Travel Blogs from Krakow
... there was a lot of modern art sculptures, St. Mary's Basilica, and Sukiennice (which is a giant building dedicated to souvenir shopping).
In Krakow, I saw a lot of magnificent churches that blew me away. My favorite was a Franciscan Church because, even though it was very humble looking on the outside, the stained class was superb. The color and detail were just marvelous.
Also, I love Polish food the most ...
... they send you in in small groups. It looked very nice. While we were there we visited the "State Rooms" and the "Crown Treasury and Armoury"
Having had an interesting time at Wawel Castle we felt it was time to get on the bikes again and head of to the "Main Market Square". By the way I had forgotten to mention that today was a religious holiday in Krakow and most of the normal shops were shut. However the square had a very interesting market and was very crowded. ...
... easier to take, although it does cost a whole £3 more. Not only is it nearer to the city but there is a bus which picks you up and taking you to the airport. I then had an interesting flight back chatting to some people who had been on a tour of eastern Europe and then the most horrendous landing I've ever experienced. It was a tad windy and the plane kept rising and falling rather dramatically and swinging from side to side. I was very glad to get on the ...
... Nazi genocide was. This camp covered roughly 425 acres and contained over 300 buildings. At its peak, 100 000 prisoners were held here, and with 4 massive crematorium gas chambers, thousands upon thousands were murdered here. If you ever do visit Auschwitz, visit Birkenau too. It really gives a gauge to how terrible the scope of the Holocaust was. For example, stables housing 53 horses, were converted into units that over ...
... the realisation that man can treat another human the way the SS treated the people in those camps is sickening. People were starved, beaten, tortured, forced to do things that no human should have to do and live in putrid conditions beyond imagination.
I truly believe that everyone should visit these camps to see for themselves what happened, perhaps that way we can be assured that this will never happen again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Wentzl Krakow
Stayed for 3 nights in November. was concerned at the pictures on the hotel website as the rooms look a bit old fashioned, but based on reviews booked anyway. Was very impressed by the hotel - seems to have been newly refurbished, our bathroom was immaculate. Sheets changed daily, hotel breakfast was great, staff very friendly. View from the room was fabulous, best we have had. Only downside was that the square is being resurfaced on one side so was a bit of a mess, but this should be done in the next couple of weeks. Guidebooks I bought - Dorling Kindersly and Insight guide so not cover this hotel and must be out of date as they have the Wentzl restuarant situated in the basement which it isn't. The Insight Guide was pulbished in 2006 (?)
Stayed at the Wentzl from 10th - 14th November 2005 and having read all the other reviews I can honestly say it was one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the service was exceptional.We dined in the restaurant one evening and the food was wonderful and beautifully presented and we didn't think that it was all that expensive.The hotel is located right on the market square in an excellent position. The hotel has no lift so you should bear that in mind when booking. All in all a good choice and we would definately return to the hotel and to Krakow.
A great hotel but...
This great hotel should be 4 stars but does not have a lift. You need to be fit to climb those stairs. The restaurant is one of the best in Krakow and reservations are required. The only minus point is that the walls are wafer thin. You can hear everything that is going on in the room next to you. This of course for some could be a plus! However it has put us off returning to the Wentzl. Bit of a pity really.
This is a fabulous old hotel with all the modern conveniences. Great service, free internet for laptop users in your room. The service was exceptional, our room fabulous, the breakfasts to die for. They are adding 6 more rooms, for a total of 18 and adding an elevator, we were told, early next year. What more can I say!!! Krakow is fabulous but I'd come just to stay at this Hotel!!
Room With a View
3 nights at the Wentzl. What a glorious location! View of Market Square, with great people watching. I was concerned about noise, but the windows are well insulated. The room was comfortable and well appointed, although the artwork on the walls was very unusual for a hotel. There is no elevator here, so 3 long flights of stairs does add up after several times a day. The restaurant is excellent; they are very professional and helpful. Indeed, the staff of the hotel was very efficient, and willing to run errands for me (buy stamps, etc.) and arrange a private car for Auschwitz. Again, the location can not be beat, and the eccentricities of the hotel were exceedingly charming in my book.
Directly on the main square, you can stand at your window for hours and watch the action. And walking up 84 steps to your room will soon work off the effects of all the Polish dumplings. Do not worry if you are a light sleeper, the very thick double windows block out all nocturnal noises.
This is the only hotel that looks onto the central plaza. We had a terrific view from our third floor room. Caveat: there is no elevator so if you have health reasons preventing you from climbing stairs or are just lazy, you might want to think twice. Also, the walls seem a little thin. Still, well worth it for the view and location.
This hotel has the best view in cracow overlooking the market square. The rooms are spotlessy clean the showers are very efficient. the breakfast room and restaurant are fit for royalty (check out the hotel photos they have been there). The staff are courteous and most helpful which is a rarity in some places around cracow. This hotel represents true value for money. It only has twelve rooms and no lifts so not suitable for immobile people. Even though our room overlooked the square it was quiet and warm. (room has air con and radiator heating. The restaurant has food cooked and prepared to an exceptionally high standard at an exception value for money. our 3 course meal complete with drinks was £48. The meal was one of the best we have had anywhere in the world (and we have travelled) Even if you dont stay here have a meal, but be sure to book, guests get 11% discount. The rates include breakfast which consists of FRESH fruit salads, cereals, meats and cheese, breads and a selection of dishes cooked fresh (eggs vienna was our favourite).
Staff are wonderful, nothing is too much trouble for them - including getting their baklery to deliver me some of their wonderful breakfast bread to bring back to the UK! Beds are a bit hard... rooms were really warm (-20 outside), water hot, resturant good but not cheap by Polish standards - fish soup to be particularly recommended!
A great hotel
What a fantastic hotel.
Great location,very helpful,friendly staff,amazing view,wonderful restaurant and an amazing price!
i really cannot recommend this hotel enough.
everything was just perfect.