Historic Szczecin – close to the Polish-German border – is often overlooked by travellers in favour of Warsaw and Krakow. Those who do visit quickly realise they have hit on one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.
Located on the Oder River, Szczecin could be the most under-visited destination in Poland. This western border city – with its glorious riverfront and historic Pomeranian castles – is home to some excellent accommodation. From the internationally known Radisson Blu Hotel to the luxury apartments of Aparthotel Platinum, here are the best places to stay in Szczecin, all bookable with Culture Trip.
If you’re looking for a central place to stay in Szczecin, then few other accommodation options are quite so conveniently located as Hotel Zamek Centrum. This four-star hotel is just a short walk from the river and from the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle – a must-see when exploring Szczecin. Guests will love the convenience of the modern rooms, the fitness centre and the hearty Polish breakfast as much as they’re guaranteed to love the location of this place.
Travellers looking for comfort away from home can’t beat the luxurious apartments of Aparthotel Platinum. Offering an excellent range of studios and apartments – the best have private balconies overlooking Szczecin – Aparthotel Platinum is stylishly designed, yet the rooms are located within a traditional, multi-storey townhouse right in the centre of the city. You can start the day with a Polish breakfast served by the hotel and are encouraged to hire the Aparthotel Platinum’s bicycles to help you sightsee your way around.
With only 29 rooms and a single apartment to choose from, guests at Hotel Rycerski can rest assured that their stay will be an intimate one. Centrally located in Szczecin, Hotel Rycerski offers modern rooms in an old but painstakingly refurbished red brick industrial-style building. After a day on the river or a walk through Szczecin’s old town, you can relax in the hotel’s sauna before dining on Polish cuisine at Hotel Rycerski’s in-house restaurant.
Start the day at Hotel Focus Szczecin with a hearty plate from the 70-item breakfast buffet before heading out to explore the city’s Pomeranian castles and medieval sights. On your return to the three-star hotel, hit the gym if you have the energy, or just take some time out to unwind in the sauna. Those seeking a solid night’s sleep will be pleased to know that the spacious rooms come with blackout curtains.
Vulcan Hotel is one for the history buffs; this modern hotel is built on top of an old bomb shelter that formed part of a massive shipyard when Szczecin was part of Germany, rather than Poland. The hotel’s 110 comfortable rooms all include workstations and are equipped with the modern decor and furnishings of a three-star hotel. Many of the rooms have dockyard views or vistas over the Oder River, while the hotel’s restaurant serves up fresh Polish cuisine using seasonal, locally sourced produce.
Located within walking distance of Szczecin’s main train station and the city centre, the four-star Hotel Novotel Szczecin Centrum is a firm favourite amongst business travellers and savvy tourists. Each of the stylish yet minimalist rooms offers guests a workstation as well as all the other amenities you might expect from a top-of-the-range, international hotel chain. Organise business meetings at the Novotel’s Lounge Bar or book a table at the restaurant to enjoy a fusion of Polish and international cuisine.
Hotel Atrium succeeds in creating an open and welcoming atmosphere with its light and breezy decor. With just 30 rooms available at this four-star hotel in the centre of Szczecin, staff are always on hand to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. For the foodies out there, Hotel Atrium’s restaurant serves up an extensive menu of Italian dishes such as spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino and creamy fettuccine, alongside other international specialties such as Atlantic cod and beef tenderloin.
Plenty is the hotel for gourmet foodies; this establishment’s restaurant serves up elaborate dishes such as crawfish in white wine sauce or lamb saddle with yoghurt, aubergine and onion with sumac. Surprisingly for such a food-focused hotel, Plenty offers modern apartments with fully equipped kitchens where you can also prepare home-cooked meals during your stay. The apartments and restaurant are located within a stylishly refurbished building in the centre of the old town.
Surrounded by the tall trees of Zeromski Park, Park Hotel is hidden away in the centre of Szczecin. This peaceful boutique escape is made all the more relaxing by the presence of an on-site spa centre, where you can dip into the indoor pool or enjoy the hydro-massage and sauna facilities. The Park Hotel’s restaurant changes its menu every season, relying on locally sourced, seasonal produce that’s turned into gourmet dishes using traditional Polish recipes.
Travellers looking for a little seasoned luxury can check into the Radisson Blu Hotel, Szczecin, where stylish rooms offer wonderful views of the city. Located in the Pazim business hub in the centre of Szczecin, the hotel serves up gourmet Mediterranean cuisine in the Renaissance Restaurant, whilst the two bars offer an extensive drinks list. Sip on a cold beer in the Lobby Bar, or head to the 11th floor, where Copernicus Bar serves up cocktails with one of the best panoramas in Szczecin.