When I arrived at Hotel Verte in Warsaw, I was immediately struck by its resemblance to a palace. Little did I know that this resemblance was no coincidence. The hotel is a stunning restoration of two 18th-century palaces, the Branicki and Szaniawski Palaces, once the home of Polish-Lithuanian nobility and royalty. It is a landmark just outside Warsaw’s old town, a stone’s throw from the picturesque Royal Castle.

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