3 Best Hostels in Warsaw – Enexpected Treasures and our Secret Tips for Food and Bars

3 Best Hostels in Warsaw - Striking Polish Hospitality and unexpected Treasures
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Grab a coffee, sit back and get ready to discover the 3 best hostels in Warsaw, Poland. After Krakow, it was time for us to discover the Capital of Poland. And since you are here, it means, you need the insider guide to the coolest hostels in Warsaw; hurray! You will get this and much more!

We also did the hard work to hunt down cool stuff to do that’s free, cool speciality cafés, tasty restaurants, and plenty of bars.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Safestay Warsaw  – for small groups and couples
  2. Oki Doki Old Town – ideal for Solo-Traveler
  3. Chillout Hostel – top pick for backpackers

Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.

This sprawling capital reflects the cities long, turbulent history. There is a ton to explore and plenty of things to do in Warsaw! We at Hostelgeeks strive to deliver only amazing hostels that will suit a wide range of travellers.

Oh and as always, we want to bring you more: we added our favorite tips. After all, we have actually been here! we have added them all in our handmade map.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Warsaw. And the best party hostel in Warsaw are here! Have you had a gander at all of our 5 Star Hostels across the world? Also, we wrote a guide with the best hostels in Krakow.

We cover in this article:

If you’re still in the planning stages of “where to next”, let our 5 Star Hostels in Europe inspire you.

Quick Introduction to Warsaw Hostels

Average price for a bed: Poland in general is a great country to travel on a budget. A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 5€ per night. A private room starts usually at around 15€ to 20€ already. Cheap, right?! This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelz.com.

Location: It does not matter too much! We liked staying near the “Stalin Tower” (Palace of Culture and Science) and therefore in the district “Srodmiescie”. It has so many nightlife options with bars, restaurants, and clubs. The Old Town itself is small and more pricey. Therefore, we think staying around Srodmiescie is better.

Food and Nightlife: WOW for both! The quality of food in this city is just outstanding. We added our favorite restaurants and cafés to the handmade map below.

As for bars, the best district to go out at night as traveller is the Srodmiescie District. There are many bars, including cocktail and craft beer bars. There are also many pizza take-aways along the road. Perfect for a late snack before heading back to the hostel…

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Party vs Chill: Warsaw (and Krakow) is big in the nightlife game. You can have epic nights out! Make sure you select the right type of hostel. Read our guide to best party hostels in Warsaw here.

🎁 New to Hostels? Read our guide to staying in a Hostel for the First Time here. We especially recommend reading:

Warsaw University Library Garden

The 3 Best​ Warsaw Hostels

Whether you’re travelling solo for the first time, or on a weekend away with your companion – we’ve got you covered. Without further ado, set those horses free!

The 3 best hostels in Warsaw are:

  1. Safestay Warsaw  – for small groups and couples
  2. Oki Doki Old Town – ideal for solo-traveller
  3. Chillout Hostel – top pick for backpackers

We also put all things to do and our favorite hostels on the map. It helps you to plan your trip.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Oki Doki Old Town
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Safestay Warsaw
🥳 Party Hostel:Chillout Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Safestay Warsaw
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Oki Doki Old Town
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Safestay Warsaw
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Warsaw Hostel Centrum

1. Safestay Warsaw (crisp, clean spaces)

Looking for a large, central and almost brand-new hostel? Then you’ll love Safestay Warsaw.

This is the coolest hostel in Warsaw we would pick!

The remodelling of ventilation, sound-proofing and a lift compliments the stylish interior design. Have a look at the pictures to see what we mean! Dorm rooms come with 4-8 beds, including a female-only dorm. Private rooms come with 2-beds and a private bathroom.

All rooms have:

  • Orthopaedic beds w/ linen
  • Lockers
  • Individual lamp, curtain + sockets

In fact, Safestay happens to be one of the leading hostel chains in Europe we recommend.

There’s a bar in the common room serving breakfast (extra fee) and drinks in the evening. You’ll also find games in the lounge space, as well as quirky quotes dotted around. Ask the staff about upcoming activities. There is usually always something happening here! It’s also possible to arrange tours with Safestay.

Perhaps you want to take a day trip to famous Auschwitz? Or prefer something a bit more off the beaten track? Ask at the reception!

This hostel is in a strategic location and is surrounded by the best bars Warsaw has ever seen. The Old Town Market is just a 2-minute walk from Safetstay. Many of the historical monuments are right on your doorstep. Oh, and the interesting Tomb of the Unknown Solider and super cool Warsaw University Library Garden is also just 5 minutes away. Both are free to visit.

Safestay Warsaw is the best hostel in Warsaw for:

  • Female-solo travellers
  • Small groups
  • Couples
Book Safestay Warsaw here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Safestay Warsaw is one of the Best Hostels in Warsaw, Poland
Safestay Warsaw

Safestay Warsaw one of the Best Hostels in Warsaw, Poland Safestay Warsaw one of the Best Hostels in Warsaw, Poland

2. Oki Doki Old Town (modern vibe with a historic setting)

Located in an 18th century building, Oki Doki Old Town Hostel Warsaw Poland has a modern vibe with a historic setting.

