It's not uncommon for me to arrive in a place without any hotel reservations and Zakopane was no different. I followed the advice of my Lonely Planet and walked up the Krupowki (Zakopane's main street) and veered to the southeast a couple blocks to the quiet Heleny Modrzejewskiej Street. When I found the place, I walked in and quickly realized that there is no reception area! You have to go across the street to the more modern looking Hotel Sosnica, which is affiliated with Lipowy Dwor. I was happy to hear that there were no single rooms available at Sosnica and that I would have to take a room at the more rustic Lipowy Dwor. For 110 zl/ night, it's a great bargain.
Unique Quality: My room was on the top floor and the sunlight was bright, which heated up the room a lot. In the summer, it might actually be too hot, but it was fine considering it was October. When you check in, you'll be given a card that allows you to use all of the facilities at the Hotel Sosnica across the street, so you'll still get your free breakfast and will be able to take a dip in the swimming pool if you'd like.
To get back to Krupowki, it's easiest to cut through the small park that runs from Krupowki in front of the Hotel Litwor to Grunwaldzka Street. The location is ideal since it's on a quiet street and Zakopane isn't big enough to ever be too far away from anything. Also, it's located on the southeast end of town which is ideal for catching buses to various hiking destinations in the Tatras.
Directions: A couple blocks off of the main street
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