I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun but when I recently had the opportunity to visit Warsaw, I was very excited. I’d never been to Poland and couldn’t wait to explore another Eastern European country, especially after hearing so many great things about it from friends!
When travelling alone, one of the most important things for me is finding a place to stay where I will feel safe. I had no idea about Warsaw although I did read that the Old Town was very pretty and popular with tourists so I thought this would be a good place to start. The ibis hotel Stare Miasto in Warsaw is located just a 10 minute walk from the centre of the old town. I opted for this hotel not only for the location but also because ibis is a hotel chain I’ve stayed with before and I would know what to expect. After confirming my reservation directly with the hotel I felt completely at ease about my upcoming trip, they were so friendly and helpful and made me feel welcome before I even arrived!
On arrival at Warsaw airport I had organised a Wizz transfer to take me to the hotel. As luck would have it, the Wizz transfer pick up point was directly outside the main terminal and for my arrival time I was the only person who’d booked. This meant for 9 EUR I had a private pre-booked minibus to take me direct to my hotel! (The taxi on the way back to the airport cost around 60 Zloty – 13 EUR).
The journey to the hotel was around 30 minutes and I admired the passing city of Warsaw, which was actually much bigger than I expected. When I reached the ibis hotel I was greeted by the smiling reception team who quickly organised my check-in, gave me my free wifi code and even offered me an apple and a welcome fruit juice, which I thought was a lovely touch. As expected, the ibis Stare Miasto was very stylish and modern, just the kind of hotel I like. There’s a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and a small bar for coffees or drinks. There’s also lots of comfortable seating space around the lobby which is where I spent most evenings, doing some work with a glass of wine! Obviously good wifi is a huge must for me and their wifi was one of the best I’ve experienced in a hotel, even in the room on the 6th floor the connection was good enough to use FaceTime/Skype.
Breakfast was a good buffet selection including scrambled eggs, toast, cold meats and pastries and fruits. I also tried the hotel dinner menu a couple of times, usually when I was too tired to venture outside again for dinner. I tried the salmon fillet and the burger, both amazing and such good value at around 11 EUR including a glass of wine!
I can’t recommend the ibis Stare Miasto enough and I thank them for their hospitality during my stay in Warsaw.