I think the capital city of Warsaw could be one of the most underrated cities in Europe when you consider the number of historical attractions, never-ending beautiful streets with amazing historical buildings, and tons of great local restaurants and bars. You certainly have the right to get excited about this trip!
Even though Warsaw was destroyed in World War II, it has one of the most charming Old Towns that has also made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. This city really is full of history but you will also love the modern restaurants, stunning lush green parks, and trendy nightlife here too.
Enough about all that, in this blog post on where to stay in Warsaw, Poland I will talk about the 6 best areas to stay in the city and give you the top Warsaw hotels for all budgets. Before we start, I just want to remind you that in order to get better deals on hotels and secure your place, do not forget to make a reservation in advance. Many Warsaw hotels have a free cancelation policy, so don’t worry if you change your mind!
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Here are the best hotels where to stay in Warsaw, Poland from luxury to budget. They all have very good reviews and great locations!
Hotel Bellotto Warsaw
Best luxury hotel
Praga Factory Stylish
An Airbnb with fantastic reviews
Moxy Warsaw Praga
Best value for money
Old Town Kanonia
Best affordable accommodation in the center
Here is a map about where to stay in Warsaw, Poland, with the 6 best areas I will be talking about in this travel guide so you can easily visualize them:
1. Stare Miasto (Old Town) – where to stay in Warsaw, Poland for the first time
Warsaw’s Old Town, also called Stare Miasto, is the best place to learn about the culture and history of Warsaw and to be close to major attractions of the city. Get ready to travel back in time as the streets of Old Town will make you feel like you have teleported to a different era!
The first thing that will catch your attention in Warsaw Old Town is the Palace of Culture and Science building from the communist era, the tallest building in Warsaw.
FUN FACT: Did you know that the Old Town you see now is an exact replica of the one they had before WW2? Yes, over 85% of the historic center was destroyed in the war, but they meticulously restored everything!
Old Town Square is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure to take a lot of photos of colorful historical buildings, check out souvenir shops, and taste delicious Polish food in the local restaurants.
Here you should not skip visiting the Royal Castle as well as the historic churches and museums in Castle Square. By the end of the day, I assure you will have the best Instagram photos and be full of amazement!
I’ve already handpicked the top 4 hotels for you in Old Town but since this is the most touristy area, make sure to make your reservation in advance to not miss them. While you’re at it, if you want to add another picturesque city to your Poland travel itinerary, check out the best hotels in Krakow.
Now, let’s have a look at the best places to stay in Warsaw Old Town:
Bellotto is the best place to stay in Warsaw Old Town with its amazing architecture and fancy furnishings. I love the classically decorated rooms with luxurious amenities and beautiful Old Town views. There is an upscale spa with a sauna, fitness center, and a chic restaurant, plus, Castle Square and Warsaw Central Station are within walking distance.
Other options in Stare Miasto (Old Town), Warsaw
Things to do in Stare Miasto (Old Town), Warsaw
- Check out the beautiful buildings of Old Town Square
- See the impressive church, Bazylika Archikatedralna w Warszawie p.w. Męczeństwa św. Jana Chrzciciela (St John’s Archcathedral)
- Learn about history at the Museum of Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature, and the National Museum
- Go to the beautiful Royal Castle on the royal route
- Visit the famous Presidential Palace
- See the Sigismund’s Column and Mały Powstaniec statue
- Visit the Warsaw Ghetto Museum and Warsaw Uprising Museum
- See the tallest building of Warsaw, the Palace of Culture and Science building
2. Praga – the coolest area to stay in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Praga is located just across the Vistula River from the Old Town. If you like streets with graffiti, trendy nightlife, and cool cafes you will love Warsaw Praga!
Start your day with a stroll along the Vistula River. Then check out the historic buildings and old warehouses that have been turned into hipster cafes and bars. Discover the street art around every corner, have delicious local foods in cool restaurants, and pay a visit to some museums and art galleries.
