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Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport has been a windfall for cheap IHG bonus points

This summer I have a flight out of Warsaw Airport and I could have booked Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport for $39 to pick up 40,000 points with IHG Rewards Club Accelerate 2019 summer promotion. I will be staying in the city center instead.

I stayed at Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport hotel in March 2019 on an expensive $93 bonus points rate to complete the IHG Rewards Club Free Nights Faster winter promotion and earned 25,308 points. The first time I stayed at this hotel was in July 2017 – Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport $58 night earned 34,828 points.

Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport has meant a windfall of IHG Rewards Club points. There also is a convenient free shuttle service to the off-airport hotel.

HIX Express Warsaw Airport

HIX Warsaw Airport shuttle stop

Shuttle location stop outside Terminal A Arrivals 2 door.

Warsaw Airport Arrivals level, departures upstairs.

I had forgotten to check where the shuttle stop for Holiday Inn Express is located prior to walking outside around 11am on a Wednsday morning in March. As I was looking up the hotel phone number the HIX hotel shuttle passed by and stopped for people crossing. I waved to the driver and he let me in for the ride to the hotel.

My room was not ready yet. I had an interesting chat with the receptionist from Ukraine about her experiences flying low cost airlines in Europe. I asked her for directions to Warsaw city center and she explained where to pick up the bus outside the hotel and where to change for the Metro.

HIX Warsaw Airport Room 416

Holiday Inn Warsaw Airport has four floors. Room 416 is on the top floor near the elevator.

 

HIX Warsaw Airport 416 bed

HIX Warsaw Airport 416 desk

HIX Warsaw Airport Room 416 TV

HIX Warsaw Airport room 416

HIX Warsaw Airport 416 couch

The view from room 416 was nothing to get excited about.

HIX Warsaw Airport 416 view

HIX Warsaw Airport 416 water and safe

The bathroom has a blue light, which happens to be a lighting color I find appealing.

HIX Warsaw Airport Room 416 bathroom blue light

HIX Warsaw Airport sink

Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport 416 Dove cream wash dispenser

While the dispenser is labeled Dove Cream Wash, there would need to be a lab analysis report to convince Gary Leff.

Double the horror in bathroom 416

HIX Warsaw Airport 416 shower

Complimentary breakfast was standard fare of breads, eggs, beans and sausages. Cold meats and cheese, yogurt and fresh fruit.

Two stays at this hotel and I never managed to snap a photo of the lobby dining room. There are two computers in the lobby for guest use.

Bus and Metro to Warsaw city center

I had most of the day to hang out and headed into Warsaw shortly after noon.

Out the hotel and to the street to bus stop for 148 bus. A ticket cost 4.40 PLN (about $1.15 USD).

Bus 148 from HIX Warsaw Airport 8 stops to Metro Imielin.

Warsaw Metro A line – Imielin

Warsaw Metro A Line

I rode the Metro 11 stops to Ratusz Arsenal where I exited and picked up a tram across the Vistula River to Praga, advertised to tourists in guide books as the up and coming urban renewal district of Warsaw.

Overall, I was underwhelmed by Praga. Ended up walking around a couple of hours, ate lunch and walked to Warsaw Zoo, before heading to Old Town, then back to the Metro for the ride back to Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport.

Praga Warsaw

I did see a sign for the new Moxy by Marriott hotel in a complex with a Google Campus for Startups and the Vodka Museum, however, I did not locate the entrance for Moxy and headed out to find something more authentic in Praga.

‘Zabkowska 9 – Take Off’ is an 1870 tenement building in North Praga covered in aluminum foil by artist Piotr Janowski.

Warsaw Zoo

Scenes from the film, The Zookeeper’s Wife, played in my head.

While a hotel in the city is preferable if you plan to sightsee in Warsaw, the location of Holiday Inn Express is perfectly suitable for a daytrip into central Warsaw if you don’t mind traveling about 45 minutes each way.

Old Town Warsaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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