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The Magnificent Sobieski Hotel Re-Opens in Warsaw

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By Ed Tusox
Posted Dec 1, 2011 in Travel
The Jan III Sobieski Hotel in the centre of Poland’s capital city, Warsaw is now owned by the Hotel Group, Rezidor. This magnificient hotel has just re-opened after a complete refit and refurbishment and is now known as the Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel and is located in the city centre.
The hotel was originally built in 1992 by a team of Austrian Polish architects and was named after the famous Polish King, Jan Sobieski III, who reigned over the country between 1674 until his death in 1696. Sobieski is famed for reorganising the Polish Army, an able army commander who beat the Turks at the Battle of Vienna in 1683 and was hailed as the saviour of Christendom by the pope.
The rejuvenated Radisson Blu still retains its famous multicoloured façade and now features high-speed Internet connection, two excellent restaurants with a lounge and to ensure guests complete rest and relaxation the wellness area includes a Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Using the Radisson Blu Sobieski hotel in Warsaw as a central base means many of the city’s popular tourist attractions are within easy reach, while business users will find that they are close to the heart of the commercial and business districts.
Other Rezidor hotels in Warsaw include the Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel Warsaw a five-star luxury hotel also situated in the heart of the business district and tourist quarter of the city.
Zygmunts Column Warsaw
Zygmunts Column Warsaw
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Travellers around Warsaw naturally concentrate on the towns old medieval centre where it is true to say that many of the city’s prime attractions are located. Here you can explore the Royal Castle, the Market Square and Warsaw’s fortified outpost, the Barbican. During the Second World War much of the town centre was destroyed but once liberated the Poles started to rebuild their capital and in the centre now stands a statue on the old town walls, called “the Little Insurgent” dedicated to the children who ran messages during the 1944 Uprising.
Castle Square is usually the first view of the old town that visitors get and here you will find the Zygmunt’s column soaring above the neighbourhood. King Zygmunt is the one recognised for moving Poland’s capital in 1596 to Warsaw from Krakow.
St John’s Cathedral and Canon Square behind are another sight that tourists shouldn’t miss. The Cathedral was an excellent example of English Gothic Revival architecture until its destruction in 1944. Its reconstruction after the war returned it to its basic bare origins, as much due to the fact that most of the frescoes and Baroque decoration had been permanently lost.
The residence of King Jan III Sobieski is also on the tourist trail; here visitors can see the beautiful layout of Wilanow Palace and its gardens. The palace not only serves as a reminder of Poland’s cultural heritage but also as a venue for concerts and performances during the summer months.
The Royal Baths Park at the Chopin Monument is another cultural destination in the summer months, when a pianist gives recitals of his works to the gathered audiences. Marie Curie is another of Warsaw’s citizens who is recognised with both her birthplace and laboratories receiving recognition.
In spite of the extensive destruction wrought on Warsaw there is still a lot of its ancient heart still to be seen and if you wish to travel a little further beyond the city boundaries even more gems lay waiting for you

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