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Today we discovered Krakow on foot walking through the old city. The sun is out and lots of people are also walking. We stop at St Mary's Basilica before heading up to Vistula river where Wavel castle sits on a hill. We explored the castle and climbed down a long spiral stair case to the dragon's den. Outside is a statue of the dragon breathing …
Last major train journey in Poland from Warsaw to Krakow. The train lets us all look out the windows and relax after we find our spot and get our bags in the train and see if parts of Poland we would not see if we were in a plane. 3 hours on the train. Krakow has the largest city square in all of Europe. A bugler sound his horn out the 4 window at …
... we caught up with my parents for a coffee, in the Rynek. The coffee here is pretty average. Often the instant coffee we make at home is better.
After our little break we took some photos of the local sight, the kids had fun posing with statues, and dressed up ...
... There’s really nothing left from the ghetto, as it was eventually liquidated as the Jews were relocated to concentration camps. We walked past the spot where the housing units had been, and finally came to the Ghetto Hero’s Square. This is the square I spoke about previously, with the empty chair art installation. Our guide told us the story of how the Jews were removed from their homes, and how Jewish sympathizers would throw food from the moving tram ...
... on her own. Max gets the single room tonight. That's ok, cause Nikki's and my room is huge with four single beds! After checking in we went to a buffet style place for lunch but I was still feeling queasy from the bus ride o I didn't eat. We did a walking tour of Krakow and then I joined a group to go to the salt mine. It was very interesting seeing all the things made of salt, all the rooms they had carved out of the salt. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Atrium Krakow
Myself and 4 of my girlfriends stayed at the Hotel Atrium for 4 nights. We would highly recommend staying here. Its about a 5 minutes walk into the Old Town. The nearest Restaurants are about 2-3 minute walk away. The Tram line is only a 1 mins walk. 3 of my friends were upgraded to an Apartment free of charge. The Apartment has 1 double room and a very larlge sitting room with 2 pull out beds. There is a kitchenette and a very large bathroom with a corner bath and a separate shower. We had a twin room with 1 single & 1 double bed. The toilet had a corner shower which was very powerful. On the whole we would all recommend staying here and would definately go back to this hotel.
OK, but nothing special
I stayed here for St. Patrick's weekend. It was a little bit confusing to find the hotel from the train station initially. The location is OK, about ten minutes from the Old Town. The hotel is located on a small side street, so it is quiet, but almost too quiet since it was so deserted in the evening that it was almost spooky, especially when confronted by harmless (?) drunks. The rooms were pretty small, with bland, modern furnishings typical of a budget hotel. The breakfasts were reasonable, with cereals, rolls, and some scrambled eggs and hot dogs. There is a "rynek" (open air market) down the street which is interesting to walk through and a good source for self-catering. If I returned, I might stay here again, but definitely would consider trying someplace else.
Good location and good accomodations at a great price
My wife and I spent 5 nights at the Atrium in November, 2005. We were seeking a small, well located, comfortable, non-chain hotel with breakfast at less than 100 USD per night. We found Hotel Atrium on the internet, and were very satisfied with our choice.
The Atrium is situated on a quiet side street about a 5-10 minute walk from the Old City. The central train station is about a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel and from there one can easily reach Wieliczka for the Salt Mine, and Auschwitz.
Our room was not fancy, but it was roomy enough and reasonably comfortable, although I've slept in better beds. The stall shower was small; it could be a problem for a large person.
The breakfast buffet was not elaborate, but there were enough choices to satisfy most appetites...my wife and I tend toward cereals, breads, rolls and yogurt, so we were happy. There were some hot dishes (eggs, sausage), some salads, a few cold cuts, a few juices as well.
We ate in the hotel restaurant twice and found the menu offered a fairly large selection with some traditional polish dishes. The food was quite good and the prices were more than fair. There is a small bar with several excellent and inexpensive Polish beers (e.g. Zywiek and Okocim) on tap, as well as the usual selection of liquors.
The staff who we had interactions with were friendly and helpful (and spoke English quite well), and on two occasions the desk clerk on duty went out of her way to provide assistance which one would expect from a concierge.
There is a computer in the meeting room which is available for guest use upon request.
Be wary of the tours which the hotel recommends. We took a half-day tour of the Old City that was badly organized, although the tour guide was quite good. After that tour, we decided to do the salt mine and Auschwitz on our own. Incidentally, that is not a problem since the train stops close to both, and each provides competent guides, in our case, English-speaking.
On the morning of our departure, at 05:30, a taxi was waiting as promised and we were given bagged breakfasts to take with us since the buffet had not yet opened, so we left the Atrium on a very happy note.
3 days in Krakow
I decided to write this review as the information on this site was sparse in relation to Krakow. We went early December, it was cold but bearable. There was a real Christmas spirit with a huge Weihnachts market in the main square of the old town.
We stayed in the Atrium Hotel, short walk to the old town. It was clean, warm, good service and cheap! I was really impressed with the mineral water coolers on each floor.
The food is really good value and nice in the restaurants around the main square. We had good experiences in Il Calzone (Italian) on Starowislna and also Casa Susana (Mexican) on the main square.
