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Good Bye Lenin Hostel Zakopane
Ranked #13 of 354 Specialty Lodging in Zakopane
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Reviewed December 30, 2007

We absolutely loved Good Bye Lenin. The hostel is so homely and the staff are fantastic. They will do anything for you! We loved it so much we just kept extending our time there! We ended up staying for Christmas and it was such a beautiful place to be in the snow for Christmas. The hostel is always clean and the bathrooms and everything
is practically new.

A good breakfast is included and there is a fantastic coffee machine makes great coffee any time of the day!

A big hello to Sophia, Dominica, Stan and Zane! Thanks for everything!

Jacinta and Vanessa from Australia

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 29, 2007

This Hostel is literally the worst Hostel I have ever been to. I’ve
been to many hostels in my experience, some have been good, some have
been great, some have been bad, and some have been terrible. But this
experience was positively traumatic. First of all I got lost because of
poor directions. The receptionist was unsympathetic. The first night was
O.K. although it was rather hot. The second day, it was revealed what a
horrible place it really was. I got food poisoning and diarrhoea that
day, which I am certain was from the cream cheese I had for breakfast.
It tasted horrible and I later found it had been left on the side in
the kitchen overnight. It was the only perishable food I had that day
too. But even the food poisoning was nothing compared to what happened
later. In the evening one guy who later turned out to be the owner of the
place came up to me when I was having tea, and offered me cannabis. I said "no thanks", and he said "are you sure", and I said "really, no thanks". He got quite angry, saying I was "being rude, ruining the atmosphere here" and that "going to a hostel is all about socialising and making friends, not sitting there being miserable". I just walked away.

Later that night I was trying to sleep, when another drunken guest came in to the room, and shouted at the top of his voice for ages. I told him to be quiet, but he shouted even more, and started swearing at me. We had a loud argument, and eventually, I walked out of the room to complain to the staff, but found the members gathered near the door. Before
I could say anything, one of them started pushing me, and two others
jumped on me and wrestled me to the ground and beat me up. When they let me get back up they screamed at me to get out of the hostel. I asked why they were doing this, and why they attacked me. They said, after hurling abuse at me, that it
was because "I was attacking a guest". When I pointed out I was
walking away from him at the time, I hadn't touched him, and was only shouting at him to make myself heard above his shouting, they swore at me and called a private security firm. They also conveniently forgot about the drug incident earlier in the day calling me "mentally ill", and
"a liar that makes things up for no reason" They did refund the
remaining nights stay, called another hostel, and paid for my taxi to it, but then they told me that "because we have been so good to you, you should not take this further". I went straight to the police once I got settled in my new Hostel.

The police drove up to the Hostel and questioned the three men, who told them a pack of lies about how I was "attacking a guest", and I was on drugs. Then the police let the attackes come up to the police van and try to bully me into dropping the charges. Because the attackers spoke Polish and English, I didn't speak Polish, and the police spoke very limited English, the police asked for the men who beat me up to translate what they said to me and what I said to them. I refused to let them do it, which angered the police officers, who were rude and sarcastic. Eventually they said I should go to the police station at 11am the next day. I didn't feel safe in Zakopane, so I dropped the charges and left the town.

Like I said in my title, this place should be avoided like the plague.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 31, 2016
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Room Tip: Pour les dortoirs du RDC, celle en face du salon est légèrement plus spacieuse que celle du couloir...
  • Stayed: October 2016, traveled with family
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Thank Chanelle34
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Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled solo
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Thank pedropauloviana
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Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2016, traveled with friends
Thank Wojciech W
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Reviewed August 12, 2015
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Room Tip: Las habitaciones con baño privado son más espaciosas.
  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled with friends
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Thank Andres C
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Additional Information about Good Bye Lenin Hostel Zakopane

Address: ul. Chlabowka 44, Zakopane 34-500, Poland
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Zakopane
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 354 Specialty Lodging in Zakopane
Price Range: $14 - $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Good Bye Lenin Hostel Zakopane is able to host up to 40 guests in 6 rooms: 1 double, 1 x 3 person room, 1 x 7 person and 1 x 8 person dorms (all with shared bathroom), 5 & 8 person dorms with private bathroom. We offer free coffee/tea at anytime. 24h DVD/ cable TV/ home cinema. Credit cards accepted. Entrance to Tatras National Park 150 m from the hostel. ... more   less 
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