Good Bye Lenin Hostel - Zakopane, Zakopane

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Located just outside the small town of Zakopane, Good Bye Lenin Hostel - Zakopane is a cosy hostel in a hundred-year-old cabin (complete with pet goat). The hostel is a great base to get out into nature, with the national park just located a hundred meters from the hostel entrance. It's a great place to relax, make new friends, and -- most importantly -- hike (in summer) or ski or snowboard (in the winter months). Staff can offer you advice on routes to walk for all abilities, and they have plenty of information for people looking for an adventure.

The Location

This hostel is located outside of the Zakopane city centre, and is either a fifty-minute walk away or a short bus journey (of about ten minutes). Buses are relatively frequent to the hostels. The hostel is located within the trees in a really scenic location, with the national park entrance located just nearby! It's a great place for you to start a hike. The bus stop is located just at the top of the drive in which the hostel is located. There are not too many options for restaurants nearby, however you can walk toward Zakopane to find restaurants, or ten minutes away is a medium-sized supermarket.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are dorm rooms located on the bottom floor and top floor. The room downstairs has its own bathroom for the dorm, and the rooms upstairs have shared bathrooms. All the rooms have bunkbeds. You are given linen and covers that you must prepare yourself. Sockets for charging in the rooms are quite limited, with only four to six sockets per room. However there are plenty of charging points in the lounge. Lockers are also provided, you just have to give a deposit for the key. Generally, the beds are comfy wooden bunks, but do make some noise when moving around.

Bathrooms are quite clean and well looked after; hot water is always available. Sometimes there can be high demand for showers, especially after people come back from hiking. Sometimes water gets on the floor, which can make the tiles slippery.

Common Spaces

There is a lounge area with sofas and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Here they also have TV, board games, and books for exchange. The kitchen is quite small and limited, which can be problematic at peak times. However, this makes the hostel quite cosy and also quite sociable as a result. Outside they also have seating areas and a BBQ if you wish you make your food instead. The breakfast is served from the lounge in the morning and is included in the price. You get bread, cereals, cheese, and jam to help prepare you for a long day in the mountains. Wi-Fi works in the hostel, but can be very slow at peak times. Guests are advised to remove their shoes before entering the main area of the hostel, which keeps the hostel clean and tidy.


Good Bye Lenin is a great stay for a few nights for hiking and has a great atmosphere. Staying here can either be relaxing or strenuous, depending on how much hiking you want to do. Whilst it is located outside of Zakopane, its slightly isolated nature means it's perfect to get away from the bustle of the city for a weekend or longer, and even easier to get into nature, as the national park is practically on the doorstep.
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Davehockey Staff Reviewer
Published on 2017-10-12

One of the best hostel of my life

Perfect location, positive vibes, good people, multicultural, perfect ambiance, best place to spend best time of your life, good facilities for less money. I think it's the best place.

Sunny surti
Age 25 | Indian

Best Base Camp Ever

This timber cabin in the woods is the perfect place to stay when experiencing the Tatras. Some might be put off by the location outside town, but this is actually the best location possible, as it is literally across the road from the trailhead into the national park. The staff also kindly send you an email with excellent instructions on how to reach the hostel. The hostel itself is wonderful, beautiful decor and manned by friendly, relaxed staff. The many amenities include a kitchen, free breakfast and wifi, maps for free(with a deposit), and even a free hookah! This is simply the best place to get away from the city and spend some time relaxing or hiking in nature.

Age 21 | American

Fantastic! Friendly and very chilled

This was a truly enjoyable experience! My Girlfriend and I had originally planned to stay for 3 nights and ended up staying for nearly 10 nights. Thankfully the hostel closed for end of season, else we wouldn't have had time to see the rest of Poland. Despite growing tourism Zakopane is still a wonderful place. GBL Zakopane is far enough out of town that it is like having your own mountain cabin but not so far that it is an inconvenience. I am an out of doors person so for me the location is a big plus. There is a variety of well signed hikes in the National park that start just at the end of the driveway. There are a multitude of ski slopes in the area including 2 an easy walk away. My deepest thanks to the helpful and welcoming staff Dave, Stan and Agga. You guys really made an enchanting place into an unforgettable holiday.


Home away from home.

I had a really great time here. The staff Andrzej, Silvia, and Monika are awesome and are always up for a good time. It's a lovely, old wooden house, nice and small and the rooms/bathrooms are clean and comfortable. Zakopane is a beautiful location and this hostel is situated at the foot of the tatra mountains which are great for hiking during the summer or alternatively Zakopane is well renowned for it's skiing during the winter as well, and it won't break the budget either! The most "homey" hostel I've ever been too. Be sure to ask about the different flavoured vodkas that Poland has to offer, cherry and honey are pretty tasty. And the staff will be more than happy to assist. I only stayed three nights and it wasn't enough! I hope one day i'll be back!


