Globtroter Guest House
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGlobtroter Guest House Krakow
Lovely room on the 3rd floor (no lift!) overlooks the beautiful view of the courtyard. Very good location, next to busy plaza. Breakfast across the plaza; no large reception area for gathering our group. Three keys to get to the room!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Globtroter Guest House Krakow
Overall, a good experience
Stayed at the Globtroter for 4 nights in early May 2005. Had decided on the Globtroter because of positive reviews in Tripadvisor, and its position in the Old Town. We took a smaller suite for 3 people (for 315 PLZ/night), and this turned out to be located just inside the front door of the hostel. I was worried that we would be disturbed by the noise of other guests going out or returning, but as it turned out, this was not an issue.
The location of the Globtroter is right on Plac Szczepanski, within the old town boundary, but the guesthouse itself is located through an arcade, with windows facing out onto the back gardens of surrounding buildings - trees and birds tweeting. The cafe next to the Globtroter has a back garden terrasse area which could be used in summer and create some noise for the Globtroter. Was not an issue for us as nights were cold and people did not want to sit outside.
Krakow itself exceeded our expectations! It really is a marvelous city, with just the right blend of tourists and Poles (ie few tourists). Generally, eating out is not a good experience, and the only passable meals that we got were just a couple of doors from the Globtroter, at Del Papas Italian restaurant.
As we had driven to Krakow, parking for the car was something that I was concerned about. The commercial parking operation which takes up the whole of Plac Szczepanski is an absolute rip-off at 90 PLZ/24 hours. Peter at the Globtroter suggested that by entering into this unmarked hole in the wall just outside the old town, in Garbarska St we could find parking at 24 PLZ/night. Well I got in through the boom gate barrier OK but nobody came to organise parking. I searched around and found a building down the back that turned out to be part of the Jagiellonian University of Krakow. They are willing to accept cars being parked alongside their building for 20 PLZ/night. Fine, left my details and contact phone number (I was carrying a mobile phone with a Riiing card), and the car. No problem.
My wife took up the offer from the Globtroter of a tour to Auschwitz, which they evidently run about twice a week. She thought this tour very worthwhile (I won't say enjoyable!). Whether it is cheaper or more expensive than commercial tours, I don't know, but the cost was reasonable, and the convenience could not be gone past.
Overall the Globtroter was clean and roomy enough. It is very well positioned. A little fridge in each room would be a considerable enhancement to the comfort of guests.
Two little matters slightly marred what was an otherwise enjoyable stay. Firstly, the Globtroter organises washing at a fairly hefty cost per load - of up to 5 kg. My wife took one load to be done, and Peter on the front desk asked whether she wanted to separate the coloureds from the whites. While this did not seem necessary, as our coloureds were very well washed by this stage of the trip, my wife specifically confirmed that separating into two loads would not incur two washiing charges and was assured that it would not. On that basis she gave the go-ahead. Needless to say, when the washing was returned the next day, we were charged for two loads, and Peter was not around to take the matter up with. This turned an expensive washing load into super expensive washing!
The second matter related to payment. I had assumed that as the Globtroter was so keen to get my credit card details as confirmation of the booking, that they would then accept credit card payment for the bill. This was not so. They wanted cash, and ATMs in Poland have a much lower allowable daily withdrawal limit than, say, ATMs in Copenhagen. We were able to cope, but people should be aware of their cash only policy.
Not up to glowing reviews
We have just returned from 5 days in Krakow.
I booked the Globtroter after reading glowing reviews. We were in a party of 4, with 2 rooms booked. I was extremely disappointed.
I had an apartment booked, but when we arrived, we were taken to an apartment two buildings away, which was fairly ordinary. Definitely not what was shown on the website. If we had had an emergency, there is no phone contact with the Globtroter.
Our friends had booked a double room. It was a nice room, but the double bed was a 3/4 pullout sofa bed.
Globtroter is a nice little guest house with very friendly staff, great tariff, a great location in a great city, but if you want to book it, make very sure that you get confirmation of what and where you are actually booking.
The Globtroter rocks
This hotel is awesome, I can only agree with all the other glowing reviews. The location is perfect for exploring the Old Town, and convenient for buses and trains as well. The rooms are large and nicely furnished, and the bathrooms are excellent.
For breakfast, the cafe next door is good for something simple (if you don't want an early start), but if you fancy something a bit special, try Cafe Europejska on the Rynek Glowny - you can relax in the granduer of the 19th century velvety interior whilst enjoying the best eggs on the planet and very superior coffee.
Oh, and for dinner, try Chimera - great cellar location, and a classical trio playing while you eat.
I would stay at the Globtroter again in a flash, and will be recommending it to all.
Great place to stay
This hotel is ideally located close to the market square and within walking distance of the train and bus stations. The rooms are basic but very spacious and clean and with a lovely outlook over the courtyard. The hotel is excellent value.
The staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable and go out of their way to help and they all speak perfect English. We opted for the staff to collect us from the airport which worked very well. If you are interested in travelling to Auschwitz and you do not want to go on public transport ask the owner, Jack, about a possible excursion arranged by him and his staff as it is much better value than booking through a tour company.
