There are so many different places to stay in Zakopane that it can be hard to find accommodation that’s reasonably priced, offers spacious and comfortable rooms and is in an ideal location for exploring the surrounding area.
When I visited the Polish resort town I was fortunate enough to stay at the Hotel Wersal and I would say that it definitely meets all of the criteria that I just listed above.
Should you be arriving by bus or train then you might want to find somewhere to stay that’s closer to the train/bus station area, otherwise anyone arriving by car should really consider spending their time in Zakopane at the lovely Hotel Wersal.
It can be hard to choose somewhere suitable when it comes to the large amount of accommodation available in the area and there are so many different hotels, rooms, hostels, pensions and AirBnb’s that you can spend hours reading the reviews and looking up the details of each one.
While there are a few other options I would recommend including this one, I’d say that you really should consider the Hotel Wersal if you’re looking for great value, bright rooms and a suitable location.
In this post I want to share my experience staying at the hotel as well as go over some details of the hotel itself.
The Hotel Wersal in Zakopane
With about 45 rooms available, many of them offering an impressive view towards the High Tatras mountains, the hotel is very well equipped to handle a high number of guests without making it feel too crowded or impersonal.
Everyone working is very friendly and goes out of their way to make sure that all of the guests are enjoying themselves during their stay.
Right outside of the hotel is a large, peaceful garden that makes for a great place to relax and reflect on the day after exploring Zakopane or hiking up to Morskie Oko.
On the inside of the hotel is a highly-rated restaurant that offers a wide selection of delicious menu items, there’s a conference room and even a ping-pong table where guests can pass the time if it’s raining, snowing or just inclement weather outdoors.
Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway from Krakow or you’re visiting the region and looking for somewhere to stay the Hotel Wersal really has all you need.
Finally, the location make it a suitable choice for exploring the area, accessing the cable cars, hiking trails and it’s even a good base if you’re planning on doing some winter skiing.
Now that you know a little bit more about the hotel let’s take a look at my review and the experience I had staying here.
My Hotel Wersal Review
Check-In and Interior
After parking the car and walking through the lovely garden with my suitcase in tow I made my way through one of the hotel entrances and into the lobby.
There are actually two different entrances and if you’re driving with a lot of luggage you’ll be better off pulling out front, removing the luggage from the car, and then parking in the rear parking area so that you don’t have to carry everything for a longer distance.
As I walked into the lobby I was quite surprised by how spacious and bright it was and the young lady working immediately stood up to greet me.
I gave her my check-in details and since I arrived quite early she let me know that I would have to wait 30-minutes for my room to be ready.
This wasn’t a problem and I spent most of the time playing ping-pong and exploring the hotel.
The interior of the hotel is designed in a more traditional style but it doesn’t seem outdated or of poor quality like you find in similarly priced hotels in the area.
All of the furniture appeared to be thoughtfully chosen and the wide, open spaces made the interior seem much brighter and spacious than it really was.
The many windows also helped fill the area with natural light so throughout the entire day most of the hotel interior was quite bright, airy and not stuffy at all.
Finally I was able to check in and I took the large, although noisy, elevator to my room on the 2nd floor.
So far I was quite impressed with the interior and the service I had received and I had very high hopes for what was to come in regards to my room.
As soon as I opened the door to my room I noticed there was a balcony so I ran over to check out the view.
Not only was the balcony enormous but the view I had was amazing.
It overlooked the entire garden and off in the distance I could see the Tatras Mountains looming high over the city.
After admiring the view for a while on some not-so-comfortable chairs I made my way inside to check out the rest of the room.
The room itself was very spacious and I’m pretty sure it was a triple room since there was one large bed and one smaller bed in the corner.
Since I was only traveling with my girlfriend I didn’t need the third bed but it was nice to use as a place to relax without having to mess up the bed.
The bed itself was quite comfortable, the pillows were firm and the sheets were soft and just enough to keep warm throughout the night.
Apart from the two beds there was also a large desk with a tv, another smaller table and a large wardrobe that was a good size for luggage and clothes storage.
There was even a kettle with a small selection of tea available, a nice touch especially at night when the weather tended to cool down in Zakopane.
The balcony door and windows allowed for a lot of natural light to enter in the room and all day it was very bright so there was no need to use any of the interior lighting options until it got dark.
One more thing I noticed was that even though it was early August and the weather was quite warm the room itself stayed a reasonable temperature and there was no need to use a fan since the windows helped to circulate fresh air throughout the living space.
