Warsaw is a possibly one of the most underrated capital cities in Europe bursting with history and culture. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 13th Century, although what you will see today is a complete rebuild after the entire city was obliterated during the Second World War. Warsaw was actually pretty far down on my bucket list behind some of the more popular destinations to visit in Poland including Kraków, Gdńask and Wrocław but after spending a couple of days exploring its history and its culture it’s somewhere I can see myself coming back to again and again. During our trip we stayed in the LoftHotel Sen Pszczoly which is a budget design hotel (3*) located in the centre of Warsaw in the Śródmieście Południowe district
Easily accessible by public transport the hotel is 900 yards from Warsaw Central Train Station and 0.6 miles from the Metro Centrum underground station. From Warsaw Modlin Airport you can board the Modlin bus which is a direct transfer from the airport which takes about 45 minutes to Warsaw City Centre (Palace of Culture and Science) with tickets starting from 9zt (£2). Warsaw Chopin Airport is a lot closer and can be reached by train in under 30 minutes. I did find the public transport quite hard to navigate in Warsaw so we opted for a taxi – which cost less than 40zt (£9). From there it`s a 10-15 minute walk to the hotel heading straight down to the end of Emilii Plater (next to the Marriott Hotel) turning left onto Koszykowa. The hotel is situated in a old artists building on the 5th floor. Keep your eyes open as it is easy to miss. Once you see the sign advertising the hotel head through the doorway and on your left is the entrance to the stairwell. There is a small lift or you can hit your step count for the day climbing up the many flights of stairs to the top where you will find the entrance to the hotel and the 24 hour reception desk.
LoftHotel Sen Pszczoly is a urban design hotel featuring 9 double bedrooms. Each room is decorated with a different theme and includes a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer and toiletries. In the standard rooms the bathroom is located in the corridor just outside the bedroom itself. There is free wi-fi access available throughout the hotel including all of the rooms and the communal spaces and each room is fitted with a flat screen TV. Although these are self-catering apartments the room did not come with a mini fridge, but there is a small communal kitchen that you are encouraged to use with tea and coffee available free of charge. This is where breakfast is served but you can use the kitchen throughout the day so if you are on a budget you can grab some fresh food while out and about to cook back at the hotel later on. I found the staff at the hotel very friendly and the atmosphere and openness almost gave it a hostel feel. The hotel is very affordable coming in at £153 for 3 nights (Saturday – Tuesday) which for a hotel with such a central location and excellent facilities was an absolute steal.
The interiors were minimal yet surreal and dreamlike with mis-matched designer furniture and giant wall graphics. Even the communal areas were bursting with an eclectic mix of quirky furniture which has been injected with a new lease of life. I loved the different styles of each room with each one having it’s own unique characteristics and design. Some of the rooms sounded very intriguing including the Space Time room, Sadistic Dentist room (which I would have loved to have seen), and the Kung Fu Panda room. We stayed in a Junior Suite or the ‘Wandlogo Goldfish’ room which came with a private bathroom, large double bed and its own balcony. Despite being next to the reception area, our room was surprisingly quiet and we slept through the night uninterrupted even with guests arriving to check in at all hours. The bed was reasonably comfortable for the price and the staff were very accommodating when we requested extra pillows and towels. The bathroom was clean and spacious and the shower had good water pressure and plenty of hot water.
Overall, this was the perfect base for our 3 day trip in a good location to Old Town Square and public transport links. The hotel was clean and modern and I absolutely loved the quirky, industrial decor. The friendly staff were a massive help offering tips on places to visit and where is good to eat in the local area. As the hotel is self-catered the only meal which you can opt in for is breakfast – but there are a whole host of restaurants located a stone’s throw away including my personal favourite La Sirena – The Mexican Food Cartel. If you are looking for an affordable place to stay during your time in the city I would highly recommend, this definitely won’t be my last stay there.