Warsaw is having a bit of a moment and the latest hotspot to swing open its heavy wrought-iron doors is Hotel Indigo, a 60-room property housed in an ornamental 1903 building, once the residence of count Ksawery Branicki. Inside, the Warsaw-based design agency 2kul worked with Henry Reeve, IHG’s director of design and innovation, to create a modern space that sits quietly within its original surroundings. The lobby is dressed with colourful classics including Fritz Hansen armchairs, Tom Dixon tables, low-slung sofas by Paolo Castelli and a rich, carpet designed by Marcel Wanders for Dutch interior brand, Moooi. The soaring open space meanwhile, is filled with a four ton custom-made chandelier comprising 900 bulbs and inspired by a Bocci installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Upstairs, the guest rooms that overlook the interior atrium are appropriately fitted out in muted shades of grey, while a crisp white palette interspersed with royal blues are clean, understated choices for the outer rooms, which feature high ceilings and ornate mouldings. With a state-of-the-art fitness and health centre; a lobby-based Bourbon Lounge Bar and a chic pastel-hued restaurant that serves up Middle Eastern cuisine, you’d be forgiven for never wanting to leave. But located just off Nowy Świat the main artery that connects modern Warsaw to the old town, you’re in the perfect position to nip out and see all of the best sites the city has to offer.