"Good value, central business hotel" Radisson Blu Centrum Warsaw Tip by SWFC_Fan
Radisson Blu Centrum Warsaw, Warsaw: 400 reviews and 15 photos
We stayed at the 5* Radisson Blu Centrum for 3 nights during our visit to Warsaw for Easter weekend in March/April 2013.
I wouldn't usually choose to stay at a hotel of this class, but the room rates throughout Warsaw were incredibly good value during Easter weekend.
We made our reservation several months in advance through www.booking.com and paid a very reasonable 680 złoty (£140) for 3 nights in a Business Class room with breakfast included. Had we chosen not to have the breakfast, we could have booked a Business Class room for just £35 a night.
We settled our bill by credit card at the end of our stay.
Radisson Blu Centrum is located on Grzybowska, just off Aleja Jana Pawła II, a short distance north of Warszawa Centralna train station in Warsaw's central business district.
Ordinarily, it would be a straight 10 minutes walk from Centralna station, but at the time of our visit the junction of Aleja Jana Pawła II and Ulica Świętokrzyska was closed due to work being carried out on the city's second Metro line. We threrefore had to take a detour which almost doubled the length of our journey.
The nearest Metro station to the hotel is Świętokrzyska which is around 15 minutes away on foot. The Palace of Culture and Science is a similar distance from the hotel.
It took us around 30 minutes to walk from the hotel to Plac Zamkowy (Castle Square) and the Old Town. We walked there via Ogrod Saski (The Saxon Garden), the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Piłsudski Square.
We were able to walk to the Warsaw Rising Museum, located further along Grzybowska, in around 15-20 minutes.
There is a Mediterranean restaurant directly opposite the hotel and an Indian restaurant just along the street. However, you'll have to go further afield for a good selection of Polish restaurants.
The impressive Zlote Tarasy shopping mall and entertainment centre is located next to Centralna train station and is easily reached on foot from the hotel.
There were plenty of buses and trams passing by the hotel, but we never investigated the public transport options as we tended to explore the city on foot.
The different floors of the hotel have different themed rooms. Floors 2, 3, and 4 are Scandinavian-themed, floors 5, 6 and 7 are Maritime-themed and floors 8, 9 and 10 are Italian-themed. Our room (#828) was located on the 8th floor and thus Italian-themed. I'm not sure what this entailed, but as far as I could see it didn't extend to anything other than a painting of Venice on one wall and a painting of a small island (presumably Italian) on another wall. My girlfriend's parents had a room further along the 8th floor and their room was identical to ours, with the exact same paintings in the exact same positions.
Our room had a large window which afforded us excellent views towards the Palace of Culture and Science.
The double bed (not two singles pushed together!) was very comfortable, especially the duck down pillows. The duvet was perhaps a little too warm, and I found myself sleeping on top of it half way through the first night. After the first night, we adjusted the room temperature to a more comfortable level.
The room contained a large flat screen interactive TV. As well as 30+ satellite channels (including BBC News, Sky News, CNN and Eurosport), being in a Business Class room meant that we had free access to the 250 pay-TV movies. We could also view our bill and the latest weather forecast through the TV.
There was free wi-fi throughout the hotel, but the speed was disappointingly slow.
There was plenty of wardrobe space, a bedside cabinet, a work desk, armchairs, a trouser press, an iron, a free code-operated safe and an expensive mini-bar. There were lots of electrical sockets for recharging batteries and devices overnight and plenty of lamps and lighting (in addition to the natural light from the large window).
An in-room Nespresso coffee machine and a kettle were provided, and complimentary coffee, tea, sugar and bottles of mineral water were replenished each day.
The en-suite bathroom was sparklingly clean and modern with a bath tub and a power shower. There was an endless supply of hot water. Clean towels and a good selection of toiletries were replenished each day and a hairdryer was provided. We also received a bathrobe and a pair of slippers; only one between the two of us, but that was no problem as I had no intention of using them.
