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Oki Doki Hostel is definitely a funky hostel situated right near the action. Part way from the old town and easily accessable by metro and tram, it is just a short walk from a new shopping plaza and nearby McDonalds! The hostel is housed in a building along with other businesses, so don't be suprised to think you are in the foyer of the wrong building. Up two flights of stairs, you will find the reception, which is often empty (the one staff member handles the bar and reception simultaneously). As one usually buzzes to get into the buidling, eventually someone will notice your presence.

The hostel offers very artistic rooms in an older building. Due to the age of the artworks, or maybe the building, the rooms can smell a bit musty (but the double glazed windows can be opened). The smell may also come from the fact that smoking is unfortunately allowed in the central common area, which means the whole place has smoky bad air. Hopefully they'll eventually catch up with the times and ban smoking inside.

Each room is themed, such as ours, which was decorated with lime green light shades, old swirled green and mustard wall paper, and lots of old oil paintings of landscapes. New metal-framed bunks and older single beds filled what was essentially two rooms in one, in the Kitsch room, housing seven. Other rooms are entirely one colour and feature chunky wooden bunks. Another was decorated with African photos strung as membranes on wooden frames, and had heavy single beds in wooden sleigh beds.

The bathrooms are situated on each floor, with two toilets and two showers. Be warned, the shower doors are glass with glass opaque white squares, so the shower opposite you can see clearly, and so does anyone at the sinks if one doesn't discover the sliding door to partion off the shower. The toilets have not been renovated as the showers have, and are in the back of the bathroom. Unfortunately, each wing has a bathroom. Whether you end up with the correct gender bathroom in the wing depends on luck. You may have to parade yourself to the other wing on the reception level of the hostel.

The bar is small but cosy, and suitable for the breakfast you must buy if you are not staying in a double room. It also provides beer and snacks. There is even a happy hour, with reduced prices on beers. The bar is only open til one p.m., and noise didn't seem to be a major problem at all. The hostel also offers two internet terminals on the landing, outside the bar. There is also a small kitchenette on the top floor, which is usually deserted, but offers all tea and coffee facilities and all cooking requirements. However, don't think you and a buddy can cook at one, it's way too small for that!

Aside from the bar, the hostel has a small collection of books and couches to the side of the reception/office, complete with nice lamps for the evening. They even have some games available. The hostel also offers a luggage room, with tags for a small level of control (hopefully to cut down on theft). The staff will also do your washing for a fee.

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Location, Friendliness, Services All good. Though wish they had soap in shower booths which are a bit too crampy.  ()
5   Great Hostel for Solo Travelers I have stayed in the Oki Doki more than once, and it has always been a really great experience. It's an extremely social atmosphere and there are lots of solo travelers and people who want to go out for dinner or drinks from the hostel happy hour. The staff are very friendly and helpful and everything is clean and well maintained. The hostel is very close to the Old Town and the Palace of Culture and Science although it's a little tricky to find because of the construction in the city at the moment. The one downside would be the heat; the lack of AC or fans makes it a little difficult to sleep, but that's a small flaw. Overall, I'd recommend the Oki Doki to anyone traveling to Warsaw. It's exactly what I hope all hostels will be like.  , age 22, USA ()
5   Nice hostel in good location Very friendly and helpful staff; the female dorms are all in a wing next to the reception area. They have free towels when you ask. The showers were a bit cramped, and wifi was on and off in the room -- out in the common area it was fine. They have lots of stuff going like beer tasting and pub crawls, and information about walking tours, so it is really easy to meet people. About 10 minutes walk from Warszawa Centralna train station.  ()
5   The best hostel I have been to Excellent location, friendly staff, very good rooms given the price.  ()
5   Great stay This was the most fun hostel of my 2 month journey through Poland and Germany. The staff was very helpful to answer any questions and give information. I met a lot of wonderful travelers here, which made for a really good time. The rooms were comfortable, clean and secure and I would highly recommend for a visit to Warsaw. The only drawback is the construction on the street out front, making it rather difficult to get to, but this is only temporary.  , USA ()
4   Excellent location Very good hostel in an excellent location in Warsaw, close to Train Station, Old Town, as well as the royal parks. It is situation above a bank, which has a 24 hour security guard, so you feel perfectly safe. The staff all were very friendly even when you arrive five hours before you are supposed to be checking in. The bedroom was clean with plenty of space, and there was plenty of showers/toilets so no need to ever have to queue. The bar was a little crowded/small, seemed to shut rather early (11pm) and a was a little smoky, but the beer was cheap (7 zloty for 2 during happy hour) and they showed the football, so can have no complaints.  , United Kingdom ()
4   We had an awesome time in this hostel! Oki Doki is presumably one of the best hostels i stayed. Excellent Location, we could walk everything easily during our stay. Excellent sleeping conditions. Bed and sheets were really good, nice temperature, and silent surroundings. The bar is small and cosy, a bit smoky but a friendly environment with friendly staff. I can recommend this hostel to everybody.  , Dutch ()
3   Ok but i've seen better clean rooms, free internet, cheap, lockers with key, room key, lacking number of bathrooms, smoking allowed as I am a non smoker this did not sit well.  , canada ()
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