Nice hotel at a steep price – Westin Warsaw!

For my last night in Warsaw as part of my Baltic Explorer trip I selected the Westin hotel as a treat. While it was expensive on cash rates, it was available on points, so I was looking forward to enjoying a night at an upscale hotel with all the amenities. Did it deliver on the upscale promise and how did it compare to my other hotels in Warsaw? Read on to find out?

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 12.07.55 PMLocation: The Westin is located on one of the major streets in the heart of Warsaw, a short walk from the Metro station or the trams to connect you to anywhere in town. The central train station is about a 20 minute walk or 15 minutes by tram and the airport is 20 minutes by taxi. There is a major mall about 15 minutes walk away. While the Westin is not in an ideal location, the access to public transportation makes it convenient enough.

Service: The front desk was professional and more friendly than at the other hotels. Unfortunately, my room wasn’t ready until the official check-in time and I had to wait a while. Despite not having any status with Starwood, I was upgraded to a nice corner room! The staff was helpful in providing information about the hotel, restaurants and gym. Housekeeping had done a flawless job in preparing my room and there were no issues. My check-out was quick and without issues. While a one night stay is not a lot of time to access the service staff thoroughly, my initial impression was better than at the other hotels, so the higher category of the Westin showed!

WAR Westin LobbyRoom: My room was recently renovated and had a contemporary, non-offensive design. The carpets were silver grey, the bed and closets held in dark woods and the curtains held in a light grey. This spacious corner room at windows on two sides, making it bright despite the rainy day! It all worked pretty well together and was elegant. The Westin Heavenly Bed is my favorite hotel bed and super comfortable with luxurious sheets and a great mattress.  There was a stylish glass work desk with a white swivel chair, as well as a large TV, laptop-size safe and plenty of storage. WAR Westin Bed2The bathroom didn’t appear to be part of the renovation, but was very well maintained and held in 90s color scheme of beige/brown. The bathroom was very large and featured a separate deep bath tub and shower, a single vanity and toilet, all in one room. Between the size, the corner location and the elegant design, this was the nicest room I had in Warsaw and I enjoyed it! Keep in mind that not all rooms have been renovated and the “Classic Rooms” are not nearly as nice in my opinion.

WAR Westin Bath cRestaurant/Amenities: The Westin has been upgrading their gyms as part of the Westin Workout and here in Warsaw it was a large gym with a good selection of high-quality TechnoGym equipment for cardio and weight training, allowing for a full workout.
WAR Westin Gym
The Westin has a beautiful lobby with comfortable seating and a nice bar. There is also the “Fusion” restaurant serving breakfast and Asian-Western fusion cuisine for lunch and dinner. I did wait in the lobby for my room, but did not eat at the restaurant. There is also room service available if you prefer the privacy of your room.

WAR Westin Lobby2Conclusion: The Westin was the nicest hotel of my Warsaw visit. At $228 cash rate (or 4,000 SPG points) it was also by far the most expensive hotel. The Grand Mercure and Hampton were around $50/night during my stay and while I can recommend the Westin on SPG points (worth $92), I would not recommend it at a cash rate much higher than that. It certainly isn’t worth $228 (or 4x the other hotels)!

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