WARSAW -- Despite Poland's shaky economy, several long-planned,
high-end hotels are set to open here in its still-bustling capital.
Hot on the heels of the Radisson SAS Centrum, which opened last
September, new Westin and InterContinental properties -- along with
a first-ever boutique entrant, the Hotel Rialto -- will debut later
They join Grand Hyatt, Holiday Inn, Sheraton, Marriott and
several other upper-tier brands with local properties.
Alex Kloszewski, general manager at the InterContinental Warsaw,
said the hotels opening were planned in the booming mid-1990s.
"Occupancies were high and there was little five-star product
available," he said. "Now we have inventory opening just as demand
Kloszewski predicted a two-year drought before open-skies
agreements and Poland's European Union accession spur more travel
What this means for agents is there's going to be plenty of
premium product available, at less-than-premium prices.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts' new Westin Warsaw Hotel, set just
across the street from the Radisson SAS Centrum, will open in June
as a 22-story, four-star landmark addition to the Warsaw
An $85 million investment, the hotel will boast 361 rooms,
conference facilities, one restaurant and a fitness center.
Meanwhile, Six Continents' towering InterContinental Warsaw,
already one of the tallest buildings in the city at 45 stories and
558 feet, will open Nov. 12.
The five-star property will offer 328 guest rooms and 75
In addition to its height and design, the InterContinental
Warsaw will stand out from the hotel crowd thanks to a two-floor,
rooftop fitness and swim center, three on-site restaurants and a
175-car garage, said Kloszewski.
"When you take all that into consideration, along with our city
center location, we have an advantage over [competitors]."
The four-star, $21.5 million Hotel Rialto -- in a 1906 building
near the business district -- is nearing completion.
The boutique hotel -- a Design Hotels affiliate -- is the first
of its kind in Poland, and general manager John Quero said he hopes
"to offer people who stay in five-star hotels -- such as the Grand
Hyatt and Sheraton -- a new choice."
The Rialto itself falls just shy of a five-star ranking because
it lacks an on-site pool; one might be built next year.
Despite the dip in business travel, Quero said the small,
45-room Rialto can prosper "if we can take a bit of business from
each five-star here."
Pricing will be comparable to Warsaw's large luxury hotels,
ranging from about $187 per night for singles, $240 for
doubles/twins and $347 for one-bedroom suites.
Travel agent commission will be 10%; bookings already have been
taken for stays after the planned May 16 opening.
Each of the hotel's rooms -- six singles, 28 doubles/twins, and
11 one-bedroom suites -- will offer unique furnishings.
An on-site inspection in mid-March revealed intricate mosaic
tilework, wooden inlay, clawfoot bathtubs and marble flooring.
Overall, the hotel's look will be influenced by early 20th
century and art deco design.
The property's five-star-quality amenities will include
satellite TV; DVD/CD players and daily newspaper; twice-daily maid
and 24-hour room service; and fitness and sauna/steam room
Local celebrity chef Kurt Scheller will oversee the Rialto's
50-seat restaurant, bar and cigar lounge.
For more on the Rialto, call (011) 48-22 628-4622 or visit www.hotelrialto.com.pl. Or, contact Design Hotels at
(800) 337-4685 or www.designhotels.com.