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Where to Stay in Warsaw for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

Did you know that Warsaw is one of the cities that suffered the most during the Second World War? But don’t worry; shortly after the end of the war, almost the whole city and important buildings were renovated, and the town got an old-new shine. This is one of the reasons it’s high time to start thinking about where to stay in Warsaw and plan your trip soon!

Although the capital of Poland is one of the most affordable cities in Europe, I’m not sure why people started to give it more attention only recently. Warsaw is a melting pot of cultures where many ethnic communities, such as Poles, Jews, Germans and even Russians, live together. One to two days will be enough for you to explore the nooks and crannies of Warsaw, but don’t forget that you’ll need more time to fully indulge in the food scene. The city is big enough to recommend using public transportation such as trams and buses or ride-sharing scooters.

Question: Where to stay in Warsaw for a first-time visit?

Phoenix City, which rose from the ashes quite quickly after the Second World War, is divided into 2 parts: the old and the new. In both parts, there are many exciting things to do. Depending on your preferences, budget or interests, you should look for where to stay in Warsaw, Poland depending on your liking.

Warsaw offers a variety of accommodation options to suit every traveller. I recommend choosing the centre if you want to be close to all the hotspots. In this guide, I will provide budget options and options for a family stay, as well as suggestions for group and solo travelling.

Otherwise, here is an extra tip: The nearest airport is Warsaw Chopin Airport, which is 10 km from the city, and Warsaw Modlin Airport, which is 40 km from the city.

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. This guide includes the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to the Warsaw.

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(This guide is always up to date, the last updated April 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Warsaw for a first-time visit?

The answer is simple: Śródmieście (City Center)

The entire city centre requires 2 to 3 hours of sightseeing, making it easier for you to explore everything if you stay here. The most specific landmark of the centre is the Mermaid of Warsaw, which is even on the city’s flag. Legend has it that this mermaid is only one of two mermaid sisters, the other of which is located in Copenhagen. This mermaid is believed to have swum to Warsaw after being rescued by a fisherman, and as a thank you, she promised to protect his city. That is why he has a shield in his hands. When you come here, right under the mermaid monument, you will see a fountain where you can toss a coin for luck and certainty that you will return here.

But first, what should you visit in the centre of Warsaw?

  • Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki)
  • Warsaw Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna)
  • Złote Tarasy
  • Nowy Świat (New World) Street

Why do we recommend these areas?

This Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in the whole country and is located here and is a gift from Stalin. The complex has an interactive science museum, cinemas and galleries. The entrance fee to get on the operating roof is 6 euros.

You will recognize Warsaw Central Railway by its glass facade. It has been here since its establishment in 1975. It is the best spot for travel to Kraków, Wroclaw and other international destinations.

Zlote Tarasy translates as Golden Terrace and is known as an office complex and an innovative architectural building right next to the Railway Station.

New World Street is a bustling area with shops and cafes. And now, let’s explore where to stay in Warsaw, no matter the type of traveller you might be!

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Śródmieście (City Center)
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Hotel Metropol
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Novotel Warszawa Centrum
💎 Best Luxury HotelHotel Warszawa
🤩 Best Design Hotel:H15 Boutique Hotel
😎 Best for Groups:Bright and Modern Apartment
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Chillout Hostel
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Mercure Warszawa Grand
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Praga Apartment
👌 Safest Area: Śródmieście (City Center)

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Warsaw

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

Why do I recommend you start searching for the best places to stay in Warsaw? The city has over 80 parks and the most extensive forest of any capital city. It was not always the capital, but since it became Poland’s economic and administrative centre, it is now ideal for family life. One of the places that your children will like going is Warsaw Zoo. If your family likes enjoying good food, I recommend trying the traditional pierogi. They can be sweet with plums and strawberries or savoury with mushrooms or potatoes. This traditional pleasure will not cost you a fortune and will remain in your memory as the gem of Polish cuisine.

Śródmieście (City Center)

The University of Warsaw is located in the city’s centre, filling the place with positive youthful energy. Suppose your children have been drawn to science at an early age. In that case, you must take them to the Palace of Science, where they will enjoy interactive tours for little scientists. You can spend time together in the cinema or galleries. Another monument worth showing them is the Marie Curie monument. Apart from excellent family accommodations, the centre offers restaurants with traditional food and many places with phenomenal Georgian recipes.

