Having read Mr. Schmid's review makes me wonder whether we stayed at the same place as not one of the points he raises, matches my experience at the Boutique B&B.
I must first say that although this was my first time in Warsaw, I've travelled extensively through Poland before and I've been won over by the friendliness of its people , the beauty of its architectural sites and landscapes and its dramatic and turbulent history. Of course, it was not all rosy, but in average the positive experiences I've had in Poland more than outweight the negative and have kept me coming back for more.
I think it pays to have some kind of interest and a modicum of knowledge in the place you are visiting as it allows you to appreciate it so much more and establish a deeper connection with it and its people.
Firstly and as it has been indicated below, the location cannot be faulted, right between Rondo De Gaulle and buzzing Nowy Swiat and just a leisurely walk away to the beautiful Old City, and yet ulica Smolna is a quiet and quaint side street with a neighbourly feel. This is reinforced the minute you enter the beautifully restored building where the B&B is sited. Charming portraits of the building residents are displayed around the room where breakfast is served.
I stayed in the "Blue Room" which had a balcony that faced an inner yard and a bathroom with a walk-in shower. The furniture is a mixture of the new and practical (the comfy bed) with classic items one would expect to find in a turn of the century apartment such as the heavy looking wooden wardrobe which contains an iron and small sized ironing board (a very paractical item missing in many pricier stablishments).
The breakfast is served in the adjacent living room on a long table, it's an impressive spread that contains amongst other things, cakes, cereal several kinds of bread, cold meats, cheeses, free range eggs boiled to perfection (with the ever so slightly runny yolk, if you know what i mean), apple juice etc. An enchanting lady stands by the side of the table attending the guests' requests for coffee refills or any other item . As I was informed by the helpful girl at the office-reception, all of this produce is organically produced and sourced throughout the region, no expenses spared, no corners cut.
On the second day of my stay I got to meet my host, Jarek as he was a throwing a little celebration with a a group of guests and with a veggan feast on the same table were breakfast had been previously served. He spontaneouly welcomed me with a glass of wine and we got to talk.
He is an amazingly knowledgeable individual, with an embattled personal story that included a stint in prison during the communist regime for being a militant member of Solidarity who enlighted me on many issues concerning Poland's recent history, I also met other guests including Jarek's charming wife, Krystina who was leaving the next day for Chicago. A few hours went by most agreeably enlarging on topics that ranged from politics to history and arts.
The next day I was invited to a little musical soiree in an adjacent room with a piano. I soon realised that Boutique B&B apart from being the centre of the community around ulica Smolna also functions as a kind of cultural and artistic hub with special emphasis on music where kindred spirits meet regularly to play celebrate and discuss it, all of this, I must add, without being detrimental to the guests peace and quiet.
Warsaw merits by itself a visit; a city that like Berlin was reborn from its destruction at the end of WW II and more than 40 years of a totalitarian regime and is in process of becoming one of the cultural and artistic centres of Europe. Having stayed at the Boutique B&B not only enhanced greatly what already was an excellent experience but also afforded me a first hand glimpse of that spirit of renewal and creation. Travellers that prefer their acommodation of the robotic and impersonal kind should steer clear from the Boutique B&B, others able to appreciate the beauty that goes into the details are in for a treat.
And personally to paraphrase Mr. Schmid's genial quip, I'm not sure why Boutique B&B is number 2 ... It should be number one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location, + touch of art + comfort + tasty & healthy food. Walking distance to the Old Town, Royal Castle, Embassies, Opera House, Orchestra Hall, Chopin Museum, National Museum, Historic Churches, Lazienki Park, Railroad station - direct connection with the airport, restaurants, pubs and bars.+ quiet neighborhood.Everything you need is just a few minutes away on foot: restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, and a broad range of shopping opportunities. ... more less
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