was not Queen either it was two single beds next to each other. All in all the Hotel is very good and I would reccommend it.

Le Meridian Warsaw

from A TripAdvisor Member
Spent a weekend at Le Meridian Bristol, Warsaw. Fantastic service and very well located - short walk from the old city and from the shopping district! Rooms were fantastic as was the service. However 2 problems

1. Had to phone on both days at 3pm to find out when our room would be serviced

2. Got a hotel taxi to take us to a restaurant which was actually only 15 minutes walk away but ended up being a 20 minute drive! Taxi man charged us 5 times the actual amount of what an ordinary taxi would have cost us

When visiting Warsaw visit Adler's restaurant just off Nowy Swiat street - great food and service!

Excellent Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in the Meridien Bristol recently for four days, in the beginning of march. The hotel lies next to the former royal, now presidential palace and it puts you in the middle of everything: it is situated 500 metres (to the right) from what are called the old and new town (stare miasto and nowe miasto, both having been rebuilt after the war in their respective 15th and 16th century style), and (to the left) the Novy Swat (New World Street) with, on it, the university, many restaurants and chique shops. At the back of the hotel are the Saxon Gardens, with in it the monument for the unknown soldier. Walk straight through the park and you end up at the Marszalkowska, one of the main Warsaw thouroughfares. There, in what has now become a new, modern highrise center of Warsaw have been built next to each other a Marriott, Sas Radisson, Westin and Mercure. The result is a concrete jungle, where you wouldn’t want to stay unless somebody else was paying for it (which is of course the only reason why anybody ìs staying there).
The Bristol is a historical building which everybody in Warsaw knows. The interior is fine, though certainly not the museum you would expect. I suppose it has been rebuilt after the war, but I am not sure. The room I was in would normally cost 330 euros, but I paid 100€. It was spacious and well appointed. Service is excellent, personnel is very friendly and speaks English well. Breakfast is excellent too. I guess this is definitely the hotel to choose in Warsaw. By the way, if you ask for a taxi for the airport they get you the hotel limousine (you pay 60 zlotys). It seems that the same hotel lmousine from the airport to the hotel costs 90 zloty (22€). The normal taxi I took costed 32 zlotys (8€).
The hotel has two restaurants. I did’n t care much for the one where I ate, Malinowa, which should be the best one. I didn’t care by the way for any other Warsaw restaurant where I ate, and that included famous Fuker, and Geissler. I thought the restaurants on the old market place very bad, tourist traps in fact, filled with foreigners, and which to me didn’t seem to have much to do with Polish cuisine, or any other cuisine as a matter of fact. I also tried a more downmarket place, ate Pirogi (best in town, is was said) and Zurek, and suffered the consequenses, at night of course. The only restaurant where I ate reasonably well was a place called Cantina del Mondo, on the Nowy Swat. Maybe I had bad luck. I do feel a bit ashamed about my culinary complaint, because people were very kind and open everywhere, much friendlier and opener than they have reason to be with people from the west. Go to Warsaw, take Norman Davies’ Rising ’44 with you, visit the historical museum on the market place (and don’t miss the film at noon, in the small cinema downstairs), take a day for a walk past the many Warsaw monuments – all of them – and don’t miss the old Warsaw prison of the Nazi period, Pawiak. Crying for Poland a bit wouldn’t hurt us, even if it is a bit late. Don’t miss the Papal collection of paintings (1 Bankowy Sq.) – quiet unknown, but very worth wile – and the Muzeum Narodowe, the National Museum, at the Alleeje Jerozolimskie.

A good hotel - could do better

from awayuk
We spent a week at Le Royal Meridien Bristol. The location is good - central and a short walk from the old town and the shopping district in the opposite direction. The room was spacious and everything was spotless though the decor was a bit tatty and in need of redecorating - not what we expected from a 5* hotel which belongs to the 'Leading hotels of the World' group. We used the Executive Lounge and found it a good deal at 30 euro per day - breakfast was good, internet access handy, staff friendly and helpful, canapes and drinks in the evening were a bonus. We didn't try the Bristol cafe as it was chilly every time we looked in there. The smoke-filled 'Afters' bar served over-priced (even during the half-price 'happy hour') stale sandwiches and the blandest soup I've ever tasted - much better (and a fraction of the price) are the rough and ready authentic Polish cafes/restaurants dotted around the hotel. We had two irritating 'misunderstandings' in this hotel. One was when (on our guard against 'mafia' taxis as per the guidebook) we asked the doorman to get us a cab and he pointed us to the hotel car. Fine except the hotel car cost more than double the same route back in a regular city cab - so much for watching out for mafia-run cabs! The second misunderstanding was when the smiling barman recommended a glass of wine which we assumed was from the 'happy hour' menu since we were sitting in the bar during 'happy hour' but was (sneakily) brought from the restuarant with an £8 (42 zloty) price tag instead of £2 (12 zloty). This irked us a little. We don't mind spending money but don't assume we're stupid! We got this sorted out eventually - but not without standing our ground and we weren't very happy. One of the two lifts was out of order for most of the week. The lobby is cold and unwelcoming with only a few seats. I wouldn't stay in this particular hotel again - it isn't a patch on the Vienna Meridien. It's good (and we got a cheap deal), but not good enough to merit 'the leading hotels of the world' tag - I get the impression it trades on a past which it doesn't live up to and you might be disappointed if you think it is going to be really special because, quite frankly, it isn't.

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new museum on 1944 Warsaw Uprising just openend a couple years ago; you reall get a feeling for what it much have felt like living under occupation and then during the uprising. highly recommend it.

24hr bus ticket Purchase a day ticket and it runs for 24hours. Valid on Metro Buses and Trams. A great way to get around the city. They can be purchased from Kiosk and are less than £1.50 steriling.

Travelling to/from Airport Booked hotel limo from airport to hotel ,as I was arriving late in the evening - excellent service 90 zolty. On the day I left I checked out at 9.30 in the morning, left my luggage, and booked the same for my return to the airport at 3pm. When Ireturned to the hotel at 2.45pm the concierge told me that the limo was unavailable and hailed a taxi. The fare was 42 zolty, just as comfortable as the limo, excellent, friendly driver, who told me the tip I gave him (18 zolty) was too much and didn't want to take it!!

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  • Address: 42 Krakowskie Przedmiescie - Warsaw - 00-325 - Poland
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