IC Warsaw Master Thread - after January 01, 2011 [merged]

Old Aug 3, 19, 1:51 pm
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Originally Posted by doktor24 View Post
How much is the breakfast per person if purchase separately? I'm thinking between points booking and Club room with AMB weekend certificate that is arround 75 euros comparing to classic room
The breakfast price 'at the door' is 95 zloty. Its good quality but long queues are possible if a group is staying. Personal advice: you can get full breakfast at nearbyy zloty terasy for 35-40 zloty if time is not the issue (i.e. work or meetings). Note that breakfast in lounge is good though. Hope that helps.
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Old Aug 6, 19, 5:29 pm
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Originally Posted by dimon84 View Post
How did it go?
Got the Deluxe corner - so the usual 1 cat AMB upgrade.
They did bring a full size bottle of red wine as AMB welcome gift. The newly refurbed rooms are quite nice, except the carpet.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 1:35 am
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Originally Posted by Petrus View Post
Got the Deluxe corner
Is that what they now call 'Corner Suite', categorised under 'Suites' when booking?
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Old Aug 13, 19, 2:34 am
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I have a stay booked here this weekend. I'm booked in to a Jr Suite, and am a Spire Amb. Is it likely that I will get an upgrade to a Senior Suite? When I booked about 6 months ago, the lady on the AMB line advised that I book one cat below what I wanted as I will get the AMB upgrade. But reading the thread it seems like they may not upgrade beyond Jr!
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Old Aug 13, 19, 4:32 am
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Originally Posted by Jonathan2712 View Post
I have a stay booked here this weekend. I'm booked in to a Jr Suite, and am a Spire Amb. Is it likely that I will get an upgrade to a Senior Suite? When I booked about 6 months ago, the lady on the AMB line advised that I book one cat below what I wanted as I will get the AMB upgrade. But reading the thread it seems like they may not upgrade beyond Jr!
Senior Suites are on exemption list, however, that list may have been published after you booked...? If so, I would reach out to the hotel now and ask for clarification - and possibly some sort of compensation if they decide not to upgrade you beyond Jr. Suite.
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Old Aug 19, 19, 1:26 am
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What room did you book?
The JR suite is a proper suite with two large rooms with 1 1/2 bath. The standard RA upgrade from Base room.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 1:03 pm
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I will be staying at the IC in later December for two nights with my two children aged 11 and 8. I booked a club room with the ambassador bogo cert. The hotel does not have a single room for more than two people. Looking at the rooms I don't think I will have any issues with my kids not having enough space sharing a bed. Having booked a King Bed Club room, is there any chance as a spire ambassador to get upgraded to a Junior suite?
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Old Nov 20, 19, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
I will be staying at the IC in later December for two nights with my two children aged 11 and 8. I booked a club room with the ambassador bogo cert. The hotel does not have a single room for more than two people. Looking at the rooms I don't think I will have any issues with my kids not having enough space sharing a bed. Having booked a King Bed Club room, is there any chance as a spire ambassador to get upgraded to a Junior suite?
I would say a good chance...
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Old Nov 21, 19, 12:20 am
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Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
I will be staying at the IC in later December for two nights with my two children aged 11 and 8. I booked a club room with the ambassador bogo cert. The hotel does not have a single room for more than two people. Looking at the rooms I don't think I will have any issues with my kids not having enough space sharing a bed. Having booked a King Bed Club room, is there any chance as a spire ambassador to get upgraded to a Junior suite?
Yeah, I've done 2 adults and a 7 year old with no problem. Not exactly sure which rooms I was in. Junior suite once, but also something smaller. They brought a rollaway that time for no charge.
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Old Nov 21, 19, 9:23 am
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Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
I will be staying at the IC in later December for two nights with my two children aged 11 and 8. I booked a club room with the ambassador bogo cert. The hotel does not have a single room for more than two people. Looking at the rooms I don't think I will have any issues with my kids not having enough space sharing a bed. Having booked a King Bed Club room, is there any chance as a spire ambassador to get upgraded to a Junior suite?
I think the Junior Suite is the next up from the Club room you book... it's been automatic to a suite as long as they are available when I have stayed there, I think most of the corner rooms are suites.
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Old Dec 29, 19, 7:18 am
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We are almost done with our two day stay this weekend. We received a spacious corner room that could easily accommodate an extra bed. I do not think it was a junior suite but I honestly did not care as the room was large enough in every way for our needs. The club is excellent. Breakfast was better than what I am used to from lounges with cooked to order egg dishes and very good buffet options. The evening appetizer allowed you to make a dinner out of it, if you are so inclined. My kids loved the pool and hot tub along with the unbeatable view being on the 43rd floor of the hotel. The fitness room is located on the same level, anyone who enjoys working out this in itself is reason enough to stay at this place. The staff has been excellent and attentive to the (very) few needs we had during our stay. Overall I highly recommend the IC Warsaw. On a side note, Uber works exceedingly well. We used the service about 8 times and it never took more than 1-2 minutes for the ride to show up. Pair this with not a lot of traffic during the weekend and it made it a breeze to get around the city. Most rides were between $2-$5 making this the no brainer choice of transport. Taxis seems to be about twice as much based on two rides we took. I did notice that the older generation of Poles does not seem to be familiar with the concept of forming a line. People, on more than one occasion, seem to think that their 'simple' request warrants bypassing everyone and approach the front desk.
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Old Feb 9, 20, 11:40 am
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InterContinental Warsaw

