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El Hostel
Ranked #45 of 288 Specialty Lodging in Warsaw
Aabenraa, Denmark
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I have trouble understanding some of the reviews beneath. It says on all bookingsites that the reception closes at 9.pm - so why didnt you just tell the manager in advance, that you would be arriving later?
I agree - the manager may not be the most serviceminded person in the history of mankind, but he answers all question, and is polite in generel.
The commonarea is HUGE! The kitchen is one of the nicest i have ever seen in a hostel!
The showers / toilets area is HUGE. 3-4 showers, for each gender! Rooms are big and spacious, especially the dorms. there are even tables, sofas and a mirror in some of them.
Its very clean everywhere - a real pleasure. There is no free parking, as otherwise stated on bookingsites, but you can park for free in the back of the building, so its really not a problem.
Regarding to location - YES, its NOT the most central location, but it takes on 15 min to walk to the citycentre, or take 2 tramstops.
The breakfast i basic, but fine, if you think about the price you pay.
I will highly recommend EL Hostel.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Stayed at El Hostel for 3 nights in July. 6 of us stayed in the 6 bed room, and it was very nicely decorated and the beds EXTREMELY comfortable. Our room also included two sofas and a table which were nice to have drinks at etc, and the communal lounge area was a great space to use, which included a PC to browse the internet and a range of guide books for the area. The used the kitchen to cook dinner one evening and this was useful. The breakfast, available every day from 7am-10am, was not spectacular (cereals, bread and cheese/meats), but for the price you pay was more than acceptable.

It would have been useful to have been given more than one key to our room considering we were a group of 6, but this wasn't a huge problem as everyone had the access code to get into the hostel and lounge area.

Location not that central, but once you got the hang of the trams it was easy to get into the Old Town and see all of the sites. There's a sizeable convenience store/supermarket just as you get off the tram for the hostel, which we frequented.

Would recommend this hostel, was great for a young group of travellers. Despite the recent reviews stating otherwise, we didn't have any problems with the staff, who were fine.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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sunderland
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Shocking hostel. Check in closes at 9pm so you have to call when you get there. Owner/manager doesn't seem to understand customer service. Very rude, abrupt staff. No travellers whatsoever, just locals looking for jobs in the city. Location is far out of the centre so you need to take buses/metro everywhere. It's a Shame because its a very clean and good sized hostel but the lack of service let's it down. I wouldn't recommend to anyone!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Robert B, Owner at El Hostel, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
As a family hotel, we try to accomodate INDIVIDUAL needs, thus anybody arriving late, after the reception is closed- at 9:00, has to just inform us prior to 9:00 (via email or telephone, or a note on the reservation) at what time we should expect our guest. We will provide necessary solution (e.g. such as a door code). We try to make everybody feel at home, so try to be as welcomming as possible =- we are not an institution but a small family hostel. Welcome any time!
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

El Hostel was quite a pleasant place to stay. it is quite a distance from the city centre and not too easy to find the first time!.my advice is get the Metro from Central station ( it's just 2 stops)..and walk from there..it is still about 15 or 20 minutes from the metro stop..but easier than by bus (107) I think ?..that does take you a bit closer, but it's knowing where to get off!..and we din't find it that easy to find bus 107 in the city centre!
There is not always someone on reception, so ask all the questions you can think of when you see someone!..best really to only stay there if you travel light!..as there is many flights of stairs up to the rooms and ofcourse no lift!..
The first girl we met on reception, however, was very helpful, spoke very good English and helped us as much as possible :)
What can I say about our room ??!.'.hilarious' is the only word to describe it!..we walked through the communal kitchen and the lady opened a door ( which looked as if it was going to be a cupboard under the stairs, or cellar!)..only to say 'this is your room!'..a flight of steps with two bunk beds at the bottom of it!..that was it!..no drawers, wardrobe, mirror, ..nothing!..just the bunk beds! tiny!..the pillow was flat as a pancake! ( pretty room though, mosaic tiled steps and brightly coloured walls!)
the bathroom was down two flights of stairs ( through the kitchen or lounge!)..so make sure you are wearing your best pyjamas if you are going down there in the morning, past all the other guests!..also make sure you don't need the toilet in the night, that would be fun!
There is was also no blind or curtain at the window,street lights shine in all night and daylight as soon as dawn breaks,so this could keep you awake!
The lady who serves the breakfast starts bustling and clattering about from 6.30am ( I think she is making porridge ?!)..and guests talking and laughing in the evening until late could keep you awake in this particular room as its right next to the kitchen, but other rooms I hear are far more spacious if you are sharing with 4 or more ?
The kitchen, however, was nice, quite big and adequate breakfast for the price paid (cereal, toast, cheese, salami and ham)..you could also use the fridge to store your own milk, juice or make sandwiches etc
The lounge was huge and quite nice, but for me, very dark!..only a couple of small lamps..you could use the internet for free, which I thought was good!
Little bit of a 'rough' area..wouldn't really recommend it if you are women travelling alone..if you are intending to go out in the evening..but i'm sure for a younger person or man it would be quite a nice place to stay
For the price you pay, I think the El Hostel was fair enough ( you couldn't really expect too much more for such a small cost)...and people staying there were friendly :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Robert B, Owner at El Hostel, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Thank you very much for your very picturesque review.
Next time if you are staying with us - ask for more pillows!!! feel sorry for you that your sleep was not as comfortable as it could have been. We have extras and will be very happy to give those to you:)
Best regards,
El Hostel
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

