We booked via bookings.com and it said that there was a lift but there is no lift to the hostel, however the price is great and breakfast is included. Twin room with private bathroom was very nice and clean.
please define "budget".
some of acceptable hotels (not hostels) i can think about:
Mazowiecki. best location, few minutes by foot to the very center, few minutes to the old town. main disadvantage: no bathroom en-suite, only shared.
10 min by tram to the center, 20 by bus to the old town. Excelent public transportation to everywhere.
less "budget", excellent location, good deal for the money:
Metropol. There is no more "center" then this.
APARTMENT: NOWY SWIATY 14 LOCATION - 1 BEDROOM
I arrived mid morning, apt was still being cleaned which was ok since it was before noon. I noticed that the maid though didnt really seem to clean well, she just sort of quickly skimmed the floor when mopping, she didnt completely mop the floor. The place seemed overall bascally clean but i didnt feel it was very clean after seeing how she was cleaning. So before using anything, i cleaned it again ( cleaning supplies were left there for the maid to use). Everything was basic, no extras. No papertowels, no potholders, but the basics like plates, cups, pots and pans. The towels in bathroom were for me , not useable. They had a funky smell and were very hard and dull and obviously used hundreds of times. They should consider investing in new towels. In kitchen was one skimpy " dish towel". I bought 2 more at the store across the street and left them for the next guest to use. The bedroom was fine, mattress ok although seemed to sink in a bit. I never trust sheets in any place i stay so i put down my Brookstone travel blanket to sleep on that, did not use bed linens or blankets.
SUPPOSE TO BE QUIET: Well it wasnt always quiet because the courtyard was used as a dog park, plus there were benches nearby and people seemed to congregate even at late hours. But the noise tapered off , but one night there were drunk guys talking loudly around 2 am. There were a lot of dogs constantly with their owners, they would go to the bathroom out there and play, sometimes a lot of barking but not late at night ( dogs). But it was not so bad to really disturb my sleep too much.
APPLIANCES: Stove seemed to work when it wanted. I would put on high to cook pasta.. it would turn off...it took a good 30 minutes to boil a pot of water. The bathroom did have a washer which was nice but someone needs to get in there and clean the trays out, they seemed clogged and water backed up in the trays. Someone has to clean them out from time to time to remove blockages
LOCATION: Location was great, you could walk anywhere and a bus stop was close by. Tram was also close by up next block. Grocery store directly across street ( 2 of them , one really small one, and one slightly larger one that was opened a little bit later).
OTHER- there is a picture of a microwave in the picture advertising apartment but there is no microwave. But the list of ammentiies does not say microwave either.. i was not expecting one but someone may by looking at the picture.
Overall, i would say it was fine. It was a good value. The only thing that i would say bothered me most as a guest was that they accidentally had another guest come while i was still there. Thankfully i was there and not out because i had left my luggage, passport, valuables in there while i went across the street to have a lunch before leaving Poland. So i packed up, left my camera,etc, locked the door and went to have lunch. I came back, was organizing my stuff to get ready to go and someone comes in, its the next guest! she didnt speak a word of english either so i couldnt explain to her i was just leaving. I had myself cleaned the apartment just as courtesy because i wanted to leave it like i found it, so i mopped floors, cleaned bathroom out, kitchen, etc,. Thankfully i did that because if i had not, the guest would have come to a dirty apartment! so the maid didnt clean the apartment obviously before that guest arrived. I cleaned it though, so it was clean but most guests dont clean the place before leaving...
I would say though overall its a good value and what happened with the guest coming unexpectantly was probably not common, i imagine most people probably leave at noon. I asked to stay until 2:00 pm and somehow that was not properly communicated within the office i guess.
It was not hot when i visited, but i am not sure if the apartment has any central air conditioning or not. I didnt see any but i wouldnt know what to look for as far as controls, maybe they have it but i would check before booking in the warm months.
RECOMMENDATIONS TO APARTMENT:
1. I would leave some instruction on how to use the appliances, in English. The controls were all in polish, and not every appliance is alike around the world...
2. I would get rid of those dingy hard towels, they need to be replaced.
3. To make the apartment more appealing inside, perhaps add a few odds and ends like some inexpensive throw rugs or fake flowers for dining room table.
4. Keep some basics like salt and pepper in the apartment, they are cheap enough to keep a supply in there.
Location, apartment living, freedom to cook on your own to save money going out to eat all of the time.
I loved the room of Westin. Very spacious, light fully comes in if open curtain. The bed is heavenly. The elevator has a transparent window, so you can see the outside while going up or down. Breakfast is also good. Few blocks away from train station and mall.
We booked a double private room with shared bathroom. Despite it is recognized as one of the best hostels in Warsaw, I actually was disappointed.
At first, room was too small; it was a problem to put bags that we had. Moreover, there was a small window up just to take a fresh air. TV was not working all the time, showers not always provided by hot water.
Anyway, the one really positive thing was a location, just in the centre of town; all other places could be easily reached, as bus to Wilanow or a walking distance to old town or Lazienki park.
The price of double room was about 40 euros.
I usually rent apartments instead of staying in hotels, when I can. This apartment was just off the coolest place in Warsaw... Nowy Swiat. The only thing about it that sucked was you had to go to the leasing agents house first to get the keys. The leasing person did not meet you there.
The building was secure. You had your own apartment.
First we thought we´re at the wrong place because after all the hostel is only in one big apartment and we expected it too be bigger but it was very nice and the stuff was very friendly.
Everything was always clean and the breakfast was also alright.
We met nice people there and had a great time in Warszaw.
It´s close to the main trainstation and everything else is also to reach by foot if you used to walking a little bit otherwise you have the busses...
Hotel has just opened a month or so ago it seemed. Not too many folks there when I stayed. The hotel has a great gym. I didn't eat breakfast so can't comment on restaurant. Room was comfortable. Its a little bit further out than some of the other "western" hotels in a developing area of Warsaw. About a three block walk from the westin (long blocks) and about a 20 minute walk from the train station.
5 minute walk to a tram stop
This is really nice and cosy hostel. Youth hostels in Poland are mostly still not yet well equiped and renovated but this is had really good conditions. It is clean and complitely in Western standard. I stayed in dormitory but it was a large room and enough place for everybody. However, the hostel offers also rooms for 1, 2, 3 or 4 people.
There is a self - service kitchen with full equipment, renovated toilet and bathroom with showers, left lagguage room and a living room with tv sat, ping-pong and board games. The staff is also really nice and helpful. The price for dormitory is not more than 10 Euro.
You may find some statistics about how many people from which countries visited the hosetl and how many night they stayed. Nice to know.:)
I didn't stay in a hostel in Warsaw, but when passing this one, I thought it looked very interesting. I'm sure it isn't fancy, but the location is amazing. It's just off the corner of the main square in Old Town. Interesting architecture...at least on the exterior. Check it out!
I could not fault this hotel - our stay was so relaxing and comfortable especially after a long day sightseeing - it has a great swimming pool, sophisticated restuarant, an oudoor courtyard with seating and the most beautiful interiors. Well worth the money we paid for a weekend stay. On the down side - if there is one - bar prices are high and breakfast is not included in the room rate - but both are available very near by.
This is a very new hotel built in the style of an 18th. century palace - a truely beautiful building. I forgot to take pictures but if you would like to see more check the hotel website it is truely stunning.
They have made an effort to turn the Grand into a modern hotel with appropriate ammenities. For the most part they have succeeded. It is still somewhat drab but the staff is pleasant and the rooms are OK. It is in a good location. You can walk downtown without much effort and the hotel is in the government and embassy district. The bar is small but it's a nice place to unwind. There is a small shop in the lobby where you can get some foreign papers including the International herald Trib. There were flyers for escort services in the elevator every night so I guess you can make a new friend. The hotel has a casino but we were somewhat intimidated by the security types at the door and gave it a bye. Didn't want trouble with the russian mafia. It looked drab anyway.
Aldona is on a boat moored on the (western) bank of the Vistula. Very cheap, basic, but good value for money.
My room was a small double (two beds), relatively clean, with a shared bath and shower down the hall - both clean enough. Note that the facilities are unisex.
The room had beds, a table and a chair, and a radiator as well as central heating, so you could chose how much heating to have (a big plus). There is someone at reception all the time, you can get back in late at night if needed. All seemed friendly enough.
Tram to the center and back is about 100 yards away.
If you want to be close to the train station and other locations, Premier Classe is a good hotel about 3 blocks away. I found the hotel on a Poland website and it is affordable as well as secure. I recommend this hotel.
Clean, fairly new 1 star hotel.
It's the cheapest and simplest accommodation in central location (great for sightseeing) probably used widely by various school groups. Warning: they are closed 10 am - 4 pm and 12 pm - 6 am. Reservation in advance may be necessary especially in April-June and September-October. Personally I'd add a few zl to sleep in better Oki Doki hostel which is open 24 hours. And I don't like/support places that are more expensive for non-Poles = unfriendly for foreign visitors (22 versus 33 zl = 5.8 versus 8.7 euros per bed in a dormitory room in 2006). It reminds me not so old past... By the way is it legal in European Union?
It was my first ever accommodation in Warsaw in... 1980'. I and my girlfriend (matcrazy0 now :-) went to Warsaw to get visas to Austria and Italy after over a month of waiting for passports stored by police that time. Everyday during some 40 days we had to go to the passport office at the police station to check our names in the list of waiting crowds. In Warsaw unfortunatelly we couldn't get both visas in one day, so we unexpectadly had to stay in Warsaw for one night. We didn't have any clothes to change, any cosmetics etc. and we had very little money. The only affordable accommodation for us that time was a multi-bed room in a youth hostel at Smolna. As I remember there were a few (exclusively luxary) hotels in Warsaw but they all cost per night more than average monthly salary in Poland. Haha, I can only smile now :-). Poland has unbelievable changed since those times.
I remember that we had to go very steep and long stairs a few floors up and long time no-one opened the door when we rang - well, we were 5 min. or so late (that time they closed at 9 pm as I remember). When we were ready to give up and were talking about the only options - sleeping on a bench or railway station - an old sleepy lady unlocked the door and let us in. She criticized us that we went too late but let us in. She told us that we couldn't pay reduced rate as our student's identities were not valid - right, we both had forgotten to stamp them for the next academic year. But finally she took a pity on us :-). There were 2 huge rooms (one for males, one for females), each with maybe 20 beds. The light in the rooms was off at 9 pm and no-one could turn it on until 6 am next day. So, we had to find empty beds and undress at dark (we joked that it's a socialist order). Well, they offered bedding (extra paid) but no towels. Hmm... it was funny to use some newspapers instead :-) Luckily there was some soap left by someone in a bathroom. Soap was unavailable in shops but distributed by special coupons that time (one bar per month per person) or it was say 10 times more expensive in so-called black market = free market in fact although mostly illegal. Well, it was quite different world in Poland that time.
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