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Rialto Hotel Warsaw: Art Deco Luxury

Details. The luxury boutique experience at the Rialto Hotel Warsaw can be truly appreciated when you consider the details.  For me, it started with a key.

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The Hotel RialtoWarsaw, Poland

A Top Luxury Boutique Hotel in Warsaw

A key to the Rialto Hotel experience.
A key to the Rialto Hotel experience.

This oversized and quite fancy key didn’t fit into any oversized key holes. (It worked just like a chip keycard.) Rather, it alluded to a refined room experience that set the Rialto Hotel apart from other luxury boutique hotels in Warsaw.

A way to say welcome to Warsaw!
A great way to say welcome to Warsaw!
A lovely snowy view at the Rialto Hotel in Warsaw, Poland.
A lovely snowy view at the Rialto Hotel in Warsaw, Poland.

No two rooms were alike in the fully restored building that has stood since the turn of the 19th century. Each room took advantage of the space and window placements.  Thoughtful design incorporated elegant style, colors and patterns. Sophisticated Art Deco inspiration tied the spaces together.

A bedroom suite at the Rialto.
A bedroom suite at the Rialto.

Then, there were those interior details to take in: the lines of the furniture, the claw foot tubs, the beautiful wood work on the floors, the fantastic shape of the handles and door knobs and the silver-toned vintage inspired thermostats.

Art Deco Defined Spaces

The Rialto defined spaces with the richness of mahogany wood, stone, marble and nickel. Artful lighting brightened each room, rooms completed with period-designed light switches and sockets. Upholstery patterns hailed from Art Nouveau and Art Déco eras.

executive double room viennese room
Executive double room, Viennese influence.

Each room had period pieces acquired from European collections or auctions.  I immediately found myself admiring the artwork by the polish Art Deco artists Tamara de Lempicka and Zofia Stryjerska, an admiration that had me learning about Polish art history.  Brilliant works by Jerzy Owsidk, a Warsaw artist, included a stained-glass roof in the lobby and matching window piece in the stairway.

loved the framed art
Framed art adds to the Hotel Rialto style.


beautiful stained glass
Such beautiful stained art in the hotel lobby


Wi-Fi remained strong in all areas of the property. Amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minibars and Nespresso machines blended well with the design.  Upgraded rooms featured sitting areas and iPod docks. Suites had separate lounges.

I counted the beauty and inspiration of Art Deco as one detail; the views were another.   From my suite, the Palace of Culture and Science, the famous capital landmark dating to communist times, towered in the distance.

belgian living room view
Memorable view from the Belgian living room


Rialto Hotel Warsaw Location

Situated in the quiet downtown Sródmiescia neighborhood, the Hotel Rialto was within walking distance to great restaurants.  Dining out was a pleasure in Warsaw, by the way, home to an excellent and diverse food scene.

The tram bee lined us down to the old town in 15 minutes and any city excursions via taxi were very affordable.  Often, we braved the below freezing temps (winter in Eastern Europe) realizing it was more convenient to walk back to the hotel than search for a taxi.

Catering to its business guests and inspired vacationers, the top floor featured a small fitness room with a fantastic view. Meanwhile, the hotel’s conference/business meeting areas offered discreet confidentiality with style – unlike big chain hotels.

Hotel lobby at the Rialto.
Hotel lobby at the Rialto


A La Carte Highlights

A big highlight of my stay at the Rialto Hotel Warsaw? The a la carte breakfast.  Options under sweet section of the menu included cottage cheese pancakes, American-style pancakes and waffles. Egg selections included scrambled, English breakfast and my favorite, Eggs Benedict.  There were also healthier options like oatmeal, quinoa and salmon. (Stefanos opted for those. 😉 ) Freshly squeezed juices, excellent coffee, a full basket of fresh breads, croissants and sweet pastries rounded out the morning menu.

For the remainder of the day, the dining area transformed into one of the city’s best South American restaurants. Chef Martin Gimenez Castro, who won Poland’s Top Chef, created the menu and concept.  The Art Deco details continued on in the restaurant and bar. It was like stepping into a scene from The Great Gatsby.

Bar Salto_2
Bar Salto. Step back in time!


salto restuarant at night
Salto restaurant at night



This hotel has elegance yet exudes a warm level of comfort that you look forward to returning to at the end of your day in the city.  I appreciated its beautiful Art Deco design and loved the artwork. The Rialto was centrally located near heart of the city, in a lovely neighborhood, with many eateries within walking distance. Attentive staff. The breakfast service and a la carte selection impressed.


Perfect for those who love combining luxury and art in their stay experience. Loved the convenient location and the excellent breakfast. Strong WiFi.


If you are searching for something next to old town, the Rialto Hotel Warsaw is located in the modern center.  However, the old town is a 15-minute tram ride or short taxi ride away.

Great For:

Couples and singles looking for a great Warsaw city break hotel with style, class and luxury.

The Hotel Rialto Warsaw by day.
The Rialto Hotel Warsaw by day


Rialto Hotel Warsaw
5-Star Luxury Boutique Hotel
Wilcza 73, 00-670
Warszawa, Poland
+48 22 584 87 00
44 guest rooms including 7 one-bedroom suites.
Parking available.
From 140 Euro per night.

I was a guest of the Rialto Hotel in Warsaw.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Have you ever stayed in an Art Deco luxury boutique hotel in Europe?

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  1. First of all, I am absolutely in love with the new look of your website! It’s easier to navigate I think. 🙂

    Second, that key alone already gives you an idea of what kind of hotel this is – unique, tasteful and sexy! It’s amazing!

    1. Thanks so much, Noemi! I am glad to have the feedback 😀 Yes, that key was quite a surprise. Very good idea indeed, very creative yet unique! I was impressed from that moment and the hotel experience lived up to my expectations.

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