Białowieża is one of the easternmost villages in all of Poland and acts as a gateway to two major places. Firstly, the stunning Białowieża National Park, which is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site and often cited as ‘Europe’s last primeval forest’. Secondly, the village is a mere 1.5 kilometres from the Belarus border and makes for a welcome first stop-off point in Poland for overland tourists. The village focuses on tourism, evident from this fine list of guest houses and hotels where you can spend the night on your visit to little Białowieża.
Biały Domek is one of the best budget options in Białowieża. It translates into English as ‘White House’ and is a delightful family-run guest house with a garden. The location is on Białowieża’s main street, Stoczek, which means it is only a short walk to the National Park entrance, and even closer to the bus stop that has direct buses to Warsaw, Ciechanowiec and cross-border options to Belarus. The accommodation is basic and cheap. It is a tranquil and quiet guest house run by Zbigniew and Joanna, a local couple. Breakfast is available, and towels and bedding are provided.
Get ready for a treat if you choose to stay in the heart of Białowieża National Park’s visitor complex. In this elegant building housed in the same park where the Polish Kings once built their castle, you can sleep inside the actual grounds of the National Park visitor complex. The bonus isn’t just the location, however. There is fast Wi-Fi, an adjoining restaurant, café and bar, and the museum is on your doorstep. You can enjoy morning and evening walks through the grounds of the park, staring at the stars and, of course, you can easily organise a guided tour to the remote parts of the UNESCO-listed Białowieża National Park, where you can see wild bison in their natural habitat. Breakfast is available for a surcharge, and all rooms come with bedding, toiletries and towels. Parking is not permitted inside this section of the park.
The stylish and modern Hotel Żubrówka is located just a few minutes’ walk from the bridge that leads into the famous Białowieża National Park. This is a truly luxurious place to rest your head at night while touring the well-preserved forest by day. The hotel is a huge complex featuring 104 single and double rooms plus six luxury apartments. The venue can accommodate up to 250 people at any one time. All rooms are elegantly furnished with all mod cons and for the ultimate relaxation. Inside the Hotel Żubrówka is a chic restaurant, a modern bar and a large spa and pool complex, ensuring you won’t even need to leave the hotel grounds except for your park tours. There is free Wi-Fi, toiletries, bedding, linens and water in every room. The Star’s suite and the President’s suite represent two of the most luxurious hotel suites in eastern Poland.
Hotel Białowieski is situated in the east part of the town of Białowieża and offers a truly calm and relaxing place to stay. With its rich gardens of green, its hidden secrets and its tranquil location, you can find some well-needed peace here within the vicinity of Białowieża National Park. All rooms include free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. There is parking on-site and a bus stop on the same street, Rooms range from the simpler low-key and cheaper options, to posh, stylish suites. Hotel Białowieski has a spa and pool complex to provide ultimate relaxation for your visit. The bar and restaurant are well equipped with a range of Polish, Belarusian and international dishes and drinks. For those coming to or from Belarus, the hotel is a mere 1.5 kilometres from the border.
Located on the road adjacent to the lake and entrance to Białowieża National Park is Wejmutka, a cosy and quiet little retreat. With ample parking in the spacious driveway, prepare for a few nights and days of genuine relaxation here. Wejmutka is one of the easternmost guest houses in Poland, providing freedom and tranquility within a few miles of the remote Białowieża Forest. Rooms vary in size and price, which depend on the season – summer months are the peak tourist time here, so room prices rise while availability levels decrease. Once inside, all rooms are well-kitted out with modern furniture, cosy bedding and simple décor. All bookings include free breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
Cheap and cheerful, the comfortable guest house known as Cichosza Sound of Silence provides a simple, homely place to rest during your trip to Białowieża. To find this cosy little abode, head east away from the National Park entrance along Stoczek Street and then take the right hand turn down the narrow lane known as Rzeczna – here you will find Cichosza discreetly tucked away and neatly ready to welcome you. Quiet, simple and cosy rooms are available for a bargain price. The bathroom is shared, but toiletries and linens are provided. Breakfast is available for a fee, although there are many good cafés and restaurants located on nearby Stoczek Street.
There is room for up to 60 guests at Pensjonat UNIKAT, which is a compact guest house situated on Stoczek Street in the centre of Białowieża that is just 300 metres from the public entrance to Bialowieza National Park. Pensjonat UNIKAT is set in a private garden and courtyard area, consisting of three separate buildings all typical of the region and designed in a classic traditional wooden style. To complement this, many of the rooms are also decorated with the forest in mind, in a hunting style. The venue provides relaxation and tranquility in nature. The guest house has a restaurant that serves local beer on tap and in bottles, as well as lots of tasty Polish specialities including pierogi (fresh dumplings) and bigos (hunter’s stew). There is a sauna on-site, a children’s play area and free Wi-Fi.