Last December I took my teenage niece to Krakow. For under £100 we had three nights in a clean, warm, twin room with our own bathroom. Even breakfast was included; it was pretty basic but who cared? We were surrounded by cheap and wonderful eateries and fun bars. Our hostel (better than hotels for meeting other young people) overlooked Rynek Główny, Europe’s largest medieval town square, with its massive underground museum (advance booking recommended) and a lovely Xmas market. Between us we bought loads of interesting presents: parents, boyfriend, grandparents, toddlers, school friends. There was some rubbishy tat, but not much, and Kay still had change from her Saturday job money. And on one day we went to Auschwitz. The tour was very informative and, of course, harrowing. It certainly put the commercial pressures of Christmas into perspective and, as Kay put it: “Made me so grateful to be born when I was, into the life I have.”
Prefect place to stay on a tight budget. We spent four nights in August. Very good location at Plac Nowy, center of Krakow's Kazimierz. Friendly atmosphere, clean basic rooms, plenty of showers and toilets. Lot of hot water. Kitchen well equipped, breakfast rather basic but very tasty. Staff, specially Karolina very helpful, she gave us very good tips where to eat or what to see. Location is perfect for exploring Krakow, not too commercial area plenty of cheap places to eat. We recommend for all.
Every aspect of the service offered by Krakow Homes was highly professional. We rented two apartments, each with its own unique character (the owner has an obvious flair for interior design).
The apartments were lovely - warm, welcoming, spotlessly clean and equipped with every home-comfort we could possibly ask for, including: well-equipped kitchens, sauna, jacuzzi, PCs with internet access, flat-screen tvs, satellite, under-floor heating etc.
The location couldn't have been better for us, in a nice, quiet area about half way between the old market square and the the Jewish quarter (Kazimierz), so we were within walking distance of all the main attractions.
Our host, Pawel, was very friendly and welcoming. He gave us some excellent tips on good bars and restaurants. All his recommendations were spot on. Krakow is an enchanting city. I will certainly be visiting again soon and, when I do, I will definitely be using Krakow Homes to book my accomodation.
We stayed in Hostel Cracow, a charming £13 per night per person hostel in the centre of Krakow. Situated on the stunning Market Square and surrounded by beautiful traditional buildings, the views from the rooms are sublime. Included in this purse friendly price is breakfast, unlimited tea and coffee throughout the day, internet use and lockers (for which the hostel supply padlocks and keys).
The hostel has a comfortable, homely feel, it is bright and airy and spotlessly clean. Reception is manned on a 24 hour basis, the staff are extremely friendly, so don't hesitate to ask them the best places to eat and most interesting places to visit.
Something about Hostel Cracow seems to appeal to everyone; backpackers, elderly couples and families. An absolute gem of a hostel!
Cracow Hostel, The Main Market Square 18, 31-008 Krakow.
It's a cosy apartment in the city centre where staff and service is excellent. All attractions are within walking distance and master pieces by Leonardo da Vinci is just behind the corner in the Czartoryski Museum.
Krakow, www.golden-apartments.com mobile phone 0048606318295
It is a company that has a number of apartments in Krakow. I have just come back from five days in Krakow with friends. The apartment we were in originally had some problems with the heating system so we were moved to a bigger and better apartment in the same building. The cost was very reasonable and the communication with staff was good (very fluent English and prompt replies to texts etc) and always friendly and helpful. The location of the apartments was convenient for centre, sights and station. The apartments themselves are well equipped and atractively decorated. (We were in Quebec and then the very lovely Vancouver)
Great place to stay when you're going to party and do some sightseeing. We stayed in an apartment in the main market square - not so big but very cosy place with kitchenette and nice bathroom. The flat was located just off Rynek Glowny which is great for the price. What is more in the same building there is good restaurant and it's surrounded by clubs.
I think it's the best location for weekend trip to Krakow.
phone +48 606941483
I have been to Krakow twice, both times staying in an apartment in Main Market Square. In my opinion this is the best location to go sightseeing and clubbing from.
I liked the place a lot. Good towels in the big bathroom were a nice find.
I also liked the modern furniture and there was free wifi internet access.
This unassumingly boutique Hotel on Sw Agnieszki in Kazimierz (two minutes from Wawel Castle), is an expression of the Polish Romance. It used to be an old schoolhouse, and if you look hard the signs are still there to see.
I must start with the breakfast room, with its walls full of tableaux, tasteful bric-a-bric, with the whiff of a bohemian salon has more character and imagination than a thousand chain or 'specialty' hotels. They lay the table with lace cloths specially for you - none of this pile 'em high buffet nonsense - and bring fresh juice and coffee and the meats and cheeses are delectable.
If there was a failing, it was that my single room was too cramped (perhaps the old detention chambers) and the noises of early breakfast begin to echo around the building around 7am. At €61-79 per night, a jewel worth a higher price.