Index to Genius1 Trip Reports

The InterContinental Warsaw opened in 2004, housed in a skyscraper that makes it the tallest hotel in Poland and the third tallest in Europe. Located over the road from the imposing Palace of Culture and Science, the property is an easy walk from most of Warsaw’s main sights. Back in July 2019, we stayed here for three nights just months after the completion of an extensive refurbishment.





Check-in in the surprisingly small lobby was conducted promptly and efficiently at the dedicated Ambassador desk; a morning newspaper was offered and Club benefits were talked through, although check-in within the lounge wasn’t offered – this is not necessarily a bad thing, as I tend to prefer check-in in the lobby before heading straight to the room. A choice of IHG points or welcome drink in the bar was also offered; as is the norm when I have Club lounge access included, I opted for the points.



Despite the hotel being fairly inexpensive and therefore it not representing the best value for money to do so, I was using a soon-to-expire Ambassador complimentary weekend night certificate for this stay; there was initially some confusion by the receptionist over what this was, but this was soon resolved.



Our Junior Suite on the 31st floor was a two-category upgrade from the booked Standard Room; at 58 square metres, this was a comfortably sized and smartly refurbished suite, featuring two principal rooms of equal size in addition to a cloakroom and bathroom.



The living room had ample work and lounge space, although the location of the drinks/safe cabinet (including Nespresso machine and complimentary mineral water) was somewhat awkward, right in the corner of the room behind the sofa and one of the two armchairs. The skyline of Warsaw embroidered onto one of the cushions was a thoughtful design feature, although I didn’t quite understand the purpose of the two blue stool-like things below the TV.







A cloakroom was situated just off the hall.



The bedroom was as spacious as the living room, with plenty of room for a chaise longue and occasional table in addition to the more usual furniture items. Further complimentary mineral water was also placed on one of the bedside tables. Robes and slippers were waiting on the beds; this is increasingly unusual to see, as most properties keep them in the wardrobe or bathroom (either of which is a much more acceptable location for them than the bed, in my opinion).







L’Occitane amenities in both the bathroom and cloakroom made a nice change from the usual Agraria products, although a less welcome feature was the rather hard towels (presumably older ones) that sporadically appeared during the stay. One morning, the face towels weren’t replaced, although this was rectified during turndown service that evening. Confusingly, turndown didn’t actually consist of any turning down, although the suite was refreshed and chocolates made a welcome appearance.











Views from two aspects of the suite looked out across the city skyline, with a particularly good view of the Palace of Culture and Science. For a modern building, it was slightly disappointing that the windows were set quite high in the walls; although large, they didn’t offer the best view when seated.



On returning to our suite the first afternoon after an initial exploration of the local area, an Ambassador welcome gift of red wine, grapes and macarons was waiting for us, accompanied by both still and sparkling mineral water (replaced daily). Although water is a published benefit of Ambassador status, anything more in-room is at the hotel’s discretion, so it’s always good to see properties offering additional amenities, particularly since the removal of the fruit plate from the benefits list last year.



Up on the 41st floor, the Club InterContinental lounge is spread across four ‘rooms’ in a long, thin rectangle. Whilst the physical and interior design of the space may not be particularly notable or elegant, this is nevertheless a comfortable and relaxing space in which to pass the time.





Opposite reception, a thin high-top table with stools looks out over the city, next to a drinks station and overflow seating from the dining area. A small selection of newspapers and magazines was available here too.

