|Chairs in common area|
My guest room, a one-bedroom suite, has light hardwood floors with throw rugs, white surfaces, low-profile Italian designer furniture and walls decorated with only a few large graphics; “minimalist” would be a kind way to describe it. Obviously, it was designed to appeal more to Millennials than Boomers like myself.
|Kitchen area of living room|
The room has a kitchen area with a mini-fridge, toaster, Nespresso coffee maker (a delightful touch that I don’t see often enough when traveling), a hot pot, and dishes, though there is no microwave or other way to actually cook. The living area has a workspace, a small dining table, and flat-screen TVs in both the living and the bedroom areas. Both the main space and the sleeping area have sliding glass doors that open to the outside, providing fresh air as well as a view to the space below.
Wireless Internet access is among the better that I’ve experienced elsewhere and is available free throughout the property. As measured by SpeakEast.net/SpeedTest, the download speed (the speed at which we receive data) was almost 4 Mbps, while most hotels at which I’ve stayed have been in the 1 Mbps range. However, upload speeds were a blazing 40.25 Mbps, which is great if you’re on business and/or sending large files or presentations around.
Located a block off the main thoroughfare of Marszałkowska and the tram lines that ply it, the two-year-old hotel is close to the city’s main train station Warsaw Centralna, the trendy Nowy Swiat (New World) area, the Stare Miasto (Old Town), the Palace of Culture, and other prominent attractions. But its location, in what might be described as an actual neighborhood, gives it the feel of what it might be like to actually live in, as opposed to visit, Warsaw. Provided, of course, that you’re well heeled.
That feel of being in an actual neighborhood is a big part of what appeals to me.
In the single block between the hotel and the Marszałkowska are several delikatesy (convenience stores), which are convenient places to get snacks, the makings for a sandwich, beverages including 1.5 liter bottles of mineral water for about 2 zł, and the all-important adult beverages. Shops that specialize in alcoholic libations are also nearby; look for the word Alkohole, though I’m betting you’d have figured that one out on your own.
|TV and workspace|
Honestly, Westerners don’t have to be that well off to enjoy the good life in Warsaw. My suite rate is 275 złoty (the Polish unit of currency, pronounced “ZWOH-tay”) per night, or about US$80, give or take a few dollars depending on the prevailing exchange rate. Both smaller and larger rooms are available.
As nice as the physical property is, however, service can make or break a guest’s experience. In the case of H15, the service was generally excellent.
There are a couple modest downsides. The property has neither workout facility nor swimming pool at present, but if you’re intent on getting some exercise, bicycles are available to lend, though guests should be aware that Poland’s laws regarding drinking and driving apply to bicycling, too. In Poland, there is almost zero tolerance for such activities, and the legal blood alcohol level is 0.02 percent, about one fourth of the 0.08 percent in much of North America. And this, in a country where you can buy alcohol 24/7/365…
Regardless of those minor shortcomings, I highly recommend the H15 Boutique Hotel as a delightful place to stay while in Warsaw.
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