From cycling hostels in Gdańsk to music hostels in Łódź, Poland pumps more than its weight when it comes to brilliant hostels. These hostels cater to not just the backpacking market, but families as well. Small tour groups and even couples have found Poland’s hostels satisfactory. This list covers the best backpacker hostels throughout Poland.
Hostel Cycle On, Gdańsk
Hostel Cycle On is a popular, bicycle-themed hostel just across the bridge from the Długi Targ in Gdańsk. Bikes are available to rent, WiFi is available for free and breakfast is complementary. The hostel is run by two locals, Piotr and Pawel, who employ friendly staff member that speak Polish, English and Ukrainian. The hostel is on a quiet street, but it is not far away from the action. A good night out at the bars of Gdańsk with new friends is nearly guaranteed at Hostel Cycle On.
Green House Hostel, Gdynia
A fantastic budget option in Gdynia is the Green House Hostel, situated on a quiet residential street just a one minute walk from the famous Kamienna Gora, one of Gdynia’s top attractions. It is a cosy family-run hostel with dorm rooms. It is very popular for group bookings and solo backpackers on a budget. Included in the price is a breakfast, free WiFi and a towel. The hostel is made even better with parking available, a lovely garden, a comfortable lounge and clean bathrooms.
Event Hostel, Opole
The cheap, budget option in Opole is the colourful Event Hostel, which has cosy shared dorms. It is one of the cheapest places to stay in the city. But the coolest thing about Event Hostel is that the rooms all have their own theme; for example, there is a ‘music room’, a ‘fun lab room’ and an ‘active room’. The hostel has a self catering kitchen, and it organises events on a regular basis. Event Hotel also has a cool ‘Bookcrossing’ library, where visitors can leave, take and exchange books.
Mosquito Hostel, Kraków
The city of Kraków is drenched with hostels; new ones crop up all the time, so it can be tough to choose. For a clean, cosy hostel near the centre with free breakfast, fast WiFi and tours to Auschwitz and the Wielieczka Salt Mines, Mosquito Hostel is a winner. When you see its bright orange interior, you’ll know you’re in the right place. Here there are nightly events, a real social vibe and warm comfortable dorm rooms. This is a great hostel for solo travellers too, as you will easily make new friends here; you might even find yourself having a drink with the staff on a night out.
Music Hostel, Łódź
Łódź is the third biggest city in Poland, yet it doesn’t attract quite as many tourists as Warsaw, Poznań, Gdańsk, Kraków or Wrocław. This is even more of a reason to visit charming Łódź as soon as you can. The city’s name means ‘boat’ in English. It is also famous for its film school, earning the nickname ‘HollyŁódź’. Lastly, it is home to many famous Polish musicians.
It is apt then that the best hostel in town is called the Music Hostel. This hostel is not just a great place to stay, meet people and lounge around, but it is located just off the largest shopping street in Europe! The famous Ulica Piotrkowska. This little hostel has free WiFi and breakfast.
Music Hostel, Łódź | © Northern Irishman in Poland
Oki Doki Hostel, Warsaw
Housed in an old building on a side street near to Warsaw’s Świętokrzyska metro station is one of the most famous backpacker hostels in the country. Oki Doki is listed as one of Europe’s famous hostels and books up quickly during peak seasons, so make sure to get your bed reserved fast. There are so many fabulous things about Oki Doki, it is hard to choose anywhere else in Warsaw to sleep if you are backpacking.
One thing that guests love and look forward to is the fact that every room is themed differently! The hostel rooms cover three floors and many themes, including the ‘Santorini room’, the ‘Cat room’, the ‘Football room’ and the ‘newspaper room’, making each stay entertaining and unique from the beginning. There is also a fantastic bar in the hostel, that serves up cheap happy hour beers, acts as a very sociable meeting place and also has breakfast for the early risers. The hostel organises food nights, parties, pub crawls and special occasions.
Poco Loco, Poznań
With a name that translates to ‘a little crazy’ (Spanish), the Poco Loco Hostel is situated halfway between the main train station and Poznań’s old town. The hostel is on a quiet residential street, near to a few of the coolest bars in Poznań. The hostel has a warm and welcoming reception, a cool kitchen and comfortable basic dorm rooms. WiFi is available throughout the building. This is a great place to get your bearings, organise tours and meet fellow backpackers. The hostel has free breakfast every day and the staff speaks Polish, English and Russian.
Goodbye Lenin Hostel, Zakopane
Situated in the beautiful Tatra mountains of Poland is the quirky Goodbye Lenin Hostel. All guests rave about this place and the incredible scenery around it. The hostel itself is located on the way to the picturesque Morskie Oko lake, which is a tourist hotspot, and one of the most stunning sights in Poland. The hostel has warm dorms in a century-old wooden house (recently renovated with modern facilities), located at the foot of Tatra National Park. The hostel is perfect for budget backpackers and keen hikers. Winter equipment like skis, jackets and snowboards can be rented, and the staff can speak a range of languages, including Polish, German, Russian and English.