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.
A Top Luxury Boutique Hotel in Warsaw
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Couples and singles looking for a great Warsaw city break hotel with style, class and luxury.
Rialto Hotel Warsaw
5-Star Luxury Boutique Hotel
Wilcza 73, 00-670
+48 22 584 87 00
44 guest rooms including 7 one-bedroom suites.
From 140 Euro per night.
I was a guest of the Rialto Hotel in Warsaw. As always, all opinions are my own.
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