It is a little far from the city center. I stayed for 2 nights. The hostel amenities are very good. The bed is new. The kitchen was really nice. The shower is clean. The shared central room is huge. The only weird thing is that it doesn't have a receptionist. I was locked in and I wanted to take the early train. Nonetheless the manager or owner was kind enough to drive to the hostel and then he drove me to the train station.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Just checked out of El Hostel yesterday and it was a wonderful stay!

Firstly, this is not your average hostel. This is the largest 'hostel' I have ever seen and beautifully decorated. It's 4 stories high and is very very roomy. The entire place was 100% immaculate throughout out entire stay. They've got a slightly Renaissance, rustic, colorful, open spaced vibe going and it was really a great place to hang out in. The location was perfect, about 2 blocks from trams and buses and another block takes you to the metro. Two tram stops away from the center of town. In the lobby they had helpful pamphlets, maps and just outside the hostel itself there's a taxi stand.

We stayed in a twin/bunk bed room with a private bathroom (half bath was en-suite and our private toilet was 5 steps from our door with a lock and key) on the top floor where there are other rooms of varying sizes and amounts of beds though all private rooms. The 3rd floor has the dorm rooms and the biggest and most beautiful common room I've ever seen (and I've seen plenty). It's got high ceilings, something like 4 couches with throw pillows, tables for games, lots of chairs, a large flatscreen tv, a little library and a public computer.
Next to the common room was the kitchen, which has a small dining table for 4-6 people so it was functional. Breakfast was provided til 10am and rather simple consisting of a bit of salami and cheese, cereals with milk and toast with jam. Coffee and tea were always available. The second floor had the dorm bathroom and showers for, separate for men and women.

The beds were quite comfortable though the curtains don't provide much coverage from morning light (bring an eye mask if light bothers you). The place, as I've said, is mammoth so it tends to echo easily. Luckily the place was empty save for 2 other groups besides ourselves. The heat took some time to warm up (normal for these kinds of heaters) and there's no soap dish to put things on inside the shower. They provided large fluffy towels for each person (that matched the room), the staff was helpful and nice with all our questions. The wifi isn't the best on the 4th floor but just surf downstairs and it's perfect. Good amount of outlets in the room.

I would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

Clean room with nice big bathroom with plenty of hot water. Small but sufficient self service breakfast. Location was close to the Warsaw Jewish sights and two tram stops from the city center. A bit noisy, but what else to expect from a hostel. 

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: El Hostel
Address: ul. Smocza 1, Warsaw 01-012, Poland
Location: Poland > Central Poland > Mazovia Province > Warsaw
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
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Ranked #45 of 288 Specialty Lodging in Warsaw
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — El Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small, fumily run art hostel, located in the centre of Warsaw, close to tourist attractions - Old Town, Upraising Museum, Palace of Culture. Individually decorated rooms - private with baths and luxury dorms. ... more   less 
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