Grodno is a city in western Belarus that is increasing in tourist potential year on year, aided largely by the recent visa changes in the country. Grodno is part of the visa-free scheme for many nations and is an easy stopover if arriving by land from Poland or Lithuania. The city has a delightful river, an old castle and lots of vibrant bars and cafés. Here are the best accommodation options in Grodno.
Having opened in 2018, Kip Town Hostel is one of the newest and coolest places to stay in Grodno. Thanks to the visa-free Grodno scheme, this city is attracting an influx of tourists, and this rise has led to more and more quirky hostels opening their doors. Located in the heart of Grodno, on Ulitsa Karla Marksa (Karl Marx Street), the Kip Town is a great place to stay. It’s cosy, warm and welcoming. You can meet fellow travellers here in a sociable setting. There is a kitchen with free tea and coffee and a common lounge area in front of the reception. The hostel has free Wi-Fi throughout.
The Kronon Park Hotel is situated by the banks of the River Neman and is an old-school hotel with leafy gardens, a traditional interior design and an elegant facade. The rooms are exquisitely decorated to ensure maximum comfort for all guests. The hotel has a restaurant and bar serving up delicious Belarusian food as well as a range of international options from expert chefs. The bar is fully licensed and specialises in beer, wine and vodka; it can also be booked for weddings and functions. The Kronon Park Hotel also has an indoor heated swimming pool and a sauna. Breakfast is included in the room price, and there is free parking on-site as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
For a central option with an old-style Soviet feel, head to Grodno’s Hotel Belarus. This hotel is huge, with over 150 rooms, split into double and single rooms. The hotel is situated on the corner of Kalinowskogo and Maksima Gor’kogo Streets, just a ten-minute walk from the main sights of the city near Lenin Square. In the lobby of the hotel, you can buy souvenirs about Grodno. The higher rooms of the hotel have windows that offer superb views of the city. This is an old building, and the design of the rooms reflect this, almost like stepping back in time. All rooms have a television, a fridge and a fully equipped bathroom.
Hotel Tourist is a good option for those wishing to escape the buzz of the downtown part of Grodno. This hotel is situated on the other side of the River Neman (from the city centre) and makes for a good place to relax. There are 123 rooms in this large hotel, which also has a bar and restaurant. The lobby has free daily newspapers, and there is free Wi-Fi throughout the building. Breakfast is available for a surcharge, but parking is free. The hotel spans seven floors, and pets are not allowed. The Hotel Tourist is also a short walk from the river, where you can relax with outstanding views.
Hotel Neman is one of the most popular and centrally located hotels in the city of Grodno. Named after the city’s main river, this is a large hotel on Ulitsa Stefana Batoriya. The hotel is expansive, spanning five floors and containing over 70 different rooms ranging from single rooms to double rooms to junior suites. All the rooms have air conditioning, a fridge, a television and a telephone. There is free Wi-Fi in the rooms and throughout the hotel. There is free parking out the back, and breakfast is included free of charge in the room rate.
Semashko Hotel is well located on Antonova Street in central Grodno. Expect simple but clean and pristine rooms. There are 41 rooms here, plus a restaurant, a spa tub and a sauna. Every room is equipped with a minibar, air conditioning and free toiletries. There is also a television and a desk in every room. For those here to work, there is a business centre, and conference rooms are available for hire. There is a free buffet breakfast included in the room price. Wi-Fi is also free, as is parking, and there is an ATM on site.
Also located on Ulitsa Karla Marksa is the Hostel Sarmatiya, which is on the ground floor. This cosy venue has a range of dorm rooms, a comfortable lobby and common room and free Wi-Fi. Prices start from just ten euros per dorm bed, so this is a real budget option. The shared kitchen is well equipped with free tea and coffee, a toaster, a kettle, a microwave oven and a fridge freezer. There is also a dining area and an outdoor patio area. The hostel has some games and books, including a chess set. It’s less than a five-minute walk from Soviet Square and some of the best sights in Grodno.