Nothing to fault in this hotel. Rooms are clean and location is great - walking distance to the natural history museum of Bialowieza Forest. Free parking, good breakfast, nice staff, good restaurant, pool area, good wifi etc. It is a four star hotel and the beds were a bit small but other than that, a good place to stay while visiting the Bialowieza forest. They have a great selection of Polish vodka in the mini bar too!
Quiet and sumptuous hotel and a perfect location.
Erskineruggon 17/05/2017 23:07
We stayed at Hotel Zubrowka ("Hotel Bison") while taking a short break, walking in the Bialowieza Forest. It turned out to be an excellent choice and we would definitely return.
The hotel is in the village of Bialowieza which seems to be where most people stay when visiting this area. There is plenty of accommodation here, but Zubrowka looks to be the biggest hotel with the best facilities. There is a large restaurant, a good bar and without doubt the best hotel pool I have ever seen! It is part of a spa complex with Jacuzzis, sunbeds, steam room and a sauna. The pool is luxurious, quite large and exactly the right temperature. Yet most of the time we had it to ourselves.
Some reviews have suggested the rooms are small. But we booked a "Grande Deluxe" room (Room 204) which only cost a little more than the standard rooms. This was a good size with a balcony and high ceiling, generous seating area, excellent TV, and plenty of storage. The en-suite bathroom was more than adequate with a good shower.
An added bonus was the excellent, free wifi. We got a 70 mbs connection which is blisteringly fast compared to most hotels. And this in a small Polish village in the middle of nowhere!
The hotel restaurant is OK, but nothing special. Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am — a bewildering choice of cold dishes from the buffet and a few hot ones. Dinner is rather expensive by local standards and you may be disappointed if you’re used to good restaurants in the western Europe. Polish cuisine is a bit different…here they go for large chunks of gamey meats like bison, venison and wild boar. Then there are stogey dumplings and stuff like borsch. If you like wine the choice is quite limited. But this is what you find in many Polish restaurants…Hotel Zubrowka just follows the norm. I would recommend that you eat in the Pokusa restaurant which is opposite. opposite. It’s a minute's walk from the hotel reception, half the price, has better food and a more intimate atmosphere.
We found the hotel extremely quiet. With no major roads for many miles and seemingly few vehicles in the village, the usual roar of distant traffic was completely absent. The location could not be better. Walkers can be in the primeval forest within ten minutes. By car it's a short drive to one of the many public car parks where you can follow a trail into the woods. In the May sunshine the place was completely enchanting, magnificent trees of all ages, a carpet of wildflowers, full of birdsong. There are beautiful wetlands, rivers and unspoilt meadows swaying with orchids.
The oldest part of the forest can be visited only if you're accompanied by an official guide. The hotel can arrange this. It costs ZL400 (about £90) which sounds a lot, unless the cost is shared amongst a group. But you will learn a lot more about the place this way and see things you're unlikely to find by yourself. This trip is well worth the money in my view.
To sum up, Hotel Zubrowka comes highly recommended. Excellent accommodation and a great place to base your trip to the forest. The only downside is the food which you may find rather average. But don't let that put you off!
Karol Kon 14/02/2017 09:42
Best hotel ever. Great hospitable staff, nice pool and amenities. After couple of stays each return is as greeting your friends and family. We regularly spend there weekends and always it is a great relax and refreshment . The best hotel breakfasts you can find. Great local products, meals you will not find elsewhere.
Wojtek Ron 01/11/2016 09:09
Very decent hotel, really causy- you can feel here like at home. Rooms are very nice, however they should be a little bigger as it is four star hotel. you can find here many free and paid attractions- night club with bar , spa and wellness area and you can have a paid massage which are very nice. Breakfast have a huge variety of different things. You can have an omelette or scrambled eggs made specially for you. Hotel restaurant is also fantastic however to expensive. You can try meals you will not find anywhere else like bison tartar.
Julia507on 26/09/2016 13:32
We wanted a location close to the forest and the hotel could not be more convenient. The breakfast offerings were exceptional but dinners offerings could have been more fresh and seasonal. Maybe the lack of rain made it more difficult to have mushrooms and other fall dishes. The spa was pleasant and well managed. The hotel could have been more helpful in describing possible activities, trips in the area and other restaurant possibilities in the vicinity as well as providing some history on the hotel.