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Hotel Rialto
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Warsaw, Poland
5 Stars and 6 Stripes
Extraordinary - Society
August - 2006
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Warsaw rocks - and is most likely the most cosmopolitan of Poland's major cities. Trusting the overwhelming traffic at Warsaw International Airport the historic city is well on the way of becoming more and more a part of the European Union melting pot and the fact that WAW was under construction added to 'the buzz'. Poland's capital is today a place for great shopping, hip restaurants and several world-wide accredited museums, including the Historical Museum of Warsaw, which features the city's history with valuable artifacts and splendid recreations of old buildings. There is also Poland's National Art Museum and Warsaw's Center for Contemporary Art, housing the works of the country's newest young artists. Arriving at the Rialto was exactly what I had seen on the web, a feeling of traveling back to the turn of the 20th century. The Rialto hotel was originally a gift from an adoring husband to his wife and it started out as a four star property and has since raised the bar with determination and commitment to excellence. Already at the main entrance it became obvious to me that the 1920's period was flawlessly paired with tasteful modern amenities. I felt content and confident as I approached the desk: "Serde - cznie witamy and welcome!" were the comforting salutations from the professional staff.
Warsaw International Film Festival:
The 22nd annual International Film Festival will take place in Warsaw, Poland from October 6th to October 15th, 2006.
The operational facets including essential computer equipment were perfectly hidden in an exquisitely custom-designed check-inn counter of finest hardwoods. I was personally welcomed by GM Karl Braun, a hospitality professional (of German decent) who has lived and worked all over the world. Braun resided for a relatively long period of time at the hotel and so familiarized himself with all the ins and outs of the daily operation. This hands-on GM comes across as the most gracious host, reporting record numbers in return guests. We took the custom-designed 1920's style elevator with a little bench to sit on (a scent of mahogany in the air) to the 5th floor and it was delightful. My suite: # 55 - was a sheer 'home-coming' experience. The Rialto is still conveniently located within close proximity to most major attractions and allows upper floor guests a view that reminds one on the famous 'Roofs of Paris'. It's the attention to the numerous ever present details as well as the charm of the hotel that made my stay exceptional and will have you come back for more including the antiques, precious works of art and the one-in-a-kind ambience. Hotel Rialto Room
My wife would have spent ample time in the period appropriate claw-foot bathtub and would have lit all the scented candles on the elegant vanities. I instead turned on the Plasma TV and took a rain-forest shower with a 'light summer rain effect' - which was most relaxing. The fixtures in my suite, including the antique lamps were in stylish platinum throughout, matching the others of the entire house. Precious parquet floors laid in unique patterns were eloquently pepped with 20th century style throw rugs. This stately house abounds with nature-inspired sophistication, unique imports, rich custom designer fabrics, one-of-a-kind furnishings and beds & beddings to die for! I slipped into my workout clothing, grabbed one of the water bottles from the vanities and made my way up to fitness center on the 6th floor. It is equipped with saunas (2 levels), a huge invigorating cool down barrow, an authentic steam room, lockers, showers and all the other modern amenities. Back at my suite I had to contact my office in New York, eagerly waiting for my call; I used the complimentary wireless IT - priceless. Looking around, the designer has managed to create a unique, lavish combination of 1920's originals matching contemporary colors and finishes but still had the foresight to include an in-room Krupps coffee maker with an espresso machine. I needed that, the espresso, dearly.
"The Rialto. A name today synonymous with a reputation for highest quality and superior standard" ~ TB
2006 Hotel Rialto Award-Hand-Out
Seven Stars and Stripers® - Award-Hand-Out at the Rialto Hotel
Quickly I dressed for dinner, I was starving and besides, I knew I was in for a treat. The Rialto features legendary Executive Chef Kurt Scheller who has since then proudly accepted his appointment as Culinary Global Advisory Board Member of Seven Stars and Stripes®. I went that night to bed with the awareness that I had met one of the greatest chefs of the world. Never-the-less, I will always think of the Rialto as the hotel with the most perfectly ironed sheets that I had experienced so far. Thread count is essential, but a hand-ironed sheet, lightly starched - does create a feeling that cannot be explained other then: sensational. Breakfast the next day had to be a quick one for me, since my Mercedes Town Car was already waiting to bring me back to the airport. Just a platter of freshly sliced cold cuts, hot & crisp rolls, homemade Müeslix, a good strong coffee, freshly pressed orange juice (a bit tart, after all we were in Poland ;) and I was on the way.
by Thorsten Buehrmann

Editor: Ingrid Lemme

Editor-in-Chief: John Lomitola
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