Light and airy, with large rooms and high ceilings, our flat is on the first floor, with balconies overlooking a park, so it is quiet. There is a lift. At the southern tip of the City Centre and close to Metro Politechnika, it is 2 mins from Plac Unii with its restaurants, shops, supermarket, and excellent transport. Designed by the pre-war architect Bohdan Pniewski and close to Lazienki and Mokotow parks, it is in an elegant district. The flat is fully equipped and comfortable for entertaining.
Our apartment is located at the southern end of the City Centre or Srodmiescie, 2 minutes from Plac Unii. It overlooks a park from the first floor (there is a lift), so it's quiet and leafy - spectacular in the snow! The lovely colonnaded building was designed in the late 1930's, but the whole flat has been recently renovated, with a luxury bathroom, fresh kitchen and oak floors. The living-room and bedroom are large and airy, with tall ceilings, and french doors onto a long balcony. Cosy in winter, the flat faces east and is comfortable in the summer. There is free parking for patrons in the rear courtyard.
The entrance hall has generous cloak and linen cupboards. The spacious living room has armchairs, a sofa bed which can accommodate a third person, a round dining table which extends to seat 6, a desk and lamp as an office space. You'll find Wi-Fi, TV, and books on history, architecture and painting. The fully-equipped kitchen looks into the living room for easy entertainment. The large bedroom has a second writing corner with armchairs, a luxurious bed and plenty of cupboards. From the bedroom you walk into the ultra-modern bathroom, which also has laundry and drying facilities.
Lazienki Palace and Gardens are a 5 min walk to the east. In summer, free Chopin recitals are held every Sunday at midday and 4pm. A 2 min walk west is Mokotow Fields with its glades, lake, eateries and the National Library. Excellent public transport, theatres and shops makes this a sought-after area. We are a 2 min walk to trams on Plac Unii; 5 min to the Metro Politechnika (1 stop to Centrum); 3 min to the bus at Plac Unii to Nowy Swiat and Old Town/Stare Miasto. The neighbourhood has many embassies, restaurants, shops, cafes, and theatres such as Syrena and Polonia. It is also a historic area, with a short walk to al. Sucha 25 and its museum, once the WWII Gestapo HQ, plus Lazienki, the summer palace of the last king of Poland.
What makes our place unique is its natural surroundings and trees, its spaciousness - so close to shops, cafes and historical parks - and its beautiful architecture and colonnade by the renowned Bohdan Pniewski.
You have use of the whole flat, which is 85 sq metres.
Interaction with guests
Our cousin Jan Rodowicz is able to help with any problems. He speaks Polish, English and French. If you wish, our cleaning lady Pani Aniceta is happy to clean and do the linen during a longer stay. Her charge is 150 zl.
Other things to note
In our flat is an instruction sheet, giving details on household tips. There are maps of the city, plus various history picture books in English and Polish, which guests find interesting.
Check-in time is 11 am and check-out time is 2 pm, unless one party arrives on the same day as another departs, in which case check-in time is 2 pm and check-out time is 11 am.
No party noise in the building after 10pm on weekdays, 12 am on weekends.
I am a writer. I stay in Warsaw for research, often travelling to Lithuania and Russia. If my husband and I are in Sydney, a cousin Janek Rodowicz and our cleaner Pani Aniceta look after our flat at Boya. My parents were born in Warsaw, hence the strong ties with Poland. I have written many plays and was director of a drama school in Australia, but I am now writing historical novels, the first having come out in English in 2014, to be published in Poland in 2016. In our flat you'll find books on Polish history, modern art and architecture. Things I can't live without? A fresh salad, yoga, books. My motto: I may not have the answer to a problem today, but after a night's sleep a solution usually comes.