Where to stay in Warsaw

Where is the best place to stay in Warsaw?

The Polish capital, Warsaw, is a city that disappoints no one due to the vast amount of outstanding and striking historical places of interest with many of them depicting the past World Wars. There are also an abundance of museums that portray the finest art in the country as well as informative exhibitions including the famous Warsaw Uprising. Warsaw is an absolute pleasure for walking around anyway as there are many history-filled narrow streets and large squares with beautiful architecture, which provide brilliant photo opportunities.


The best area to stay in Warsaw is the city centre as the majority of tourist attractions are located here like the Palace of Culture and Science. Most things to see and do in the city centre are in walking distance of each other, which offers lovely strolls between them. The area also has a great collection of charming cafes, an extensive range of cuisine and is home to the main nightlife in city with a huge number of bars, pubs and clubs to choose from. The city centre also has the best selection of hotels from hostels at budget prices to the most luxurious of hotels in Warsaw.

Hotel   Price per night
Hotel Metropol
Marszalkowska 99a
48€ - 54$
Apartamenty Zgoda Warszawa by DeSilva
Zgoda 6
102€ - 114$
Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre
Wspolna 72
130€ - 146$
Hotel   Price per night
Mercure Warszawa Grand
Krucza 28
62€ - 69$
Polonia Palace Hotel
Aleje Jerozolimskie 45
89€ - 100$
Mamaison Residence Diana Warsaw
13A Chmielna
116€ - 130$
Hotel   Price per night
H15 Boutique Apartments
Poznanska 15
176€ - 197$
Warsaw Marriott Hotel
Al. Jerozolimskie 65 / 79
279€ - 312$


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City centre, the best area to stay in Warsaw

Most people who have visited the city will tell you that you probably won’t leave the city centre as there isn’t much need to because everything you need to see and do in Warsaw is situated in this area. It has to be said that this is true to quite an extent as the major attractions are found here as well as the best restaurants, nightlife and accommodation as previously said.


The first thing that you will notice in the city centre is the daunting and humongous building called the Palace of Culture and Science and is the city’s most recognisable building. The sprawling complex was actually given as a gift by the Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin, which was built in the 1950s and has been a hot topic for Poles due to the dictator helping Hitler during World War II. Inside the Palace of Culture and Science, you will find a cinema, various restaurants as well as a couple of universities and a Science Museum.


Also, there is an observation deck at the top of the structure, which gives some of the best views of the city and is a popular place to come to during sunset. Nearby is the impressive Polish Parliament and there are tours that take you round the premises including the chambers, main hall and the actual area where they debate topics and issues.


During German occupation in World War II, the Umschlagplatz was the square where over 300,000 Jews were rounded up and put in crowded freight cars to Treblinka extermination camp. Today, you will see a monument that was erected in memory of those people, which is an extremely moving and haunting place.  For some of the best looking religious buildings then head to the Nozyk Synagogue and Jesuit Church, with both still being used and both offering gorgeous architecture on the inside as well as the exterior.


There are plenty of museums and galleries in the city centre to explore with the National Museum and History Museum being some of the most well-known. Between them they have historical photos, documents and artefacts that have been collected from the city and there are lots of wonderful and most iconic paintings and sculptures that have produced by Polish artists.


Other worthwhile museums to visit include the Technology Museum, Marie Curie Museum, Frederic Choplin Museum, Independence Museum and the Polish Military Museum. As well as the National Museum, for art check out the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Zacheta Gallery as they have excellent works and displays from local talent up to international artists.


If it is shopping that you are after then the city centre is by far the best place with loads of little shops dotted around streets and there are also enormous malls like Zlote Tarasy and Arkadia, which have every shop under the sun. After shopping try one of the parks to get away from it all, like Saski Garden or Lazienki Park.


You are spoilt for choice in terms of cuisine, pubs and hotels and most food types are covered from traditional Polish food to South American and Asian cuisines. The best amount of pubs and clubs can be found on the streets of Foksal and Wierzbowa, which mostly open all through the night.

Other areas to stay in Warsaw

Stare Miasto

The Old Town is very central and has a good number of things to see and do like the Royal Castle and the square that is found by it, which is huge and has many cafes, shops and restaurants around it. Also, there is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which holds the remains of a Polish soldier that died in battle as well as containing soils from 38 battlegrounds. You will also find St. John’s Cathedral, a few museums, art galleries, shops, restaurants, bars and hotels too.



Wola is quickly becoming the commercial centre and is home to the Warsaw Rising Museum, which tells the story of the insurgents and the uprising in the years that followed the World War II. You will see many artefacts like weapons to love letters and more, which gives you an idea of what living under German occupation was like. The area has many cemeteries that mourn the dead of various religions and the military and there are also a good number of art galleries, cinemas and theatres in the region. Restaurants range from American to traditional foods and there are many clubs, bars and hotels to pick from.