Travel Blogs from Krakow
... west) to warn the city of the invasion. His efforts saved the city, but they came at a cost. As he blew the warning tune in the fourth and final direction, a Tartar arrow hit the trumpeter in the throat, thus terminating his song. Every hour, on the hour, a trumpeter places the same song in all four directions, cutting off at the same point where the original guard was stopped. The city of Krakow has such great stories, no?
No trip to ...
... gates " Arbeit Macht Frei " it is hard to explain emotions walking through where so many lost their lives. This camp has been turned into a museum. The original buildings are now home to artefacts found, pictures and exhibits to educate everyone on what exactly took place. I knew about the gas chambers and medical experimentation on people but had no idea the extent of torture and exactly what went on and how the Jewish ...
"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."
This past weekend, I set out in search of discovering my roots, focused on figuring out why in the world I got stuck with my crazy last name. There's no surprise that I once again got everything and more than I could have imagined from one weekend in Poland. I think it is safe to say that this has been my favorite place in the world that I have ever been! ...
... Museum to see Erica's (ahem, I mean "Professor Lehrer's") exhibit on Jewish figurines, which you can read about here: http://www.jewishfigs.pl. It's been getting a lot of media attention, as well as a visit by the Israeli ambassador, which is very exciting for her.
After a delicious lunch for a reasonable price at a funky little cafe, I walked into the Old Town and poked around for a couple of hours. Krakow, ...
... had been 15 years since our last visit to this city. Driving into the Old Town, things had changed as expected. The area around Wawel Castle (the home of past Polish royalty) that overlooks the Wisla River now has a lovely pedestrian walkway around the castle. The biggest changes that we noted though came from 3 things that have left their mark on the city and Poland.
Karol Józef Wojtyła (also known as Pope John Paul II and now Blessed ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Europejski Hotel Krakow
Eastern European Charm
We spent 3 nights at this hotel in central Krakow at the end of April 2006. It was recommended to us because it was friendly and family-run. It is an older hotel and it takes about 10 minutes to walk into the central part of the city. We found the rooms to be comfortable but quite quirky. The bathrooms were spotless and the showers were excellent.The actual room we had was more like an apartment, we had a bedroom and also a small lounge with 3 piece suite, plants and TV. There are only 2 floors - but no lift or bell-boys.
Breakfasts were typically Polish - cold meats, cheeses, sausages, fresh rolls, fruit, cereal and also fresh doughnuts.
Some staff were very friendly but all were efficient. There is a very sweet courtyard where drinks can be taken. The hotel has character - so much better than a bland, concrete block which Krakow has a lot of. A new shopping mall is planned for future development opposite the hotel "Galleria Krakowska", probaly won't be much fun staying at the Europejski while it is under construction as the front bedrooms overlook the building site.
We stayed at this hotel for three nights at the end of October. I must admit that the hotel was a pleasant surprise indeed. Value for money is the key here. We were given room 201 which was facing the rear and was probably a god send as they are currnetly re building the tram system right in front of the hotel. The room was ok, showing signs of it's age and the rather old decoration. However it would appear that changes have recently been made, new windows and a rather nice bathroom. Only a five to ten minute walk and you are in the city square. Would have no hesitation in booking this hotel again. Staff were friendly, never used the hotel restaurant as there is such a huge choice only minutes away and do try the local cuisine, it's good.
I stayed in this hotel for 3 nights late September/early October largely because all of the more popular hotels were full by the time I booked. (Note: Late September and everywhere was full. Krakow is POPULAR so if you want go book well in advance). Having read some of the earlier reviews on this property I approached my stay with some trepidation. Shared bathrooms/poor service/badly in need of renovation etc. So it was a very pleasant surprise to find the property to be absolutely charming. The front part of the property is a converted old town residenceI was given a room at the front with flowers on the outside and a view over the main railway square. the room was modern and spotlessly clean and the bathroom excellent with a modern shower cubicle. The staff were friendly and very helpful. The reviews also made it sound as though it were miles from the old town but, in fact, it is very lovely 5 minute stroll to the old market square, through a park and past the lovely old main theatre. There are several routes to the old square and some of the best jazz cafes and bars in town are located in these streets. The breakfast buffet is excellent and includes cooked eggs. The scrambled eggs with ham, cooked in individual skillets, are quite the beat I have ever had and were particularly good on the first morning, having arrived from New York via Frankfurt late the previous evening. The bar and restaurant, connected but operated separately, are very good also.
It's not a 5-Star but does not pretend to be, instead well focused on what it does do and doing it very well. I simply cannot understand many of the ealier reviews based upon my experience. I would stay in this hotel again and recommend it to anyone.
EXCELLENT HOTEL AND STAFF
Arrived at 05:30am. Had no reservations or plans. A tour guide approached me and suggested this hotel and his tour services. He carried my luggage to this hotel. The hotel staff quoted me a VERY satisfactory price and I got an EXCELLENT room at approx. 06:00am!
