Two Days in Warsaw – Introduction
Business Lounge (Schengen) Kraków
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class E175 Kraków to Warsaw
Hotel Bristol Warsaw
Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel Warsaw
LOT Polish Airlines Business Lounge Polonez Warsaw
LOT Polish Airlines Elite Club Lounge Warsaw
Preludium Executive Lounge Warsaw
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class E195 Warsaw to Kraków
Last week I decided that since I didn’t have any plans for the weekend that I would fly to Poland’s capital, Warsaw, for two days and just explore the city since it has been a long time since I was last there. Long story short, not a lot changed – the city is still not beautiful, but more and more skyscrapers are making it look much nicer and less communistic. For those of you who don’t know, Warsaw was basically destroyed during the war and was rebuilt later and that is why the whole city just looks a bit ugly due to the communistic architecture. Kraków used to be the capital of Poland (and it still should be) and is much more beautiful due to the various castles, history, and architecture.
I booked a cheap ($50 USD) LOT Polish Airlines round trip fare KRK-WAW-KRK last minute, in Economy Class, since none of LOT’s domestic flights have Business Class. The total miles flown was 306, however I received a bit over 500 miles due to the European fixed mileage levels and my executive bonus. The flights were as follows:
10 July 2015 LOT Polish Airlines 3920 Kraków – Warsaw, departing at 15:55 arriving at 16:50
12 July 2015 LOT Polish Airlines 3905 Warsaw – Kraków, departing at 13:00 arriving at 13:55
I left Friday afternoon and returned yesterday, Sunday, which meant I spent two nights in Warsaw. For the first night, I booked the most luxurious hotel in Warsaw, Hotel Bristol. Hotel Bristol is a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel that I was able to book through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts for a total of ~$115 USD. AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts is available to Platinum and Centurion members and when booking through it, guests receive additional benefits such as a free airport transfer, free breakfast, free internet, and more. On top of that, I was able to use my SPG Gold benefits for a 20% discount on food in the restaurant and enjoy a free room upgrade. I also received points for the stay since I booked through AMEX.
For the second night, I booked the Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel for ~$55 USD. Since the rate was so cheap, I couldn’t resist not booking it through Club Carlson since there is a promotion right now for all Club Carlson VISA cardholders that will earn me 30k points for the hotel stay on top of the regular hotel points that I will receive. So basically Club Carlson was paying me to stay at the hotel with a huge load of points. Since I have both the personal and business Club Carlson VISA cards, I can book another stay with the other card and earn another 30K+ points for yet another stay. It made perfect sense to book the hotel.
Overall, I enjoyed both hotels a lot – Hotel Bristol is obviously much more luxurious, but I felt like the staff was much nicer at the Radisson. As far as Warsaw goes, I enjoyed exploring the city and the few beautiful places that it has. Everyone in Poland that doesn’t live in Warsaw will tell you that Warsaw is a horrible, ugly city and I kind of have to agree with that statement since it definitely isn’t beautiful, especially when comparing it to Kraków or Gdańsk. Nevertheless, I had an awesome weekend due to the flights, hotels, and lounges!