Good Bye Lenin Hostel - Zakopane is referred to as a home by the staff and definitely feels like a home, albeit one with a few more house parties than average.

The Location

It's a bit difficult to get to since it's about a ten-minute minibus ride outside of town, but the directions from the hostel's brochure are very accurate and helpful. After being dropped off by the bus it's about a five-minute walk uphill to the hostel. There's parking available at the bottom of the hill. Although it's a bit away from town, it's very close to the national park entrance and a couple of ski slopes.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms have fairly comfortable mattresses and in-room lockers for each bed. There are different dorms of various sizes and prices, some with ensuite bathrooms. There are two hall bathrooms, one on the ground floor and one upstairs. The bathrooms are all kept relatively clean, although the garbage could be emptied more often. The showers have plenty of hot water with good water pressure. In addition to heaters in every room, there are also heaters in the bathrooms.

Common Spaces

The common spaces are the main draw to this hostel. The sitting/TV room has two large, comfortable, leather couches and two matching chairs, in addition to a foosball table and big-screen TV with DVD player. There's also a computer with free internet in the hallway (and somewhat spotty Wi-Fi throughout the hostel). The kitchen is well equipped, but rather small and quite busy when the hostel is full.

This hostel has a very social atmosphere. It's easy to meet other people as everyone typically spends the evenings in the TV room. Some nights it can get a bit wild with the parties continuing long into the morning. If you're looking for quiet sleep, don't stay in one of the dorms on the ground floor. There's no smoking inside the hostel. Breakfast is served every morning from 8 to 10 a.m. officially, but it's usually kept out until noon or so -- very fitting for the laid-back vibe at the hostel.


This is a great hostel for a combination of relaxing and partying. The location is a bit further away from the main hub of town, but it's easy to get around and is a bit more quiet than the main town would be. It's often a full hostel with lots of parties, so book in advance and bring your own booze since the convenience store down the street closes at 8 p.m.

Laura Itzkowitz

This hostel is a lovely place. The building is a beautiful, recently restored, hundred-year-old log home with a rustic feel yet with completely modern conveniences. There is a modern kitchen area and a lounge with leather sofas and a large flat-screen TV. The hostel is located just down the road from the Nosal ski area outside of Zakopane. It is surrounded by forest and is across the road from an entrance to the Tatras national park. The hostel is difficult to find and transportation to/from it is a little complicated. It is essential to have the hostel brochure or a map. There are frequent buses that go everywhere in Zakopane, but they are all operated by different people and have different signs in the windows (fare is 2 to 3 zl). After getting dropped off by the bus from Krakow I wandered around a bit and tried to get a town bus toward the hostel. I flagged a couple of them down and asked, but they weren't going that way. I decided to walk it. It was a lovely day and it took maybe forty-five minutes. Maybe it would be less fun at night or in a snowstorm. The hostel doesn't have a sign (due to the local zoning regulations) as of yet. One could take a taxi (15 zl), but that always makes me feel like I've lost the battle. Once you find it, it's a great place!


Good Bye Lenin Hostel - Zakopane Reviews from the Web

We took the two double rooms as a treat for a couple of nights in the summer and they were cosy, beautiful and felt like a real mountain chalet, not some white washed posh hotel like many we had seen. So much character both in the surroundings and the lovely volunteer staff who had so many recommendations for us. Its a bit of a long walk from the centre of Zakopane but loads of buses and we really needed the stroll after all of the delicious food in the evening! Thank you Kouhei and Aleia!


Absolutely adored this place! The whole atmosphere is so homely and welcoming, which is perfect when arriving back from a long day hiking in the mountains. Amazing people, staff and location, definitely coming back here in the winter!


The hostel is beautiful. People are great, also very nice place to chill. I enjoyed my time just by sitting there. Thank you!


A lovely beautifully located chalet perfect for unwinding between walks and sharing hiking tips. Very thin walls so quite noisy - bring ear plugs. Breakfast provided was very basic. Lovely vibe and met nice people here. In zakopane check out the thermal springs aqua park after your hike x


I really enjoyed my three nights here. It is so nice to be in hostel that looks like a house and that has such a warm welcoming energy.

It would be nice to go back in the winter.


Fantastic stay and great staff. One of the more cozy hostels I have been too. Truly felt like everyone was family and friends. Highly recommend and I can earnestly say I will stay again next time I visit Zakopane!


Cosy little hostel in the foot of the mountains, Good Bye Lenin offers a nice break away from the hustle and bustle. A very quaint lodging with guitars, animals, and homecooked meals for free (on some days), the hostel was really nice. Even if you didn't want to hike a particular day, the view from the front porch was worth sitting down and taking in for a few hours. Staff was lovely as well and very helpful with transportation and hiking recommendations.


