Accommodation options generally tend to the unexciting in Poland – a fact you may trade off for the familiarity of a well-known chain such as Holiday Inn, which has three hotels in or near Warsaw, including the Holiday Inn Warszawa-Jozefow in a wooded National Park 20km from the centre, with a pool, tennis courts and a spa. In the centre, the fairly luxurious Regent Warsaw offers a 50% discount on a second room for kids, plus a spa and an indoor pool. But the swankiest place of all in Warsaw is Hotel Bristol, also with an indoor pool, plus supervised kids’ activities during Sunday brunch.
For those looking to self-cater in Warsaw, Mamaison (mamaison.com) offers a Family Getaway in its swanky Residence Diana on certain nights, including complimentary kids’ beds and free entry to a choice of local attractions.
Campsites in Poland, many of which are in forests or beside lakes, don’t tend to compare with those in Western Europe in terms of facilities – and many sites are taken over by Polish teenagers escaping from their parents for the night. Sometimes farmers will let you camp on their premises, but it’s best to consult the Polish Camping and Caravaning Federation (pfcc.eu), which grades campsites and has click-through online maps.
Alternatively, enjoy a Polish farmstay (polishpoland.com) in a wooden cabin on an organic smallholding in the Lubuskie Lake region of western Poland.