Unfortunately, I had a very bad experience of staying at this place. The hostel was occupied by Polish teenagers who have hardly any understanding of politeness. The girls I shared the room with were partying the whole night and then returned one by one, drunk, making a lot of noise, turning on the light in the whole room. As a result I was woken up at 1 am, at 2 am, at 3.40 am, and finally I had to wake up at 5 am to catch my early train. So you can imagine … That nigh reminded me the night at the night bus where you can fall asleep only for a while. I payed 64 Zl to get a roof under my head, but I couldn’t rest and recharge my energy at all! Besides, there were some more unpleasant details: problems with electricity (the light turned off while I was in a shower, then no toilet paper in the bathroom, and the towels are also not provided, a bottle of water at the reception is more than three times expensive).
Now you know that you need the WEST (zachodni) train station, not the CENTRAL (centralna) one.
About Vera hotel: it could be very true that it is out of business today. From what I could find and read during last few hours, it is in turn to be demolished for making place for new building. The phone number published in yellowpages of warsaw is disconnected. The managing company (ORBIS) no longer have it presented on their Polish reservation site.
You havn't wrote how you will be arriving to Warsaw, by train or by flight. It could be good idea to book something not expensive in the center and take a taxi in the next morning. There are sewveral good places in teh center. Do you have with you stroller or something similar to take your baby out? considering arrival at about early afternoon, how about going out for a short walk and see the olace? I could recommend more wisely having answers to these questions.
There is nice, convenient hotel althogh very simple:
in good location, on corner of Al. Jerozolimskie and several minutes away from west train station by taxi. The cost for double room with only symbolic braekfast is 200 PLN (about 66.5 USD). I really do not know their policy about babies in the room. Not very close to the city center or places to have nice walk later on.
is in good location with a lot of places to see and eat around and small yard in front of it, several grocery stores near by and places where you can buy food for babies. The only disadvantage is that the kitchen and eating place in the 3-d floor (4-th floor inclooding the ground floor) and no elevator. I don't know if they have private rooms on ground level. A lot of taxi arround, on Constitution square, 50 meters from the doors of the hostel. Keep away from KFC on the corner. On the other side of main street Marszalkowska few doors northbound (cross the street and turn right) there is nice small and cheap eating place, self service.
Another option is Helvetia hostel:
The location is much better in touristic terms. 10 minuts on foot along the one of the most beautiful streets and you are in the old town.
the rooms are on second floor (the one above ground level) and everything is on the same floor. For double private room ask for number 11, it is the best. The second choice is No 12 and the third and not adviseable is room no 10 which is actually for 1 person but sold as for 2.
A small grocery is just by the door, on the other side of the corener.
With both - make sure IN ADVANCE the possibility of having your baby with you without extra charge.
Unique Quality: Location, Location Location.
Huge disadvantage - the kitchen and dining place is on upper floor, and no elevator.
Directions: Center. Very Center.
Unique Quality: Central location near Plac Konstytucji and Marszalkowska street.
Free use of internet.
Very nice, helpful and beautiful receptionists.
Directions: Near Plac Konstytucji
The best hostel in the city as much people say..if you have any doubt or you want to be sure of go there please check out this website where you will find in hostel reviews remarks of travellers that had gone there or any other hostels...its a excellent tool to choose!!
Nathans Villa a great hostel ..i can suggest so much after visit a lot around Eastern Eur..its so clean ..laundry service, free internet and catering .
The rooms are quite nice.. book one with bathroom .. its really nice and the staff so helpgul and nice
The kitchen is also free and it is in the penthouse .. so nice .. nreakfast included!! just for 12€ per night or max 13€...
You can book in advance for Nathans Villa Krakow hostel paying half there and half when you get to Krakow
Credit cards accepted
Unique Quality: its quite close to the Warsaw main building square ..aprox 500 meters...the bus stop in front of this building you have to walk in the same direction ..pass through some hotels and turn right and walk for 5 blocks then turn left and with a Lonely Planet map or any other will find it !!
