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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 …
The Old Town is truly a beautiful sight. Outside of the Old Town I was amazed at the rapid growth and development in the 4 years since I was last here.
... although busy, wasn't as crazy as the day before. I browsed the stalls in the market, and then found a quiet spot for a coffee.
Eventually, Jola's kids, their partners and us three trekked off to find somewhere to eat. After a few false starts we ended up back at the outdoor bar, which is just outside where we have been staying. It was a warm, balmy night so it was great to be with family in a wonderful setting and indulge in Polish food.
... this building, a courtyard to the left where thousands were lined up and executed by firing squad. Outside the camp, we also walked through a make shift gas chamber, formerly an ammunition bunker. Here, thousands were murdered in mass, their bodies burned thereafter in furnaces.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was more the layout I expected, and perhaps what we see on movies and documentaries. Still, the sheer size of it is amazing. It stretches as far as ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.