Perfect for individuals who want to learn more about the city’s history while in comfort.

This hostel has bright and cozy rooms, with private doubles, twins, quads and mixed dorms to choose from. Some rooms have air conditioning as well. And we have to say; the rooms are pretty impressive! Get ready for big, bright spaces, privacy curtains and huge locker space.

Perks at OkiDoki Warsaw include:

  • Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Terrace with Garden

Feel free to hang out in the buzzing common room or get comfy in the relaxed backyard area.

Good to know: There were two Oki Doki Hostels in Warsaw: Old Town and City. The Oki Doki City closed. So we are only talking about Old Town!!

Tag along to one of the free walking tours – it’s a great way to meet new people. Otherwise, check out a whole bunch of fun weekly activities, including cooking classes.

Grab a free hot drink from the communal kitchen and ask the staff for their top Warsaw tips. They happen to be at reception 24/7.

The general atmosphere of the place make it a top choice for families on the move, alongside a range of solo travellers. Even digital nomads can get comfy here in the kitchen area – the free Wifi is always on.

Location: As the name suggests, it is in the Old Town. Actually it is just outside the old town walls and near the Uprising Monument. This place is a few steps away from Holy Spirit Church, 100m away from Barbican. Plenty of cool bars and restaurants are within an easy 5 minute walk. Personally we think, the location is pretty awesome if you only stay 1 or 2 nights here. If you stay longer and want some nightlife, I personally enjoyed more the Srodmiescie District (near “Stalin Tower”).

Oki Doki Old Town is the best hostel in Warsaw for:

  • Families
  • Solo travellers
Book Oki Doki Old Town here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Oki Doki Old Town is one of the best hostels in Warsaw, Poland

Oki Doki Old Town is one of the best hostels in Warsaw, Poland Oki Doki Old Town is one of the best hostels in Warsaw, Poland

Just around the corner of Oki Doki you will find the market square, the monument for the Child Soldiers, the Uprising Monument and of course, the Old Town itself.

3. Chillout Hostel (spot on relaxed vibes)

Welcome to the bright, spacious and minimalist accommodation that is Chillout Hostel.

This hostel is constantly changing to meet the expectations of its guests. But as a standard, Chillout is relaxed, welcoming and suitable for all types of adventurers.

The rooms include mixed and female-only dorms, private rooms and even an apartment room. There are private and mixed bathrooms, plus balconies in selected rooms.

Linen is provided, and fast Wi-Fi is free throughout the building. Great!

More things to get excited about:

  • Lockers in each room
  • 24-hour reception
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Striking Polish hospitality

Onward travel support includes free printouts of your boarding pass and that sigh-of-relief luggage storage. Curl up on the comfy sofas in the common room with a tea or coffee. Heck, why not have both, they’re free!

Note: continental breakfast is available for an extra fee. You can also get an affordable breakfast in a café in the city.

This antique tenement house is 10-minutes from the Central Station. The Old Town is 20-minutes by foot. Popular bars, clubs and cafes are just a step away.

Chillout Hostel is the best hostel in Warsaw for:

  • Social Butterflies
  • Backpackers
Book Chillout Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Chillout Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Warsaw, Poland

Chillout Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Warsaw, Poland

Chillout Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Warsaw, Poland

The Famous Stalin Tower in Warsaw

What about the Best Party Hostels in Warsaw?

So you’re after a cozy hostel with a sociable, party in Warsaw? Look no further! 3 COOLEST Hostels? Your shortcut:

  1. Oki Doki Old Town Hostel Warsaw
  2. Safestay Warsaw
  3. New World St. Hostel

Read our full guide to coolest party hostels in Warsaw.

Many activities are on offer each day, including pub crawls, tours, cooking classes and more. Oh, and there is also a fun party boat in Warsaw – legendary!

Book Oki Doki Old Town Hostel Warsaw here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Hostelz.com

Oki Doki Old Town Hostel Warsaw

More Warsaw Hostels worth a mention

There are many backpacker downtown hostel and not all is worth your money and effort. Lets help you out.

Safestay Warsaw, Oki Doki Old Town and Chillout Hostel are our personal favorites because they are extraordinary and the best hostels in Warsaw for solo travelers! But we’re not stopping at 3! If you’re still looking for the Wardaw Poland hostels, then look no further.

This list of outstanding hostels Warsaw will help you if you’re still looking for the best hostels in Warsaw Poland or you’re checking the best area to stay in Warsaw Poland.

Warsaw Hostel Centrum

Perfect for individuals who wants to learn a bit about the culture and history of Warsaw, this place is furnished and decorated with large wallpapers introducing Poles and places in Warsaw. Every wallpaper has a QR code. So simply scan it and you’ll learn more about it. Cool, right?

Warsaw Hostel Centrum has a large common area with satellite TV, kitchen and dining area, luggage, storage, dorm rooms with lockers, and laundry services.

