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Forgive me for the lateness of this entry and forgive me if my story shifts in verb tense from past to present. My memories happen in present tense, but the story is in the past. How this charts on a English language time-line I have NO idea. So now, "the REST of the story!" ~Paul Harvey
There is little to say about my last few days in …
... was my last drink, but we did have a great night out dancing and chatting tp with everyone and getting to know a few more people. One of the guys eventually got kicked out for arguing with the staff around the same time a few of us were leaving so a group of us were all in the street, I ended up catching a cab with a couple of the other guys back to the hotel, a few other cabs followed us. I then put on some Polish dubbed Homeland before getting into bed for the ...
... extermination camp of the complex and was 20 times larger than Auschwitz I. Anyone who has been will remember the sheer scale of this place. Unlike the sadness I felt in Auschwitz I, the second camp brought on a great feeling of awe and — in some sense — amazement. Such a beautiful location, covered in a thick layer of snow, with the graves of 1.1 million people situated in the middle of it. Our tour guide, who was absolutely ...
... the Nazi’s to destroy when they fled the camps. We entered the camp and walked down a train line where the trains loaded full of prisoners would arrive. At the end of the train lines were the remains of the two large gas chambers and crematoriums, the Nazi’s had managed to blow these up before the camp was liberated. We were shown through one of the remaining barracks and a building that was an ablution block. The toilets ...
... to operate during the war years. The pharmacist that ran the business is hailed as an Oscar Schindler type saviour of the people in the ghetto, for it was through the medicines that he provided that saved many lives. He also had to fight hard with the Nazis to be able to continue the pharmacies existence.
Our last stop on the tour was Oscar’s factory. This is where Tom asked as to take a seat as he was going to explain a truthful account of the Oscar ...
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
I wasn't expecting too much of this hotel, and thankfully it wasn't worse than I expected.
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).
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.