Standing in the centre of Warsaw's Old Town you might think that this historic centre has been unchanged for hundreds of years, but everything you see was rebuilt in the years following WWII, when the entire city was pretty much razed to the ground. This massive construction job is an example of the energy and resilience of the Polish capital. And that energy doesn't stop with the rebuild, these days as well as construction, Warsaw has a busy calendar of annual cultural events, a thriving club scene and some of the country's best museums.
The Wisla River divides the city in half and some of the best places to stay in Warsaw can be found along its banks. Well known as a relatively inexpensive destination, Warsaw also has plenty of boutique and higher end accommodation.
The Royal Castle, once a Mazovian stronghold, and St. John's Cathedral are probably the city's two most prominent buildings, and the places most synonymous with Warsaw's strength. Both excellent copies of the original buildings, they're still evocative places, possibly even more so. If you want to compare the surviving buildings with their replacements visit the Old Town Square, where you can see them standing side by side.
Warsaw's architecture may not be as beautiful as that of other Polish cities, but it probably has the best museums.
Warsaw is also a great place for foodies - yes, some Polish cuisine epitomises comfort food, but it's not all chicken soup, pierogi and vodka - though of course you should also make sure you try the pierogi…
And there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and bar, and parks, if you want to sup al fresco.
A refreshing boutique hotel with Five Star status. Art Deco interiors combine attractive artworks and contemporary classic furnishings. Attractive rooms and suites with all the mod cons, a state of the art spa, and fantastic restaurant. A stylish choice.
A bright and airy 4 bedroom townhouse B&B. Spacious rooms boast stunning contemporary design and interiors complemented with plenty of period features. A fantastic location in the heart of Warsaw, surrounded by bars, cafes, shops and galleries. Perfect for a chic city break.
A hotel in a 19th century building containing uber contemporary apartment-style suites. Inspiringly modern, with Italian designer furnishings and the usual complement of electronics. Signature Restaurant serves up an international and modern menu. The perfect base to explore a dynamic city.
A beautiful former palace nestled in a quiet street in Warsaw's New Town. A classical exterior with elegant contemporary interiors. Large rooms and suites with private balconies and all the mod cons. Award-winning terraced restaurant and spa facilities.
A beautiful hotel with a neoclassical facade and stylish Art Deco interiors. Luxurious rooms and suites in subtle tones with all the mod cons. A top of the range spa, fantastic restaurants, and lively bars.