Artistic minimalism with historic Art Deco at the Nobu Hotel in Warsaw
The Nobu collection The portfolio of luxurious expressions of modern Japanese-inspired minimalism has spread and far – from London to Malibu and everywhere in between – and now with an address on a historic street in Poland’s capital, Warsaw. Founded by chef / restaurant Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, Nobu hotels are renowned for their graceful contemporary ryokan-inspired civility layered on a wide variety of cityscapes. The Nobu Warsaw Hotel is arguably the most spectacular expression of the collection of this old and new design philosophy scattered throughout the hotel’s 117 rooms, joining the nearby PURO Warsaw hotel as a distinct design experience in hospitality.
By juxtaposing the historic architecture of a former 1920s Art Deco hotel with elegant yet organic details, Polish architectural firm Medusa Group, in partnership with California-based studio PCH, created a contemporary haven framed by the Historic DNA of a building still echoing the Old World. charm. But instead of tension, the Nobu Hotel Warsaw presents a complementary harmony embracing the classic Art Deco aesthetic within its ‘old’ wing, using its lobby as a gateway to the hotel’s contemporary ‘new’ wing – a closed architectural timeline expressing the changes occurring across the city of Warsaw itself.
This presents a sort of dilemma: which wing should guests choose, a room in the elegance adorned with the heritage Art Deco wing or a room located in the contemporary Japanese-inspired wing characterized by the modernity of glass, wood and concrete? Thankfully, the two express different but complementary definitions of warmth and coziness, with the new side leaning more towards the modernized Japanese hostel experience that Nobu hotels have become known for, including Japanese hinoki wood tubs. .
Matsuhisa’s reputation was first established decades ago by its namesake restaurant in Los Angeles; he brought to Warsaw the same new school Japanese tinged with a South American menu, expressed by a sushi bar and restaurant with warm architecture, complemented by local Polish-inspired dishes created by executive chef Yannick Lohou .
Located in an extremely walkable part of Warsaw – right across from numerous universities, restaurants and museums – the Nobu Hotel Warsaw offers travelers a luxurious home base with as much historical drama as contemporary comfort.
What: Nobu Warsaw Hotel
Or: Ulica Wilcza 73, Warsaw, Poland 00 48 22 551 88 88
How much: From $ 163 (USD) per night
Strong points: Ideally, you’ll book a stay of a few nights in the historic old Art Deco wing, followed by a few nights in the contemporary Japanese-inspired wing for a complete experience of the new with the old. And don’t forget to take a peek inside the in-room minibar, each stocked with Japanese snacks like Matcha Kit Kats.
Prize draw: The Modern Art Museum overlooking the Vistula is just a 3.4 km scenic walk from the hotel with many historical and cultural buildings along the route.
To book: Nobu Warsaw Hotel
Photos courtesy of Nobu Hotel Warsaw.
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