Warsaw is the capital of Poland and is an often forgotten city in Europe that everyone should visit. Warsaw boasts a stunning old city and a vibrant night scene. The people are friendly, and the city is easy to navigate with a chill and easy pace to the city. The city offers a number of superb hostels for the discerning backpacker - or even families traveling on a budget.

While many city centers in European cities have a foreboding feeling about them, the old center of Warsaw was completely reconstructed after World War 2. So all the "old" buildings are reconstructions of the buildings that were demolished during the war. Warsaw and Poland, in general, is one of the places that one is sure to just fall in love with.

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A&O Hostel Warsaw Wola - The Everyone (Inc. Family) Friendly Hostel

A&O Hostel Warsaw Wola is a very large hotel-style hostel that's 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 large variety of drinks and their buffet breakfast is very good by hostel standards.

A&O Hostel Warsaw Wola is situated a short bus ride from the old city and just next to Warsaw's new city.

One thing that sets A&O Hostel Warsaw Wola apart is its orientation to welcome all guests. Most guests are just backpackers, but A&O Hostel even has a play area for the kids as it is also family-friendly.

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

  • Parking: A&O Hostel Warsaw Offers Free Parking
  • Vibe: A Hotel/Hostel Hybrid Family Friendly Vibe
  • Family Friendly: Even Offers A Play Area For The Kids
  • Bar: The Hostel Has A Complete Bar and Limited Restaurant

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Safestay Warsaw - The Hostel With The Vibe

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

The hostel offers breakfast (depending on one's booking) and has limited restaurant options in the evening. Drinks are mostly limited to wine and beer. It is a great place for pre-drinking before going out to the many bars and nightclubs in the area.

The beds are comfortable and the great talking points of this hostel are its electric vibe and unmatched location in the old city. There is also a bus stop directly out the front of the hostel.

Safestay Warsaw offers a range of dormitory and private accommodation options - including private rooms with a private bathroom.

  • Vibe: An Electric Backpacker Friendly Vibe
  • Bar: Limited to Beer and Wine
  • Parking: Parking May Be A Problem Here

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Other Top Rated Hostels In Warsaw

Oki Doki OLD TOWN Warsaw:

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

The building they are located in is an 18th-century building - the only original building left intact after its destruction in World War Two.

  • Rating: 9.2 Out of 2,416 Total Reviews

Tatamka Hostel:

Another hostel with good (but not quite as good) reviews is Tatamka Hostel. This hostel strives to cater to solo travelers, families, and organized groups from around the world. While not quite in the Old Town like Safestay, they are a short 10-minute walk from it.

They also offer a chill zone and a large interior summer garden with a BBQ area. They have different types of mixed dorms as well as single, double, and triple rooms.

  • Rating: 8.7 Out of 1,756 Total Reviews

Hostel Lwowska 11:

Hostel Lwowska 11 is newly opened and is already enjoying good reviews. It is 15 minutes walk from Central Train Station and located on a quiet street in the heart of Warsaw. The hostel offers the chance to swap the Old Town for a funky neighborhood full of independent little bars and restaurants.

  • Rating: 9.2 Out of 206 Total Reviews

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