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Warsaw in July. Aircon needed?

We will be concluding our trip in Warsaw, in mid-July. I'm wondering about looking for accommodations with aircon...

Looking up average temps in July, I'm a little surprised to see those topping in the 70s. Granted, that's an average, so surely there will be days when the highs are much hotter. Still...have any of you visited Warsaw in mid July and found places were too hot to sleep comfortably without aircon?

Thanks.

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Dave, we will be in Warsaw mid July also. We booked the Polonia Palace near the train station on Al. Jerozolimskie. It has a great rating, breakfast included, free bottled water and gym access, not that we won't be walking enough to need more exercise. They have airport service, of course extra, but convenient. And I just double checked, Yes, it does have AC.

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Yes, it could definitely get hot in July (and crazy rains). Older buildings offer more atmosphere as far as lodgings go, but are less likely than others to have A/C. Re: a related thread, I thought you were considering the Radisson Blu Centrum? No issues there or any other standard business hotel. You can check A/C availability on www.booking.com easily.

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Heh - yeah, we still have the option of the Radisson Centrum (paid with points) but as you correctly indicated, the location is not ideal (although I'm sure it comes with aircon), and other accommodations are not expensive there. So now I'm thinking of staying in someplace in the old town (and saving those hotel points for a future stay at some other city that's more spendy).

If we were there for 4 days, then the 20-30 minute walk to old town wouldn't be a major factor. But I figure we will only be there for an afternoon and an evening (before flying home the next morning), so we might as well stay in the old town, closer to where we would want to spend the little time that we have.

We will be there in mid-July. Not surprisingly, none of the reasonably-priced old town places I'm looking at list aircon as an amenity (one lists "fan" so I guess that means no aircon). I guess it's a gamble on the weather. Hmmm.... I hear Clint Eastwood asking me if I feel lucky...

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Update: Well, we decided to take our chances on the weather not being too terribly hot in mid-July. I booked an inexpensive place in the old town just off the square. It did list that there was a fan available, so worst case I'll tough it out with that.

Thanks!

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The one time I was in Warsaw was in July, stayed in an apt in old town. That was in 2001. There was no AC but then I don't need it. As to the weather in July, expect it to be hot as you are out and about in the city. The general rule I go by in Europe re. the weather in the summer is the further east you go, the hotter it gets. Warsaw was definitely hotter than Berlin where we came from by train. The heat in east central Europe is more oppressive.

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the further east you go, the hotter it gets...

Well, Warsaw will be the western-most point in our trip. We're spending a couple weeks in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia before we head to Poland, but I haven't been worrying too much about heat waves there along the Baltic...

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Re: the itinerary in the Baltics...I recommend going to Klaipeda too...mainly for historical reasons if you are so interested. From Germany one can avoid flying or taking the trains to Lithuania. There is the ferry from Kiel to Klaipeda.

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Thanks, that would certainly be an interesting way to get there. I hadn't considered the ferry. We're flying Seattle - Amsterdam then flying onward to Vilnius. After a few days there. we will pick up a car and loop south then out to the coast - so we will go to Klaipeda, but not via ferry - before heading north into Latvia. On the way back, we fly from Tallinn to Krakow, spend a few days there, then train up to Warsaw for our last night before we fly home.

And to bring it back on topic...I'm not terribly worried about excessive heat. I figure that almost for this whole trip we will be on or near the coast, so that oceanic air should moderate any regional heat we may encounter (late June through mid July, so a possibility).

Thanks for the idea about the ferry - will file it away for next time!

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@ David...You're welcome. Ferry links in the Baltic have increased in the last decade or so. Now, there are ferry links between Germany and Poland, didn't used to be. It was Poland and Sweden that had a ferry link. Three different points of departure by ferry from Germany to Helsinki if one desires to be on the ferry for over 24 hrs before reaching Helsinki. If my itinerary included going to Helsinki or Klaipeda, I would go by ferry by factoring in the time.