I know what you’re thinking, this area sounds so cool! Well, if you are into nightlife, get ready for some bar hopping and dancing in the cool clubs. Does it sound tempting?
By staying in Praga you will be discovering a trendy area while still being very close to the Old Town and its historical attractions. I found out the best of the best hotels in Praga but in order not to miss them and get better deals, do not forget to make your reservation in advance. For those looking for a new cool city for their next holiday check out the best places to stay in Kaliningrad.
Here are the best places to stay in Praga, Warsaw with a convenient location:
DoubleTree Hotel is the best place to stay in Warsaw Praga with its great facilities such as spacious rooms, a large swimming pool, and a fabulous spa with a sauna. You can have a very good breakfast in the garden area and find a great selection of foods from international cuisine at the on-site restaurant. You will love the indoor pool overlooking a lush garden and sun terrace area.
Other accommodation options in Praga, Warsaw
Things to do in Praga, Warsaw
- Visit the City Zoological Garden in Warsaw
- Go for a walk to the stunning Skaryszewski Park
- See the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Florian the Martyr
- Catch an event at Centrum Praskie Koneser
- Visit the Muzeum Warszawskiej Pragi
- Try traditional Polish drinks at the Polish Vodka Museum
- Have a delicious dinner at Soho Factory
3. Mokotow – where to stay in Warsaw for families
Mokotow is located 7 km (5 miles) south of Old Town and thanks to its family-friendly attractions and hotels, it is definitely my pick for where to stay in Warsaw for families! It is a very green area with many lush parks where you can find great kids’ playgrounds, fun attractions, and even puppet shows.
Apart from the beautiful nature and relaxed atmosphere, you will be able to find water parks, historic museums, and cultural sites too. Can you feel this is gonna be a fun family trip?
Start your day with a morning stroll at the beautiful Arkadia Park. Then learn about the history and culture by checking out the great museums. If all that learning has made the little ones peckish, don’t worry, here you will see a lot of family-friendly restaurants, bakeries, and cafes that will satisfy your sweet tooth!
Mokotow offers a great selection of hotels for all budgets and all the accommodations I chose here have great family rooms as well as kids facilities such as swimming pools and kids menus. Let’s have a look at them!
Located in Mokotow, the best area to stay for families, this 5-star hotel has everything you need for a comfortable family holiday. Regent Warsaw Hotel has spacious rooms with modern amenities such as a big LCD TV with kids’ channels, a heated indoor swimming pool, a luxury spa with a hot tub, sauna, and a fitness center. You will love the on-site gourmet restaurant that also has a special kids buffet!
Other accommodation options in Mokotow, Warsaw
Things to do in Mokotow, Warsaw
- Visit the Muzeum Rzeźby im. Xawerego Dunikowskiego w Królikarni
- Go for a walk at the lush gardens at Arkadia Park
- Have fun at the waterpark at Wodny Park Warszawianka
- Go for a stroll at the beautiful Park Morskie Oko
- Visit the Museum of Polish Military Technology
- Learn about the history at the Muzeum Geologiczne
- Take kids to the playground, Fun Park Digiloo
4. Wilanow – the best area to stay in Warsaw for relaxation
Wilanow is located 15 km (10 miles) south of Warsaw Old Town and is a great area for those who want to stay in a relaxed area and be away from the crowd of the city center. Don’t worry, thanks to good public transport connections you will still have easy access to all historic sites and main attractions. Plus, there is also a lot to discover in Wilanow itself!
The popularity of this area comes from the famous Wilanow Castle. Take your time to explore all parts of this architectural masterpiece and walk through the huge lush gardens. You will see a lot more museums along the way in the Wilanow neighborhood. If you are tired enough, go to the beautiful park, Jezioro Wilanowskie and chill by the river while watching the spectacular landscapes.
Unfortunately, there are no luxury hotels that are good enough for me to recommend but if you are looking for a luxury hotel for relaxation I suggest checking out DoubleTree by Hilton in the Praga neighborhood. Here are the top 3 accommodations to have a relaxing stay in Warsaw.