The restaurant next door does lovely breakfasts and is very cheap, but doesn't open until 9am. The Metropolitan is a bit more expensive but worth a visit and opens at 7.30am. In the evening we ate a couple of times at Del Papa, the food was excellent and very cheap.
We intend to return to Krakow and will definitely stay at the Globtroter
Great Location and price
We stayed for four nights here, very friendly staff and excellent value. We
recommend the Metropolitan restaurant for breakfast nearby. Its American
owned, the breakfasts are amazing! great for hangovers. The bar nearby
is very quaint and a real find with just candles on the tables, relaxing atmosphere. We'll be returnig to krakow very soon.
Rob & Michelle Lincs Uk
Best value for money experience I have ever had!
Globtroter guest house - Krakow (perfect location off Market Square) Budget €55 per night for 4 of us (middle aged women from Ireland) sharing a spacious v clean room en suite. The owner Jack and his staff were so helpful with information on the best / cheapest excursions. It is only open about a year! I realised that is why it is not in the guide books! I will definitely go back and stay in Globtroter and I dont usually do places twice as I have a world of places to see!
Great place to stay
Just got back from a 15 day European trip and spent 5 nights at the Globtroter. This place rocks. The rooms are spacious, the location is perfect, the people that work there and the owner, Jack, are the best. They'll pick you up at the airport if you as in advance. We were trying to find relatives in Nisko, about 200 kilometers away, Jack got us a rental car, at a good price, and helped with directions and a cell rental. The room was large, clean, and perfectly quiet at night. Having the cafe next-door, they share the courtyard, was great too. If you're an American there are few things to know, if you're an early riser, like most of us, you can't get a cup of coffee til 0700--go to Rynek and look to the right and you'll see a cafe with blue "Pepsi" umbrellas, they open at 0700, also the pillows are small--just ask for more. All in all a great place to stay--highly recommended.
Globetroter - great accommodation in Kraków
Having just returned from a brief stay in Kraków, I can confirm that the Globetroter guesthouse really does live up to all the glowing reviews we'd seen.
The location a couple of minutes walk away from Rynek Glówny (main square) is a perfect base and Jack and his staff are genuinely friendly and helpful with a real understanding of what makes a guest feel welcome. Our room was clean and quiet and the tranquil courtyard (with convenient cafe next door) is delightful. Website cracow-life.com/globtroter Highly recommended.
The Great Globtroter
Newly opened, so not yet in the guidebooks, these rooms are clean, quiet, inexpensive yet only a two minute walk from the main market square. Jack, the proprietor, is genuinely interested in his city and concerned that you get the most from it. He speaks fluent English, and is a mine of 1st rate information from museums to bus times and best meal options. Highly recommended.
The best place to stay in Krakow
If you ever visit Krakow, I would highly recommend the Globtroter Guest House, two minutes from the main square. The rooms are spacious and clean, and it is attached to a lovely restaurant where you can have the most amazing breakfasts for 10zl. The owner of Globtroter, Jack, is a knowledgable, friendly man who is happy to advise you on the best sites, cheapest routes and any issues regarding currency or local customs. He will even pick you up from the airport or the coach station if you ask in advance. This is easily the friendliest, most amenable guest house I have ever stayed in and I would say that if you get the opportunity to visit this beautiful city, pay Jack a visit. I promise you won't regret it.
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Today is a little more relaxed, we have a small bus to the bus station and then a public bus for 3 hrs. to Krakow. Krakow used to be the capital of Poland but now it's considered the cultural & educational capital of Poland. Pronounced crack-off. Rivalry with Warsaw
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Today is a rainy and somber day as we head off to visit Auschwitz & Birkenau in our private shuttle.
Our tour guide through both camps is wonderful and informative. It's difficult to take it all in because there are so many visitors and we have to keep moving through all of the exhibits quickly. I'm going to include photos of the …
... rock. To our relief there are suspended timber platforms and bridges and once again we reach a track in the semi-darkness.
We have learnt our lesson about believing we are nearly out when we reach a good section of path; we have seen good path turn to nothing so many time in the last couple of hours. It is not until we actually run out of the mouth of the canyon that we believe we have made it. We stop and hug each other before ...
... tour with another hostel guest Megan. We met in front of St. Mary's Church where we saw the bugle call which happens every hour. The bugle call used to be a method of communicating that everything was in order between the church and the towers around the city wall. It was also used to alert others of an attack. The bugle call finishes mid note which is so the next tower can carry on the tune and not as a sign of respect to a bugle player who got shot in the neck in the middle of ...
... that I was awake and that I was playing on my phone but clearly this didn't bother her and continued to use of a better word ****. Safe to say I ran away and asked the hostel staff to sort it out. It however was dealt with badly, she asked two other guest who were awake in the common room to politely ask them to stop. I feel as though they should have sorted it. I'm paying for a bed and this guy she has brought back ...