I like the idea of a hotel VERY close to train station. I am 60 years old. The walk to Old Town is short and worth the walk....about 10 minutes. The hotel staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. When I indicated that I was leaving in several days for Vienna, the lady at the desk, on her own, went onto the internet and found a PERFECT hotel and location for me in Vienna! I was amazed. She booked it for me and when I arrived in Vienna, I was completely satisfied! The breakfast at the EUROPEJSKI hotel is more than adequate as is the service. I don't expect much, but this hotel and it's staff are excellent! The rooms were CLEAN, SPOTLESS and VERY comfortable. Actually, all I look for is a place to sleep and bathe, since I do photography and am ALWAYS out and about. Actually, I can't imagine someone traveling all this way to sit in a hotel room and watch TV....I sincerely recommend this hotel due to its location and excellence.
Super hotel and services for the price you pay
Booked an en-suite room at this hotel (not all rooms are en suite) which is essential. Room was absolutely fine and fitted with a brand new bathroom - toilet and shower - all very very clean.
Location - about 3-5 mins walk from the old town - a short walk through a pedestrianised green area.
Breakfast - again despite a review on this web site, breakfast was continually re-plenished. It only really consisted of cold foods ie, cheese, bread, ham, yoghurts, cereal etc - but again this was perfectly adequate.
Services at hotel - despite some reviews here, staff were helpful and friendly and assisted anyway they could. When we arrived at the hotel, there was an advert in the reception area for trips organised by the hotel to Auschwitz, Salt Mines etc. Receptionist noticed us looking at these and said she would be happy to book something for us if we were interested (she wasn't pushy nor was she trying to give us the hard sell). We therefore booked the trips via the hotel in their taxi (ie, private trip). Our driver was excellent and the most reliable and helpful driver you could meet. He even assisted us with queue jumping at the Salt Mines where if he hadn't we'd have been queueing up for over 2 hours. Both of these trips worked out cheaper that going on the normal organised trips!!
Overall, I'd recommend a stay at this hotel and would definitely stay again if I were to return to Krakow!
Hit and miss
I wasn't expecting too much of this hotel, and thankfully it wasn't worse than I expected.
We had booked through Expedia and requested a double room, upon arrival we discovered we had been 'upgraded' to a triple room which ment three single beds. For a romantic trip it wasn't quite what we had in mind! I was going to ask to move as the hotel wasn't overly busy but noticed on the fire plan that not all rooms had ensuite bathrooms and as ours was a very nice recently renovated room with a lovely bathroom we decided to stay as we were.
We ate in the hotel restaurant the first night, the meal very good, the service fantastic, the price much more expensive than had we eaten on the old town square, which we did for the following 4 nights of our trip. Breakfasts were average, the normal cold meats and cheeses, bread rolls however no facilities for toast. You can also order eggs done a variety of ways to go with the buffet. On our last day we went down to the restaurant at 9.10am, there were several people wanting to have breakfast however the buffet had been completely exhausted of everything and we were told that nothing else would be added, however we could still have eggs. It seems this hotel works on a first come first served basis, so get in early!
Oh, and don't expect too much of the reception staff either, it is hard enough to actually manage to get a one word reply when you ask for the key to your room, I would hate to imagine what it would be like if you wanted a detailed explanation from them.
All in all this hotel is in a great location and is of a reasonable quality, I think for the money it is perfectly satisfactory.
What a quaint hotel. I thoroughly enjoyed the warm hospitality of the staff in the hotel and restaurant. Ask for Andre for all your traveling needs. Convenient to everything in Krakow.
This hotel doesn't look like much from the outside, but it has a fairly homey feel inside and is 50 meters from the train station. We had a superior standard room which was well-appointed and very comfortable. The beds were, in my opinion, a little too soft, but we slept well anyway. Trams passing in the street make the floors shake. The hotel is well-situated and is walking distance to most places of interest. Bottled water is provided since tap water is not drinkable. Note that there is NO ELEVATOR in this hotel so carry a very light suitcase. Similar to my experience in the rest of Poland the reception staff, in general, is neither very friendly nor helpful.
Hotel Badly Needs A Massive Renovation
This is the type of hotel that I would have liked back in the days when I was a university student, travelling through Europe, but does not make the grade now that I am older. Good points: very close to train station, tasty breakfast (and very nice restaurant staff). Bad points: this is an old hotel, with a long history -- and it shows! Lots of potential -- but it terribly needs an infusion of money to renovate it. The rooms are relatively clean, but quite shabby. The lobby is cute, and retains some of the old-world charm, but the rooms are really disappointing (one grade above hostel). And the rates are not particularly cheap (if it was a bargain, then I'd have fewer qualms).
Charming little place
Great little hotel, excellent location right accross from the main train station and few minutes from old town. Hotel is small but very charming, has a great bar and a restaurant. Staff is very friendly and accomodating. Make sure to book deluxe room.
Most deluxe rooms are fully renovated and are much larger. When I first checked in I had a regular room which was more like a closet with 2 single beds but whe I expressed my concernes at the front dest I was offered a free upgrade. My new room had a little balcony with beautifull hanging flower baskets and a breakfast table. Rooms have no AC but all windows open and there is always a nice breeze. Hotel building is one of the oldest hotels in Kracow so do not expect huge size rooms, it is not the Hilton but offers great value. Rates are very good comparing to any other hotel in the same area. All staff speaks English and is very helpfull. I would stay again at this hotel during my next visit.