As a seasoned hosteller in Poland, I find that some boltholes are IKEA'd to the rafters, boast one shower, one computer, a miniscule kitchen and common room. Sometimes there IS such a thing as a false economy - and if there happens to be stag party or school party, let's be honest, your stay may not be a pleasant one.
That is not the case here. Positioned in a quiet residential neighbourhood, Cinema Paradiso sits on the first floor of a handsome historic building and has been thoughtfully appointed throughout.
The kitchen facilities are spacious and are very well equipped, the gorgeous common room doubles up as a screening room and there are five showers Dorms have lockers. Staff were kind and helpful. It quickly emerged that this is a relaxing environment. I liked sitting on the balcony, having a cup of tea, watching the street life below. I should also point out that management have a stricter policy on rowdy behaviour than other hostels - which lone female travellers might be especially glad of.
Most guests were Polish but few were in their 20s - I think a few older travellers have discovered this place so don't be intimidated if you are not a backpacking teen. Remember - the face of hostelling is changing!
It is true that Cinema Paradiso is at least 25 minutes walk away from the old town square but fans of a quiet life can easily recognise this as an advantage. Moreover, it sits in a part of town that is near the train and bus station. The Airport bus stops just 10 minutes from the door - just walk past the Mercure Hotel to the Orange shop and you'll find the street no problem. Handsome Park Wilson with its palmhouse and the Euro 2012 stadium are also nearer this end of town.
And there are lots of local landmarks again less than 10 minutes away on a fascinating sightseeing trail. I would warmly recommend this hostel as staying here genuinely enhanced my visit to Poznan.
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