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Poland Hotels

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
Andel's Hotel Lodz
17 Ul. Ogrodowa
Łódź
Poland PL-91-065
Tel: 48 42 279 10 00
info@andelslodz.com
andelslodz.com

Part of the striking Manufaktura cultural complex on the city's northern edge, the 278-room Andel's Hotel is one of the most inspired examples of Central European architectural recycling since the post-1989 meltdown of the Warsaw Pact. The British architectural firm Jestico & White has brilliantly transformed a former redbrick Victorian Gothic textile mill into an edgy postmodern space that respects the building's history. The original light wells of the factory have been turned into a series of stacked indigo-lit atriums surrounded by waist-high white walls on every floor, and there's a terrific swimming pool on the fifth floor with views over Lodz. Rooms are cozy, with very comfortable beds with Asian floral headboards and throw pillows, and have high ceilings delineated by the cast-iron joists once necessary to support heavy weaving machinery. The deep casement windows of the old factory have been fitted with built-in love seats, and the bathrooms include separate tubs and showers—one of the many generous, comfort-oriented touches that make this hotel a great stay. The friendly young staff are shy but earnest.

$199 or less
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Hotel Jan III Sobieski
1 Plac Artura Zawiszy
Warsaw
Poland 02-025
Tel: 48 22 579 1025
rezerwacja@sobieski.com.pl
www.sobieski.com.pl

You can't miss—literally—this bright yellow, pink, and blue illusionist-style hotel, which opened at the edge of Warsaw's Ochota district in 1992. In contrast, the interior, with its 427 rooms and suites and two restaurants, leans toward the more traditional and restrained. The four-star hotel's Austrian-Polish design team named the place after King Jan III Sobieski, a Polish statesman whose troops rescued a besieged Vienna. On the premises are a gym, sauna, and massage studio.

$300-$399
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Hotel Le Regina
12 Koscoelna
Warsaw
Poland 00-218
Tel: 48 22 531 6000
www.leregina.com

A bargain of a boutique hotel stuffed with elegant details, the 61-room Regina is located in the old Przezdziecki Palace, now restored in a palate of earth tones, with lots of sandstone and dark wood. Individually designed frescoes help enliven the generously sized superior bedrooms, while bathrooms are huge and include heated towel racks and rain showers. Flat-screen TVs and wireless LAN service are also bonuses in this budget range, as are the dining room's vaulted ceilings. (On the other hand, the $27 breakfast buffet is a bit steep for this part of the world.) There's also the New Town location: Quiet and undiscovered-feeling, this cobblestone corner of Warsaw still feels like WWII never happened.

$199 or less
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Hotel Maria
71 Al. Jana Pawla II
Warsaw
Poland 01-038
Tel: 48 22 838 4062
info@hotelmaria.pl
www.hotelmaria.pl

This family-run hotel is located close to the city center and the Old Town, and is a two-minute walk from a big shopping mall, Arkadia. The budget rates include breakfast at the on-site restaurant, though the food is nothing to write home about. Pets are welcome to join their owners in the 24 neat, good-size rooms, and the units are equipped with private bathrooms, satellite TV, and floral comforters and curtains.

$199 or less
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Hotel Monopol Wrocław
2 Ul. Modrzejewskiej
Wrocław
Poland 50-071
Tel: 48 71 772 3777
www.hotel.com.pl/monopolwroclaw/zapraszamy.htm

