I spent last 23 days in 7 best-rated budget hostels in Warsaw, Poland and spoke with over 70 people from all over the world. In this post I will rate the hostels according to three main factors:
1. Ease at which one can meet other people
2. Quality of the bed
3. Breakfast (price vs quality)
I am not taking into account other factors like locations as all the hostels were by and large centrally located, the prices were also in same range and cleanliness were also quite similar.
Btw I must mention I am a nonwhite foreigner so my experience may be very different than a white girl or guy (especially in Poland).
1. Ease at which one can meet others
Someone who stayed in over 200 hostels across 20+ countries said that the best way to know if you will meet people in the hostel is by checking the size of the common room. It should not be too big (as otherwise, people don’t talk to each other) or too small (as then most people tend to be in their rooms).
And the above rule was true for the hostels in Warsaw too. The ratings according to this factor are as follows:
a. Helvetia Hostel – People talk to each other, lots of foreigners
b. Dream Hostel – Bit bigger living room so people do not talk to each other a lot.
The common room in a Dream hostel
c. Chill out Hostel – Perfect living room but the days I was, there were mostly Polish people and often they don’t talk to strangers.
d. New World St Hostel – Bit small but quite cozy common room.
2. Quality of bed
The quality of bed in a hostel can tell you how good sleep you will have. The two hostels with quality beds are:
a. Dream Hostel
b. Warsaw Hostel Centrum
Warsaw Hostel Centrum
The only two hostels where I found good breakfast are:
a. Planet Hostel – A decent complimentary buffet breakfast.
b. New World St Hostel – 5 zl. breakfast and includes an unlimited amount of fresh waffles made by the staff. Btw I love waffles 🙂
During my stay, I met a lot of interesting people – a guy from Alaska traveling for last 3 years, a Scotish guy living in Australia also traveling for last 1 year, a Polish man in his 50s who is looking for a job. I learned a lot from them – mostly I realize that we are all traveling because we want to escape from our daily routine.
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