The five star Sofitel Warsaw Victoria hotel, located in the heart of Poland's capital, completed its makeover. The seventies design of this Warsaw address was maintained with the help of French interior designer Didier Gomez, who enhanced the existing design while preserving the establishment's original features.
The H-shaped building, which has a seventies geometric façade, was acquired by Accor group in 2001. The renovations started in April 2013 and are due to end in the first half of 2014.
Of the 343 rooms, 130 are still being renovated. The new interior design reflects the concept of relaxed luxury. Interior decorator Gomez, who also renovated the Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, made use of gold and bright orange, grey and silver, wood and marble.
In the lobby, a gold and brown carpet echoes the style of the beige and grey arm chairs. A bay window offers a view of Pilsudski Square, the capital's largest square on which the hotel stands. Photos on the walls and discreet lighting create an atmosphere similar to that of a home living room.
In the corridors, asymmetric black and white patterned carpeting contrasts with the white walls. Gomez reinterpreted the seventies decor for the Victoria Lounge bar, with grey marble on the walls, high orange stools and coffee tables surrounded by deep armchairs and sofas.
The Sofitel Warsaw Victoria now has two restaurants: the Kitchen Gallery, exclusively for breakfast; and the Victoria Brasserie Moderne, which has the kitchen show as its focal point. The new open kitchen and bar counter can accommodate up to 50 guests.
One of the Sofitel Warsaw Victoria's showpieces is the swimming pool, inspired by Cleopatra. The temperature of the water is constantly kept between 29 and 30 degrees celsius, and it has reclining chairs and mattresses.
The last stage of the renovation will be the restoration of the hotel's façade, which is due in the spring of 2014.
The building is near the Royal Castle, Saint John's Cathedral and the Old Town Market Place. The Sofitel Warsaw Victoria hosted many known guests, including US presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, Hollywood actress Jane Fonda, French president François Mitterrand, and musician Jean-Michel Jarre.
Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries (more than 30,000 rooms).