Spa and Leisure Facilities
The hotel's facilities include a well-equipped gym, a swimming pool (not very big and quite crowded during our visit), a small steam room (very effective, but could only seat half a dozen people at a time) and a slightly larger sauna (which was also very hot). The advertised solarium turned out to be a few sunbeds next to the pool and not particularly warm.
The leisure facilities were free to use for hotel guests. Hand over your room card at the spa reception in return for a locker key and a towel; no change needed for the lockers. Ordinarily, the facilities are open until 10pm, but were only open until 6pm over Easter weekend.
Overall, the spa facilities were a disappointment for a hotel of this size and class.
An excellent breakfast buffet was served each morning, from 6:30am until 11:00am, in the ground floor Ogrodowa Restaurant.
The buffet included several different types of cereals, muesli and porridge and a whole host of other ingredients (dried fruits, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, pine nuts, raisins...) to add to them.
There were pots of fruit flavoured yoghurt, jugs of natural yoghurt and a good selection of fresh fruits (strawberries, oranges, bananas, melon, grapefruit, kiwi...) and dishes of fruit salad.
The bread section included a large variety of bread rolls, sliced breads, baguettes and croissants, as well as a good selection of pastries (yoghurt cake, powder cake, apple turnovers, pain au chocolat).
An impressive cheese board was provided, as well as cold cuts of ham, pork, sausage, smoked salmon and salad items.
Cooked items included bacon, scrambled eggs, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes and chicken sausages. There was also an egg and omelette station where food was cooked to order. I enjoyed an "omelette with everything" (cheese, mushrooms, ham, tomatoes, onions and peppers) one morning.
There was an extensive selection of fruit juices, including orange, apple, cranberry, pineapple, grapefruit and tomato, as well as mineral water. Waiters brought a pot of coffee to the table, while a good selection of teas were available on the buffet (camomile, lemon, peppermint, raspberry, English Breakfast, Assam, Early Grey etc.)
The breakfast was excellent and well worth paying the extra for. It worked out at about £6 per person per day by adding it to the room price.
The hotel's lifts are operated via room cards. If you board a lift in reception, you need to insert your room card before selecting which floor you want to go to. You don't need to use your room card when travelling from the floor of your room down to reception.
There are a couple of computers in reception where guests can access the Internet for free. There is one small condition though; guests must first submit a review of the hotel on TripAdvisor before they can browse other websites!
There was a lot of information provided in the reception area, including complimentary copies of the excellent "Warsaw In Your Pocket" guide and other guidebooks, flyers and maps. The staff were more than happy to answer our questions (particularly regarding the reduced opening hours of attractions during the Easter weekend) and to search the Internet for the information we requested. They also produced a very useful list of restaurants that were open each day over Easter; this was invaluable information in light of the fact that many restaurants closed for all or part of the holiday period.
At the end of our stay, we used the hotel's transfer service to get back to Chopin Airport. Ordinarily, we'd have used the train, but it was a public holiday, it was snowing heavily and the walk to the station (with luggage in tow) was considerably more difficult due to the roadworks nearby. We were told that the hotel's cars would take us to the airport for 65 złoty (£13). The hotel offered us the chance to book a standard city taxi instead, but advised us that it would cost a similar amount due to it being a public holiday. We opted for the hotel's service and waited around 10 minutes for a car to arrive. It was a very smooth journey to the airport.
I would highly recommend the Radisson Blu Centrum hotel to business travellers and to leisure travellers if they are able to benefit from the same low room rates that we did. The room was very well equipped and comfortable and the breakfast was as good as any hotel breakfast I've ever experienced. The spa facilities were a bit of a disappointment, but that would be my only small gripe! Highly recommended!
Address: Grzybowska 24, Warsaw, Central Poland, 00-132, Poland
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Located in the business district of central Warsaw, a short walk north of Warszawa Centralna train station.
Phone: +48 22 321 88 88
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