Łazienki Królewskie (Royal Łazienki Park)

Looking for where to stay in Warsaw? One of the most beautiful parks in Europe is located right here, in this neighbourhood where your stay will be tranquil, and you will not miss anything because there are enough supermarkets and restaurants. Otherwise, the imposing neoclassical palace, Palace of the Water, is in the middle of the park. It got its name because it stands on an artificial island made in the park’s lake. Throughout the park, you will also find several Chopin benches as a symbol of the importance of this artist to the city.

Handpicked accommodations for families

Hotel Metropol, Śródmieście

Hotel Metropol has a central location that offers family rooms with free Wi-Fi, a private bathroom, and an excellent breakfast. All services are at a reasonable price. Also, the employees are charming, and the location just opposite the Palace of Culture adds to all that. Within the hotel, there is a place to eat: Metro Jazz Bar and Bistro Restaurant.

Book Hotel Metropol here

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Łazienki Park Residence by Renters Prestige, Łazienki Królewskie

Łazienki Park Residence by Renters Prestige is excellently decorated and equipped with a kitchen with a dishwasher and microwave, making it one of the most convenient places to stay in Warsaw for a family visit. It also offers free parking and is just 6 minutes from the central park.

The apartment has a flat-screen TV, washing machine and dishwasher. Choose a studio with a balcony that can accommodate 3 people in one bedroom and a sofa in the living room. You also have a free pass to the fitness centre and spa.

Book Łazienki Park Residence here

Private room at Łazienki Park Residence

Have a pleasant stay at Łazienki Park Residence

 1.2 Couples

Warsaw is a very underrated city for a romantic trip, although those who have been know how to give it the epithet of Paris of the East. After 3 days here I can assure you of this city’s romantic charm. So, it’s time to discover where to stay in Warsaw for a truly indulgent trip with your loved one!

Śródmieście (City Center)

Warsaw is much more than Lazienki Park, Old Town or Market Squares. Here, you can pay for a Beer tour or Communism tour for couples, not to mention how many beautiful churches there are where you can crown your love.

Quite the opposite of the mediaeval style, Warsaw hides its artistic way in the form of the Praga District, complete with beautiful murals mainly with the theme of love. I recommend Atelier Amaro and Belvedere Restaurant if you want superior food.

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Novotel Warszawa Centrum, Śródmieście

This hotel has received the highest rating from the couples who visited it, easily answering your question of where to stay in Warsaw, Poland. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Polish capital.

Novotel Warszawa Centrum will win you over with its beautiful spa and fitness centre, service, and wonderful mornings enriched with the smell of an excellent breakfast. The hotel also has a restaurant and a bar. I recommend you choose the Superior Room with one double bed and a private bath.

Book Novotel Warszawa Centrum here

Make yourself at home at Novotel Warszawa Centrum

Enjoy your time at Novotel Warszawa Centrum

SleepWell Boutique Apartments, Srodmiescie

Just 6 minutes on foot from the university, SleepWell Boutique Apartments will prepare a special floral welcome for you if you announce that you are coming on the occasion of your anniversary or honeymoon. Apart from that, the staff will also offer you sightseeing tours to complement the experience. Otherwise, almost all rooms come with a garden view and a well-equipped kitchen.

Book SleepWell Boutique Apartments here

Experience comfort at SleepWell Boutique Apartments

Have a wonderful stay at SleepWell Boutique Apartments

1.3 Luxury traveler

You can’t deny the opulence of the city, which is why you need to start searching for where to stay in Warsaw as soon as you finish reading the blog! Would you like to feel Poland in its full splendour? Well, making a round trip will allow you to do just that! So, which neighbourhoods radiate the most luxury?

Śródmieście (City Center)

The city centre is home to some world-class museums, so Warsaw is great for travellers who like to explore its culture. In addition, if you like good shopping, I recommend heading to Royal Way – the most famous street in Poland with high-end boutiques. The entire street is 2 km long and can be crossed in about 30 minutes if you don’t spend much time in the boutiques, which is almost impossible.

If you’re looking for quality food, I have several Michelin-starred suggestions, including Atelier Amaro – stylish avant-grade Polish cuisine or Senses, where chef Andrea Comastra is always ready to tantalize your senses with its prepared specialities.