Overall, I was very pleased with the space and comfort of the room and for two or three people it offered more than enough space.
The bathroom at the Hotel Wersal was well-equipped and spacious.
There weren’t any windows in the bathroom although this didn’t prove to be a problem and the space wasn’t damp or stuffy at all.
In the bathroom were some basic amenities like soap for hand-washing and shampoo/shower gel for bathing.
It would have been nice for the hotel to include a wider range of amenities rather than opt-out and simply use the basic hand-pump but for the price it’s hard to complain about what was provided.
There were a selection of towels and one feature that I really liked was the towel heater so the towels were always warm and dry when they needed to be used.
The bathroom itself seemed a bit dated, though everything worked just fine, and even though there was a dish for soap there wasn’t actually any soap inside to be used.
Generally, the bathroom was quite basic and didn’t have any fancy features but for a short getaway it had all that you would need.
I checked the price for a double room for random dates in October and the prices for the rooms available start at about $67 USD.
There are a few different rooms you can chose from so you’ll want to check online to see which options are best suited for you.
Keep in mind that Zakopane is very busy during the winter and the summer for skiing and hiking so if you’re interested in visiting you’ll want to book as far in advance as you can.
For the location I would say that this is quite a good price considering the large amount of substandard quality options for accommodation nearby and you really can’t go wrong booking a night or more at the Hotel Wersal.
The location of the Hotel Wersal is one of the best features of the hotel.
It’s located a short walk away from the main tourist street in Zakopane and within 5-minutes walking are countless restaurants, cafes, small shops and other interesting places to check out.
Bus stops that will shuttle you into the mountains towards skiing hills or hiking trails are also a short walk away.
The city is very walkable and within 30-minutes you can reach nearly all of the main things to do in town and any of the restaurants worth checking out.
For hiking and skiing you will have to do some research on how to get up to the hills, cable car and trails but it’s quite straightforward if you know what you’re looking for.
Alternatively, the location of the hotel is quite central and taxi’s will have no problem finding it if you ever need to order one.
For a medium-sized hotel I was quite surprised by the speed of the wifi.
I found it to be quite quick and I was even able to upload both photos and video online, something that’s not very common at accommodation options throughout Europe.
For general web browsing, social media and Skype the internet is definitely fast enough and guests are able to enjoy a fairly quick yet strong and reliable connection.
I was only on the second floor and I’m not sure where the router is located so you might experience some issues with the wi-fi capability if you have a higher room or if it’s at either end of the hotel building itself.
The breakfast at the hotel was quite well done, especially if you consider the cost.
Breakfast is included in many of the room rates online and overall I was quite happy with the service and available options.
It’s held in the main restaurant area so while you’re eating you’re able to enjoy a comfortable and luxurious atmosphere and some of the seats offer a nice view over the garden.
You can actually reserve a table so if you’re looking for a specific seat or you want to guarantee an agreeable position in the restaurant you can simply call reception and make a reservation.
As for the options, there were both hot and cold food items available and a variety of drinks to choose from as well.
The coffee machine wasn’t working when I attended breakfast but there was a pot of hot coffee left out, hot water for tea and a selection of different juices.
The hot items included scrambled eggs and sausage and the cold items included sliced meats, cheese, small salads, fruits, yogurt, vegetables and cereal.
There was even a small dessert plate left out of cakes and various pastries.
Breakfast was very well done at the Hotel Wersal and I recommend waking up early so you’re able to take advantage of all of the items available.
Parking and Accessibility
Like I mentioned above there is plenty of on-site parking available at the Hotel Wersal.
I’m not sure exactly but there are at least 20 or more spots and even when I visited there were a few spots leftover late at night so depending on your arrival time you should still be able to find a space.
The parking was fairly secure and there was not any public foot traffic in the area.
There are also a few parking spots directly out front of the lobby doors and if you arrive early you can take one of those for quicker, more direct access into the hotel itself.
As for accessibility, the bus and train station are about a 20 to 25-minute walk away from the hotel and it’s possible to take a shuttle that will drop you off nearby for a small fee.
I would definitely recommend the Hotel Wersal to anyone visiting Zakopane and looking for a hotel with a good location and very reasonable pricing.
The rooms are comfortable and spacious, the nightly rate is quite affordable and the location is great for exploring the region.
I didn’t experience any issues during my stay at the hotel and I highly recommend checking it out if you’re going to be in the area.