Whether you’ve only got 10 days in Poland or more time to spare, there’s no getting around the fact that you need to visit Warsaw. The wiry capital of Poland might not be the country’s prettiest destination, but it’s surely one of the most interesting. And after spending even just a couple days here, you’ll quickly see that Warsaw’s a place that deserves your love.
As one of the biggest cities in Central Europe, it shouldn’t be surprising that choosing where to stay in Warsaw can be a challenge for some travellers. The city’s spread over a wide area, and although many of the top tourist attractions in Warsaw are located centrally, there’s a wide assortment of areas & neighbourhoods that are worthy of your time & energy—especially if you’re looking to get deep under the skin of this fascinating city.
Ready to plan out your trip to Warsaw? Find the perfect accommodations with this complete guide to the best areas & hotels in Warsaw…
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Where to stay in Warsaw, Poland: A complete guide to the best hotels & areas for travellers
If Warsaw’s immense size and sprawl send you into shivers, let me allay your fears a little: Sorting through all of the best places to stay in Warsaw isn’t as difficult as it first seems.
Even if the map of Warsaw looks much like a bunch of tangled yarn, the city centre and its surroundings are where you’ll want to be at when it comes to nailing down your accommodations.
In particular, the best areas to stay in Warsaw include:
- Srodmiescie: Home to Warsaw’s main transport hubs and many of its most compelling attractions, the city centre area is the best choice for travellers visiting Warsaw on a time-crunch and looking to dip into its cultural side.
- Stare Miasto (Old Town): Although technically part of Srodmiescie, this lovely area deserves mention on its own thanks to its charming old-world vibe. Completely rebuilt after WWII, Stare Miasto offers a glimpse of Warsaw at its most beautiful & historical. Old Town is a favourite area for travellers who love sightseeing and care forever enchanted by classical European charms.
- Praga: Once practically a no-go zone, this burgeoning neighbourhood, located on the eastern banks of the Vistula across from the Centrum, is becoming one of the coolest areas to stay in Warsaw thanks to its artistic & bohemian vibe. Praga’s still a little rough around the edges, but travellers into nightlife, music, art & counterculture will love basing themselves in this area.
- Mokotow: Located south of Srodmiescie, this leafy residential neighbourhood is a favourite for travellers looking for a quieter & more laid-back stay in Warsaw without getting too far outside of the tourist centre.
- Wilanow: If Mokotow is still a little too close to the Centrum for you, this more far-flung area might be just what you’re looking for when searching out where to stay in Warsaw. Home to the famous palace of the same name, Wilanow is one of the city’s more upscale areas with an array of quality accommodations. It’s a great choice for anyone who’s spending a little longer in the city and wants to catch Warsaw’s softer side.
Now, let’s dig a little deeper into each area, shall we?
✓ Best area to stay for visiting Warsaw on a time-crunch & urban travel lovers
Whether you’ve got one day in Warsaw or a week, there’s a good chance that your first impression will be had in Srodmiescie. Home to the city’s main transport hub (Warszawa Centralna), many of the city’s top attractions and most of the best hotels in Warsaw, Srodmiescie is the best area for travellers who love to experience all that a modern European city has to offer from dining to shopping to nightlife.
Staying here, you’ll be close to everything you’ll need. Whether you want to check out Warsaw’s historical charms in Old Town or enjoy the city’s ever-growing culinary & craft beer scene in Nowy Swiat or Powisle, this is the district to do it.
Attractions in Srodmiescie: Old Town, Nowy Swiat, Zlote Tarasy, Lazienki Park, Belvedere Palace, Ogrod Saski (Saxon Garden), Presidential Palace, Pałac Zamoyskich, Palace of Culture & Science
Recommended hotels in Srodmiescie
There’s a wide array of accommodations in Srodmiescie from budget hotels & hostels to the top luxury 5-star hotels in Warsaw. Although Warsaw is hardly as expensive as other European cities, this is, naturally, the city’s priciest area due to its central location.
Mid-range & luxury travellers will love the selection here while more price-conscious accommodations-seekers will likely want to look a little further from the centre for their deals.
- ibis Styles Warszawa Centrum: A brand-new hotel showing off a supremely stylish vibe that doesn’t wreak havoc on your budget. Rooms are ridiculously colourful (maybe too much so for some!), spacious, and comfortable.
- Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat: Another chic boutique-style hotel located in the hip Nowy Swiat area where a multitude of bars, pubs, and restaurants lies at your disposal. Besides the stylish rooms, extra amenities like a 24-hour gym, sauna, on-site restaurants, a bar provide excellent value for your stay.
- InterContinental Warszawa: A fantastic luxury pick in the heart of the city, this 5-star is everything you’ve ever wanted for your stay in Warsaw. You’ll find plenty of space in each of the hotel’s stylish rooms, many of which feature extravagant skyline views out their large picture windows. Other quirks include the luxurious 43rd-floor indoor pool & hot tub and the award-winning Platter, an on-site restaurant serving up modern Polish & international cuisine.
- Raffles Europejski Warsaw: Among the grandest Warsaw hotels, this 5-star gem has been tickin’ since 1857 through thick and thin. The hotel’s rooms are brilliantly renovated and fitted with modern decor and fixtures. In the true spirit of classic European hospitality, the Raffles extends its 24-hour signature butler service to all guests, putting this property heads above any in the city.
Stare Miasto (Old Town)
✓ Best area to stay for first-time visitors and culture lovers
If you can’t get enough of Europe’s classical charms, Stare Miasto (Old Town) might just be your little slice of heaven in Warsaw. Located in the northeast corner of Srodmiescie, Stare Miasto is undoubtedly Warsaw’s most eye-catching district.
As you wander about this area’s cobblestoned streets & alleyways, you’ll be face-to-face with colourful historical buildings, cafés, and boutiques that conjure up the spirit of old Warsaw.
A word of warning to those turned off by inauthenticity: Old Town Warsaw is a reconstruction. The original Stare Miasto was almost completely destroyed during the World War II air raids of Warsaw. Even so, what you’ll see today is nothing short of lovely and its faithful to the original.
Attractions in Stare Miasto: Royal Castle, Barbican, Castle Square, Adam Mickiewicz Museum Of Literature, Presidential Palace, Grand Theatre, Museum of Warsaw, Sigismund’s Column
Recommended hotels in Stare Miasto (Old Town)
With Stare Miasto’s compact size, there’s a limited variety of accommodations here. Many of the properties offered in Old Town are apartments rather than hotels, making it more challenging to secure availability when booking without plenty of notice.
- Adele Old Town Apartment: A newly-renovated apartment decorated in minimalist, Scandinavian style. The apartment is perfect for families and anyone travelling with a group of friends as it sleeps up to six people.
- Apartament MnW: A simple and spotless apartment that’s a superb option for couples and solo travellers. Apartment includes basic self-catering amenities including a fridge and small ceramic cooktop.
- Castle Inn: One of the only hotels in the district, these boutique accommodations offer a mixed bag of quirky, modern or regal rooms designed by local artists. Most rooms feature views of historical buildings like the Royal Castle and St. John Cathedral.
- Luxury Apartments Mondrian Market Square I: A lovely apartment in the heart of the area showcasing the dashing looks of a 5-star luxury hotel with a more personal touch. All apartments are self-catering with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.
✓ Best area to stay for nightlife & alternative culture
When the tourist trappings of Old Town and more sanitized modernism of the Centrum aren’t quite your thing, jump onto the bandwagon and make Praga your Warsaw home-base of choice.
Once one of Warsaw’s most notorious districts, rife with crime and poverty, Praga is slowly become one of the city’s hippest districts, attracting a variety of artists who’ve transformed the district’s fabric. Unlike so much of the city, Praga was spared from total annihilation in WWII. Many of these dilapidated pre-war warehouses & factories have found new life as art galleries & nightclubs.
On top of its status as an alternative culture hub in Warsaw, Praga is becoming a great place to eat. The area around Zabkowska and Targowa offers a particularly good selection of local food & drink.
Attractions in Praga: Zabkowska Street, Bazar Różyckiego, Neon Museum, The Soho Factory, Hangar 646, Muzeum Warszawskiej Pragi, Kino Praha, Warsaw Zoo
Recommended hotels in Praga
Like in Stare Miasto, there’s a far larger selection of owner rental properties than traditional hotels or guesthouses in Praga. With its more “fringe” status among the best areas to stay in Warsaw, you can expect (much) lower prices overall in Praga compared to Srodmiescie.
