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InterContinental Warsaw convenient for WAW airport train

InterContinental Warsaw is a 43-floor skyscraper in downtown Warsaw. The hotel is about a ten minute walk from Warszawa Centralna/Warsaw Central train station on the same side of the road as the train station and across ul. Emilii Plater, the iconic Palace of Culture and Science (PKiN) 1955 skyscraper, tallest building in Poland at 237 meters.

PKiN-2

The bright lights of Warsaw Centrum along ul. Emilii Plater were a sight to see as I stepped out of the train station for my first views of the skyscrapers in downtown Warsaw.

Zlota44

Zlota44 is a 192 meters tall residential tower designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. He is also the designer of the post-9/11 World Trade Center master plan in New York. He was born in Łódź, Poland.

Zlota44-colors

Zlota44 changed colors as I walked to the InterContinental Warsaw.

IC Warsaw night

InterContinental Warsaw was a few minutes walk past Zlota44.

IC Warsaw-sign

The lobby looked like a typical business hotel lobby with a few couples sitting around in chairs. I did not care for the ambience as it seemed rather sterile and cavernous, yet confined.

Room 2211

IC Warsaw 2211

Room 2211 has a nice corner location view on the lowest 22nd guest floor of the 43 floor hotel. InterContinental Warsaw has 22-36 guest rooms, 37-41 Club floors and 43 Health Lounge.

Floors 8-20 are apartments.

IC Warsaw room-1

IC Warsaw room 2

The room window behind the TV looked out to the Palace of Culture.

IC 2211 room view

The other window looked across to the Marriott Warsaw skyscraper in the opposite direction from Warszawa Centralna train station.

Warsaw Marriott

There was an amenity tray with two bottles of water, a couple of sweets and an apple.

IC Warsaw room 11

IC Warsaw room 3

Minibar refrigerator was in the cabinet below the TV with a small section available for personal use. I had some leftover chicken  from Prague Airport in a baggie to refrigerate.

IC Warsaw room 4

IC Warsaw room 5

IC Warsaw room 6

Bathroom offered both a walk-in shower and full bathtub.

IC Warsaw room 8

IC Warsaw room 9

Agraria bath products.

IC Room 10 (2)

Rain was falling in the morning. The Fitness Center is on the 43rd floor. I should have gone up top during the clear night for photos of Warsaw lights. The weather offered little photography opportunity the following morning.

Marriott

Marriott view from other room window. The window counter is also where the coffee maker was located. A pod type, don’t recall the brand.

Leave with only memories and leave your key card

One of the odd aspects of the hotel stay was the receptionist demanded I hand over the hotel key card at checkout. I had the key card in my hand so I could not exactly say I had left it in the room. I had left a second key card in the room.

When I asked to keep the key card for my collection, only because it said InterContinental Warszawa, she refused to let me keep the card. That is a first time occurrence in my hotel stay life.

One of the sayings the hotel management would say each year at Radisson global conferences I attended 2010-2014 as a media representative was “Guests leave your hotel with only memories”. My last memory of InterContinental Warsaw is unfortunately a negative one.

IHG Rewards Club Points & Cash Stay

InterContinental Warsaw is 35,000 points for a reward night. Advance purchase room rates were 167 EUR on Saturday night when I stayed. I booked the hotel for 30,000 point and $30 on a Points & Cash reward stay to complete one of my IHG Accelerate Fall 2017 tasks. I will earn 30,000 bonus points with one more paid stay in 2017 using my IHG Rewards Club MasterCard, so a relatively good value break even potential with a $30 hotel stay at InterContinental Warsaw.

Trip Report Day 3 Warsaw Bright Lights, Big City (Oct 9, 2017).

Warsaw Old Town Day 4 Sunday (Oct 10, 2017).

IHG Accelerate Sep1-Dec 31 registration open (Aug 8, 2017).

 

 

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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