Here’s everything a luxe adventurer needs to know about Warsaw’s first design hotel – sleek escapes await
Opening its doors in June 2020, Nobu Hotel Warsaw will feature 117 spacious rooms, an expansive fitness centre and of course, a signature Nobu Restaurant and café.
Situated on Wilcza Street, the creative hub of the modern-day city, the property is an integrated mix of luxurious hotel and energised living spaces.
The hotel’s neighbourhood is a walk away from the Old Town, originally built in the 13th century, which has been meticulously reconstructed since the Second World War. The area welcomes the intellectual traveller to rediscover its charm as an increasingly popular leisure destination.
Outside its walls, exciting culture awaits to be explored – the property is surrounded by trendy wine bars that spill out onto the pavements in the summer months, as well as independent shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants, enriching the community with a sense of locality and present-day style.
“Nobu Hotel Warsaw is a really exciting project for us,” commented Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive Officer of Nobu Hotels.
“The luxury hospitality market has been gaining momentum in Warsaw for a while. There’s a certain type of energy that extends far beyond the bricks and mortar – we’re very excited to be at the forefront of this new wave of lifestyle and hospitality development – and being from Poland originally, this opening is particularly exciting for our co-founder Meir Teper.”
The city’s first true design hotel, Nobu Hotel Warsaw is a combination of two wings: the ‘classic’ is housed in an Art Deco building, the former Hotel Rialto, which dates back to 1920s inter-war Poland and the ‘modern’ is an ultracontemporary, new build – designed through a transformational, cross-continental collaboration: a concerted effort between Polish architectural firm, Medusa Group, and California-based Studio PCH.
Respecting the city’s history and resilience, the result tells the story of present-day Warsaw: open, modern and diverse.
Nobu Hotel Warsaw juxtaposes contemporary style with the adjoined classic Art Deco building’s character and distinct aesthetic, an important symbol of the city’s historical tissue.
“The core of the hotel has been created by shifting seven floors aside to form a “V” shape”, said Lukasz Zagala, co-founder of Medusa Group.
“The result is an interesting architectural form from the outside, and a variety of room sizes, on the inside. The movement of floors also allowed for spacious balconies with planted greenery, creating a vertical garden, as well as added privacy for the rooms.
The deconstructed rounded corner block is a nod to the characteristic corner buildings which dotted Warsaw’s 19th century streets.”
Nobu Hotel Warsaw’s rooms span classic to ultramodern, representative of Poland’s rampant revival, allowing guests to choose the style to suit their taste. All room categories exude a sense of calm with Japanese design, and floor-to-ceiling windows with either city or skyline views.
In keeping with its theme, the new wing’s suites are contemporary in design, using simple materials: raw concrete, wood, stone and glass, taking inspiration from Japanese design philosophy.
Of course, it’s all in the detail – each room comes with in-room amenities by Natura Blissé, a luxurious Yukata robe and a minibar stocked with classic Japanese favourites such as Matcha Kit Kats.
Whilst those classic in style are located in a renovated tenement house, dating back to the 20th century and Art Deco in style: drawing on the traditions of old Warsaw architecture, interior design and art.
The Nobu Suite features separate living and dining room areas and a Japanese soaking tub, that looks out onto the city. A spacious 109 m², the room has a 98- inch home cinema and surround sound system that guests can stream to from smart devices.
The property plays host to the Nobu restaurant and cafe, as with all the hotels worldwide, and is rooted in creating memorable experiences around exceptional food and locality.
A stone’s throw from the bustling Hala Koszyki food hall, the area is fast becoming Warsaw’s foodie hub. The Nobu restaurant concept is based on Chef Nobu’s inventive, non-traditional cuisine which showcases high quality produce, colour and texture, cooking classic Japanese dishes created with South American ingredients.
On the menu, think ‘Toro Tartare with Caviar’ and ‘Beef Yoban Yaki’ as well as Nobu Now – Polish-inspired dishes created by Executive Chef Yannick Lohou – which draw on fresh, local produce and will significantly raise the benchmark on the Warsaw dining scene.
Make it happen
When: Opening June 2020.
Wallet: Rates at Nobu Hotel Warsaw start from €225 per room, per night on a B&B basis.
How: Reservations open March 2020, ahead of its June 2020 opening. Visit nobuhotels.com to make a booking.