The tour to Auswitz is a must, harrowing but important to visit, costs about 30 euro. We got the name of a tour company from the guide on our Cool Tour historical walk of Krakow. I am reluctant to recommend this tour as the guide never stopped for the coffee break advertised in the brochure and it was freezing! Good way to meet fellow tourists though..
If you are interested in socialising, I recommend you go for a Friday and Saturday night. We went out Sunday and Monday and it was quiet around the town. Bars are in the area around the main square, recommend CK Browar on Podwale - Krupnicza is great fun, you can order large 'tubes' of beer to your table. Also recommend the Irish Arms pub off Grodza and Cien, a late club we heard was good but was not open the nights we went out.
All in all, Krakow is a lovely city break, I personally thought Prague was physically more impressive but the Polish people were very sincere and helpful. I really liked the fact that when shopping all items are priced so you don't feel you are being ripped out.
Hope you have a great time in Krakow :)
Fine, would recommend
Cons first, no in-room tea and coffe making facilities (but food and drink is so cheap I bet if we'd asked for room service it would have been at minimal cost), the minimalist style of decoration included the size of the double bed duvet cover, meant had to sleep a bit closer to wife than she would have preferred, took 3 attempts to get another one.
Pros, modern, smart, clean, warm, quiet, good location just North of Plany so handy for trains and buses and the Main Square. Very helpful english speaking staff, I think the hiccup in getting the extra duvet was that my request wasn't that clear to them. After checkout looked after our luggage and took us to airport in their own new people carrier for 60 zl, spot on time. Taxi in had been 56 zl. Breakfast was standard, meat, eggs, cheese, bread, cereal, tea, coffees but plenty of it and fast service.
Nice hotel but need new beds.
Have just spent three nights at the Atrium Hotel, (Nov 2005) should have been two but easyJet cancelled the flight home due to bad weather. The hotel were very helpful in booking the extra night.
This is a nice hotel, good breakfast, excellent location for the old town and the bus station from the airport, a bargain at 50p, just 5 minutes walk away.
My only complaint, the hotel needs invest in new mattress's on the beds, you can really feel the springs in room 105. First two nights we had room 114 which is really big, ideal for a family.
Will go back to Krakow again when its warn.
A warning Krakow, Balice airport does not have an ILS system for planes landing in bad weather, so they are diverted to Katowice if there is snow or fog which was our problem.
Clean and decent hotel
Atrium Hotel is well situated. Walking distance from bus/train station about 10 mins with heavy suitcases! About 5 mins to the main square depending on which way you go and how many shops you visit in between. We stayed here for 4 nights in total. For 1st 3 nights, although out room was clean, rm 306, it wasn't spacious. For our last night (as we'd gone to Zakopane for 3 nights in between our stays) we were given a much more spacious room, rm 103, so that was much better. The hotel reception staff were very friendly and professional. As we were coming back to the hotel after visiting Zakopane, we were encouraged to leave behind unneeded luggage in a locked room and we also took advantage of this when we checked out on our last day, checkout is at 12pm. Breakfasts weren't very exciting, standard continental fare. Cost wise, this hotel cost more than our 4 star hotel in Warsaw which is a little hard to understand when the Atrium is classed as a 3 star hotel. We also took advantage of using the hotel's own taxi to take us back to the airport which was great, it's a set fare, 60 zlotys and he took us the back way, no traffic jams! A nice touch was the hotel offered us an In Your Pocket guide to Krakow when we arrived but we'd already bought one in Warsaw! All in all, a decent hotel, nothing exciting (unless you count heated bathroom floors!) If I couldn't find a better hotel for not much more money, I would stay here again.
For the money this hotel is fab... 5 min walk from the main square - we got a great deal for 2 nights and were more than satisfied. lovely and clean and room was really spacious.. will definately visit again..
Beware of The Atrium Tours!
Hotel was clean and more than adaquate.Near railway station so some train noise(did not affect us). Area being re-developed but no building work problems when we visited but suggest you check.
Atrium tours is another story! Booked through the Hotel day trip to Authswich in white people carrier with air-conditioning and DVD film to be showen on route and guide at the camp. Booked last day of our stay to ensure we had the tour as described!! What arrived-old car with fake fur seat covers, no air con or DVD. (Could not cancel as all other tours had already left.) On arrival at camp we were whisked passed waiting people in to see the English speaking film. Then we were instructed to join English tour. On speaking to Tour Guide it was discovered that we had not been booked on this tour! In fact we had no ticket for anything!! She also pointed out that the car in which we were travelling was a private car. INSURANCE? The driver spoke no English, and although he was plesant it was impossible to obtain any information, no audio or written information was available. Tour was supposed to cost 350slotty. Needless to say I did not pay this, but who needs this on holiday.
No problems here
Stayed 4 nights at the Atrium, March 16 - 20. Situated just across the road from the old city about 10 minutes walk to main square, our room was comfortable and warm, bathroom fine. Breakfast 7.00 - 10.00 was good and plenty to choose from.Water available from a dispenser was handy. Bar and restaurant were in the same room.Reception helpful when asked anything.
The only little niggles were no hanging rail in the wardrobe and no coathangers
either.Expected a hairdryer in the room but none there but reception soon sorted this out. A noisy group of Italian students woke us up twice in the middle of the night after a night on the town but obviously the hotel could not be blamed for this.Overall a pleasant stay.