I spent the first night in Warsaw at Hotel Bristol and I very much enjoyed the luxurious stay at the hotel. Prices for Bristol were astronomical for the second night… the first one was ~$115 USD and the second night (Saturday night) was priced at ~$300 USD, which was waaaaay too much to spend on a hotel.
I remembered that due to the recent Club Carlson changes, there was a promotion being offered for all VISA Cardholders whereby they would get 30K bonus Club Carlson points after any paid stay worldwide until August. Since hotels in Poland are generally cheap, I decided to book the Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel in Warsaw for the second night for about ~$55 USD. The $55 USD would earn me ~40K total Club Carlson points for the stay – very much worth it.
There are actually two Radisson Blu hotels in Warsaw, however they were priced at about the same and this hotel, the Centrum hotel, is supposed to be better.
I took an Uber for ~$3 USD from Hotel Bristol to the Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel and the ride was about ten minutes.
The lobby has sort of a ‘grand’ feeling to it with a big chandelier-type light. I was quickly assisted by a friendly check-in agent who informed me that I had been upgraded to a Business Class room due to my Club Carlson Gold status. The Business Class Rooms feature complimentary breakfast as well as other amenities such as a robe and slippers.
The friendly agent assigned me an awesome room on the eight floor with a gorgeous view of Warsaw. I believe all of the Business Class rooms face the Warsaw centre and therefore are located on the left side of the hotel to provide the better view.
Upon entering the room, I noticed that it was a bit ‘boring’… I don’t know how to explain what I mean by that.. basically what I am trying to say is that Hotel Bristol had a ‘wow’ factor upon entering the room and this hotel (not that surprisingly) didn’t have that something that stood out.. it was just a plain, boring room. However, the amenities that were in the room were super nice. They included welcome chocolates, robe, slippers, better bathroom amenities, and more.
I thought that the design of the room was a bit odd – the bed was located in a somewhat strange way with a desk behind it and some sort of glass-wall separation.
The bed was super comfortable and I was able to get good sleep before my early morning flight the next day.
Overall the room was spacious with plenty of chairs and also a mini-couch where I was able to place all of my belongings on. The view from the room was directly onto the Palace of Culture and Science.
Two complimentary bottles of water were provided alongside the welcome strawberries and chocolate.
The coffee maker worked super well and I ended up having a bit too much coffee since it was so delicious. There were also three different types of tea and a tea kettle was located in one of the compartments in the wardrobe.
The minibar was automatic… basically each item had a ‘cable’ attached to it and once something was taken out, immediately it was charged to the room… I found that a bit odd since I usually look at all of the items in the bar before wanting to consume something.
Juice and soft drinks were priced at ~$7 USD, which is obviously much higher than that I paid for in a local store next to the hotel. I ended up buying two bottles of water and a juice for ~$1.50 USD.
The welcome amenity was coconut-covered chocolate, nut-covered chocolate, and two strawberries – which were already super dry since they probably had been sitting there for a long time.
The bathroom was a bit small, however it was super clean and the shower amenities were actually good. There was no bathtub, just a standing walk-in shower.
Since I was upgraded to a Business Class room, breakfast was free and therefore I enjoyed a light breakfast before my early flight back to Kraków.
To sum it up, the Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel in Warsaw is definitely a nice, business-type hotel since it is located close to the main business centre and downtown of Warsaw. The rates for the hotel are rather good since they start from ~$55 USD. Considering the amount of Club Carlson points I earned on the hotel stay, it was more than worth it to spend the $55.
Overall, the staff are super nice and will go the extra mile to help you and from what I could tell, they treat Club Carlson elite members super well with room upgrades and additional amenities. I wouldn’t give the hotel five stars mainly due to how ‘boring’ and basic the hotel is and doesn’t really have anything unique about it. Nevertheless, it was a nice night spent for a boatload of points!