Szczecin is an important Polish port city situated just a few miles from the German border. It makes for a great stopover for those on an overland adventure between the two countries. It is an equally intriguing city for history buffs, given that the city has changed hands between empires and kingdoms many times throughout the centuries. Szczecin provides an enticing mix of old castles and churches to contrast with modern malls, bars and cafés, and, of course, the city’s huge port. This list contains the best places to rest your head for the night.
For a charming stay in the heart of Old Town Szczecin, spend a few nights at the Hotel Zamek Centrum. This translates as ‘Central Castle Hotel’ and is a luxurious and cosy option, located just a few minutes’ walk from both the river and the Rynek (market square). It’s a small yet fancy hotel with 14 rooms. There is a health club with full spa services, including massages and a spa tub. There is a restaurant, bar, lounge and in-house winery. Included in the room price is the free buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking. All rooms have air conditioning, a mini-bar and tea and coffee-making facilities. For your comfort, there are designer toiletries, luxury bedding and a 32-inch flat screen television in every room. Free bottled water is also provided.
A stylish and modern option located near Plac Grunwaldzki is the Aparthotel Platinum. All apartments are very modern and pristine, and are self-catering thanks to the kitchenette in each apartment. There are 13 apartments, some with a balcony. The lobby also has a dining room, where breakfast can be ordered and eaten. There is luggage storage, and bicycle rental is available here. There is free Wi-Fi in every apartment and free parking. All rooms have tea and coffee-making facilities, free toiletries and a television. The kitchenette has a fridge, a stove and cookware and kitchen utensils, so you can cook to your heart’s content.
Located in a three-storey red brick building half way between the Szczecin train station and the city centre, Hotel Rycerski is a long-standing hotel with a good reputation. There is a restaurant and bar, plus a sauna. The hotel has 29 guest rooms, three meeting rooms and areas that can be booked for conferences. Breakfast is available for a surcharge, but parking is free. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel as well. All rooms have premium bedding, a desk, free toiletries and a 32-inch LCD television. There is a free newspaper every day available at reception, and every room also has bottled water provided free of charge.
Situated near the river in Szczecin, the Hotel Focus is a good mid-range option. There are 119 rooms here, plus a large bar and lounge area serving up alcoholic drinks and hearty international and Polish cuisine. There is a fitness centre and a business centre on-site. All rooms have cable TV, a desk, free Wi-Fi and a telephone. Free bottled water is provided in each room, as are toiletries. There are also tea and coffee-making facilities. Every day, a free newspaper is also provided in Polish, German or English. You need to pay extra for parking and breakfast.
Spend a few nights down near the West Oder River of the port city of Szczecin at the Hotel Vulcan. This hotel is a superb budget option located northeast of the city centre. The hotel has 110 rooms, a bar and restaurant and a fitness centre. Meeting rooms are available to hire for business meetings and conferences. A free buffet breakfast is included in the room price, and there is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. All rooms have free toiletries and air conditioning. There is a flat screen TV, desk and telephone in every room. Bottled water is also provided free of charge.
With a good reputation, a superb location and a high standard of customer service, the Hotel Novotel in central Szczecin remains one of the best luxury options in the city. The stylish hotel, part of the Novotel chain, boasts an indoor swimming pool and is located near Cathedral Basilica of St. James the Apostle. There are 117 rooms, a fitness centre and a business centre. There is a modern bar and restaurant on the ground floor. All rooms have air conditioning, coffee and tea-making facilities and premium bedding. Toiletries and water are provided free of charge, but the breakfast is extra. All rooms have a desk and a flat screen TV with Polish and international channels. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
The Hotel Atrium is an elegant four-star hotel with its own Italian restaurant. The location is a little further out from the city centre, but it is well connected by road and public transport. There are 30 rooms, a sauna, a computer zone and meeting rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. All rooms have air conditioning, a mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities and a flat screen television. Toiletries and bottled water are free in every room. Each room also has a desk and a telephone. There is limited parking available at the hotel, and breakfast can be purchased for a surcharge.