Fantastic stay in a superb location next to the mountains, the tranquility of the vibe here is hard to describe - everyone is so kind and welcoming due to the setup of the hostel.


Best if youre over 30 and looking purely to go hiking


Just a lovely breath to get out there.

Hostel is lovely located. kitchen is super small for all the people though.


The most wholesome hostel I've ever stayed at!


A hostel with a cosy feel just across the road from beautiful mountain trails


I immensely enjoyed my stay here! The staff were very helpful and kind. During the evening we all sat in the living room to chat, play card games, etc. The hostel is so picturesque and cozy, a perfect weekend getaway nestled in the mountains. Good access to public transport and skiing areas. I am hoping to return someday soon!


I regret not staying much time in the hostel it is such a nice place and people. I would stay if i go to zakopane again.


location is bad; we had to walk 12 minutes until the place. Hostel was dirty and messy... I did not like


Nice and cozy hostel! Definitely recommend Lee if you want snowboarding lessons! Very professional and patient and got me snowboarding in a day !


Such a lovely hostel!! Great location (trails start right across the street & there are busses for hikes further away), cozy atmosphere and good facilities. Staff is very kind and super knowledgeable about activities (skiing, hiking, etc) to do in the area and can recommend plenty of good hiking routes to take. Also loved the cats. Can highly recommended staying here!!!


Amazing hostel! Wonderful staff, incredible area, just a lovely space to be. Thank you!


Good Bye Lenin is the only place you should stay if you're looking to have a cheap visit to Zakopane! The edge of the Tatras National Park is just a 3 minute walk from the front door, and the atmosphere at GBL is incredible! There is no better place to return after a long day in the mountains than GBL! I highly recommend!


One of my favorite hostels ever! Theres a little community at this place and it is so much fun. Everyone hikes and hangs out and its a blast. The only reason I didnt give it a 10 is because security isnt super tight but it doesnt even matter, I was never worried about theft or safety (and the women in the hostel werent either). The staff is awesome, the location is awesome, and the building is awesome. Its perfectly removed from the main town, but not too far- a cozy mountain(ish) hostel.



Are you looking for an authentic winter sports experience?
GBL is the right spot for you! Stay here @ Goodbye Lenin and winter freaks hostel :)
Here you get the best tips. We are winter addicts and we love all kind of mountain activities.
We are located few meters from the National park trails and 10 Min walking from the beginners ski slopes, where most of our guest start the snow adventure . No matter if you are skier, snowboarder , beginner or expert, winter hiker or if you just love snowy mountains from behind the window, sitting in the cosy, wooden lodge and drinking mulled wine :)
Reasons to come to us:
1. Buses to the most popular ski slopes placed just across the street or organized transfer.
2. We offer snowboard lessons on the very reasonable price - please book ahead
3. Apres ski fun in the hostel

To get a taste of what your stay at Goodbye Lenin could be like, just have a look at our Facebook page ‘Zakopane Goodbye Lenin Hostel’. Or better yet, drop by for a visit ;)

See you soon,

Mao (cat) , Mia(cat), Majka (goat) and the rest of the GBL staff :)

Location and Contact


• From Krakow to Zakopane:
• 1. Take a bus leaving to Zakopane every 20 min from the Central Bus Station in Krakow. (~20zl / 2h30min)
• From Zakopane Railway / Bus Station:
• 2. a) Take a bus 11 (every 1h) or microbus (every 20 min or so) to CYRLA / BRZEZINY (~3zl paid to the driver / 5-10min) leaving from a parking in front of the main bus terminal
• b) Get off at the bus stop JASZCZUROWKA which is next to the entrance to the Tatra National Park and right after a bridge.
• c.) Follow the road for 20 meters, then turn the first street left from the main road (where you see the sign of Hotel 'Lesnik').
• d.) Pass a guesthouse on your left, cross the little creek, then follow the road for 50 meters to the end of the road. Here a warm welcome awaits you..
• 3. Taxi from the center: 30-40zl. (tell you want to get to the parking of Hotel Lesnik and then follow the road to the end)
• 4. Please note that in Winter we don't have parking available on the site of the hostel as the road is too steep to get by car on the snow. The free parking is available 200 m lower on the main road Balzera street at the entrance gate to National Park the Dolina Olczyska. Thank you for understanding



Address: Chłabówka 44, Zakopane, Poland

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Website Good Bye Lenin Hostel - Zakopane Zakopane
Phone Number: +48 (0) 18 20 01330 / 660742725
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Solo Traveller



Luggage Storage



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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