When this hotel opened in 1913, it was the best address in Warsaw. Following decades of faded glory—and a two-year-long complete restoration—it reopened in 2005 in a condition that is once again worthy of its name. Corner and front rooms have what is, perhaps, the coolest view in town: the socialist realist Palace of Culture and Science, which is right across the street. The rooms are spacious, although they differ in size and layout, with modern, muted decor and comfortable amenities. The breakfast is an adventure in itself, a full splash featuring caviar and champagne or vodka (yes, we mean breakfast); it is served in the grand Ludwikowska restaurant, embellished with crystal chandeliers, mirrors, and some six kilos of gold.