I spent last 23 days in 7 best-rated budget hostels in Warsaw, Poland. It was one of my best experience – doing nothing except meeting people from all over the world and hearing their experiences. I met people who came from all over the world, had different dreams in life and are traveling for different purposes. But for a day or two our paths came together and we shared a beautiful moment together. Unfortunately, these stories have to wait for another time.
In this post, I want to just talk about the hostels and rate them based on the following criteria:
1. Ease at which one can meet other people
2. Quality of the bed
3. Breakfast (price vs quality)
I believe the above three are the most important criteria while selecting a hostel. I am not taking into account other factors like locations as all the hostels as by and large all of them are centrally located, the prices were also in the same range and cleanliness level were also quite similar.
1. Ease at which one can meet others
My experience says that the best way to know if you will meet people in the hostel or not, 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).
The ratings according to this factor are as follows:
a. Helvetia Hostel – People are very open to talking to each other and there are also a lot of foreigners who stay here.
b. Dream Hostel – Bit bigger living room and also the sofa all point to one direction so people do not talk to each other a lot. However often they organize parties and it is a good way to meet new people.
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 they didn’t talk much.
d. New World St Hostel – Bit small common room so people do not hang out except for breakfast. So hang out at breakfast time, and you might end up having a interesting chat.
2. Quality of bed
The quality of bed in a hostel tells how good sleep you will have. There were only two hostels worth mentioning here:
a. Dream Hostel
b. Warsaw Hostel Centrum
Warsaw Hostel Centrum
Here again, I did not find a lot of quality. The only two hostels with 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 🙂
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