The Westin Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
The Westin Warsaw is a new five-star, 20-storey hotel situated in the heart of Warsaw, Poland. The 361-room hotel, which is operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide through its brand Westin Hotels & Resorts, first opened in September 2003 and is regarded as a modern architectural wonder.
The hotel represents the modernisation of the Polish capital, which is emerging as a popular holidat destination. The hotel is conveniently located in the business and financial district and the guests are only a short walk from Warsaw's Old Town, Market Square, Chopin's Monument and a plethora of green parks.
Accommodation at the Westin Warsaw
The Westin Warsaw has 361 guestrooms including 17 Westin guest offices and 14 suites. The best room in the hotel is the 150 cubic metres presidential suite, which has a panoramic view of the city.
The guest room amenities include Westin-based services such as the multi-task Westin Service Express, The Heavenly Bed and The Heavenly Bath and Shower with dual shower heads. There is even a 24-hour technical concierge to assist with internet access.
The top three floors of the hotel are occupied by the Westin Executive Club, an area dedicated to executive travellers. The Executive Club features executive rooms / suites with a widescreen (60in) plasma TV and internet access, lounge facilities and private check-in / check-out.
Each room has individually controlled air conditioning, quality bathrobes and a personal safe that can accommodate a charging laptop. There is also a fully interactive LCD TV showing multilingual satellite programmes.
The guest office rooms allow guests to work from their room and each is equipped with a multifunctional laser printer / fax/ copier, a speakerphone with data port, an ergonomic desk chair, and a glare-free desk lamp.
Meeting and conference facilities
The Westin Warsaw has 16 meeting rooms with a total area measuring 1,294 cubic metres with a maximum capacity of 500 people. The meeting rooms are designated as the Boardroom, Copernicus Ballrooms I, II and III, Aquarius, Gemini, Libra, Leo, Taurus, Vega, Orion and Copernicus Ballroom 2 / 3, and have sophisticated audiovisual equipment and Wi-Fi access.
Dining at the Westin Warsaw
The Westin Warsaw features two restaurants: Fusion Restaurant and JP's Cafe & Bar. The Fusion Restaurant offers Asian fusion cuisine with a show kitchen visible to guests, while JP's Cafe & Bar features live entertainment.
The Westin Warsaw has a fully equipped gym Westin 'WORKOUT', which uses Reebok Gym equipment. It also offers personal training sessions, aerobics and a range of other exercise options, including guided jogging around the city so guests can sightsee while they exercise.
Finance and development
The owners of the Westin Warsaw hotel are Atrium and the main shareholders are Skanska Holding II and the City of Warsaw. The loan agreements for the new hotel construction were signed in Warsaw in May 2001. The main lenders for the the construction were the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Caisse des Depots et Consignations–IXIS (CDC).
The total investment for the construction and fitting out was €79.5m. Skanska Polska and Portman Holding were the companies responsible for the construction and development of the project on a joint basis.
The hotel was designed by the architects John Portman & Associates of Atlanta, Georgia, US, Design Office Kazimierski and Ryba, Warsaw, Poland and Skanska Teknik, Sweden. The interior design was by Wilson & Associates of Dallas, Texas, US.
One of the most modern and spectacular architectonic elements of the hotel is its glazed vertical atrium, which houses a panoramic elevator at the front of the hotel. The elevator system was designed and installed by Thyssen Krupp Elevators.
There are three panoramic elevators and three service elevators that have ten stops with speeds varying from one metre per second to 3.5 metres per second. The three glass observation elevator cabs move at a rate of 3.5 metres per second and offer guests excellent panoramic views of the cty.