The Prudential building was created according to the architectural concept of Marcin Weinfeld, which was implemented by eminent engineers: Stefan Bryła and Wieczesław Poniż. First being put into use in 1934, it was the tallest building in Poland and the second tallest building in Europe at the time. Initially it was supposed to have 11 floors. The creators decided that the construction should dominate the city’s landscape and therefore increased this to 16. The 66 meter tall building quickly captured the attention of the emerging TV industry. In 1936 the very first television transmitter in Poland was placed on the roof of the building and soon after, the first TV transmissions were broadcasted.
During the second world war, the Prudential building was one of the main targets of German artillery. On August 28th, 1944 it was hit with a 600 millimetre Karl-Gerät bullet. The building tilted slightly, yet the strong steel and concrete construction survived intact. Ever since, the Prudential building has become a symbol of the Warsaw Uprising.
The first extensive renovation was conducted in the 1950s. The skyscraper was adapted to the assumptions of socialrealism by increasing the number of floors without changing the height of the building. The building now has a new function as home to Hotel Warszawa.
Perpetuating traditions of these historic locations
The hotel, like other objects of the LHR Group, meets the idea of the co-existence of a monument of the highest class and a luxurious, comfortable hotel. We find here all the elements characteristic of the other objects of the group that have made these hotels unique. Owners with great care took care of the history of this building to accompany guests at almost every step. Some rooms feature original concrete ceilings sitting in harmony with the dominating marble, steel, glass and copper.
Marble hand picked from sources around the world along with bright chromes and warm wood finishes. These come together to create a sense of elegant luxury in all of our individually designed bathrooms. Decadent bath linens and Acqua di Parma cosmetics offer a complete relaxation experience.
The hotel also took care of those who expect moments of respite, relaxation and renewal. A SPA and recreational area can be found on the lower ground floor and features treatment rooms, fitness centre and a pool.