The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Poland with the Iconic Hotel Bristol in Warsaw

  The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Poland with the Iconic
  Hotel Bristol in Warsaw

 Following an Extensive Restoration, the Re-Branding of the Celebrated Hotel
 Bristol Introduces An Elevated Blend Of Contemporary Splendour And Artistic
                                    Spirit

Business Wire

WARSAW, Poland -- February 11, 2013

Following a meticulous and extensive multi-million dollar renovation, Hotel
Bristol, one of Warsaw’s most iconic establishments, today joins The Luxury
Collection Hotels & Resorts’ ensemble of the world’s finest hotels. Owned by
Starman Poland, Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw marks the
luxury brand’s first hotel in Poland, combining its authentic, artistic spirit
and its cultural heritage with contemporary glamour and elegance.

Luxury Collection Hotel Bristol exterior. (Photo: Business Wire)

Luxury Collection Hotel Bristol exterior. (Photo: Business Wire)

“As The Luxury Collection portfolio continues to grow globally, we are
thrilled to introduce the brand in Poland with the signing of the iconic Hotel
Bristol,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection, St.
Regis Hotels & Resorts and W Hotels Worldwide. “A landmark in Warsaw since
1901, The Luxury Collection will celebrate the hotel’s distinctive character,
indigenous charm and the unparalleled service that allows our global guests to
experience the city through a unique lens.”

“As part of Starwood’s strategy to strengthen our Luxury Collection brand
portfolio, together with our owner partners, we are making major investments
to renovate and restore some of our most iconic hotels,” commented Roeland
Vos, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East.
“The addition of Hotel Bristol to The Luxury Collection brand portfolio
underlines our commitment to providing global explorers the chance to discover
this incredible destination with the exceptional service and style they have
come to expect from the brand.”

Situated in one of the most prestigious locations in Warsaw, next to the
Presidential Palace and on the historic and fashionable Royal Route, Hotel
Bristol has been at the centre of Varsovian society since it was founded in
1901 by Ignacy Paderewski – a renowned composer, piano virtuoso and former
Polish Prime Minister. The hotel continues to provide unrivalled hospitality
for discerning global travellers, with 168 guestrooms and 38 suites clothed in
understated shades of ivory and blue, creating a soothing backdrop for the
contrasting charcoal and ebony furnishings. Subtle Art Deco accents are used
alongside classic elements, a gentle reminder of the hotel’s historic roots.
Softly polished nickel, rich timbers, generously proportioned bevelled mirrors
and high-gloss lacquer combine with indulgent satin, mohair and fine wool to
encapsulate the glamour and decadence of the 1920s.

A Renewed Masterpiece

Offering amesmerising experience reminiscent of Warsaw’s Belle Époque era
from the early 20^th century, Hotel Bristol is a unique masterpiece with an
enduring artistic spirit coupled with contemporary amenities. Behind the
hotel’s majestic neo-renaissance façade, the interiors were created by
acclaimed London-based hotel designer, Anita Rosato, to recapture its
illustrious history and romantic aura with subtle references to the aesthetics
of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Rosato worked closely with the city’s
Architectural Conservator during the renovation of the 110-year-old hotel to
ensure that Hotel Bristol’s historical charm is preserved.

The restoration and re-branding of Hotel Bristol as a Luxury Collection hotel
reinforces its position at the heart of Warsaw’s cultural and social scenes,
as well as one of the city’s beloved landmarks. The place to meet, relax and
absorb the grandeur of the historic building, the reception has been returned
to its original location next to the main entrance with an enlarged lobby
lounge. The decor features deep-buttoned armchairs and marbled walls with
antiqued mirrors in brass frames. With the restored chandelier illuminating
the grand floral display of palm trees and freshly cut blooms, the lobby is a
contemporary re-interpretation of the original winter garden by Otto Wagner
the Younger, the hotel’s first interior designer.

Influences from the Art Nouveau and Jugendstil movements can be seen in
bespoke design accents throughout the hotel: from the intricate installation
of over 600 handmade brass leaves – inspired by the organic forms of a
Secessionist brooch, in the reception and an elaborate handcrafted rug that
was developed from a remnant fabric with Art Nouveau design, to nickel-glass
wall fittings, embellished wool drapes and embossed white leather panels
influenced by Wagner’s contemporaries.

Exquisite Culinary Experiences

Hotel Bristol introduces Advinture, a new wine bar offering wines from
renowned vineyards and pairing them with delicacies created by Chef de Cuisine
Michał Tkaczyk to provide an unforgettable oenological discovery. Intimate yet
vibrant, Advinture features cast bronze light fittings that are a modern take
on the organic forms of Art Nouveau, alongside black lacquer, bevelled mirror
and cracked gesso panels within its monochromatic palette.

Featuring an original plaster frieze by Wagner and elegant columns adorned
with restored Art Nouveau light fittings, the majestic Column Bar captures the
essence of Hotel Bristol, which is renowned for its annual New Year’s Eve
grand ball. Curved leather banquette seating and tall-back wingchairs have
been added to evoke the glamour and elegance in the intimate setting
complemented by the handcrafted rug running the length of the grand hall and
whose design was inspired by the historical frieze. Guests are invited to
enjoy signature cocktails like The Nocturne Fizz, a vodka-based concoction
inspired by the Mazovia region.

Marconi Restaurant reflects Tkaczyk’s culinary passion with its delectable
Polish and Mediterranean cuisine, including the signature roasted duck with
caramelised apples, abundant with flavours of rosemary, garlic and clove. The
restaurant’s elegant classical interiors with rich dark parquet contrasted
against soft white panelled walls, together with a delicate colour palette and
exquisite details like crystal chandeliers and fine porcelain, provide a
sophisticated and romantic ambiance.

Tradition meets metropolitan lifestyle at the legendary Café Bristol, which
has enchanted its guests since 1901 with original Viennese-style interiors,
aromas of freshly brewed coffee, delicious traditional dishes and
sophisticated patisserie.

Leisure Facilities and The Luxury Collection Concierge

A gold and white light installation hangs above the exquisite reception desk
at the wellness area, exuding a calming, ethereal atmosphere when one enters.
In this intimate and serene retreat, guests can make use of the indoor pool
and gym, enjoy a pampering massage, as well as relax in the wet and dry
saunas.

Hotel Bristol also introduces the brand’s signature  Luxury Collection
Concierge  service to all guests, offering the most discerning global
travellers an extraordinary experience and impeccable service. The concierge
provides guests recommendations to discover and experience the city in an
authentic and indigenous way, reinforcing Hotel Bristol’s position as the
Varsovian destination authority.

Starwood currently operates six hotels in Poland under the company’s Sheraton,
Westin and The Luxury Collection brands, including three in the dynamic city
of Warsaw.

For more information on Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw,
please visit www.luxurycollection.com/bristolwarsaw.

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® is an ensemble of hotels and resorts offering unique,
authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global
explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting
and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished
expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms
and treasures. Magnificent décor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and
the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching
experience. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of
Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection
brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 80 of the world’s finest hotels
and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular
destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning
properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering
unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s
distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of them
centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s
finest. For more information, please visit www.luxurycollection.com.

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