Other accommodation options in Wilanow, Warsaw
Things to do in Wilanow, Warsaw
- Visit the impressive Wilanow Palace
- Go for a walk to the beautiful park, Jezioro Wilanowskie
- See an exhibition at the Poster Museum
- Visit the Muzeum Jana Pawła to learn about Catholic history
- Spend time in the nature at Rezerwat przyrody Las Natoliński
5. Powisle – where to stay in Warsaw for luxury travelers
Set by the river, Powisle is located just 2 km (1 mile) south of Warsaw Old Town and is a very posh area that offers upscale restaurants and hotels. That’s why if you are wondering where to stay in Warsaw as a luxury traveler, there is no better place than Powisle!
In Powisle you can expect to find luxury boutiques, chic restaurants, and bars as well as riverside cafes. The most charming thing about this area is that you will find most of the main attractions by the waterfront such as the symbol of the Warsaw city, the Mermaid statue, and Warsaw University Library Garden. By continuing this beautiful stroll you can easily reach Warsaw Old Town on foot. Isn’t it that cool?
Even though Powisle is an upscale area it is possible to find hotels for all budgets and here are the best of the best ones I picked for you.
Located at the heart of the city, Hotel Bristol Warsaw is one of the best places to stay in Warsaw city center. This 5-star hotel has amazing historical architecture and interior design that will make you feel like you are staying in a royal palace. There is a fancy terrace lounge area where you can watch epic city views, an indoor swimming pool, a spa, and an upscale restaurant. All of the rooms have luxurious amenities and great views.
Other accommodation options in Powisle, Warsaw
Things to do in Powisle, Warsaw
- Go to the Copernicus Science Centre
- See an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw
- Go for a stroll at Park Kazimierzowski
- Visit the Planetarium Centrum Nauki Kopernik
- See the Warsaw Mermaid statue
- Go for a walk at the lush gardens at the Warsaw University Library Garden
- Check out the scenic Vistula River views at the boardwalk, Vistula Boulevards
6. New Town – where to stay in Warsaw on a budget
New Town is located just 1 km (0,5 mile) north of Warsaw Old Town and is within walking distance of all you need in the city. Even though it is called New Town, here you will find buildings with historical architecture and cultural attractions and museums too.
If you are traveling on a budget this area is the best place to stay in Warsaw thanks to the many budget hotel options and affordable restaurants. New Town also has great public transport to other neighborhoods so, you don’t need to worry about anything here!
The best way to discover New Town is getting lost in the cobbled stone streets with colorful historic buildings (perfect for your Instagram feed!), checking out the local shops, and tasting polish cuisine in many nice local restaurants (did someone mention perogies!?).
New Town is the best area to stay in Warsaw if you want to discover the city on foot and all the hotels I found here have a very convenient location and are relatively affordable prices.
This 5-star hotel is one of the best hotels where to stay in Warsaw that offers a great spa center, an indoor swimming pool, airport shuttle, and comfortable rooms. You will love the fancy dining area that offers a great selection of gourmet foods and wines. The metro station and main city attractions are within walking distance making its convenient location super accessible!
Other accommodation options in New Town, Warsaw
Things to do in New Town, Warsaw
- Visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
- Go for a walk at Ujazdowski Park
- Visit the Museum of the 10th Pavilion of the Warsaw Citadel
- Have a meal by the Vistula River at River Cafe
- Visit the beautiful Krasiński Palace
- Snap a picture of the David Bowie mural
|👑 Luxury price:||€130|
|💵 Mid-range hotel:||€70|
|📍Best Area:||Stare Miasto (Old Town)|
|🛎️ Best luxury hotel:||Hotel Bellotto Warsaw|
|👛 Best budget hotel:||Old Town Kanonia|
BONUS: The best hotels to stay in Warsaw for nightlife
Did you know that Warsaw has some of the best nightclubs and bars in eastern Europe? It is no surprise that Warsaw is not only visited by travelers for sightseeing but also just for partying! So for those party people, I would like to talk about the best places to stay in Warsaw for nightlife now.
