A Weekend in the Mountains!
Good Bye Lenin Hostel (Zakopane)
Member Name: loulou22
Good Bye Lenin Hostel (Zakopane)
Advantages: Comfortable beds, clean & well looked after. Breakfast included. Excellent prices!
Disadvantages: None for me
Why Good Bye Lenin ?
We chose Good Bye Lenin simply for the fact that it was one of the cheapest hostels in Zakopane, previous guests had given it positive reviews on the hostelbookers.com website and it was located away from the main city centre and much closer to the Tatra Mountains National Park.
Good Bye Lenin is located on Ul. Chlabowka 44, Jaszczurowka in Zakopane. The hostel is about a 30 minute walk from the city centre or 15 minutes by mini bus. When we arrived here we had already spent the day in the mountains so we came on foot directly from there which took us about 40 minutes as we came from the National Park entrance nearest the city centre and we were walking slowly as we were tired and my knee was feeling the strain of all the walking!
Making the Booking.
As I mentioned earlier we used the hostelbookers.com website to make the booking with Good Bye Lenin hostel. Making the booking was really easy, we simply selected the date we wanted to stay and which room we wanted to be in. We chose the 8 bed dorm with private bathroom at a cost of only £7.49 per person per night including a buffet breakfast! Bargain! I then entered my card details on a secure page to pay a 10% deposit. There was no booking charge for using my card and hostelbookers.com didn't charge any fees for making the booking on my behalf.
From what I could see Good Bye Lenin doesn't have a car park but I did see a few car parking areas along the road and there is a car park out on the main road about 5 minutes walk away from the hostel.
After almost 11 hours walking in the mountains we arrived at Good Bye Lenin at around 7pm. The hostel was pretty easy to find as we had a map printed from the hostel bookers website and it is well signed from the main road.
As we walked up the path we saw the hostel and I have to say it looked really cool! It is a wooden house and looks like a large wood cabin. There was only one other house in the area and the hostel is surrounded by greenery and huge trees! When we arrived there was a guy sitting outside by a Barbeque who got up and went inside, as we followed him in and removed our walking boots he introduced himself as Dave and told us he works at the hostel. Dave is from Manchester, or so I heard one of the other people at the hostel saying, he is a really friendly guy and made us feel quite at home after such a long day! He began by taking our details and checking our ID, we were then given a quick tour of the hostel and shown which room we would be in. We were also told there is free Wi-fi if we wanted to use it and there was a computer in the common area for guests to use too.
We were then offered locker keys if we wanted them, but as we only really had our clothes and nothing valuable we said no. The rooms don't have locks on the door but this didn't bother us as like I said, we had nothing of value with us and we were reassured by the fact that they haven't had a security issue in four years.
The reception area has a lot of leaflets and info about the surrounding area and also other hostels in nearby towns and cities. There is usually a member of staff on hand to answer any questions and there is a notice board showing the bus timetables for getting to Morskie Oko, the most famous lake in the Tatra mountains. They also have the schedules for buses to Krakow from Zakopane centre.
For our night at Good Bye Lenin we were staying in room number 1. This room is located next to the reception area and just across the hallway from the communal room. The room itself was a decent sized room and contained 4 sets of bunk beds placed around the edge of the room which left a nice decent sized space in the centre of the room. The room was very clean with nice laminated flooring and because this hostel was a wooden house all of the walls were made of thick wooden beams. The view from the window was simply great. Trees and forest and the pathway leading up to the hostel. From our room we could also see the barbeque area which really added to the atmosphere although we were so tired we couldn't bring ourselves to put our boots back on to go outside!
The bunk beds in the room were also wooden and this fitted the hostel atmosphere perfectly and I have to admit I felt a little excited by the whole experience of staying here!
The beds each had a duvet and sheets provided, you needed to make the bed up yourself, but this was fine with me and literally only took a few minutes. The bed linen was perfectly clean and smelt nice and fresh.
Room number 1 had a private bathroom. The bathroom was bigger than I was expecting and even had a heated towel rail which was great. There were hooks to hang clothes on and a plug socket above the sink. The toilet was next to the shower and in all honesty I cannot fault the bathroom one bit. It was very clean and well looked after.
