This was an amazing place to stay, but it's a bit all over the place so it's hard to say what exactly you'll get until you are there. Whatever it will be, it's guaranteed to be clean, comfortable and convenient, but whether you get the amazing views is another thing...
Just a little further down Smolna they own a number of apartments in one of Warsaw's atypical concrete tower blocks. But it's nice, and the apartments are fantastic, but best of all are the views. If you are really lucky you'll get the apartment on the 17th floor, then you can enjoy the views at your leisure.
If you are not so lucky, you can take the elevator to the 18th floor and take pictures of the Warsaw skyline and Swietokrzyski Bridge. Just take as many as you can before the miserable jobsworth security guard comes up and tells you "no". It doesn't appear to be against any rules, except the ones he made up the day I went up there.
The location, just off the centre, is super convenient. You have two of Poland's best museums on your doorstep, some of the city's best restaurants at the end of the street, and almost everything in the city you might want to see is within walking distance. It might be a little pricy, at around 70 euros a night, but the apartments are huge. They were built to be lived in, and come with all the mod cons, even a washing machine.
Unique Quality: The views! Sensational. The staff are also extremely friendly (the security guard has nothing to do with the hotel).
Directions: Exiting the station, and keeping the unmistakeable Palace of Technology and Art on your left, walk down Aleje Jerozolimskie until you reach the palm tree. Smolna branches off to the left here.
Jarek’s guest house had 7 apartment rooms and a common dining room. It was perfect being only 2 blocks from the most important street in Warsaw – Nowy Swiat. On this ‘royal street’ is the Presidential Palace, the University of Warsaw, several churches, parks, and the entry to Stare Miasto (the old city). We also learned that when they built the new modern Warsaw airport, they converted the old land into a People’s Garden. Locals can claim a patch of land to grow flowers and food items. It is a very large area in the city. Attached is a 1945 Soviet cemetery. The B&B gave us a little quarter size medallion which was the ‘magic eye’ –used to open doors etc, by swiping it over a little green light located in various walls. Even though the bed was only about 10 inches off the floor, we slept well with the windows being open. He explained to us with pride how all his food is ‘eco-food’ – grown by him and locally. The eggs come from Poland’s famous “green legged roosters” – some sort of hybrid of partridges and chickens. He showed us the internet pages on this item which produces no cholesterol eggs! More eggs again
The Botique B&B in 14 Smolna Street was a great find, recommended by a friend of ours who had stayed there in summer. It is very central, only a few metres from Nowy Swiat Street, the staff is extremely helpful (they even went out of their way to find a New Year`s venue for us), the breakfast is good, the Queen Room where we stayed had a separate living room and was very spacious and cozy. A very good choice if you want a central accomodation.
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Jerozolimskie 45, Warsaw
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Address: ul. Smolna 14 m. 7, Warsaw, Central Poland, 00-375, Poland