Hotel Indigo Warsaw – This chic hotel is located at the heart of the city and within walking distance to trendy restaurants and lively nightlife scenes in Warsaw. There is a very nice on-site bar offering a great selection of cocktails and drinks, plus a lounge area where you can have a pre-party. The beautifully decorated hotel rooms are comfortable enough to get rid of the tiredness of the day and in the morning, a very good breakfast is waiting for you to cure the hangover!
Moxy Warsaw Prag – This hotel is located in one of the best areas to stay in Warsaw near the main city attractions. Moxy hotel welcomes you with a special welcome drink and a beautiful atmosphere. You will love the stylish bar that offers all kinds of drinks and they even have the famous Polish Vodka Museum located inside the hotel! The rooms are quite comfortable and there is a business center, on-site parking, free wifi, and a very good breakfast is freshly served in the morning.
Oki Doki Old Town – Located at the heart of Old Town, this hostel is an amazing place to stay in Warsaw to enjoy the nightlife for those traveling on a budget. There is a very nice on-site bar and a large terrace area to socialize. You can be caught up in the nice atmosphere and want to spend the whole night here but if you want to go out, trendy bars and clubs are within walking distance. The dorms and private rooms are comfortable and have free wifi. This is a great place to meet new friends and a fabulous breakfast is served every day.
Panoramic Penthouse – This Airbnb is one of the best party houses in Warsaw that has private elevator access and no neighbors! It can accommodate up to 8 people and there is an amazing bar, BBQ facilities, large living room, spacious rooms, and even a sauna. You will love the terrace with panoramic city view, jacuzzi, and fancy cool lounge area which is perfect for parties. This amazing penthouse also has easy access to the city center and trendy bars and restaurants.
Frequently asked questions about Warsaw
🤔 Is Warsaw safe?
Warsaw is a safe city to travel to for tourists. You can safely walk in the touristy areas at night.
⏱️ How many days do you need in Warsaw?
I recommend staying 3 days in Warsaw to discover many museums, cultural attractions, and different neighborhoods.
🛎️ What is the best hotel in Warsaw Old Town?
👨👩👦👦 Where to stay in Warsaw with families?
🍸 Where is the best place to stay in Warsaw for nightlife?
📷 What should I not miss in Warsaw?
These are some of the main attractions you should not miss in Warsaw no matter which area to stay you choose:
● The Palace of Culture and Sciences
● The Presidential Palace
● The Warsaw Ghetto Museum,
● The Museum of Modern Art Warsaw
● The Warsaw Mermaid statue
Unfortunately, the time has come for me to say goodbye but I hope you enjoyed this city tour in the Polish capital of Warsaw as much as I did! In this blog post on where to stay in Warsaw, I talked about the best hotels from luxury to budget as well as Airbnbs in each area. I also gave you some information about the things you can do there so you could pick the perfect one for you!
As I’ve already mentioned, being close to all attractions, Warsaw Old Town is one of the best areas to stay for first-timers. However, if you like a hotel in another area or a vibe of a different neighborhood I say go for it as Warsaw has a good public transport system which enables you to access all neighborhoods easily.
I would like to remind you again that in order not to miss the best hotels in Warsaw and get better deals on hotels, do not forget to make a reservation in advance!
For those who are having difficulty picking among the many areas to stay, let me sum up. Here are the best 2 hotels in Warsaw, Poland that have convenient locations as well as good reviews. I definitely recommend you to stay in one of these if you can’t decide between the awesome options in this list!
- Hotel Bellotto Warsaw – The best luxurious Hotel to stay at the heart of Warsaw Old Town
- Moxy Warsaw Prag – A great place to stay in Praga, Warsaw with stylish rooms
If you have any other suggestions or questions about Warsaw and Poland please do not hesitate to leave a comment below. I’ll be glad to leave a reply to them!
Enjoy your time in Warsaw,