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CULTURE

POLONIA PALACE HOTEL a symbol of Warsaw

PAWEŁ LEWTAK, General Manager of the Polonia Palace Hotel, talks to Jerzy Mosoń. We meet at the Polonia Palace. The taxi driver knew where to take me right away, without having to consult his sat nav. This hotel is a bit of a landmark, isn’t it? The Polonia Palace Hotel has operated in the very same spot, right in the centre of Warsaw, since 1913, when it was built by Konstanty G. Przeździecki. In the minds of Warsaw residents, our building has always been here - they remember it from their childhood, from family stories, pictures and postcards. For many Warsaw residents it is a symbol. Many guests, business clients and employees tell us that and share their stories with us. It is touching, but we also have a sense of responsibility it entails. Without a doubt, we stand out among the modern buildings in the area with a fine, historic facade which miraculously survived WWII and subsequent historical changes. PM

You are a historic hotel, but on entering the elegant lobby lined with palm trees and filled with daylight, you can also see that the building is modern, light and stylish. How did you manage to blend the historic and the contemporary? Analysing the opinions of guests, listening to their praise for our interiors and the ambiance, I have a feeling that we are successfully combining the classical feel with modernity. In 2004 the hotel was reopened after a general refurbishment which lasted three years. It was a huge financial, architectural and logistical undertaking. It was then that we built the glass-roofed lobby which adds a friendly feel for guests and is a pleasant meeting place. We all like it very much. Guests often meet here for business, but also relax and take pictures against our fresh floral arrangements. We take care to strike a balance between the historical character of the hotel - we are a historical landmark after all - and modern amenities which guests expect from this kind of facility. Above all, we want everyone to feel comfortable - both the guests who stay here, and their friends who visit them, conference clients, restaurant and bar guests, as well as our staff. PM

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"Polish Market” is a prestigious English-language magazine published since 1996. In its pages, it promotes the Polish economy, businesses,...

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