My second Ibis hotel in Warsaw of this week, this is located around a thirty-minute walk from the city centre, in the Ochota district. There’s also an Ibis Budget on the same site, although on this occasion, I’m in the Ibis itself.
This is what all the other doors in the corridor looked like.
I mention that, as this is what the door to my room looked like.
And, then it became obvious, this room had a travel theme.
A little globe clock.
A themed bathroom door.
A large map on the wall.
And an explanation of the concept. What a lovely idea.
The view from the room over the neighbouring Ibis Budget and beyond. My Accor profile is set to ask for a room high up in the building (I’ve decided the views are more important than any minor risk of fires) and away from elevators, which was met perfectly here.
The drinks voucher.
Only a small Zywiec was included at this Ibis, but it tasted as it was meant to. The bar area isn’t in my view designed as well as some others in the Ibis chain, with too many low tables, with the restaurant area being busy.
The breakfast room, which is also used as the hotel’s restaurant later on in the day.
Apple pie was available for breakfast in the morning.
The salad and cold meats selection. There were also hot dogs, cereals and pastries available, along with a range of drinks including juices, teas and coffees. Everything was kept well stocked and staff members were wandering around cleaning away empty trays. Everything was clean, tidy and organised, with a staff member diligently checking the room numbers of every guest.
One thing that I thought was positive was that breakfast was available from 04:00 onwards, with the main food selection being served at 06:30. I didn’t arrive until after that latter time, but I was surprised that they had food ready that early in the morning. Until I saw this review:
“In the elevator was a notice with the breakfast times, 0400 to 0630 early risers, 0630 to 1000 buffet, 1000 to 1200 late risers. I needed to leave the hotel on my last morning early, so decided that I would go down for the early risers. I realized it would only be coffee, perhaps a roll and some juice. What a surprise when I arrived at 600am, the total breakfast room was in darkness. I asked the front desk clerk where the breakfast was for the early risers. He replied that for the early riser breakfast this had to be pre-arranged the day/night before. What? I told him there was no notice in the elevator explaining this, no communication in the room regarding this or even in the breakfast room.”
If that’s the case, this guest is entirely right, that was communicated badly by the hotel, as I wouldn’t have thought it required a prior reservation. The hotel’s response was a little vague on the matter as well. Anyway, I didn’t have any problems with breakfast and I liked that it was never too busy, so it was easy to find a seat. The hotel is though otherwise well reviewed, there are very few negative comments about its operation.
Overall, this hotel was reasonably priced and it is within walking distance of the city centre, or there’s a nearby tram line for those with luggage. All of the staff were friendly and helpful, with absolutely no noise disturbances either internally or externally. The room temperature was also easy to control, primarily as I could open the window, something which seems to be beyond the wit of some hotels….