"Alef" Hotel,Świętej Agnieszki 5 Street, 31-071 Kraków
One of the best hostels in Europe I have ever stayed in. High standard on a budget. Great location, no curfew - allowed me to enjoy nightlife to the maximum. Great facilities. It is not the cheapest hostel in town, but you get a lot of freebies, like breakfast, laundry, maps, lockers and wi-fi.
I stayed there on a Thursday and came right on time to have a piece of the usual Thursday afternoon cake. Glorious.
Mama's Hostel - Old Town
Zyblikiewicza St. 9
Bursa Jagiellonska is a hostel, located in Podgorze, one of the central districts of Krakow. Beds for backpackers and tourist groups are only available in the summer (from the beginning of July until the end of September).
The rooms are clean, plain and comfortable. The hostel is one of the few in Krakow that offers single, private rooms. Bursa Jagiellonska has its own laundry machines, free internet access in each room and computers in the common area. The reception is nice and helpful as well.
I recently returned from a three-night stay in Krakow and loved it. The apartment we stayed in sleeps five/six and was superb in every way.
Well located, beautiful decor, spotlessly clean, large, well-equipped kitchen with every appliance, satelite TV, dvd, internet, inclusive of beautiful bed linen and fluffy towels. It has two large bedrooms, huge kitchen, large sitting room with two sofa beds and luxury bathroom.
We paid £60 per night between 3 of us, best apartment and best bargain I've ever stayed in.
I rented through www.holiday-rentals.co.uk
I've been to Krakow twice now and used these guys both times. Staying in an apartment if there's a group of you is definitely the way to go. Both apartments were less than 5 mins walk from the main square and though basic, were very clean and had everything you might need including a washing machine, ironing board etc.
The website is a bit basic, but don't let that put you off. The staff are very friendly, speak excellent English, and can also help with organising trips to Auchwitz and the Salt Mines if you want a chauffered trip (warning - the price is a lot higher than the public tours, but you're paying for a personalised service).
They also pick you up from the airport (5 euros per car) and take you to the apartment which takes all the stress out of getting to your accomodation. They also provided us with maps etc.
I've been very happy with them both times - give them a go!
Avoid krackow-apartments.com, their apartments are located in buildings that can be easily accessed from the streets and one of our group was seriously assaulted with mace/pepper spray and mugged in the hallway of our apartment building. On complaint to krackow-apartments.com they didn't bother to reply for a whole week.
One of the unfortunate by-products of staying at a great hostel is that your enjoyment of the place can be inversely proportional to the amount of the city you see. Thus, the slightly guilty feeling when you're loafing on the huge bed/sofa that occupies the majority of the Stanger's communal area. But, quite frankly, it's worth it.
They screen films pretty much all day on to a projector screen in the lounge, have barbecues on the front porch, and the staff will frequently lead guests off to their favourite bars.
I went to Krakow last week and stayed in Skalka apartment from Krakow Holiday Apartments, which was recommended by someone on your website earlier this year.
I just wanted to say that we had a great time in Krakow, the apartment was actually much nicer than the photos on the website and was of a very good standard. The presentation was excellent, it had everything we needed. Also the service was impeccable.
I must admit that initially we were a bit reluctant to rent this apartment, as we thought that it was too far from the old town square, but the location turned out to be perfect, with virtually all major Krakow attractions within easy reach.
I strongly recommend a visit to Japanese Art and Technology which is just five minutes' walk away from the apartment and the Skalka monastery with beautiful gardens, which is just across the road.
A walk from Skalka church across the Jewish Quarter is a must - do not miss it. Just take your time and relish the atmosphere of the old Jewish Quarter.
I stayed in one of the apartments of this company and found it to be pretty good value. The apartment was inexpensive and on an attractive street in the city centre.
Overall my experience with them was throughly enjoyable and I had a good laugh with the staff at their office when I went to pay, who were friendly and courteous.
The boss of the company is an English guy who I think is doing a good job of trying to establish Western standards and good value for money. Highly recommended
0048 12 633 2647
They are the only UK-based company I managed to find who have a wide selection of high standard, beautifully refurbished holiday apartments in Krakow.
They offer first-rate service at very decent prices. They are very fast to respond and they provide very efficient service. KHA even organised airport transfer for me and my family.
I recommend this company to people travelling to Cracow, who want to have a little bit of luxury away from home, but who do not want to pay fortune for it.
Great self-catering apartment to rent and very reasonable - only about £15 per person per night. Huge apartment, nice big bedrooms and bathroom. Good kitchen/dining space. The couple are lovely and super helpful plus will pick up from airport. Strongly recommend it. Plus it's away from the noisy main square but in the hip Jewish quarter near some great cafes and bars.
Off Placa Nowy, Jewish Quarter.
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