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Warsaw

is a traveler’s dream: Lots of sight seeing opportunities combined with lots of bargains.  The bad news: Warsaw’s old town was completely destroyed during world-war two. The good news: They did an excellent job of reconstructing it to smallest detail.  It is a beautiful pedestrian area, fun to explore. The rest of the city is not quite as attractive, but there is much on offer.

 

Unfortunately, there are not many nice hotels in or near the old town. However you can rent a very centrally located apartment at a reasonable price. We once rented an apartment from this company Click Here. We were there in winter and found it a bit drafty, but otherwise, fine.

 

If you are willing to be a bit further out, you can stay in luxury for not much more money. The Sofitel is located just 1km from the old town. In addition to beautiful rooms, the hotel offers a swimming pool, fitness room, sauna and excellent service. Double rooms for less than euro 100. Click Here

 

If you are willing to be about 2km from the old town, you can stay in real luxury, the five star Intercontinental Hotel. The Intercontinental features large rooms with spectacular views of the city. One of the best features of the hotel is the Wellness Center located on the 43 and 44 floors, which offers a swimming pool, gym classes, fitness equipment, sauna, steam bath, solarium, massages and beauty treatments, all with a spectacular view of the city. The buffet breakfast is one of the best we have had, offering virtually everything you can imagine for breakfast. On the weekends in the off season, you can get double rooms for about euro 80/night. For the price / quality, this is probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in. It is highly recommended. Click Here

 

If you do not want to stay in a hotel, but prefer a luxuriously furnished flat, consider the St Andrews Palace. It is located on a pleasant street a short walk from the Warsaw train station. It is just off the street and can be a bit difficult to find. Click Here

 

One of our favourite restaurants in Warsaw is the Piwna Kompania (Beer Factory), which is centrally located in the old town. While there are only two types of beer, they offer enormous platters of food with heaping portions of grilled meat or fish, sausages, potatoes, sour kraut, for amazingly low prices (around $10) The environment is also fun, an authentic looking, pretty, German style beer hall. It is very popular, and it may be difficult to get a seat. Reservations are highly recommended. Click Here

 

Poland is well known for Pierogie. Did you know you can go to a Pierogie restaurant and do a good deed at the same time? This is great food in a charming environment located in the old town. The restaurant is owned by Caritas charity and profits go to help the needy.To see the website Click Here

 

For nightlife, one can head to ul Mazowiecka, a street full of dance clubs. There is a variety of music on offer, from Techno, to Jazz to Salsa. To see just one of the clubs Click Here