Working as a travel agent has many advantages. For example we very often have the opportunity to visit Warsaw hotels which we also book. Unfortunately sometimes we do not pay enough attention to them. Perhaps it is because we see too many hotels at the same time, or they look very similar to each other. So if we need to advise travelers, what the difference between one hotel and another is, we have difficulty doing that.
That is why I would like to write here about the hotels that we visit and to give you an honest review of each of them. I would like to concentrate on Warsaw hotels, mostly because since July 2011 Poland holds the Presidency of the European Union Council and in June next year the EURO 2012 football tournament will take place in Poland and the Ukraine. So it will be useful for all of you who plan to visit our beautiful country to have some more information about hotels in Poland – information which you will not find on any hotel reservation website.
Intercontinental Warsaw Hotel – the „beer mug”
On the 09th of June I participated in a site inspection in the Intercontinental Hotel Warsaw. This hotel is very conveniently-located, in the city center, 20-35 minutes by car from the International Airport (depending on traffic), 5 minutes on foot from the central railway station. You will find this hotel opposite the Palace of Culture and Science, which is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Warsaw and the highest building in the Polish capital (230.68 m high).
The hotel has a very interesting structure. When the building was under construction the inhabitants of the surrounding blocks of flats were complaining that it would obscure the sun. As a consequence, the Polish architect Tadeusz Spychała “cut up” the shape and now the building (according to the hotel’s employees) looks like a “beer mug” .
The Intercontinental Warsaw won the award for Poland’s Leading Business Hotel 2010. The hotel has been chosen for their stay by various celebrities such as Madonna, Sting, Cesaria Evora, and many others.
What I like about the hotel
First of all, the outstanding view from the wellness center located on the 43rd floor. Taking a swim in the pool you can enjoy the view of the highest clock tower in the world ( part of the Palace of Culture and Science).
Secondly, as far as I know this is the only Warsaw hotel where a harpist performs during breakfast, for those of you who are into classical music at dawn :)
Thirdly, in the Intercontinental there is the “Platter” restaurant run by Karol Okrasa, one of the most popular chefs in Poland. The courses are based on Polish traditional recipes , however they are prepared in a very modern, I would say even experimental way.
To sum up, I highly recommend this hotel for people who are into fitness, harps or harpists ;-) and Polish experimental cuisine.