Most visitors to Warsaw stay on the west side of the river Wisła. However, the Praga district to the east of the river offers a much more raw and vibrant look at city life in the Polish capital. From the cute backstreet bars of Ząbkowska Street to the gorgeous views next to the wide waters of the Wisła River, it’s a great place to be based for your stay. The area offers a range of accommodations including some superb hostels and also upmarket hotels.
Hotel Hetman is a stylish and luxury option in Warsaw’s up-and-coming Praga district. It is located just a few minutes’ walk from a bus stop, a tram stop and the metro station Dworzec Wileński. All rooms are equipped with a television, a kettle with tea and coffee and Wi-Fi. Bottled water, toiletries and a hair dryer are also included in the room cost. There is a ground floor sports bar and a spacious reception area. Conference halls can be booked for business events in this trendy hotel, which also hosts wedding parties.
Situated just a few minutes’ walk from the metro station at Dworzec Wileński is the Hit Hotel. While the street name might be difficult to pronounce, it is not hard to find, it’s on Księdza Ignacego Kłopotowskiego and has an obvious sign outside. The Hotel has 54 rooms, a fully functioning restaurant and a bar that shows live sports. Wi-Fi works in the public areas and in all rooms. Children under the age of three stay for free.
The best budget option in the heart of Nowa Praga (new Praga) is the Hostel Fabrycka. This is a really cute little hostel that sits in an artistic courtyard. On the way to the hostel door, you will see street art and three cosy local bars. These bars get lively at weekends and often host music events. This is the best hostel for backpackers on this side of the river and is perfect for those who love to mingle and be social. You can make new friends here, both inside the hostel and in the beer gardens in the courtyard. The hostel has cheap dorm rooms, a shared living and kitchen area and free Wi-Fi.
Another excellent budget option for those just needing a cosy bed for the night is the Cloud Hostel. This is located on a backstreet near to Warsaw East train station. This would be a handy location for those who are passing through Warsaw and have an early train to catch from Warsaw East (known locally as Warszawa Wschodnia). This has almost everything a hostel regular could ask for – free maps, close to public transport, fast Wi-Fi, lockers, a TV room, a kitchen and a 24-hour reception. For those wanting a private room, there are also twin rooms on top of the popular and cosy ten-bed dorms. There is also free parking.
In the heart of Praga’s coolest street Ząbkowska, you can spend the night here in the Apart Hostel, while the bars, cafés and restaurants maintain their spirited vibes on the street outside. This is a perfect option for those wishing to sample an alternative Warsaw nightlife. Apart Hostel also has its very own highly popular ground-floor bar and restaurant, so you won’t need to venture far for a decent bite and a good beer, wine or vodka. The hostel is very cosy and colourful. It has dorm beds, free Wi-Fi and storage lockers to complement an excellent social vibe.
To find a little bit of art and creativity on your trip to Praga in Warsaw, the Art Hotel Stalowa is the place to be. It is a really creative hotel with bright, pristine rooms that have an arty feel. The original brick walls are maintained in many rooms, and the painted walls have paintings and designs added to them. Floors are mostly wooden, and bed colours vary. The Art Hotel Stalowa is a short walk from metro Dworzec Wileński and the train station of the same name. There is a local Lidl supermarket nearby. Rooms have Wi-Fi, a TV and a desk and as a real bonus, breakfast is included here. If you get hungry in the evening, there is also a popular restaurant below.
For those wishing to stay in a cosy family-run guesthouse, then the Lotus Guesthouse is the place to be in Praga. Located on Jagiellońska Street in the heart of Northern Praga, this place also hits the spot for location. There is the option of shared or private rooms. The Lotus Guesthouse is close to many bars and restaurants, including some of the best Wi-Fi cafés and bars in Praga including Bazar and Centrum Zarządzania Światem.