Having risen out of the ashes that the destruction World War II wrought, Warsaw is a fun, artsy, and energetic city.

The capital of Poland is in the middle of a building boom, and hip, edgy artists are riding on its coat tails. Galleries, museums, live music clubs, and historic sites are among the attractions and activities that can make a holiday in Warsaw a fun and memorable experience.

Accommodations available in Warsaw are available for every taste and budget. From inexpensive hostels to more comfortable hotels, there is something for everyone. Book early enough, and it is possible to enjoy very reasonable rates at even the nicest hotels in the city. Many lodging options are located in beautiful, historic buildings that have been faithfully restored.

The Polonia Palace first opened its doors in 1913, and was the height of luxury in Warsaw. Falling victim to the war left it in ruins. It has since been fully restored and reopened in 2005 with its former glory fully intact. Comfortable, the rooms have modern stylings and decor. The breakfast is a feast of champagne, vodka, and caviar.

Another historic hotel that has recently been refurbished, Le Meridien Bristol is as much a grand work of art and architecture as it is a functional hotel. Originally built in 1899, the exterior is beautiful neoclassical in design, while the interior features comfortable and posh guest rooms. The location is a convenient short walk to Old Town.

Cozy and comfortable, Deja Vu is a small boutique hotel that will make your holiday in Warsaw a most enjoyable experience. Fully restored to its former glory, the hotel is actually a villa built in 1926. It only has six rooms, which provides an intimate, homey quality.

As a former 17th century tenement house, it wouldn’t sound like the Castle Inn would have much to offer. But this completely remodelled hotel is a fun and fanciful experience. The rooms are themed, such as mermaids, or even “Alice in Wonderland”. The location is great, within walking distance to the Royal Castle, and the Old Town Square.

From traditional Polish fare to favourite Italian, Indian, and Asian cuisines, Warsaw is a veritable international buffet of dining options. Dom Polski serves up lighter versions of traditional Polish cuisine. All of the warmth and comfort are there, but a little bit less of the heaviness. The setting is comfortable and the service is friendly.

Legendary Japanese food in Warsaw? Absolutely. Boasting the longest sushi bar in Europe, and a menu almost as extensive, Nippon-kan is popular with both locals and visitors, thanks to its vast reputation for its sushi, tempura, and other traditional Japanese delicacies.

Restauracja Polska serves up Polish favorites like pierogi, along with older Polish favorites, in a warm, homey atmosphere. Dining there will feel like eating at your Polish grandmother’s house, only on a very special occasion.

For authentic Italian cooking, if you so desire it while on holiday in Warsaw, look no further than Bacio. Traditional Italian dishes like homemade pastas and tantalizing meat dishes are served to you in a romantic atmosphere right out of “Lady and the Tramp”. Perfect for a romantic dinner.

Warsaw is such an historic city, with museums that pay homage to the legendary artists that have come from there, as well as memorializing the strong Jewish heritage that has managed to survive the wars from the last century.

A trip to Warsaw is not complete without a tour of the Chopin Museum, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and the National Museum.

The Royal Castle is another must-see attraction in Warsaw. With its beginnings in the 14th century as a stronghold for the dukes of Mazovia, it has stood the test of time and war, having been damaged severely during World War II. Tour the first two floors, where resplendent Royal Apartments and Parliament Chambers will awe you.

Old Town was all but decimated in the bombings of World War II. It has since been restored, with the 17th and 18th century architecture painstakingly adhered to. Along with the Royal Castle, explore the Museum of Warsaw, as well as the numerous cafes and galleries.

Spring is ideal in Warsaw, with many festivals taking place. April sees many Easter celebrations.

In June and July, there are music festivals and concerts going on, devoted to the likes of Chopin and Mozart.