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Nowotarska 59 Street, Zakopane, Poland

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525 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Good stay, the girls at the reception could smile a little bit more, but they were helpful with advise of direction. Very tasty breakfast. My only worry was that the room was always open and in this room are the lockers where everyone can come in and out.

  • 18th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The building is beautiful in the Zakopane style, the staff is nice and friendly. For cheap money a good recommendation!

  • 3rd Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Very nice Hostel. Good breakfast. Close to bus and train station, A little walk to the city center, but I like it better this way. Had a good time!


Awesome hostel, I only stayed one night on my way to Slovakia but I would've stayed longer if I could. Really chilled out, small hostel so it was easy to meet other travellers


We stayed two nights in this hostel - we were happy with the first night but the last night we had after hiking in the tatra mts was terrible because we didn't receive the room we had put a deposit on - we were changed to another small room in an attic. Perhaps if we didn't book a room formally we would understand but we found this unacceptable.


Absolutely gorgeous place! Probably the cutest hostel i've ever stayed in, and very comfortable - and cheap! I would definitely recommend it.


The hostel is constructed in the distinctive local style, resulting in lots of stairs to the rooms on various levels. Fairly central to train and bus. Interesting to stay there for a few days.


Not Warsaw or Krakow - this is the wonderful laid back mountain region of Zakopane. The hostel was built in 1905 w wonderful pine paneling and wood details. The only reason I gave staff "good" was that they couldn't communicate in English perfectly - no maps in English and sometimes they gave vague directions which could be simple if they supplied English brochures. Not complaining - they were all very nice. The computer w/internet wasn't working but they gave us access to the reception computer


Outstanding value. Really helpful staff. Cool building. Not the most comfortable bed but you can't complain at this price.


To turn on the heater


They need to pay attention to the quality of beds

  • 1st Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Portugal
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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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.


Świetna lokalizacja, szczególnie za taką cenę. Good location and price.


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.

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