Raffles Europejski Warsaw – Warsaw luxury hotel

 

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MARCH 2019

You’ll find the main entrance to Raffles Europejski Warsaw off the main road of the Royal Route (Krakowskie Przedmieście). It’s the road that leads to the old town; which is the same place where you’ll find the royal castle.

The 5-star hotel’s pretty new (opened in 2018), although the building itself has been around for over 160 years. Italian-Polish architect, Enrico Marconi, designed the building in a neo-renaissance style in 1857. It would later become the meeting place for writers, poets and artists.

There’s an inviting feeling the moment you step inside the lobby. Some luxury hotels can have an air of pretension about them, but it’s non-existent here. We arrive on a quiet weekday during the start of winter, and the warm ambience is a welcome sight. A décor that mixes modern features with old-school charm, it embraces the style associated with the Raffles brand.

Raffles hotels and resorts

For anyone unfamiliar with the Raffles brand, it’s a chain of luxury hotels and resorts. The original Raffles hotel opened in 1887 in Singapore, and since then, the group has expanded internationally. At present, there are 13 Raffles luxury hotels around the world.

Warsaw Royal Castle is within walking distance to Raffles Europejski

 

Nearby attractions to Raffles Europejski Warsaw

To say the hotel’s in a good location is an understatement. As mentioned above, it’s on the same road leading to the old town of Warsaw, which is one of the main attractions of Warsaw. It also happens to be the location of the Christmas market that starts each year around the end of November.

The Polish National Opera House is minutes away from Raffles Europejski Warsaw, as are several good restaurants and bars. In short, staying at this luxury hotel means you’re in walking distance of some of the city’s top attractions.

National Opera House Warsaw

 

 “A décor that mixes modern features with old-school charm, it embraces the style associated with the Raffles brand.”

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Raffles Europejski Warsaw rooms and suites

It’s only by walking around Raffles Europejski Warsaw that you realize just how new the interiors are. Pristine hallways that never seem to end, and that faint alluring smell of newness all around. Hotel accommodation with an understated sense of style linger behind every door. There are 106 rooms and suites to choose from. They include the deluxe room, Raffles room, junior suite, grand suite, or the seriously impressive signature suite.

Each room and suite comes with its own library — a feature inspired by the building’s artistic past. Also keep an eye out for the modern Polish contemporary art, where no 2 pieces are the same. The bright and generously sized marble bathroom and shower is a standalone selling point.

Its specially commissioned décor includes a marble collage of the Warsaw skyline adorning the bathroom walls. Toiletries created especially for Raffles Europejski Warsaw by French perfumery, Blaise Mautin, line the bathroom shelves.

To give you an idea of the room sizes, the deluxe and Raffles rooms measure 484 sq ft. The junior suite is 753 sq ft, the grand suite, 914 sq ft and the signature suite 807 sq ft.

They all include a king bed, marble bathroom and shower and 24-hour Raffles butler service. Other additions include complimentary WiFi, and unlimited access to the Raffles Spa, gym, sauna and steam room.

Raffles Europejski Warsaw grand suite living room

 

Raffles Europejski Warsaw grand suite

Bathroom

Opening the door to the grand suite is like entering a larger — and chicer — version of my living room. Soft lighting illuminates its features, from the 2 plush sofas to the striking writing desk. On the way to the bedroom is one of the largest hotel bathrooms I’ve ever seen. A standalone bathtub is the focal point of the room, with an equally spacious shower room. It’s what you’d expect from a luxury hotel bathroom, and nothing is amiss.

Grand suite bathroom at Raflles Warsaw

 

Bedroom

The first thing you want to do when entering the bedroom is jump straight onto the king bed. This is a bed built for the cold weather, and you’ll never want to get out! It’s larger than it looks in my photos and very enticing. The headboard not only stretches the width of the bed, it also curves around some of the mattress too. In short, it’s unlike any headboard I’ve come across in a luxury hotel. Custom-made linens and down bedding complete the Raffles Europejski Warsaw grand suite sleeping experience.