Wilanów

This, unfortunately, less known district hides historical prestige, and you will immediately notice that after the Willanow Palace and its extensive gardens, which symbolize luxury.

The place is an exclusive residential area where many politicians and diplomats usually live and has excellent wellness and spa retreat spots. No wonder some of the best places to stay in Warsaw are located right here!

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Hotel Warszawa, Śródmieście

Just 700 meters from Parade Square, Hotel Warszawa offers luxurious rooms with carefully selected furniture, decorations, and a Nespresso coffee machine. I recommend choosing a suite on a high floor with a balcony. You also get access to the spa, wellness centre, and indoor pool.

Book Hotel Warszawa here

Enjoy your stay at Hotel Warszawa

Have fun at Hotel Warszawa

Sheraton Grand Warsaw, Wilanów

Looking for where to stay in Warsaw? This 5-star newly renovated hotel has a spacious lobby and on-site restaurant. It is excellent for both business and leisure stays. It is located 5 minutes from Nowy Swiat Street and 10 minutes on foot from the central park.

There are thoughtfully designed rooms with a minibar, private bath and coffee machine. Sheraton Hotel has 2 restaurants, one called Asia where they serve Asian and Cucina Mia, which serves delicious Italian food. In the hotel, you also have private parking. I recommend the Presidential Suite Club level, with 2 bedrooms on the high floor.

Book Sheraton Grand Warsaw here

Relax and unwind at Sheraton Grand Warsaw

Have a great time at Sheraton Grand Warsaw

1.4 Design-lovers

Many creators found their inspiration in Warsaw before the Second World War, so their influence remained noticeable even after the city’s renovation. You shouldn’t miss the Holy Cross Church, where Chopin’s Heart, a Polish national hero, is buried, and the several Chopin benches scattered around the city and city parks.

What I’m sure will leave a lasting impression on you is the Neon Museum of illuminated signs that stand around the city. Although partially in ruins, the town still has a spark of art and aesthetic significance.

And now, let’s move on to exploring the nicest places to stay in Warsaw!

Śródmieście

You will first notice Nowy Swiat Street, which is full of designer shops. Walking down, you will also come across many artistic monuments, including the Sigismund Column, in honour of the former district that made Warsaw the capital. Be sure to visit the Gingerbread Museum dedicated to Polin, i.e. Polish Jews.

Powiśle

This is a hidden, locally famous creative hub with many galleries, design studios, and old buildings transformed into cafes, hotels, co-working spaces and restaurants.

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

H15 Boutique Hotel, Warsaw, a Member of Design Hotels, Śródmieście

H15 Boutique Hotel is a Member of Design Hotels, which tells you enough why you should choose it. Choose one of these three options: Penthouse apartment, Prestige room or simply Apartment. The hotel is located in a historic construction in the city centre.

A stylish seating area and a well-equipped conference room are available. All apartments have a kitchen and a Nespresso machine, making it a valid answer to where to stay in Warsaw.

Book H15 Boutique Hotel here

Private room at H15 Boutique Hotel

Have a pleasant stay at H15 Boutique Hotel

Hotel Verte, Warsaw, Autograph Collection, Powiśle

It is enough to tell you that Hotel Verte is located in one of the most beautiful palaces, facing a lovely park and several other historical buildings with an excellent facade. Here, you can enjoy a 5-star experience with a fitness center, garden, restaurant, and a well-equipped sauna.

The famous Barbican is just 400 meters away. Choose the Capriccio Extensive twin room for two people.

Book Hotel Verte here

Make yourself at home at Hotel Verte

Enjoy your time at Hotel Verte

1.5 Groups

This city is diverse, with old towns, hipster areas and urban nightlife. There are plenty of attractions to see, along with some of the best places to stay in Warsaw, Poland. But if you’re planning a tour, you can plan a combined trip with Amsterdam and Prague, both of which are around 12 hours away by train.

Śródmieście (City Center)

If you want to learn more about history, ask for accommodation in the centre. Your first stop will be the Uprising Museum, where you will learn more about the Second World War. If you want to participate in one of the cultural events or festivals, circle Castle Square on the map.