Perks at Warsaw Hostel Centrum:

  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Heating
  • Garden
  • Designated smoking area

Location: This hostel is ideally located in Warsaw and is surrounded by the famous attractions in the city. Palace of Culture & Science is just a 3-minute walk. Parade Square is 400m away, Golden Terraces Shopping Centre is 500m away, and the nearest airport is Warsaw Chopin Airport which is 8km from the hostel. 9 minutes drive to the Old City Warsaw.

Book Warsaw Hostel Centrum here

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Warsaw Hostel Centrum

Old Town Kanonia Hostel

Old Town Kanonia Hostel offers stylish and individually decorated rooms. Some rooms offer private bathrooms while others feature access to shared bathroom, perfect for couples, and solo travellers.

This place is located in the very heart of Warsaw downtown, making it the perfect place to stay in.

Perks at Old Town Kanonia:

  • Free WiFi
  • Pets allowed
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating

Location: This hostel is ideally located in Warsaw and close to many of the Polish capitals’ attractions. 200m away from the Royal Castel and 1.1km away from Saxon Garden.

Book Old Town Kanonia Hostel here

Compare prices: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Old Town Kanonia Hostel

What about the cheapest hostels in Warsaw?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Warsaw.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Warsaw
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Warsaw best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand, ask questions, and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Warsaw put on a map + sights

Right then, I suppose you’re eager to get going? Check out this Warsaw Poland map. Just one more thing: a handy, useful map including hostel locations and cool sights in Warsaw.

We always feel better prepared when we’ve got our bearings of the city were about to visit.

Keen to explore and join some activities? Great! Our top recommendations are:

  1. Join a classic pub crawl w/ free drinks
  2. Prepare for an epic ultimate all day tour of Warsaw
  3. Alternatively, tour the city with a 3-hour guided cycle trip

There is actually lots to see in the city. It might be best to buy a bus ticket and hop-on hop-off as you please. Personally, we enjoyed walking around and take the metro. This however depends highly on the weather conditions.

We’ve marked all our secret tips we have personally enjoyed as follows:

  • Districts: In Shapes
  • Sights in Warsaw: Blue
  • Great Food and Cafés: Green
  • Bars and Nightlife: Brown
  • More COOL Hostels: Orange
  • Party Hostels: Purple
  • Best Warsaw Hostels: Red

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Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Warsaw.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:

You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here. Watch out for our article about the best hostels in Gdansk!

We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

Over to you

So by now, we hope you’re feeling prepared for your trip to Poland.

You’ve got a list of the best hostels in Warsaw, plus great ideas for things to do in Warsaw.

Oh, and of course a great party hostel recommendation.

Remember, we have also compiled the 3 best hostels in Krakow.

Do you have any questions or queries?

Please, please take the time to drop us a comment below. We value your feedback and it helps us to continuously improve.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

As always, we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.

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Best Hostels in Warsaw, Poland a complete overview and guide for backpackers

CLOSED: Vava Hostel

Update: Vava Hostel, our previous #1 hostel in Warsaw has sadly closed its doors permanently.

Your stay at Vava Hostel kicks off with a mystery welcome gift. How cute is that?! This hostel is probably the best place to stay in Warsaw for tourists.

The atmospheric interior will surely intrigue you, too. This is, so far, the best youth hostel Poland has ever seen. Check out the exposed red brick walls and reprints of works by artists from the Polish School of Poster era.

Mixed dorms and private rooms are available. Depending on which room you choose, depends on whether you have a private or shared bathroom.

Linen and towels are included in all rooms – yippee! What else is there to entice you…?

  • 24-hour reception
  • Your own locker w/ key
  • Small library
  • Public computers

The kitchen is the heart of Vava hostel. It’s seriously roomy and the lovely, long table creates a sociable eating space. In the lounge area, you’ll find a TV, magazines and a coffee machine.

The lounge and kitchen are actually a shared space, so it’s certainly the place to go to meet new people.

Dorota and Kasia, the owners of Vava, came together to create a hostel after travelling extensively. They, along with the rest of the staff, are always on hand to help you! Tram, bus and metro are right on the doorstep. The Old Town is a mere 10-minute walk.

Vava Hostel is the best hostel in Warsaw for:

  • Solo travellers
  • Couples

Vava Hostel one of the Best Hostel in Warsaw, Poland

CLOSED: Oki Doki City Hostel Warsaw.

Important: There were two Oki Doki Hostels. One with name including Old Town, one named “Oki Doki City Hostel”. Unfortunately, “Oki Doki City Hostel” hostel has permanently closed its doors.

We recommend then staying at Chillout Hostel, our recommendation for backpacker.

We found something just for you: Oki Doki City Hostel Warsaw.

Oki Doki Hostel Warsaw is in a lazy location; in the middle of everything you want.

Drinking is allowed in the social spaces, including the in-house bar (just not in the bedrooms).

Grab a beer during Happy Hour for just over 1 EURO!

The staff is young and enthusiastic. They know a lot about the history of Warsaw, and all the best party places in town.

Oki Doki Hostel the Best Party Hostel in Warsaw, Poland

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