The dining area to the right is fairly small in size but seemed adequate enough to accommodate all guests during our stay. The small size of the space means that tables are quite tightly packed in and regimented, creating a vaguely canteen-like atmosphere that isn’t ideal or, I’m sure, what the InterContinental is aiming for.

The breakfast buffet was nicely presented but is, by nature of the small space, fairly limited; an la carte menu offers six egg dishes from which to choose, supplementing the handful of hot buffet options and average continental selection. I had the Eggs Benedict on my first morning, which looked a little sad although tasted perfectly fine. Staff were reasonably attentive throughout the service, without being overly welcoming or engaging.







The following two mornings we switched to the much more extensive breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, included in the rate for Club InterContinental guests. DownTown is the hotel’s main restaurant and where breakfast is normally taken (including live harp-playing of all things!), although at the weekend the smaller (and less naturally-lit) Platter by Karol Okrasa is used for overflow seating with a secondary buffet of identical offerings.

Back in the Club lounge, turning left from reception the lounge opens up into two seating areas, each with clusters of uninspiring armchairs and sofas; just six seating clusters in total means that there is limited privacy when the lounge is busier.







Towards the end of the lounge, two desks are available in a small library area (including rather messy books and boardgames that I just wanted to go and tidy), adjacent to a bookable meeting room. Washrooms are located on the same floor, just outside the lounge.



Afternoon tea, offered from 3pm until 5pm, was an adequate but often rapidly depleted selection of sandwiches, biscuits, fruit, sweets, mini desserts and chocolates.



No waiter service was offered during afternoon tea or evening canaps, with all elements being self-service. This is quite unusual in a Club InterContinental lounge, where as a minimum you can usually expect drinks during evening canaps to be waiter served. The lounge seemed to be short of champagne glasses, as these were regularly missing despite attempts by staff to clear empties promptly.

Aside from being the third tallest hotel in Europe, the InterContinental Warsaw features the highest indoor swimming pool in Europe; the views from the 44th floor are certainly something to behold.



Overall, this was an enjoyable stay at a neatly refurbished property, although the Club InterContinental lounge could benefit from some smarter design thinking. Thanks for reading; I’ll close this brief report with some of my favourite images taken around Warsaw.






















































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Old May 3, 22, 7:02 am
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I stayed here with my young daughter this weekend. it was a lovely stay.

I'm IHG Platinum, so I got a one cat upgrade from Club Queen to Club Queen (Palace View). Lovely spacious room, bright, with an amazing view of the Palace and Warsaw below.

I found the lounge to be uninspiring, there was very little out in the way of snacks, only tasting plates from downstairs during the cocktails hour, and nothing that would appeal to a six year old. I'm used to at least being able to get hold of some crisps or snacks all day. I'll not bother again.

View from the pool was amazing, you have to book it during the weekend I guess to limit numbers. It was quite busy there last weekend, and the pool is 1.2m/4ft deep at its shallowest end, so my little girl had to keep swimming - couldn't put her feet down. There was a basket with some pool noodles if we wanted it.

Breakfast was in reception - it was the full breakfast offer and was varied and very pleasant. My little one particularly liked the sausages.

There seemed to be quite substantial queues to check-in at 3pm, so I was glad to have arrived just before.
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Old May 4, 22, 9:27 am
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Had the same upgrade as plat on points last week. No complaints aside from shower that needs smth better than handheld with a rail holder. Wall shampoo etc dispensers.
Hot tub and pool are best visited mid morning with less ppl. Once I had it to myself for 15-20 min.
Starbucks next door with latte pastry and sandwich combo for pln25 (eur5).
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Old May 4, 22, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by azepine00 View Post
Had the same upgrade as plat on points last week. No complaints aside from shower that needs smth better than handheld with a rail holder. Wall shampoo etc dispensers.
I had a rainwater shower and a handheld wand. I was quite happy with that.
I'm accustomed to the wall dispensers nowadays, don't usually expect to see anything else. I think my days of walking out with bags full of high-end toiletries ended with the liquids ban. The irony of avoiding single-use plastics when flying doesn't escape me, but it does let me feel just a little bit less guilty.

Originally Posted by azepine00 View Post
Hot tub and pool are best visited mid morning with less ppl. Once I had it to myself for 15-20 min.
Yep, it was quite busy on Sunday morning.

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Starbucks next door with latte pastry and sandwich combo for pln25 (eur5).
There's a big choice in Zloty Terase, apparently, but we didn't really get the chance.
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