The shower was very easy to use and the temperature was very easy to adjust. I really liked that the shower had proper glass doors rather than a simple shower curtain like hostels I have stayed in before. The hostel provides towels upon request which is great as it meant we didn't need to carry a towel with us.
The Common Area and Kitchen
The common area and kitchen area are next to each other. The common area is basically like a nice big living room, it has a couple of sofas as well as some chairs and a nice fluffy rug in the middle of the wooden floor. In the common area you will find the communal computer which is free to use, a large TV where guests can watch movies and chill out and a good selection of books and games if you fancy a read or game. The books ranged from novels to guide books and some of them did look quite good but I was way too tired to read! This area is also where breakfast is served from about 7am until 11am.
The kitchen area is next to the common area and the reception area. It was well stocked with cups and plates as well as a few pots and pans. They had a fridge for guests to use and another fridge with cold drinks and beers which you could purchase. We decided to have a couple of beers and simply chill out in the common area. Our bottles of beer were 5zl (Polish Zloty) each and were perfect for ending a great day!
Overall I found the common area to be fantastic and my only wish is that we weren't so tired so we could have spent some more time in here. The atmosphere was great, very cosy and warm and we felt really at home. Most of the people in the common area were very friendly and keen to chat with everyone, it was like we were all friends, which I found really nice and this also added to the atmosphere. At the time we were in the common area there were people playing card games and cooking a meal together and I think they were planning on watching a film but our exhaustion won and we were in bed just after 10pm!
Sleeping Like A Log!
After finishing our beers and heading for bed I somehow managed to make my legs carry me up to the top bunk and I think I fell asleep within around 5 minutes! I did wake up briefly to the sound of our room mates chatting but I heard them say "oh they're asleep" and then they lowered their voices which I thought was very considerate of them and if they ever happen to read this then thanks!
I slept really well at Good Bye Lenin, the mattresses were just right for me, not too hard but not too soft and I felt my body instantly relax as I was falling asleep. I slept so well in fact that I managed to oversleep by an hour! This was ok though as our bus which we wanted to take was later than we thought so we didn't have to rush!
Fill Up with Breakfast
Breakfast is included in the price of your stay and is served each morning from around 7am until 11am. If you want it any earlier then you need to let Dave (or whoever is working) know the night before and they will arrange it for you. The breakfast buffet is laid out in the common area and gives a choice of bread, toast, cheese, ham or cornflakes and you can help yourself to as much as you want. They also provide orange juice and in the words of Dave, "you are welcome to have as much tea and coffee as you can drink" This actually applies to anytime during your stay, not only at breakfast.
So, for breakfast I enjoyed 3 pieces of bread each with cheese and ham on, followed by a bowl of cornflakes. I also had a cup of coffee to wake me up and a cup of orange juice. The tea and coffee also extended to hot chocolate so I decided to fill my Thermos flask with hot chocolate ready for the days adventure. I don't think the guys at the hostel will realise how grateful I was for this as it is such a great feeling to be on your way up a mountain drinking a lovely hot choc!
Check out from the hostel is by 11am. To check out we simply told Dave that we were leaving. He clicked a few things on his computer and that was it we were done. He asked us if we would mind removing the bed linen halfway as it would make it a little easier for them, but we had already removed it for them anyway. So back on with the walking boots and into the mountains once more!
My overall opinion of Good Bye Lenin Hostel is a very positive one. I love the look of the hostel as well as the very warm and welcoming atmosphere. I felt very relaxed during our stay here and I would definitely stay here again and again!
The location was perfect for us as we wanted to spend our whole weekend in the mountains rather than Zakopane city. I think for someone who wants to spend their time in the city then the location of this hostel isn't so good, but for those who want the great outdoors and amazing surroundings then Good Bye Lenin Hostel is perfect!
I would highly recommend staying at Good Bye Lenin Hostel, the prices are fantastic and the breakfast is nice. The staff are friendly and more than happy to help and answer any questions.
5 out of 5 Stars from me.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: A cosy log cabin in the mountains!