Directions: the hostel is inside a building like Barcelona Eixample neighbourhood..so there is a yard in the middle not visible from outside..you have to ring to the bell and the door will open ..lol
There are few youth hostels in Warsaw. Nathan's Villa is one of the biggest and busiest.
The hostel is pretty social and lies in a quiet courtyard in not far from the Constitution Square. There's free internet, breakfeast and free laundry. Showers are good but there are very few at hand, so prepare to queue-up.
Reception staff is very friendly and helpfull.
Price for a dorm bed is 45 to 50 PLN.
Unique Quality: Free laundry.
Directions: From the central station walk towards the Constitution Square on Ul. Marsalkowska. Turn left when you reach the square and walk straight ahead, you will see a big sign leading you to the hostel.
This place was wicked. It had it all and was located right in the centre of town! It was the cleanest hostel I have ever been to, the staff were really friendly and on New Years Eve they gave us free alcohol all night.
This hostel was about as good a budget accomodation as I've encountered. I don't remember the address, but if you arrive at the airport, splurge for a cab directly to the hostel as it's hidden and slightly hard to find. The cab from the airport is relatively expensive ($20 compared to $7 from the city to the airport), but worth it in this large city. This is a good place to meet fellow travelers and embark on joint nightlife adventures. I've heard this hostel is "off the hook" in the summer. To Guys: watch out for the beautiful employees...
Unique Quality: Free internet. Employees who know virtually everything about the nightlife. Very new.
Directions: 15 minutes by foot from old town (south).
I would definitely stay here again. It was very clean and the staff was very helpful. The location was very close to the Rotunda. If you're looking for old town, this is not the place. If you're looking for central Warsaw, this place is great.
Awesome - probably the best hostel I've ever stayed at. Fully equipped kitchen, stereo in the lounge, clean clean clean, helpful staff, free Internet access, beautiful courtyard (though you can't drink there), and private bathrooms. Even the mattresses are nice. Oh, and free laundry. This place comes with my highest recommendation.
Directions: Just off Constitution Square
Relatively new (2004), meeting all backpackers' wishes, including net access (30 min / day but they are not that picky...) and the usual kitchen equipment for your own use.
They do your laundry (included) although you'll never know who might take your shirt and who's undies they left you with as they are not that particular about doing it separately for each guest. They are, for some reason, very particular in charging in advance per each night although the option of paying by cc for all week at once was preferred and asked for.
Excellent location - just 60 meters from the corner of Marszalkowska and Constitution Sq., by the KFC joint.
Nice and quite garden/yard in front of the entrance.
separate common room for each floor, so one might be a bit limited with social possibilities.
Hostel, not hotel, by conditions and by price. Very friendly atmosphere and staff.
Priced, May 2004, per night, with small breakfast:
Double room for 120-140 PLN per room.
Dorms per person, in room of 4 - 60 PLN, in room of 6 - 50 PLN, in room of 12 - 45 PLN.
Directions: Any bus / tram to Pl. Konstytucji.
From the corner of Piekna (KFC) eastbound to the end of the original buildings. Keep the original direction, on your left .
After spending a few days at the Nathan's Villa Hostel in Krakow, I only felt it right to make an appearance at the grand opening of the Warsaw one. WOW I was the first guest, gaining celebrity status and a free bed for the night. I actually arrived over Easter, and could not change any traveller's cheques, they let me stay there without me paying them for 3 days until I could get the money out.
The hostel itself is very stylish and probably the best hostel I have ever seen and will see for some time, cable tv, great kitchen, comfortable beds, free 30 minutes internet.
They have a range of beds from single, double, dorm of 4, dorm of 10 and dorm of 12.
Magda and Nathan rule!!! If I have one tip, it's to remember to adjust the shower head if Magda was the last person in the shower - shortie!!
Hopefully, make it back there at some time, a truly cool youth hostel.
Unique Quality: The hostel itself is unique, check it out!!
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