Alicja McCarthy

Hotel Rialto

  • Where:
  • Why:A bit of business and a bit of pleasure.
  • When:August 2013
  • Who:My man Will & I.
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Hotel Rialto Art Deco style bedroom. The colours and shapes, soft and subtle, rendering images of Agatha Christie.

Art Deco style bedroom. The colours and shapes, soft and subtle, rendering images of Agatha Christie.

Hotel Rialto Had to mention the ‘bacon & eggs.’ These were probably the cutest I’d ever seen. On circular toasted bread with cress and dill, it was not only delicious but very pretty.

Had to mention the ‘bacon & eggs.’ These were probably the cutest I’d ever seen. On circular toasted bread with cress and dill, it was not only delicious but very pretty.

Hotel Rialto Love the trans-Atlantic ship replica lift. It even had pearl buttons, a dial indicating floor level and a seat!

Love the trans-Atlantic ship replica lift. It even had pearl buttons, a dial indicating floor level and a seat!

Hotel Rialto Our suite was super spacious with a big sitting room and windows circling it. Hand-fitted wooden floor stands out against </br data-src=

Our suite was super spacious with a big sitting room and windows circling it. Hand-fitted wooden floor stands out against
the angular furniture.

Hotel Rialto This futuristic (in the 1920s!) bathroom ceiling light </br data-src=

This futuristic (in the 1920s!) bathroom ceiling light
is really unique.

Hotel Rialto Some of the best pierogis (my favourite) in town. These were delicate and handmade with game filling served with fried bacon and prunes topped with fresh dill. Heaven!

Some of the best pierogis (my favourite) in town. These were delicate and handmade with game filling served with fried bacon and prunes topped with fresh dill. Heaven!

Hotel Rialto The special key! They could have settled for a standard plastic swipe card but no, not here. The digital key is of course a replica, but in-keeping with everything. Made you feel kind of special.

The special key! They could have settled for a standard plastic swipe card but no, not here. The digital key is of course a replica, but in-keeping with everything. Made you feel kind of special.

Hotel Rialto Another super find, the owners source their treasures globally. This Metropolis ceiling lights was another super WANT. Couldn’t quite prize it off the ceiling though.

Another super find, the owners source their treasures globally. This Metropolis ceiling lights was another super WANT. Couldn’t quite prize it off the ceiling though.

Hotel Rialto Rialto wall graphic.

Rialto wall graphic.

Hotel Rialto The stunning stained glass panels feature in reception, the lift and stairs. Made by journalist and social campaigner Jerzy Owsiak, his artwork adds depth to the muted elegance of the Rialto.

The stunning stained glass panels feature in reception, the lift and stairs. Made by journalist and social campaigner Jerzy Owsiak, his artwork adds depth to the muted elegance of the Rialto.

Hotel Rialto The epitome of the classically designed Rialto. 1920’s chrome table lamp with a reflection of the iconic Palace of Culture on my </br data-src=

The epitome of the classically designed Rialto. 1920’s chrome table lamp with a reflection of the iconic Palace of Culture on my
balcony door.

Highs & Lows

  • The wonderfully sourced Art Deco furnishings and accessories are an instant WANT.

  • Space. In a city full of grey concrete apartment blocks the Rialto is luxuriously spacious yet private.

  • The service is exceptional here - warm, knowledgeable and genuine.

  • The feeling that you have just stepped into an Agatha Christie novel, so romantic!

  • CD player! Who travels with CDs?

  • Wine selection was a little basic and silly expensive.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    True Art Deco period hotel.

  • Vibe

    Nostalgic, romantic, period, warm and elegant.

  • Location

    In Warsaw’s cool downtown, Rialto is minutes walk from Centrum and a nice 20 minute stroll to Nowy Swiat and the Old Town.

  • Rooms

    11 suites, 27 doubles and 6 singles.

  • Music

    Old jazz.

  • Year Opened

    2001

  • Designed By

    The owners.

  • Health & Wellness

    No but Sinnet members club is available several miles south of Warsaw.

  • Restaurant

    Yes. Elegant bistro-style with a modern take on real Polish food.

  • Bar

    Yes. But wine is ridiculously expensive for Warsaw.

  • Children

    Why not?

  • Price

    Great value with elegant Art Deco extras.

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