The room itself is pretty minimal. Aside from some artwork on the walls, and the art deco style bedside lamps, it’s designed for optimal rest. One characteristic of the suite I wasn’t expecting to find was the larger-than-life terrace. We didn’t venture out for too long given the freezing Warsaw temperatures, but I can imagine it’s ideal come summertime.

Raffles Europejski Warsaw grand suite bedroom

Raffles Europejski Warsaw grand suite extras

Staying in a suite as fabulous as this one is bound to come with extra perks. There’s a complimentary limousine pick-up service from Warsaw Chopin Airport, ensuring you arrive in style, and stress free. The hotel can also arrange art and history tours if you wish, or you can speak to the art concierge for their recommendations.

Raffles Warsaw spa reception

Raffles Spa Warsaw

There’s a rush of excitement I feel every time I step foot into a new spa. Add luxury to the equation and I’m on cloud nine. I can only describe the Raffles Spa in Warsaw in one word, and that’s exceptional. So much thought has gone into the design to create a space that’s welcoming, warm and overwhelmingly relaxing.

 

Raffles Europejski Warsaw VIP roomFollowing my therapist through the spa, every room and feature becomes even more impressive with every step I take. There are 6 generous size treatment rooms, with soft dim lighting and calming music gently playing in the background. For couples, there’s an amazing VIP suite where you can share the experience with your partner, relative or friend. They use premium Sisley Paris and Aromatherapy Associates products, designed to massage away stresses and address any skin concerns.

Before leaving the spa, take note of the striking mosaic piece in the lobby. It’s the original mosaic from 1961 that was a part of a previous reception. It’s titled ‘Abduction of Europa’ and was created by Polish artist Krystyna Kozłowska.

Raffles Warsaw spa mosaic

Dining at Raffles Europejski Warsaw

There’s an eatery to cater to every food group at Raffles Warsaw. For an elegant dining experience of Polish and international fusion flavours, book a table at Europejski Grill. The restaurant’s interior of white and blue reflect the colours traditionally used on Polish pottery. It’s the place in Warsaw to try Polish fine dining, with a memorable view to match.

Those with a sweet tooth need to make space for a visit to Lourse Warszawa. This patisserie on the ground floor is a century-old Polish institution, and has been revived for the 21st century. It used to be the place where locals would come together for cake and tea, and is quickly becoming a Warsaw favourite. The patisserie still has some of the original features from the past, including the magnificent brass till.

Raffles Warsaw Lourse

Drinking at Raffles Warsaw

Given its connection to the Raffles name, it’s not surprising to find a ‘long bar’ at Raffles Europejski Warsaw. The Warsaw version is inspired by the original Long Bar in Raffles Singapore and embraces the same sleek design. It seats 50 people, and yes, you can find the iconic Singapore Sling cocktail on the menu.

Humidor cigar lounge

I can’t write a review on Raffles Europejski Warsaw without mentioning its cigar lounge. Stepping into this leather filled room at Humidor is like walking straight into the 1950s. While I wasn’t around during that time (!), there’s something very charming, in an old school way, about this lounge.

Sixteen tan-leather armchairs fill up this quaint meeting place, with colourful pieces of art hanging from its green walls. As the name suggests, it’s a cigar lounge, so don’t expect it to be smoke-free! Along with the cigar menu, there’s also a fine selection of brandies, whiskies and cognac. Everyone’s welcome — except children of course. The lounge is open every day from 12pm to 1am.

Raffles Europejski Warsaw Long Bar

How to get to Raffles Europejski Warsaw

First-time visitors to Warsaw should know that the main international airport, Warsaw Chopin, is pretty near to the city centre. With a Priority Pass, you can enjoy the privacy of the airport lounge while you wait. The easiest way to get to Raffles Europejski Warsaw is by taxi or Uber. It’s around 12km away, and very reasonable in price too.

If coming by train from another destination in Poland, Warsaw Central Train station is 4km away.

What do you think of Raffles Europejski Warsaw? Is it somewhere you’d like to stay at if you visit the capital? Leave me a comment below as always.



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Till next time, happy boutique travels x

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