“I gotta take it on the other side” – Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Most tourists visiting Warszawa tend to stay on the west side of the Wisła River. I was ‘most tourists’ on my first 5 visits to this city, dating back to my first adventure into Poland in 2005, still largely uncovered blogwise. This leaves the quirky and cool east side of the river a little less ventured but curiosity got to me. I had to visit the east side of Warszawa and first ventured here in 2016. More recently, I stayed the night in the Hit Hotel here.
It’s my job to tell you that you will love the east side and should try to visit this side of the Polish capital during your visit. An even better idea is to sleep on this side. I stayed in the cool Praga district in a fabulous hotel called the Hit Hotel. Here are my experiences of Praga side and this excellent hotel.
Praga Sightseeing Top 6
Quickly, here are 6 great bits of sightseeing in Praga just to start you off, there is a lot to see and do and I didn’t even mention the PRL museum, vodka museum or the Wedel chocolate factory.
Warszawa’s only zoo is here. You can see bears, gorillas, giraffes and elephants just a ten minute walk from the Hit Hotel. On my travels around the world, this is the only zoo in a city that I have seen. Others were all on the outskirts.
Head to the fun and hipster Ząbkowska Street which has some of the quirkiest bars in the city. Drink beers in in the Łysy Pingwin (Bald Penguin) or W Oparach Absurdu (in the flames of absurdity). Drink coffee in Galeria Szutki or Stara Praga Kawiarnia. And admire the art on the walls.
Learn about the history of this side of Warszawa at the Praga Museum. I toured this museum when my Dad visited me in Warszawa.
Watch live football at Stadion Narodowy, the National Stadium. Poland play most of their home matches here.
5.Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary Magdalene
This yellow cathedral is a stunner and just 5 minutes walk from the Hit Hotel.
6.The Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Florian the Martyr
Again another superb work of art and a great church is Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Florian the Martyr in Praga, which is on the corner of Florianska street in Praga, Warszawa.
Why Stay at the Hit Hotel?
Here are my top 5 reasons to stay at the Hit Hotel in Praga.
Not only is the Hit Hotel on the other side of the Wisła River, it is in the less touristic zone. On top of this, the hotel has easy access to public transport. There is a metro station, Dworzec Wileński just a few minutes walk. It is the same distance to the bus stops and tram stops.
I had a large clean room on the second floor. It was Room 212. Beds were cosy, the bathroom was clean and I had a superior room with tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge, a television and a kitchenette.
3.Free WiFi Throughout
As a blogger and travel writer I rely on free WiFi to get my articles done and my social media promotion updated. Here at the Hit Hotel the WiFi works in every room.
4.Good Bar and Restaurant
I had my breakfast here and also watched some football in the downstairs bar. There’s a full restaurant with Polish food. The bar shows live sports and sells Polish beer. The breakfast was a large buffet with orange juice, tea and coffee, fruit and salads, eggs, sausages, toast, cereal and lots more.
I was checked in by Angelina and also spoke to Wojciech the manager. All staff are friendly, well dressed and welcoming. As a bonus ball they also speak Polish and English.
Here are the details for booking a room at the Hit Hotel in Praga in Warszawa:
Hit ** Hotel
Ulica ks. I. Kłopotowskiego 33
03-720 Warszawa, Poland
Tel: + 48 (22) 618-94-70
Fax: + 48 (22) 619-57-44
Here are some videos from my time in Praga district: