< POLAND | WARSAW: Polonia Palace Hotel
Founded by Count Konstanty Przedziecki, a member of a well-respected aristocratic family and designed by architects Juliusz Nagórski and Józef Holewinski, the Polonia Palace opened on July 14th, 1913. The hotel offered luxurious and comfortable accommodation and introduced some quite rare amenities at the time, such as cold and hot running water in every room, central heating and dial telephones.
It also offered both its guests and Varsovians a touch of post-WWI, 1920's glamour: Palais-Dancing Restaurant, which soon became one of the most fun and fashionable
places in the city. Frequented by actors, singers, artists, writers and politicians, the restaurant was the place to 'see and be seen'.
As the only hotel to have survived the Second World War virtually unscratched, the Polonia Palace became the hotel-of-choice for ambassadors and diplomats, and it also housed a number of embassies. One of the hotel's most well-known visitors was General Eisenhower who stayed there in September 1945, and was cheered and welcomed by hundreds of Varsovians.
The post-Second World War period was challenging for our hotel as it was for so many determined to maintain the high standards during the Communist era. Despite turbulent times, the Polonia Palace managed to continue its legacy of warmth, excellence and style.
After the fall of Communism in Poland in 1989, the Polonia Palace went from strength to strength, looking to the future and embracing modernity. In 2005, after a two-year renovation period, the hotel turned to a new page in its history and hosted a grand reopening celebration. In the fully restored restaurants, lobby, and rooms, 500 guests danced, ate and toasted the night away.
Boasting a long history, the Polonia Palace today stands as a symbol of the best of both old and new Warsaw.
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