Living It Up In Warsaw

Since emerging from communist rule more than a decade ago, Poland has become a draw for history-hungry tourists. Its capital, Warsaw, saw the debut last month of its first boutique hotel, the Rialto, situated in a prewar neighborhood just a few hundred yards from where Wladyslaw Szpilman, the hero of The Pianist, hid out after the 1944 uprising (the area is now a busy shopping district). The Rialto is lavishly outfitted, with black-and-white Art Deco furnishings from Warsaw's heyday in the 1920s. Its elevator is modeled on an Orient Express compartment, with red leather seating. There are only 45 rooms, and...

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