Le Meridien Bristol Hotel, Warsaw
Reviews - Le Meridien Bristol Hotel
- Age Group: 18 - 25
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Le Meridien Bristol Hotel
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 classfrom AldwJones
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.
Superb Dinner and Drinks in an Art Nouveau Treasurefrom VegasCanuck
Old and showing it a little too much!from A TripAdvisor Member
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 buffetfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 roomsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 Stafffrom Polska
Le Meridian Warsawfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 betterfrom awayuk
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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!!
Other names for Le Meridien Bristol Hotel
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- Address: 42 Krakowskie Przedmiescie - Warsaw - 00-325 - Poland
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