Łódź is Poland’s third biggest city after Warsaw and Kraków. It’s a city for the more intrepid explorer and a welcome diversion from the more popular cities. In English, the city’s name means ‘boat’. In recent years, the influx of tourists has been increasing, leading to some competitions in the budget hostel market. This list is for those truly wishing to save money while spending a few days in Łódź.
Łódź is famous for its film school, attracting the nickname “HollyŁódź” and is also home to many well-known Polish musicians. It is apt then that the best hostel in town is called the Music Hostel. This hostel is not just a great place to stay, meet people and lounge around, but it is located just off the largest shopping street in Europe, the popular Ulica Piotrkowska. The Music Hostel also has free WiFi and free breakfast and is a super bargain option for those wishing to be central.
Go hostel is a no frills budget option with simple rooms, affordable prices and a handy location. Go Hostel is one of the newer hostels in Łódź as the city develops its tourist potential. It is situated near the main Łódź Fabryczna railway station and also near the campus of the University of Łódź. The common room has board games, a mini-library and a guitar. Guests are encouraged to mingle with their fellow travellers. The dorm rooms have wooden bunk beds and shared bathrooms. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel.
Another budget backpacking option is Hostel Lawenda. Hostel Lawenda is located a little bit outside the city centre, so this makes for a good place for those wanting to relax at night in a more peaceful location. In terms of the attractions in Łódź, Hostel Lawenda is 3 kilometres from the Central Museum of the Textile Industry, 7.5 kilometres from the quirky shopping and restaurant zone Manufaktura and 3 kilometres from the famous Piotrkowska Street. The hostel has a relaxing rear garden, free Wi-Fi and shared bathrooms and dorm rooms. There is a common area with a television and DVD player. Car hire can be organised and the hostel is located just 6 kilometres from the main airport in Łódź.
A hostel in Łódź which maintains a hostel vibe but with a more luxurious approach is the Boutique Hostel. It is owned and run by a hotel chain called Boutique Hotels. Boutique Hostel is located in central Łódź, at the intersection of Stefanowskiego, Radwańska and Aleja Politechniki streets. It is an unusual hostel because instead of having multi-person dorm rooms, the rooms are singles, doubles and triples. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel and there is room for up to 50 guests.
Łódzki Pałacyk is located in the center of Łódź, in an original palace building dating back to 1912. Łódzki Pałacyk has free Wi-Fi and free parking for all guests. The hostel has eight bed dorm rooms as well as single, double, triple and quadruple rooms. Despite being a hostel, there is a hotel feel to Łódzki Pałacyk due to the elegant interior and the historic architecture inside the palace. It’s an ideal romantic option for couples and an enticing option for history and art buffs. It is well located in central Łódź and has a shared kitchen and common room area. For those staying in the dorm room, the bathrooms are also shared.
Flamingo Łódź Hostel
Flamingo is a clean, cosy and modern hostel in central Łódź, located on Sienkiewicza Street in the centre of the city. This hostel promises to be a cool place to make new friends. There is a common room to mingle in and plenty of mixed dorm rooms. For couples or groups wanting privacy, there are also rooms to suit your needs. Flamingo Hostel also has free coffee, free Wi-Fi, bed linen and maps of the city. There are lockers and towels available for a surcharge and the staff are knowledgeable about the city’s main sights, bars, cafes and restaurants.
Megi Noclegi is a great budget guest house with basic rooms. Its tranquil location also suits those who are here to relax, as it is situated just 900 metres from the Okreglik Forest. There is free Wi-Fi access through the guest house and each room has a kettle and a flat-screen television. Free parking is available onsite and there are buses running to central Łódź and to the popular Manufaktura district. This place is a good option for couples aiming to save some money without forfeiting comfort.