Let’s start our Warsaw series with a review of our base in the city; Kanonia Hostel, in the heart of the historical centre.

Where is Kanonia Hostel?

Do you know the old TV show ‘location location location’? The slogan fits Kanonia Hostel perfectly. You can’t possibly find a better-located hostel in Warsaw. Kanonia is in the middle of the Old City (Stare Miasto), well connected to Chopin Airport, to Warsaw city centre and Praga across the river. The entrance is in an alleyway a few minutes walk from Castle Square, the main square in the Old City. Head towards the bell in Kanonia Square; you’ll see ‘HOSTEL’ written on a building.

Kanonia Hostel Warsaw Old Town

Castle Square in Warsaw’s Old Town, Kanonia is 2 min walk away!

The Old City is Unesco-listed and one of the prettiest parts of Warsaw. Yes, the area is very touristy, but trust me, having such a central pad can’t be beaten in terms of convenience.

If the weather is nice and you fancy some exercise, you can even walk everywhere. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to Praga and about the same to get to the Palace of Culture and Science.

Kanonia Hostel Warsaw Market Square

Market Square, just around the corner from the Hostel

What kind of hostel is it?

How many types of hostels are there? Party hostels, YMCA-style huge hostels, design hostels, cozy hostels… and the old fleabag hostel, luckily disappearing.

I would say Kanonia Hostel fits the ‘cozy hostel’ category. It’s small, courtesy of being in such a central location. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of huge hostels, and whenever possible, I opt for hostels in the cozy category.

Kanonia Hostel Warsaw Arch

The hostel is just below the arch

Kanonia has two double rooms with private bathroom, a twin with shared bathroom and three dorms. Downstairs there’s a common room with kitchen and free tea and coffee for all guests. The owners also rent apartments in the Old Town.

Kanonia Hostel Warsaw Open Door

Another shot of the entrance

The People at Kanonia

Marcin, the owner, is really helpful and friendly. He got the idea to open the hostel twelve years ago, after having visited London and realized that Warsaw didn’t have any hostels. He left his job in telecommunication and opened Kanonia, which is still the only hostel in Warsaw’s old city.

We arrived a bit too early for check-in, and he pointed us to a nearby café where we had some lunch. On the day we left, he kindly offered to look after our luggage for the day.

You won’t find a party crowd at Kanonia. The hostel is popular with couples and solo travelers in the 25-40 age group. We’re in our thirties, so it was great for us, as we’ve had more than our fair share of party hostels in the past and we didn’t fancy being around drunk teenagers.

Kanonia Hostel Warsaw Room

Our room at Kanonia

What we liked at Kanonia

The room was just perfect. It was small but it had everything we needed; double glazed windows, two comfy beds and a built-in cupboard to store our gear.

The bathrooms-guests ratio was perfect; we never had to wait to use the toilets or showers. In the shared bathroom upstairs there’s a cupboard marked ‘for everyone’; inside you’ll find shampoo, shower gel and conditioner. We thought it was a nice gesture.

Kanonia Hostel Warsaw Kitchen

The hostel’s kitchen

Of course, Kanonia Hostel location can’t be beat. There’s noting better than having a place to crash for a few hours after a full-day sightseeing, before enjoying the nightlife.

Everything considered, we warmly recommend Kanonia Hostel to be your Warsaw base!

Our stay at Kanonia Hostel was sponsored by the property owners in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed in this article are our own. We enjoyed our stay and recommend this hostel. 

14 Responses

    • Margherita

      Hey! Sorry for answering so late – we’ve been in Madagascar for 5 weeks! I’m not sure if I would class Kanonia as a family friendly hostel. I would say it’s more for 18-40 y/o travellers, solo or groups. The Kanonia Hostel owners also have some flats to rent in the Old town, which I’m sure would be great for families!

  1. Dave Cole

    I am on board with the “cozy hostel” preference – much more personal, calm and enjoyable. Kanonia looks perfect for a stay in central Warsaw and the owners certainly have taken steps to ensure a comfortable experience. The location is really charming, too!

    • Margherita

      Hey Dave! Totally agree with what you say. It’s a lovely place to stay!

  2. Hannah

    Great review! I love hostels and will stay in them over a hotel 99% of the time when in traveling solo so I love to be able to read reviews of the properties first. Like you I prefer cosier small places over big party ones so this sounds quite nice with a perfect location! Excited to read more on your Warsaw experiences as I have not yet been 🙂

    • Margherita

      hey hannah! Thanks for your comment. I loved your Krakow series, and I think we both need to get back to Poland – you for Warsaw and I for Krakow!

  3. Lauren

    I am definitely one more for the “cozy hostel” experience – I’m not really so into the whole partying type of scene! I would rather meet and talk to people and experience a place, and it sounds like this place is perfect for that!

    • Margherita

      Same here Lauren, I’ve never been a fan of party hostels. Kanonia was great for us. So cozy, and great location!

  4. Chris Boothman

    Always love finding hostels/hotels that are in a great location when traveling to a new city!

    I know that hostels in general have a negative stereotype but places like this really make you realize that there are many out there that are really great options to stay relatively cheap yet still have a comfortable environment for the duration of your stay.

    • Margherita

      Hey Chris! I’ve been staying in hostels for more than ten years now, and I can definitely say that I’ve had very few negative experiences. It’s not just a matter of money, we love the atmosphere at hostels, and Kanonia was a great pick!

  5. Angie @ReasonstoDress

    One of my dear friends is Polish, and I’ve been thinking about visiting Warsaw for a few years. This hostel looks very nice and cozy and I agree, in some city’s the more central you are the better, especially if you don’t want to spend too much time commuting.

    Very nice review and I can’t wait to see more of Warsaw!

    • Margherita

      hey Angie! Thanks for the comment! Warsaw is a great city, hope you get to visit one day!

  6. antonette - we12travel

    Looks like a great and cozy place to stay. I usually don’t stay in hostels anymore because in many places, taking a hotel via booking.com is generally as expensive or a bit higher but sometimes I miss it and miss being connected to other travelers.

    • Margherita

      hey Anto! We still love hostels even though we’re in our 30s now. You can’t beat the atmosphere! Thanks for your comment