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Hostel Stara Polana Reviews

Nowotarska 59 Street, Zakopane, Poland

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494 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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Lovely place, nice rooms, nice atmosphere, there was even a family hosted there. Nice breakfast, nice staff, etc. I would definitely stay there again.


Cosy hostel. Shower was a dribble only and beds could be better but I would stay again.

  • 4th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Lovely building, homely atmosphere, decent location, great value for money overall


The staff is friendly, there is a nice and well equipped kitchen available for use which helps a lot. The hostel lacks bath rooms, and the ones available are quite old. The bed in which I slept was not very comfortable (very very old mattress and old linings) and the rooms are not cleaned in a regular basis (at least not during the 4 days when I was there). Location is also not very central.


Lovely quiet hostel. Almost like a mini ski cabin turned into hostel. We visitied off season, so it was extremly quiet, but well worth the visit. Rooms were clean and large. Staff we not over friendly, but language barrier could be at fault. Breakfast was simple but handy. Wasnt alot of atmosphere to speak of, but there was probably 6 guests in total, so that could be the time of year to blame. 10-15 min walk to main town centre, so good location :)


Conveniently located to bus and train station and a pleasant 10 to 15 minute walk to the centre of town with shops and restaurants. Staff is pleasant and helpful. Accommodation was spacious and clean, however the bed was extremely firm.

  • 7th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


Please be aware that this hostel has not been up-dated since the 1984 and cleaned maybe a few times since then. No wifi, only in the reception. Hospital bed sheets (look for red stamps), actually I should say: holes and net of cotton fiber that used to be a bed sheet in 1984 but still in use. Beds that hurt your back. This facility is run by the Technical University in Crakow. I think that homeless sleep better. I have stayed in much nicer places for the same money and in cities like Rome


It has been really especial to be hosted in an absolutely wooden house, a nice pleasure. Most of houses in Zakopane seem like that. Very nice. The hostel is very nice inside, nice breakfast included, and very quiet, something important.


The bed was comfortable, however I think the bath towel I was given was from the 90's. :-/


It´s a very cosy hostel, with a great value of price, including breakfast. It´s a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, the kitchen is well equiped for a nice cooking evening. Very central. Would have wish to get some more valued information for nice hiking paths in the region, but staff was pretty "shy" about that. But obviously it´s not an information centre :P


Hostel is nice. Beds were uncomfortable.

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