Travel Blogs from Krakow
... we were able to board our flight.
1.25 hours to Brussells with a 1.5 hour stopover and then a 1.40 hour connecting flight. We love those short flights. We were impressed with this Airline. One we had never flown with before. A
part from a group of drunken Yobbos who were loud and silly.
Paul organised for another Hire Car but we forgot to take a snap shot of the name of the Company but by the time we got to the 2nd last desk we were in luck and a very ...
Our entry into the Czech Republic from Poland was quite fraught as we ended up driving in the wrong direction for the the first hour and a half before realising that the GPS was set for Praha in Poland and not Praha in the Czech Republic ... and then to make matters worse, the GPS stopped working altogether and wouldn't recharge! Okay - deep breath ... data turned on on IPhone momentarily to track our correct route to Prague and off we went ...
... II is the hero of Poland, along with Copernicus 'Father of Modern Astronomy,' and Lech Walesa.
My hotel the Holiday Inn, walking distance to Market Square, could not have been more pleasant. The breakfast every morning fulfilled all my requirements of a fabulous hotel breakfast; smoked salmon, fresh fruit, hearty breads, eggs, unlimited cappuccino—So I set out every day happy and after downing two delicious cappuccinos -wired like a spring- eager ...
... many shops to explore! Today happened to be the 2 year anniversary for Gregg & Lauren, and they had shouted themselves some really nice paintings of the Town Square, Cloth Hall and St Marys Cathedral. One painting was of a table at a restaurant near by, under the arches of the beautiful Cloth Hall. We decided to eat at that resturant and take photos of Gregg & Lauren at the same table under ...
... Fields and S-21 Prison, which were all requisitioned buildings, just shows how truly fanatical the Nazi's were in their anti-Semitic policy: they created the infrastructure they needed to perpetuate their fantasy. Auschwitz II - Birkenau was created with one purpose: to kill people. Approximately 1.3 million people were transported to and died at Auschwitz II - Birkenau, mainly in gas chambers. People arrived on trains, often in the middle of the night, and were divided ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ester Krakow
Went expecting an average hotel and were very pleasantly surprised. Room on the top floor with large skylights. Minamilist furniture and very smart bathroom, kept spotless. Staff were extemely friendly and helpful. Cold buffet breakfast served from 7:30 till 11.
Lots of restaurants and bars close by, quite lively in the evening and an easy walk into the centre.
Sue & Jonathan (London)
Sollte man nicht verpassen
Wir sind gerade von einer Wochenendreise im Hotel Ester zurückgekehrt und können es unbedingt weiterempfehlen. Es ist nicht luxuriös, aber sauber, ordentlich und die Angestellten sind freundlich und effizient. Das Frühstücksbüffet war ein Genuss. Das Hotel hat eine ausgezeichnete Lage inmitten des jüdischen Viertels, das nachts sehr belebt ist. Zum Marktplatz sind es zu Fuß ca. 15 Minuten. Man könnte ein moderneres Hotel in der Innenstadt finden, aber dieses hier hat Charakter. Uns wurde gesagt, dass Krakau in der Zukunft das "neue" Prag sein wird. Ich würde auf jedem Fall vorher noch hin fahren! Die Restaurants sind nach westeuropäischem Standard sehr günstig, allerdings wird sich dies wohl auch ändern. Der Marktplatz ist der größte in Europa und wirklich beeindruckend. Ein Besuch nach Auschwitz / Birkenau muss sein, das ehemalige KZ ist jetzt ein staatliches Museum und der Besuch dort war sehr traurig, aber unvergesslich.
Ausgezeichnetes Hotel in historischer Lage, für Jedermann empfehlenswert
Wir sind zu dritt für zwei Tage dort gewesen und haben es geliebt. Das Hotel wurde kürzlich renoviert und unser Zimmer (16) war picobello, die Angestellten sehr freundlich, die Bar sehr schön und das kontinentale Frühstück ausgezeichnet. In der Nähe des Hotels befindet sich alles was man braucht, Kneipen, Supermärkte, Restaurants, Touren etc., es gibt sogar eine Bank neben dran. Gegenüber dem Hotel liegt eine tolle, kleine Kneipe mit dem Namen Crocodile. Zu Fuß zum Marktplatz geht man ungefähr 10 bis 15 Minuten und um die Ecke liegt ein kleiner Markt, wiederum mit Kneipen und Restaurants. Kazimeirz ist wie eine Zeitreise zurück in die Dreißiger Jahre, eine tolle Erfahrung. Ich hoffe es gefällt Ihnen, wir kommen auf jedem Fall zurück.
