Rzeszów is the largest city in southeastern Poland and makes for a good stopover for those coming from Lviv in Ukraine. Trains and buses run daily from Rzeszów to Ukraine as well as Lublin, Warsaw and Kraków within Poland. For a place to stay, book into one of these options that range from backpacker hostels to luxury five-star hotels.
One of the most elegant, stylish and luxurious hotels in eastern Poland, splash out with a night or two at the elegant Grand Hotel Boutique in Rzeszów. From the moment you step inside, you will feel at home in a warm, cosy and rich environment. There are 84 stylish rooms, all with varying levels of luxury and amenities. The complex has an indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, a nightclub, a bar and restaurant and a fitness centre. Breakfast costs extra, but there is free bottled water and coffee-making facilities in every room. This is a four-star hotel with an immaculate reputation for being one of the best hotels in the region.
For those travellers coming to Rzeszów by train, the Best Western Plus Ferdynand Hotel is a handy option. It is located opposite the train station and has 39 modern rooms across the hotel’s five floors. Every room has free Wi-Fi and bottled water, as well as designer toiletries and tea and coffee-making facilities. Activities can also be arranged here including horse racing. The venue has a bar, a restaurant and a café, and daily newspapers are free. There is a large buffet breakfast for a surcharge, and each room also has a safe.
The Bristol Tradition and Luxury Hotel is a top-of-the-range five-star hotel in Rzeszów. The beauty of this place is not just the swankiness and splendour of the interior, but the location. The hotel overlooks the charming Old Town square here – a square that is ranked as one of the best Old Town squares in Poland. Despite being a five-star, rooms starts at a very reasonable US$61. There are 140 rooms across five floors. The rooms include basic doubles, senior suites with a city view and apartments. There is a coffee shop and restaurant in the hotel, plus the added treat of having its own brewery bar and casino. Being a guest here guarantees you free entry to the nearby fitness suite (not on site). Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and daily newspapers are free in a range of languages. Every room is equipped with toiletries, slippers, tea and coffee, bottled water, a mini-bar, a hairdryer and a television. For an extra charge, you can enjoy a tasty breakfast on the balcony overlooking the main square.
For the intrepid budget backpacker to Rzeszów there are a few hostels in the city. The self-titled Hostel Rzeszów is the best option mostly due to its superb location. Like many of the best hotels, this budget hostel is right in the main square, known as the Stary Rynek. There is a sociable atmosphere in the venue, which has typical backpacker-style dorm rooms. The beds are wooden bunk beds, and all rooms have free Wi-Fi. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a common room, where you can relax on a comfortable couch, play board games, read a book, listen to music or mingle with fellow travellers and make new friends.
A good option for those wishing to stay a little outside the city centre in a more tranquil and peaceful location is the Hotel Zimowit, which is situated near the leafy Park Papieski. Rooms are elegant, and there is a popular restaurant in the hotel. All 54 rooms have free Wi-Fi, there is free parking available, and a free buffet breakfast included in the room price. Some rooms have a balcony overlooking the gardens, where there is an outdoor terrace, patio and garden in which to relax. For the working visitor, there is a business centre and a conference room. Laundry service is available as are transport connections to the airport. Massages can be ordered to your room.
The Hotel Ambasadorski occupies a prime location in the pumping heart of Rzeszów – the Old Town square. It has 58 rooms and a bar and restaurant on-site. There is also a terrace and garden area, plus a fitness centre and a business centre. Every room has air conditioning, a minibar, free toiletries and a hair dryer. In-room massages are available, as are movies (for an extra charge). Each room also has a television, free Wi-Fi, a refrigerator and bottled water. Breakfast is not included in the room price.
A no-frills, budget option with a great location opposite Rzeszów train station is the Hotel Polonia. Expect basic and bright rooms with cosy beds and a simple bathroom. Hotel Polonia has free Wi-Fi in every room, a conference room and a restaurant. Breakfast is extra, but well priced at 15 złotych (US$4) per person, which includes a full buffet. There is a local shop in the same building as the hotel, which is a cheap and handy place to buy supplies for those moving onwards by train, either towards Kiev or Lviv in Ukraine or towards central Poland.