Advantages Cheap, functional, and close to the city centre.
Disadvantages Not for the person wanting luxury.
For my second visit to Poland after Krakow last year we had the pleasure of staying in what I would conclude as another much underestimated hotel in Poland. Star ratings for hotels in Poland seem to be a far removed reflection of what we in Britain measure as a good hotel.The Felix hotel, rated as two stars on internet and relevant literature references such as the well known Expedia, is in my opinion as a quite experienced European city traveller, way above the standard of two stars for what we consider here. As a quick comparison we stayed in a three star hotel in Italy in the same week and that hotel did not compare at all with the Felix in any of the required formats for my own rating of hotels. The Felix was far superior.Warsaw it lies on the right side of the river Wista and on the edge of an area called Praga. This area is referred to as the downtown bad area, but the hotel is separated from it by a dual carriageway and a double tram line (two hundred yards away) and not an inconvenience to view or to cause any noise pollution.
Until fairly recently decent city centre or near city centre acceptable cheap accommodation was hard to come by in Warsaw and indeed many European ex communist cities. This is changing rapidly and the Felix is a clear indication of the huge western influence of joining the EEC.Many hotels in Eastern Europe are changelings from former communist worker accommodation and this is reflected in the Felix hotel layout. Although they have made a massive attempt to disguise it, anyone with knowledge of former communist rule and the drabness that accompanies it, will be well aware of that fact, although in this case the attempt is reflected very positively in the result.
Security seems to be paramount all around Poland and the hotel is no exception. A guarded 'gate secure' entrance greets you as you enter by the side road exiting from the dual carriageway. After a short flight of stairs greeted by a smiling porter and another uniformed security guard in the entrance, the reception area lies directly in front. There is a safety deposit box (free of charge) in reception on request.Reception was efficient (less than three minutes to check in) and you are on your way up to one of the eight floors to your destination landing, in our case the sixth, accompanied by the porter carrying or pulling your luggage by its wheels.
Entrance security to the room is by metal sliding card into the lock with a usually redundant normal barrel key which the hotel keeps as a back up.
We had paid for our room through Expedia previously to arriving, and at £33 per night for two of us including breakfast. (There are more expensive options available.) The menu can only be described as extensive and extremely varied, catering for any taste. Breakfast is served from 7am-10am allowing for early or late risers.
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