Where to stay in Warsaw

Planning a trip to Poland? Find out where to stay in the Polish capital: the best areas to stay in Warsaw!

Situated on the Vistula between Berlin and Kiev, Warsaw is Poland’s largest city. More than 80% of the city was reduced to rubble during the Second World War, but 90% was rebuilt, and as such it is nicknamed the Phoenix City for its ability to rise from the ashes. Today, Warsaw is Europe’s eighth-largest metropolitan area, home to over 1.8 million inhabitants spread over 517.24 km². This immense city has been through many traumas – pain, suffering, despair, misfortune and more. – Today, this fast-growing city has become one of the most important artistic, cultural, economic and financial centers in the European Union. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Warsaw, you’ll find plenty of accommodation on offer: apartments, hotels, youth hostels, and something to suit all budgets.

Each district has its own unique atmosphere, and the Polish capital is now known as a great place to live, but you’ll certainly need to use public transport to get around. Here are the best areas to stay in Warsaw.

Stare Miasto, the old town

Loger à Stare Miasto, Varsovie

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The old town was rebuilt almost exactly as it was before the six years of war that destroyed it. Indeed, strolling through the streets of the old town offers a window on the past, and invites us to a silent commemoration of what the Poles lived through here. Poland’s post-1945 Communist Party leaders achieved the feat of rebuilding in medieval, Renaissance and Baroque styles, from the 13th to the 18th century. The colorful downtown area, with its many small squares, is also the city’s most popular tourist district. Here you’ll find art galleries, specialty stores, bars and restaurants to enjoy on the terraces. Poles, however, don’t live here: it’s a den – we’ll avoid the term « ghetto » here… – for tourists, and prices are quite high. A good place to stay in the Polish capital for a historical and romantic visit, but for accommodation in Warsaw, prefer other areas if you’re looking to live among Poles.

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Praga, Bohemian Warsaw

Loger à Praga, Varsovie

Photo credit: Flickr – Giuseppe Milo

This could have been the historic district: on the other side of the Vistula, Red Army soldiers were stationed. In fact, the Nazis did not occupy the right bank, and the Praga district remained virtually untouched. Today, it’s the place to be for young people eager for Warsaw’s alternative, bohemian culture. Here, the transition from a planned to a market economy has also had its corollary: formerly a slum during the Communist period, the district is undergoing constant gentrification and attracting the affluent middle classes. Here you’ll find alternative art galleries, cafés and bars, and live music venues, where Varsovians come to party. Choose accommodation – hotels or apartments – to sleep in if you’re more of a night owl.

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Śródmieście Nord

Loger à Śródmieście, Varsovie

Photo credit: Flickr – Radek Kołakowski

Śródmieście Nord is the nerve center of the bustling Warsaw region. Between modernity and the preservation of its historical heritage, this district is just as much a place to stroll around nibbling on mignardises, quenching your thirst on a terrace, wandering the streets for erratic sightseeing, partying until dawn or shopping in the big boutiques of the modern avenues. This district is also home to a number of noteworthy historical monuments, including the Royal Way, the churches and the parks of Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, which runs south to the restaurants of the Nowy Świat district. In the western border district – Wola – don’t miss the Warsaw Uprising Museum. It’s a pleasant area in which to stay for cultural visits and/or travel as a couple or with the family.

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Main photo credit: Flickr – Giuseppe Milo

Map of hotels and accommodation – Warsaw,pl