InterContinental Warsaw is a five-star hotel in Warsaw, located between the streets of Emilia Plater, Śliska and Sosnowa, which was designed by a team of architects under the leadership of the late Thaddeus Spychala. Its construction ended in November 2003, and it is the tallest hotel in Poland, the third-tallest in Europe, and one of the tallest 5-star hotels in the world.

The building is characterized by a single, slender solid, kept in pea color tones, like the adjacent Warsaw Financial Center. The building houses 326 rooms of various standards, including the presidential suite, 77 luxury suites with kitchenettes and has 12 conference rooms. The building also has a ballroom, two bars, two restaurants, a chocolate fountain E. Wedel, sauna, fitness club, spa, and solarium. At the 43rd and 44th floors (150 meters above the ground) is situated a modern swimming pool, which is the highest indoor swimming pool in Europe. Located underground are car parks for 175 vehicles, spread over five levels. Construction of the building cost more than 100 million Euros.

In order to build a skyscraper the ground was closed for almost a year before construction begins, before the first Polish jazz club, the legendary Aquarium (est. 1970, was demolished. It was the only jazz club in Warsaw. The inhabitants of the surrounding blocks were protesting against the new building, explaining that it would obscure the sun. They could not be convinced, even after encouragement from an investor who wanted to renew their blocks. Ultimately, however, there came an agreement with the residents, so that the building owes its curious appearance - is as though the "hen lodge, and the people behind the blocks have the same access to light as before. The jazz club disappeared for six years but was later re-opened in the complex Złote Tarasy.

The InterContinental Warszawa is the third of a five-star hotel in Europe after Hotel Ukraina and Spain's Gran Hotel Bali. The hotel has the deepest foundation of all the skyscrapers in Poland, with a depth of 20.7 meters.
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