Nobu Warsaw Hotel, which opened in 2021, ticks all the boxes: location, design, gastronomy and cool vibes!
Warsaw may not be the most obvious city to visit in Europe, yet it is an increasingly popular destination. Its intriguing history, rich culture and awesome architecture, but also its vibrant urban vibes and emerging art scene have made it one of the hippest cities for intellectual travelers.
The city is also full of smart hospitality options, almost all offered in great prices. When I decided to visit it during last Autumn, I opted for a cool brand name and booked a room at Nobu Warsaw that had opened a few months before. The hotel proved to be a perfect reflection of the coolness the city currently exudes, and cannot recommend it enough.
Situated on Wilcza Street, the creative hub of the city, and a stone’s throw away from the Old Town, Nobu Warsaw marks the 12th hotel and 43rd restaurant to open globally for the luxury lifestyle brand, founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper. Nobu Hotel Warsaw is a combination of two wings: the ‘classic’, housed in an Art Deco building, the former Hotel Rialto, which dates back to 1920s inter-war Poland, and the ‘modern’ , an ultracontemporary, newly build – designed through a transformational, cross-continental collaboration: a concerted effort between Polish architectural firm, Medusa Group, and California-based Studio PCH
Staying at Nobu Warsaw Hotel
I chose to stay at the modern wing with the Japanese-inspired style and the floor-to-ceiling windows that stole my heart as soon as I looked at the photos of the hotel. I felt I made the right choice from the moment I stepped into room 502 on the 5th floor ( a premium room) and saw the captivating city view I would enjoy in the next few days.
The hotel actually impressed me from the reception area. Though it does not feature a vast lobby, it welcomes the guests in a rather spectacular way with a wooden spiral sculptural staircase that steals the spotlight and makes you instantly think of a great Instagram opportunity. This awesome staircase combined with the signature fragrance of Νobu hotels (lemongrass with a touch of ginger) offers a quite delightful welcome to every guest.
The room is a minimal yet cozy combination of bare concrete walls, oak wood and glass. The palette is neutral but warm and with some dashes of colour (emerging)from a small pink sofa. Some really cool details elevate the contemporary style of the room. Among my favourites, the record player and the vinyls (that vary in every room), the Zori flipflops, the Yukata robes and the modern Polish artworks. The overall feel of room no 502 was undoubtedly peaceful, homey, apart from extremely stylish.
So, what was the day at Nobu Warsaw like?
Waking up each morning at an incredibly comfortable bed and opening the curtains to a beautiful vista of the city was pure bliss. A few minutes later, we had put a record on the record player and John Coltrane sounds filled the room, while my friend and I were ready to welcome the tray with our breakfast, comfortably seated on the sofa by the window.
Enjoying breakfast with a jazz soundtrack and a view to snowy Warsaw sounds like a dream, right? To complete this happiness, we simply had to include the famous Nobu Benedict Eggs in our order! Of course, there were mornings, we preferred to have breakfast at the restaurant so that we could explore the numerous options of the buffet. I can assure you, both ways were equally agreeable and full of delicious dishes.
Since its opening, Nobu restaurant has been adding its signature style to Warsaw’s innovative and evolving culinary world. For us, guests of the hotel, it took just a few floors by the elevator to taste the world-famous dishes of Nobu cuisine and/or join the lively ambiance of its bar! Dinner and cocktails there are absolutely recommendable.
We had sushi and Nobu classics such as Black Cod and Crab Salad and really enjoyed hanging out with what seemed to be the fashionable crowd of the city. Plus, it took us minutes to go back to our room and get under its cloud-like duvet!
Apart from the facilities and the design, the staff of Nobu Warsaw was extremely friendly and helpful. There is no doubt that Nobu Warsaw is a “can’t go wrong” choice for anyone who wishes to visit the capital of Poland, either for business or pleasure since it ticks all the boxes: location, ambiance, style, coolness and high standard service!