Nowe Miasto (New Town)

In the new part of the city, you can find the Museum of Communism and go back several decades in time. Apart from such interesting locations and large administrative high-rise buildings, the new town offers an excellent range of restaurants with exciting and unique offers. This is the gastronomic hotspot, making it the perfect place to look for where to stay in Warsaw.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

9th Floor City View Apartment, Śródmieście

This apartment is clean, and non-smoking with an excellent location and free WiFi. It has one bedroom, a living room with a flat-screen TV, and one bathroom.

Book 9th Floor City View Apartment here

Experience comfort at 9th Floor City View Apartment

Have a wonderful stay at 9th Floor City View Apartment

Bright and modern apartment in the heart of the Old and New Town, Nowe Miasto

A tranquil place, ideal for 4 people, with excellent box beds, 1 double bed, and one sofa in the living room. It is located 400 metres from the Barbican and has a kitchen with an oven and toaster. In the winter months, the host guarantees excellent heating and fast, free WiFi throughout the entire year.

Book Bright and modern apartment here

Enjoy your stay at Bright and modern apartment

Have fun at Bright and modern apartment

1.6 Solo-travelers

Still haven’t decided where to stay in Warsaw? The city is one of the rarest places that seamlessly combines history and modern-day attractions. If you only have 24 hours in Warsaw, I recommend you use the tram or Lime scooters to walk the whole city. As I already mentioned, this city is home to the most museums in the country and possibly beyond, so aim for exhaustive research on your solo trip to Warsaw.

Śródmieście (City Center)

If you are a morning person, then stroll down to lively Hala Mirowaska, an old market where the locals buy the cheapest and highest quality fruits and vegetables, homemade cheeses and beautiful fresh flowers. There is also a university here, so the city is relatively safe and brimming with youthful spirit.

The old town is under the protection of UNESCO, although during the Second World War, almost 80% of it was destroyed. The authorities reacted quickly and are restoring the old glory, making more and more people search for the best places to stay in Warsaw. Your accommodation in the pastel houses will be yours, with medieval charm and a renovated shine.

Old Town

The old town dates back to the 13th century, and since then, it has been protected by the walls of the Barbican, a gate that connects the new and old parts of the city.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Chillout Hostel, Śródmieście

Chillout Hostel has polite staff and excellent dormitory rooms that can be female or mixed. All beds have curtains, so you have more privacy. One night without breakfast costs 20 euros per bed, i.e. per person.

Otherwise, you will find the hostel easily because it is located in a specific pre-war building but is now renovated. The centre is 750 meters away, making this place one of the best answers to where to stay in Warsaw.

Book Chillout Hostel here

Relax and unwind at Chillout Hostel

Have a great time at Chillout Hostel

Oki Doki Old Town, Old Town

Oki Doki Old Town features 4, 6 or 8-bed dormitory rooms, with a Shared seating area and shared bath. The price for one night is 40 euros, and breakfast is charged 14 euros. The hostel is located in a building from the 18th century, 100 meters from Barbian. The rooms are mixed or only female dormitory rooms.

Book Oki Doki OLD TOWN here

Private room at Oki Doki OLD TOWN

Have a pleasant stay at Oki Doki OLD TOWN

1.7 Nightlife Traveler

This is the best nightlife hotspot is New World Street, which is lively during the day, but the crowd starts when it gets dark. If you want a good night out, look for a club around Parkingowa Street.

Warsaw is often called the new Berlin, and funky and conceptual bars and creative hubs are proof of that. Keep popping up in the different parts of the city and explore postindustrial buildings transformed into vibrant artsy night venues.

And now, let’s explore where to stay in Warsaw, Poland:

Śródmieście (City Center)

I have a few suggestions for you:

  • Sklad Butelek – an Industrial renovated spot with chic furniture, candles and graffiti
  • 1500M2 DO WYNAJECIA – former printing house converted to artistic gathering place and night bar.

The best nightclubs in Wasaw’s centre are Level 27 and Platinum Club.

Praga-Polnoc

This is my favourite place for nightlife and an attractive industrial area under revitalisation. It offers hip cafes, murals and lots of fun. Here are some suggestions:

  • Enklawa nightclub,
  • Hydrozagadka nightclub

The best night bars for warming up are on Plac Hipster or Zbawiciela Square.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Mercure Warszawa Grand, Śródmieści

Mercure Warszawa Grand is located 10 minutes from the central station and a 7-minute drive to the old town. It has 2 restaurants and a bar, and it offers a fabulous breakfast in the morning. You get a classic room with one bed.