Perfect accomodation in a beautiful city.
I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights along with 2 friends and all of us thought it was excellent, particularly in light of the very low price we paid. We shared a family room (3 single beds) and there was ample space for all of us.
Our room was very nice, modern, airy and had everything we could ask for and was cleaned efficiently each morning.
The hotel has been recently modernised and all facilites including the bar, restaurant and al-a-carte breakfast are of the hightest standard.
The hotel is located within an area filled with lively but not hectic bars and restaurants several of which we ate and drank in and all of which were very enjoyable. The main market square is located within walking distance and the tram also operates within close distance of the hotel should you prefer to take this.
We would definitely recommend the Hotel Ester as a base for your holiday in Krakow and should we be returning we will make every effort to stay at this hotel again.
Excellent hotel in historic locale,recommended for all
three of us went for two days and loved the place ,the hotel has recently been refurbished and the room we had (16) was immaculate,nice friendly staff,bar etc was good,continental breakfast was great.Around the hotel is everything you need ,bars supermarkets,restuarants,tours etc,also a bank next door.theres a great little pub opposite called the crocodile.10 to 15 minutes walk to main market square,thers a little market around the corner with bars and restuarants all about the place.kazimeirz by the way is like a timewarp back to the thirties but great.hope you enjoy the place, i will be back
This hotel claims to be 3-star. The room (NO 10) allocated to us was 2 or 1 star. With one side of the bed attached to the wall and my wife who is 58 having in clamber over one side of the bed to get to her side. Facilities in very small room were poor. TV showing only Polish programmes with poor reception, carpets needed cleaning. and even the the bathroom taps were placed too high above the basin.
We complained about the room, asked to see the manager. never did. only had the offer of a basket of fruit which we turned down.
Breakfast I thought catered more for Polish visitors rather than an international clientele.
Stayed on same holiday in a 4-star hotel in Warsaw and there was a world of difference - much more than a 1-star difference
The Ester is in the Jewish quarter which will improve although the area is in the middle of quite a bit of renovation and upgrading.
I would either stay in a chain hotel in Krakow again or at least 4-star Polish owned hotel. This is never 3 star in a million years!!! Don't make the mistake we did!!! Krakow is a great place to visit despite this hotel
Not to be missed
Just returned from Hotel Ester on a weekend break.
Highly recommended. Not luxurious but clean, tid and staff friendly and efficient. Most enjoybable buffet breakfast.
Excellent location in the heart of the Jewish quarter which is very lively at night. 15 minutes walk to Market Square.
You could go to a more modern hotel in the City but this one has character.
We've heard that Krakow will eventually become the "new" Prague. I'd go there before it does!
On western European standards it's very cheap to eat out although prices are supposed to be rising. The Market Square is the largest in Europe and very impressive
A visit to Aushwitz/Birkeneau has to be done. It is now a State museum and the experience is a sad one but unforgettable.
A Hotel to Avoid
I stayed 4 nights with a tour group and so I couldn't leave, or otherwise I would have checked out.
1. The hotel is in the midst of some remodeling. Directly above my room there was hammering and drilling, with plaster falling from the ceiling onto my carpet. At 8 p.m. on the first night, I went down and asked the front desk to move me. They said no other rooms were available. I then asked when the workmen would stop for the night. I was told they stopped at 5:00 (?!). When I pointed out that it was after 8 p.m. they said that the crew would stop immediately. I left the hotel at 8:45 and they were still working. When I returned at 10:00 they were gone. This insanity continued the entire time of our stay. Besides the construction racket, I had to listen to them shouting from the 4th floor window down to the street level while using a rope-and-pulley system to raise supplies, buckets etc. - all right next to my window.
2. We (my tour leader) requested that the staff vacuum up the fallen plaster that first evening. This was not accomplished for almost 24 hours. I threw a towel over it to avoid tracking it around the room.
3. My room, contrary to promises, had no functional air conditioner. I was, however, given a fan on the 2nd day. The room stayed hot even with the window open -- and of course, with the window open, the noise level (shouting workmen, street noise, etc.) was problematic.
I will never consider returning to this noisy and inconsiderate establishment.
Fine but no frills
Good location on pleasant leafy Jewish Square. Although fairly recently refurbished don't expect it to be modern by western european standards. The room was a decent size and clean, bathroom large with deep bath. But all rather 70ish with floral wallpaper and rather (even though new) dated fittings. No frills like mini bar or safe etc. Nice staff, pleasant dining room and the breakfast was fine. We paid about £43 a night with breakfast which I felt was about right.