The hotel is only about a 10min walk from Warsaw Central Station so great if you’re staying one or two nights like we were. It’s also a 10 mins (if not less) walk to the Saski park (beautiful sculptures and fountain) with it’s tomb of the unknown soldier, and the Warsaw uprising museum is almost next door to the hotel. For the old town, you can get a bus from outside the hotel, a tram from up the road or walk through Saski park to the main strip and into Warsaw old town (around 30mins).
The area is very nice, you have a greek restaurant, El Greco right opposite, a Japanese restaurant a couple doors down and an indian on the main crossroads – so apart from traditional polish food, you’re actually spoilt for choice!
The hotel is very modern, nice glass exterior and it was good to see that the rooms are also a pretty good size. In our room we had a large bedroom area with a massive bright window, a desk area which was behind a small partition and a large wardrobe/mini-bar area where we got lovely complimentary water, tea biscuits and of course a kettle (something for the brits so naturally my boyfriend was ecstatic! :)). The bathroom also followed the large size of the room with a massive walk in shower along one wall.
How about the breakfast I hear you ask? Well, having paid for B&B (and got a very very good rate since we were staying over the weekend) we were hoping for some nice pick me up in the morning. And we weren’t disappointed. The restaurant is on the ground floor and despite the hotel being large and there being a lot of diners, the area is so spacious that we managed to get our own table in peace and enjoy the buffet (or maybe it’s cos we came down quite late… hmm). The breakfast buffet is extensive, you’ve got 3 large islands of cold meat, cheese, olives, salads, fish as well as a hot food island with sausages, eggs, bacon etc, loads of yogurts to choose from, fruit, cakes (lovely!) and a selection of teas and juices… and of course amazing polish bread! So you definitely won’t go hungry (we didnt!).
The staff are very friendly, they kept our luggage for us on the last day as we did a last minute whiz tour of old town (in search of dumplings and spelt beer, yum!) and were very helpful when we asked them to print some attachments off an email for us – thanks!
What this hotel also has is a pool and spa…. mmmm …. yep, it’s hard to go out in the cold sightseeing when you know there’s a warm pool and an even warmer jacuzzi waiting for you in the basement….. But we managed both – luckily!
So you take the lift down to the spa, you’re handed some lovely plush towels and you go and change (the spa/gym/pool is used by hotel guests and gym members) in the nice changing rooms. The pool has a bit of a grecian theme going on with relaxing dimmed lights. It’s not a big pool but enough for a dip and you can do lengths, you just need to do 2-3 times per normal length 😉 The jacuzzi is nice and hot, there’s a sauna next door and you’ve got funky showers with angled jets that will wake your body up from all sides. So just the perfect place to relax in after a day sightseeing and before you go off for more evening exploring in Warsaw.
So after all this, the cherry on the cake was the price. For a modern, good size room in central Warsaw, in a FIVE star hotel with breakfast, this hotel was a steal at only £59 per room per night. We did stay thu-sat which is why I think it was the cheaper weekend rate – but seriously, that’s a lot of luxury for not very much money!! So highly recommend the 5* Radisson Blu Warsaw and will probably be staying there again! 🙂
Radisson Blu map and walking directions to Warsaw old town (by Sigmuntus Column) via the Saski Park (29 mins according to Google but a very nice walk) :