LL20 is a quite, intimate hostel located In a renovated prewar Villa in a modernistic style with a beautiful garden and a big terrace.
Great location The hostel is situated in a quite Warsaw street in Saska Kepa district –Londynska 20, close to 2 busy streets being a center of popular area where one can find many shops cafes and restaurants. We are located a few minutes walking distance from historic Skaryszewski Park being awarded the most beautiful park in Poland in 2009 and the third most beautiful park in Europe. It’s also close to the National Stadium and Vistula river bank next to the Poniatowski bridge. Kurt Scheller has his famous Academy nearby too. The closest bus stop is located about 5 minutes by feet from our location and it takes approximately 10 minutes to get to the city center.
The villa has had a very stormy history. It was built in 1937 by Stanislav Hempel, a Polish diplomat and Senator of the Republic of Poland.
Durning World War II it was first a Wermacht headquarters and later, from 1944, a Red Army command centre. Thanks to these, the building survived the storms of war, though sings of military action are still visible on its front wall.
After World War II the building became the property of the State Treasury as a result of the Bierut Decree. It was transformed into a police-station for the Civil Militia (milicji Obywatelskiej), operating untill 1999. Bars in the windows on the ground floor with the the MO and graffiti on the walls have been retained as characteristic features of this period.
The building at Londyńska 20 was then very well-known among the inhabitants of Saska Kępa, where many members of the opposition lived and were frequently made its qests.
The villa has now been transformed into a pleasant hostelry with a specific atmosphere and special ambience preserving elements of times past in its elevation.
- Smoking allowed