We had a wild one last New Year’s Eve. Sat in a local bar enjoying exactly two Old Fashioneds each before heading home to bed around 10.30pm, the two of us plotted for 2019. We talked home renovation, career plans and holidays. Unsurprisingly, the only one of those we actually saw through in its entirety is the last.
We talked about Cornwall, where I’d never been, and C sold me so thoroughly on St Ives’ winding streets, sea view glimpses surprising you round every corner, that we booked an Airbnb there and then over our whisky tumblers. And we decided in that moment to make this a New Year’s Eve tradition for us. In the darkest depths of winter, on this night that neither of us particularly like, we would book a cheap and cheerful weekend break to get us through January.
And this year, we’re chewing over an Eastern European city break. Having visited – and loved – Prague and Budapest, we’re thinking about Wroclaw in Poland. Airbnb is always our go-to to for weekends away. If you haven’t tried it yet but need somewhere to stay, anywhere in the world, use this referral for £25 off your first trip.
Why Visit Wroclaw
Wroclaw sits on the Over River in Western Poland. It sees fewer visitors than the Polish cities of Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk, but is completely beautiful, and bursting with historic sites. The medieval market square is one of the biggest in Europe and is lined with elegant, colourful townhouses. There’s an amazing food scene and varied culture, from Gothic cathedrals to a political street art movement.
So, while I’m researching beautiful Airbnbs in Wroclaw for us to pour over on New Year’s Eve, I thought I’d share some of my shortlist here.
The original features in this renovated tenement building are breathtaking, from the coving and panelling to the herringbone floor. There’s a traditional kitchenette, perfect for coffee-brewing (which, if your weekend breaks are anything like mine, is the most you’ll ever do in your kitchen!), and a cosy mezzanine bedroom.
View For Days
Undoubtedly, the dining nook is the crowning feature of this city centre apartment, and its views are the jewels in that crown. You can see the River Odra, the marina and even the spires of medieval churches in the old town.
Clean And Contemporary
This modern studio apartment is everything you could want from an Airbnb – functional living space with stylish finishes. The sleek and beautifully-finished kitchen and bathroom are particularly excellent examples of design in compact spaces.
Heart of the Artist’s Quarter
This riverside apartment is in the heart of Wroclaw’s artistic neighbourhood, surrounded by street art tours and crafting workshops (hello, my favourite!). It’s bright and beautiful with mid-century influences evident in the Eames-style dining chairs and sleek, warm teak flooring.
All White Studio
The clean lines, crisp white sheets and gleaming metro tiles in this apartment next to Galeria Dominikanska are softened by houseplants and floor-length linen curtains. Bright and fresh decor makes the perfect base for exploring the vibrant medieval city.
Right on the market square, this studio is the second-from-top storey of one Wroclaw’s beautiful painted period properties. It’s been tastefully restored, with the original herringbone parquet floor and exposed brickwork walls, and beautifully appointed with stylish furniture.
A beautiful example of sophisticated industrial decor, this mezzanine apartment in a restored tenement house is upstairs from a bakery and pizzeria – need we say more? Well, just in case we do, there’s gorgeous mid-century-inspired furniture and even a swing in the living room…