Earlier this week I was in Warsaw on business. It’s been about 10 years I think since I was last in Warsaw and the city seems much brighter and more welcoming than I remember it. Also the cost of living surprised me – it seems much cheaper compared with any of the other Eastern European cities that I’ve visited recently.
Sadly I didn’t have any free time to do any sight-seeing. However, my hotel proved to be interesting. I stayed at the Hotel Rialto quite near the centre of town.
The Hotel Rialto
The Hotel Rialto is what they refer to as a ‘Boutique’ hotel. By that they mean themed I think. And in the case of the Rialto, that theme is Art Deco style. It’s quite a small hotel – I’d guess at around 50 rooms – and was converted from old apartments about 11 years ago (I was told).
What’s amusing about it is that they’ve taken the Art Deco theme and applied to modern things too. For example the room key…
Now this is what I call a room key!
I should have added something in the photo to show the scale of the key. It was almost the length of my hand. And heavy. At first glance it looks like an old fashioned lock key. It’s not. In fact it’s an electronic proximity key. That black bit at the end of the key houses the electronics and – like many other hotel key cards – is reprogrammed for each guest room when they check in. To use it you just slide the key down the door near the lock and a small light indicates that it’s unlocked together with an audible click. Very cool to use.
Bathroom – or gentleman’s barber shop?!
The guest rooms continued with the theme – modern conveniences hidden behind Art Deco styling. Really rather fun!
Thermometer and clock – but also the room temperature control on a lever underneath.
Another (wider) view of the bathroom below – quite the period piece!
The Bathroom! Also a shower that you can’t see in this view.
A few more pictures inside the hotel below:-
The lift (elevator) indicator – very cool
Floor buttons inside the lift (elevator)
I’m due to return to Warsaw in about a months time – must admit I’d be tempted to return to Hotel Rialto for another taste of pseudo 1920s living again!