Book Mercure Warszawa Grand here

Make yourself at home at Mercure Warszawa Grand

Enjoy your time at Mercure Warszawa Grand

Central Port Warsaw Apartment, Praga- Polnoc

Still looking for where to stay in Warsaw? Central Port Warsaw Apartment is 70 square metres for a maximum of 11 guests, with 2 bedrooms and a sofa in the living room. There is also a kitchen and a dining area. It is located in the most vibrant part of Warsaw, or the Prague district.

Book Central Port Warsaw Apartment here

Experience comfort at Central Port Warsaw Apartment

Have a wonderful stay at Central Port Warsaw Apartment

1.8 For the Budget Traveler

Warsaw is one of the cheap European capitals. For only 5 euros you can have lunch in the city centre. This is because Poland has much lower wages compared to the surrounding countries, even though Poland has a very educated, quality and competent youth. When it comes to transportation, a ticket for a 75-minute drive costs 1 euro. Coffee costs 2-3 euros, and pizza 8-9 euros, which is acceptable. Magnets and souvenirs cost 3-5 euros, so feel free to buy one as a keepsake.

Praga- Polnoc

This part of the city offers an artistic vibe and affordable prices for accommodation and food. Visit the Soho Factory, a massive industrial site with local markets, working space and hipster restaurants.

Śródmieście (City Center)

The best offer is hidden in the city centre, so I am sure that you will find budget accommodation in Warsaw in the very centre. Also, the centre has the most popular bike route, so you can save on transportation.

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

Praga Apartament, Praga- Polnoc

Praga Apartment is a clean, budget-friendly apartment, close to the centre, within walking distance of the public transport stop, making it one of the best places to stay in Warsaw. There is a grocery store 50 meters away. Choose a studio for 4 guests with one bedroom, a sofa in the living room and a kitchen equipped for cooking.

Book Praga Apartament here

Enjoy your stay at Praga Apartament

Have fun at Praga Apartament

Studio Widok, Śródmieście

Studio Widok is a one-bedroom apartment with single bed and sofa, wireless wifi and an excellent location 300 meters from the subway station. You also have a fully equipped kitchenette.

Book Studio Widok here

Relax and unwind at Studio Widok

Have a great time at Studio Widok

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Warsaw

These are the neighbourhoods you must visit when you are in Warsaw:

  • Śródmieście (City Center)
  • Old Town (Stare Miasto)
  • Praga- Polnoc
  • Powiśle

3. FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Warsaw?

The best neighborhood to stay in Warsaw is Śródmieście (City Center). It offers easy access to major attractions like the Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw Central Railway Station, Złote Tarasy, and Nowy Świat Street.

Where should you not stay in Warsaw?

While Warsaw is generally safe, some areas might be less appealing for certain travelers. It's recommended to exercise caution in less central districts, and specific preferences or concerns should guide your choice of accommodation.

What should I avoid in Warsaw?

While Warsaw is a vibrant city, it's advisable to avoid poorly-rated accommodations and be cautious in unfamiliar areas at night. Additionally, being aware of your surroundings and belongings is always a good practice in any city.

Where should I stay in Warsaw for the first time?

For a first-time visit to Warsaw, Śródmieście (City Center) is highly recommended. It provides easy access to key landmarks, making it convenient for sightseeing. The City Center is also well-connected and offers various accommodation options catering to different preferences and budgets.

4. Map + All Sights

Our map will help you find the perfect base to explore the Phoenix city’s myriad attractions and hidden gems. Dive into the local culture, indulge in the culinary delights, and soak in the beauty of Warsaw from a neighborhood that feels like home.

5. Summary of where to stay in Warsaw

By giving you a glimpse into the vibrant streets of Warsaw, I hope I have inspired you to plan your trip here soon. Depending on the type of traveller you are, make sure to choose where to stay in Warsaw accordingly. For example, the city centre offers you everything from accommodation for families to budget options. The old town is a solo traveller’s dream, and the new part and Prague district are intended for hipsters, art lovers and night birds.

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