A radical renovation of Wroclaw's most famous hotel, the ascetically elegant Hotel Monopol has, over the years, hosted not just the stars of Polish art, cinema, and science but also the likes of Marlene Dietrich and Pablo Picasso (and, yes, Adolf Hitler used to rant from the portico over its front door, when Wroclaw was Breslau). The renovated ornate Art Nouveau facade, immensely high ceilings of the public spaces and 121 guest rooms, and the dark wood of the wide hallways and imposing door frames are reminders of the hotel's bygone years. But everything else—furniture, built-ins, fabrics, light fixtures, color palette (tending toward muted grays with an occasional splash of, say, luminescent turquoise)—exudes minimalism and modernity. The effect, right down to the en suite whirlpool tubs with multihued lights, is striking. The airy Restaurant Monopol does new takes on traditional Polish cuisine and is also where you'll be served an all-you-can-eat breakfast by well-trained staff (Polish eggs take farm-raised and organic to new heights). The pièce de resistance is the grotto-like spa, with its large, dark-blue-tile pool, sauna, steam room, salt cave, and exercise room, the latter artfully designed with a wall of backlit alabaster composed to resemble that typically Polish sight, a birch forest.

$199 or less
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Hotel Rialto
73 Ul. Wilcza
Warsaw
Poland 00-679
Tel: 48 22 584 8700
info@hotelrialto.com.pl
www.hotelrialto.com.pl

Less majestic than the Bristol, but certainly homier. A brief stroll from the city center, in the attractive business district, Warsaw's first boutique hotel opened in 2003, but the Belle Époque exterior and Art Deco interior impart a far more established ambience. Furniture and fittings discreetly blend originals and reproductions, and the 44 bedrooms are outfitted in a variety of '20s and '30s styles, recalling Warsaw's heyday between the world wars. Resident chef Kurt Scheller is renowned for bringing a lighter touch and broader palate to Varsovian cuisine. Like the decor, his distinctive menu is elegant and international.

$300-$399
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Le Royal Méridien Bristol
42/44 Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Warsaw
Poland 00-325
Tel: 800 543 4300 (toll-free)
Tel: 48 22 551 1000
Fax: 48 22 625 2577
www.warsaw.lemeridien.com

On the royal route from the park to the castle, Le Royal Méridien has an impressive history. Opened in 1901, requisitioned by the Nazis, appropriated by the Communists, and even used as a secret base by the wartime resistance, it was reopened in 1993 by Margaret Thatcher. The fin de siècle landmark was gutted during the war, but sensitive renovation has restored some of its florid Art Nouveau flourishes. Many of the 205 rooms have high ceilings, and French doors onto balconies. Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg once lived here, and more recent guests range from Charles de Gaulle to the Rolling Stones.

$400 or more
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Stary Hotel
Ul. Szczepańska 5
Krakow
Poland
Tel: 48 12 384 0808
www.stary.hotel.com.pl

Steps from the Rynek Glowny, the Old Town's magnificent medieval square, the 53-room Stary Hotel was created from a fifteenth-century town house, and it successfully mixes a historic restoration with modern design. The atrium-ceilinged lobby and restaurant are furnished with cushy black and red leather chairs and couches, and a dramatic indoor pool has been fitted between the vaulted brick arches of its basement. Upstairs, you have a choice between romantic rooms that retain the original wall frescoes, and racy new Euro urban rooms with exposed cement ceilings, cocoa-colored walls, and built-in wooden furniture. All rooms have heated floors and Jacuzzi tubs, and a beautiful rooftop terrace serves drinks in good weather. The service shines: Even at very early checkout hours, staff will prepare complimentary breakfast of juice, yogurt, a bacon-and-egg sandwich, mineral water, and fruit.

$199 or less
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Warsaw Marriott Hotel
65/79 Al. Jerozolimskie
Warsaw
Poland 00-697
Tel: 800 228 9290 (toll-free)
Tel: 48 22 630 6306
Fax: 48 22 830 0041
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wawpl-warsaw-marriott-hotel/

Across from Central Station and inside the Lim Center high-rise, this 518-room American-style Marriott boasts a friendly English-speaking staff and fantastic views of Central Warsaw from every room. Taxis gladly pick up patrons at the door and charge the fare to the guests' rooms, and the hotel is close to public transportation as well. Guests enjoy cushy beds, a breakfast buffet (complete with made-to-order omelets and waffles), plus indoor hot tubs and a heated pool.

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