Poland's range of accommodation is extremely varied. There are over half a million places waiting for tourists, both typical and, sometimes, extremely original.
Hotels belonging to the global chains are present in almost every city. In addition to modern buildings, there's no shortage of small hotels in historic town houses, sometimes with 600 year-old beams and rafters, and heated swimming pools, saunas, and health clubs located in Gothic vaults. Hotels like this, whose history goes back to the 18th century, are a speciality in Krakow, Poznan, Torun and Gdansk, and also in the smaller historic towns.
In the tourist centres there are comfortable pensions and large hotels with tennis courts, golf courses, fitness centers, sports equipment rental outlets and private marinas waiting for visitors with bigger wallets. You can treat yourself to a night in a Renaissance castle, an old country house, or a hunting lodge. These buildings have usually kept their original interiors, with priceless antiques, original fireplaces, animal skin rugs, and antique candelabras in the chambers now reserved for guests. Usually, there are picturesque French- or English-style landscape gardens around the residence, as well as dendrological gardens, private stables and riding precincts.
Tourists on a more modest budget also have a wide range of accommodation available to them. It's worth recommending Polish campsites, which are at a decent standard and beautifully situated: on the lakeside, in the shadow of sand dunes, or in forest clearings, far away from the hustle and bustle of busy roads. In the south of the country, you can stay in wooden chalets reminiscent of highlanders' cottages. Less picturesque but more practical campsites are also located on the outskirts of cities - useful information for tourists who don't want to spend the night in a modern hotel.
Then there are the agrotourist farms. You stay on a farm and watch its everyday affairs. You can learn how to chop wood, drive a cart and perhaps discover the secrets of making home-made jam. The food is another undoubted asset: fresh milk, eggs, cheese and meat, vegetables straight from the garden, fruit from the orchard, and sometimes honey direct from the hive - there are some farms which offer apitherapy, the treatment of illness by means of bees' products. The farms are clean and tidy, and you can be assured of comfortable living arrangements. Nearby there are often bathing areas and riding schools.
Poland has a wide range of available accommodation in the cities and in the country with more opening all the time. Please see what is on offer in our database.