Date: June 2018
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Name: Raffles Europejski Warsaw – just opened; five-star
No. of Keys: 106 rooms and suites and a variety of culinary options, including the Europejski Grill, The Long Bar and The Humidor, and the Raffles Spa with six treatment rooms, a gym, complete with Technogym™ and an upstream indoor swimming pool.
Owner: The Hotel Europejski was requisitioned from H.E.S.A. under the communist rulers and returned to its rightful pre-war owners in 2005, and Julien Barbotin-Larrieu, representing the owning company, H.E.S.A. – Hotel Europejski Spolka Akcyjna – set up in 1921 by the descendants of the hotel’s founder, explained their choice of Raffles to manage the property:
“With Raffles at the helm of the hotel, a brand synonymous with heritage and luxury, whose own illustrious history began just thirty years after the Europejski’s with the iconic Raffles Singapore, we feel confident about bringing a new level of luxury to Warsaw; one that is as much about the cultural experience as the comfort.
Our aim is to provide a real sense of place, allowing guests to understand the soul of Poland by immersing themselves in the art, the gastronomy and the history which they will be surrounded with, on a level as yet unsurpassed in the capital.”
Raffles Europejski Warsaw is located in the neo-renaissance palace built by Enrico Marconi, renowned as a Grand Dame of European hotels during the 19th century.
The rooms and suites featuring blackened oak floors, contemporary Polish art, a corner library and sleek marble-clad bathrooms with Art Deco touches.
Jeannette Ho, Vice President, Raffles Brand & Strategic Partnerships, AccorHotels Luxury Brands, comments: “I am delighted to be opening the iconic Raffles Europejski Warsaw, such a landmark in this capital city, to which we will bring the legendary Raffles service, known for its benchmark standard across the globe, as well as a series of gastronomic delights, conference facilities and an impressive spa.”
Raffles Europejski Warsaw joins 11 Raffles Hotels & Resorts around the world as well as hotels under development such as Raffles London, Raffles Boston Back Bay and Raffles The Palm Dubai.
THPT Comment: I am sure Warsaw will benefit from the the opening of such an iconic brand in this sumptuous looking building. To date Warsaw only has six 5 star hotels.