- Vava Hostel: This budget-friendly hostel/guesthouse offers both private rooms with private bathrooms and shared accommodations to hit the needs of both backpacker types.
- ARTHOTEL Stalowa 52: Located in a 100-year-old tenement house, this beautiful boutique hotel features unique & stylish design that reflects Praga’s recent rebirth. The on-site bistro, serving modern Polish cuisine, is a favourite among guests.
- Moxy Warsaw Praga: A brand-new offering from Marriott’s popular value boutique brand, this property lets loose a hip, industrial-influenced design that’s perfectly fitted to Praga’s own vibe and story.
✓ Best area to stay for relaxation & more a local experience
For a quieter alternative for your Warsaw accommodations, head south of Srodmiescie to the district of Mokotow. Although it lacks the concentration of big name tourist sites or the buzz of other central areas, this mostly residential district is perfect for anyone looking to experience local life in Warsaw without the overwhelm.
One of the best reasons to stay in Mokotow is to wallow in its greenspaces including Park Morskie Oko and Czerniakowskie Lake. It’s also a great place to catch a wave of local cuisine, especially at one of Warsaw’s famous “milk bars” (bar mleczny). These cafeteria-style restaurants hail from Poland’s communist era when they provided cheap & hearty home-cooked meals to workers.
Attractions in Mokotow: Park Morskie Oko, Czerniakowskie Lake, Museum of Polish Military Technology, Galeria Mokotów
Recommended hotels in Mokotow
Much like Warsaw’s other more residential areas outside of the city centre, the selection of accommodations in Mokotow is limited. Expect to find more apartment rentals here than hotels.
- Apartament Mokotow: An excellent value apartment conveniently located next to a metro station. The unit is self-catering with a full kitchen available for guests.
- Hampton By Hilton Warsaw Mokotow: A modern hotel featuring clean & spacious rooms along with a handful of helpful amenities like an on-site gym & restaurant.
- A&J Lux Apartament: A spectacular self-catering apartment fully equipped with a kitchen, private bathroom and furnished terrace for the ultimate in relaxation.
✓ Best area to stay for truly escaping the buzz of Warsaw
Although far less convenient than our other picks for the top areas to stay in Warsaw, the district of Wilanow might appeal to travellers looking for an ultra-quiet local experience in the fringes of the centre.
Whereas other areas of Warsaw (like Praga) can seem a little run-down, Wilanow is undoubtedly one of the Polish capital’s most upscale districts. No place captures this spirit more than the district’s namesake, Wilanow Palace. Often called “The Polish Versailles,” this majestic palace is Warsaw’s most stunning building, showing off a grand Baroque style that competes with some of Europe’s finest architectural specimens.
Attractions in Wilanow: Wilanow Palace, Poster Museum, Museum of John Paul II, Museum of King John III’s Palace
Recommended hotels in Wilanow
Since Wilanow is located relatively far from the top tourist sites and the city centre, the selection of accommodations here is fairly minimal. What you’ll find instead are smaller local pensions and owner rentals in quiet residential pockets where you can leave the clamour of the the city behind.
- Platinum Hotel & Residence Wilanów: A spectacularly-valued hotel featuring clean & well-appointed rooms. Upgrade to a studio apartment for a self-catering option.
- MarcoPolo House: A stylish and modern hotel backing onto parkland and featuring a covered sunroom.
- Hotel Na Uboczu: A quiet property built on a relaxing a green space that perfect for bestowing a feeling of escaping the bustle of the city.
Summary: The best places to stay in Warsaw
- Looking for a central hotel that won’t break the bank? The brand-new ibis Styles Warszawa Centrum features a radical style that’ll knock your socks off while being gentle on your travel budget.
- Need a stylish mid-range alternative? Book yourself into the Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat, a sleek boutique hotel rockin’ out in the happenin’ Nowy Swiat area of Srodmiescie.
- Want the best luxury in Warsaw? Look no further than the InterContinental Warszawa! This 5-star hotel will bowl you over with its stylish modern rooms and luxurious amenities including a 43rd-floor indoor pool with epic Warsaw skyline views.