Review: Hotel Bristol Warsaw Junior Suite

The Hotel Bristol Warsaw is located on the most prestigious street in Warsaw  “Krakowskie Przedmieście”, situated on the Royal Route the neo-renaissance building still manages to stand out and is considered to be the poshest place to stay. It’s perfect if you want to visit the Old Town “Stare Miasto” which is only a stone’s throw away.

During a weekend in Warsaw I spent one night at the InterContinental Warsaw and one night at Hotel Bristol.

Hotel Bristol Warsaw

Hotel Bristol Warsaw

I had booked the hotel when it was listed on SPG Hot Escapes and paid 140 EUR for a ‘Bristol Suite’. Upon arrival I was informed that I had been upgraded to a ‘Junior Suite’. It’s a bit odd that the description ‘junior’ is an upgrade over a “named suite”, but it actually is. An average room size of 50m² for the Junior Suite  vs 42m² for the Bristol suite.

The Hotel Bristol Warsaw is a SPG Category 4 hotel, so if you’re using Starpoins (which you shouldn’t) that would be 10.000 points for a Standard room.

Hotel Bristol Warsaw lobby & bar

Coming into the hotel, the check-in desks are located on the left, pictured below. Great open space with large windows and lots of natural light. The second picture of the lobby is taken from where the elevators are located. The elevators are from the early 1900’s although they have of course been renovated… Unfortunately no picture of that.

Hotel Bristol Warsaw Lobby

Lobby

Hotel Bristol Warsaw Lobby

Lobby

Column Bar

Column Bar

Column Bar

Bristol Wine Bar

Bristol Wine Bar

Hotel Bristol Warsaw Junior Suite

Entering the room there was a small hallway before coming into the living room. The living room had a comfortable couch, large television, desk, chair and a connecting door to the room next to the junior suite. Not sure if that was also a suite.

hallway

hallway

Entering the room

Entering the living room

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Junior Suite Bedroom

The bedroom of the junior suite was relatively small, the passage between bed and cabinet was rather narrow. The desk across the room had a large vanity mirror and there was also a chair next to the bed. The bottles of water were complimentary.

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chair

Hotel Bristol Warsaw - Junior Suite

desk & mirror

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The bathroom reminded me a bit of the Duplex Suite at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand: tiny compared to the size of the room. The shower unfornately wasn’t ‘stand alone’ so you would have to climb in the bathtub which the picture below might illustrate, isn’t just hopping in and was a bit difficult.

Hotel Bristol Warsaw - Junior Suite bathroom Hotel Bristol Warsaw - Junior Suite bathroom

Verdict

Hotel Bristol Warsaw does come with a certain ‘grandeur’ , the exterior and interior of the hotel (public spaces) are really nice, but unfortunately the design of the room just isn’t my cup of tea and some parts are just too narrow or small. I didn’t fancy the furniture at all and other than the television, there isn’t a thing that I would want to install at home.

Rates for the hotel rarely (if ever?) go below 100 EUR and although the close proximity to the Old Town is great, the city center of Warsaw isn’t that big, nor is a taxi or Uber expensive. I prefer the view over Pałac Kultury i Nauki from the InterContinental Warsaw any day.

I’ve read in other reviews that the breakfast buffet at the hotel is rather good, however as it wasn’t included in the rate, using Foursquare I found a great alternative nearby: “SAM” which I can strongly recommend.

There’s absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ with the hotel, it’s “niceand I wouldn’t mind staying here again but it isn’t going to become my go-to hotel in Warsaw. I would even prefer a refurbished suite (which had 3 showers!)  at Sofitel Victoria Warsaw instead. (And I’m definitely not an Accor Hotels fanboy).

Sofitel Victoria Warsaw Suite

Sofitel Victoria Warsaw Suite

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