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... of Krakow. Nine centuries (yes that's 900 years!!!) of mining in Wieliczka has produced a labyrinth containing almost 2,400 chambers connected by corridors measuring a total length of 245 km!! It was amazing! Our tourist route started 64 m deep, (lots of stairs...again 800 in total, 380 at the start!) and ended 135 m below the earth surface,(temp 14 deg) with a elevator back to the ...
... River, as Mandy and I didn’t get to visit it during our last trip. The road up to the castle runs along an exterior wall that is covered with plaques naming people who helped restore Wawel after years of damage under Austrian occupation. We saw, but didn’t enter, the legendary cave under the western wall where the man after whom the city was named was said to have slain a dragon that had been menacing the city and saw the dragon ...
... food and 75c for pint bottles of the local brew Tyskie (available in your local offy back home). Despite good reviews, the Krakow hostel (Nathan's Villa) wasn't great - certainly wasn't a villa! The communal rooms were next to our bedroom and they didn't turn on the heating. So safe to say we were glad to move on. Phase of the day: Dobra ...
... at the hostel after hanging out at the hostel for a while and drinking all we could we headed out on the town. Being a Wednesday night, town was pretty quiet but it was also fairly early in Europe terms. We learned that Krakow Old City has about 300 clubs, the Jewish Quarter bout 200 and about 900 althougher in Krakow, crazy! The night got fairly messy, pretty quickly and so it was a reasonably early night with the last of us getting home around 1am.
Thursday morning ...
... and a great deal of respect is shown to the people who perished there. Conversation is kept to a minimum and commentary is no more than a whisper.
We walked as a group to the famous gate which leads into Auschwitz. It was eery seeing the gate that I have seen in so many photographs in the past. Our guide explained that the wording above the gate is actually a replica, the original was stolen recently by some locals who were hoping to chop ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Copernicus Krakow
The hotel is referred to by the "locals" as the most expensive in Krakow but it was definitely not worth the expense. We were very disapponted with the hotel when my colleague and I stayed in September 05. Despite paying the travel agent for a twin deluxe we were initially given a room on the 3rd Floor with a dreadful view. The room was certainly not the standard we had expected and only had a shower and no bath. When we asked to be moved we told that the hotel only had three twin rooms (we were later told they had five) and we could not be moved. After two nights we were still unhappy and after discussion with the manager, who was very helpful, we were moved to a lovely room overlooking the street. Although this room had a bath it only had a hand held shower. However we had to move back to our original room for the last night of our stay.
Thanks TripAdvisor for this one.
I researched hotels in Krakow before our trip this month, and chose the Copernicus. We got there at 6AM in the morning, after an overnight train trip from Prague (don't do that unless your are really a determined train rider - security checks at the Border at 2AM, smelly bathrooms). We were pretty well done in, and the taxi wandered down a little alley to the hotel, lead me to the front door with a little fear. It was not warranted. THis place is great! They got us to our room, even though we were hours early, fed us breakfast (fabulous spread), and to bed we went. Fabulous surroundings, beautifully configured, and courteous staff. What more can one ask. Stay here, you can't go wrong at any price.
If you want to stay somewhere steeped in the history of Krakow (and let's face it - this is what you're here for) then this is the place to stay.
Central, quiet and relaxing
I stayed for 4 nights in May 05. I originally booked into the Radisson, but it was overbooked and they moved me to the Copernicus. It was a lovely quiet hotel. The inner courtyard was covered in with glass and created a great atmosphere. The room on the 2nd floor was an adequate size, but the shower room was lovely. There's a roof terrace with lovely views of the Wawel. Great place to unwind with a beer. It was handy to be staying so central, but Krakow is a small place and everywhere is central!
I checked out the reviews on several sites prior to going to Hotel Copernicus and the ones on Trip Advisor nearly made me cancel but we perserved and are we glad we did! This is an important heritage building, tastefully restored - modern yet managing to offer a contemporary flair - a superb location in what the tour guides still refer to as the most charming and historically important street in Krakow. our room was one of the biggest we have ever had outside of the USA. sure the maid kept insisting on turning up the heat ready for our return, but we just used the temperature dials on the wall and turned it right back down again. I loved the heavy velvet and silk brocade drapes which I had to use all my strength each day to pull back to let in the light and the furniture was beautiful wood to match the floors and ceiling. A luxurious marble bathroom with power shower ( no bath but we shower so no complaints there) and a breakfast location which made us look forward to sitting there each morning with ample choice provided. It was November and the best time to avoid the crowds that are starting to discover this wonderful city. Having been three times already, we will be back - and it will be the Copernicus again. This is no ordinary hotel, so don't measure it against those homogenous chains.
Seriously overpriced. Try Pollera or Elektron for 50% less.
A difficult hotel to judge. We stayed for four nights and would rate the rooms and common areas as five star - a real medieval atmosphere - entirely appropriate for a 15th century building although lighting could have been more inventive in common areas. Some rooms were dark but we were lucky and had a room on the top floor overlooking the back but plenty of light - rooms lower down would have been darker unless you overlooked the street. Shower was fantastic!
We stayed here for five nights in August 2004. We knew we were paying a lot for accommodation in Krakow, but thought it would be worth it - it wasn't. The staff were unhelpful, we were originally given a room with a shower and asked for a room with a bath as we had a young child with us. They asked us to pay extra, and when we refused they said they'd try to sort something out. We waited an hour but no-one came back to the room. Eventually we went down to reception to ask what was happening, and got a room with a bath (without external window). The roof terrace bar wasn't open throughout our stay, and the bar on the interior courtyard shut at 11pm (despite at least two guests asking the staff if they could serve drinks). There is no room service. Breakfast service is slow. There are no tea and coffee facilities in the room, not too bad if you manage to get someone to give you a couple of cups of coffee at breakfast - but it's difficult here. The swimming pool and fitness suite is unattended and frankly strange. It isn't a welcoming hotel. The location of this hotel is fantastic, but I just don't understand why they don't open the roof terrace with the view over Wawel Castle and improve the service.
We stayed at the hotel in early April and thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The staff was friendly and reasonably knowledgable about the city. The pool was also closed when we visited, which was a little disappointing but nothing too major. The rooms had very high ceilings with exposed beams. We upgraded to a "nicer" room which was larger than we needed. However, we had a shower rather than a tub. The location is excellent for roaming around the city and the breakfast was quite nice.
Excellent location, situated at foot of the castle on Krakow's oldest street, just a few minutes walk from the Market Square. The hotel has a pleasant, well-designed, internal, covered courtyard, where breakfast area, bar and restaurant are situated.