Are you going to Warsaw? These are the best hostel choices for backpackers

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and is an often forgotten city in Europe that everyone should visit. Warsaw has a beautiful old town and a lively night scene. The people are friendly and the town is easy to navigate with a chill easy pace to town. The city offers a number of great hostels for discerning backpackers – or even families traveling on a budget.

While many downtowns of European cities have a hunch about them, the old center of Warsaw was completely rebuilt after World War II. Thus, all “old” buildings are reconstructions of buildings that were demolished during the war. Warsaw and Poland in general are some of the places you are sure to fall in love with.

A&O Hostel Warsaw Wola – The friendly hostel for everyone (including the family)

A&O Hostel Warsaw Wola is a very large hotel-style hostel that is part of a very large European franchise of hostels across the continent. The hostel is very comfortable with very friendly and professional staff. They have a great bar that offers a wide variety of drinks and their buffet breakfast is very good by hostel standards.

A&O Hostel Warsaw Wola is located a few minutes by bus from the Old Town and right next to the New Town of Warsaw.

One thing that sets A&O Hostel Warsaw Wola apart is its orientation to accommodate all guests. Most of the guests are just backpackers, but A&O Hostel even has a children’s playground as it’s also family-friendly.

While many would prefer the hostel to be closer to the center, a major advantage of being a bit out of the way is that they have free parking (something very difficult in the old town).

  • Car park: A&O Hostel Warsaw offers free parking
  • Vibe: A hybrid hotel/hostel family atmosphere
  • Friendly and family: Even offers a play area for children
  • Bar: The hostel has a full bar and a limited restaurant

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Safestay Warsaw – The hostel with the vibe

If looking for accommodation in the heart of the old city center consider staying at Safestay Warsaw (but not if you have a car – then stay at A&O Hostel. This hostel has a party vibe and the wine at the bar is good This is a great hostel if one is looking to network with other backpackers while in Warsaw.

The hostel offers breakfast (depending on booking) and has limited dining options in the evening. Drinks are mostly limited to wine and beer. It’s a great place to have a drink before heading out to the many bars and nightclubs in the area.

The beds are comfortable and the big talking points of this hostel are its electric vibe and unrivaled location in the Old Town. There is also a bus stop right outside the hostel.

Safestay Warsaw offers a range of dormitory and private accommodation options, including private rooms with en suite bathrooms.

  • Vibe: A friendly atmosphere for electric backpackers
  • Bar: Limited to beer and wine
  • Car park: Parking can be a problem here

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Other Top Rated Hostels in Warsaw

Oki Doki OLD TOWN Warsaw:

Oki Doki Old Town is another top rated hostel on Hostelworld.com in Warsaw. They have a bar, karaoke, activities and a large backyard. As their name suggests, they are located in the historical part of Warsaw. They also offer a selection of dorm beds and comfortable private rooms depending on one’s budget and preferences.

The building they are in is an 18th century building – the only original building left intact after it was destroyed in WWII.

  • Evaluation: 9.2 out of 2,416 total reviews

Tatamka Hostel:

Tatamka Hostel is another hostel with good (but not as good) reviews. This hostel strives to meet the needs of solo travelers, families and organized groups from all over the world. Although they are not quite in the old town like Safestay, they are a 10 minute walk from it.

They also offer a chill-out area and a large indoor summer garden with a barbecue area. They have different types of mixed dorms as well as single, double and triple rooms.

  • Evaluation: 8.7 out of 1,756 total reviews

Lwowska 11 Youth Hostel:

Hostel Lwowska 11 has just opened and already enjoys good reviews. It is 15 minutes walk from the central station and located in a quiet street in the heart of Warsaw. The hostel offers the chance to swap the old town for a trendy neighborhood full of small independent bars and restaurants.

  • Evaluation: 9.2 out of 206 total reviews

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