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Claramente hoy todo estuvo cerrado, pero Cracovia sigue siendo una bonita ciudad para caminar. Y lo primero que visitamos, por fuera, fue la fábrica de Oskar Schindler. Luego regresamos a Kasimierz, que es el viejo ghetto judío. Aquí entramos a la Basílica Corpus Christi y estaba empezando misa de doce. En el jardín estaba …
Hoy fueron algo así como 560km, entre Praha y Kraków, nuevamente el cruce de la frontera fue bastante soso, me enteré de pura chriripa porque había un letrerito que decía Polska, y ya ... Aunque casi de inmediato se notó en la mejora de la carretera. Todo iba muy bien hasta que nos topamos conque la autopista 1 estaba …
... a nice pizza at a place in the mall adjacent to the train station.
The night train accommodation was a small sleeper (guess who got the upper bunk, once again?) and the tracks were rough, making for a sketchy nights sleep. Surprisingly we passed through Prague on the way to Budapest...we are planning to go to Prague after Budapest...does this count as two visits to Prague? Tomorrow, Buda and Pest...
... residential areas (the only indication is the unmarked dedication to the holocaust victims in the square near the pharmacy - which I suspect you aren't meant to pose for photos on, as the lady in the background of our photo is!) Schindler's Factory is a timeline of the war through Krakow's eyes, with surprisingly little on the factory. Schindler's desk is displayed, as well as the names of all on his list in a room made up of metal pots. We ...
... and their details but there were certainly lots of people flocking to the square, looking at the market stalls, eating out at fancy restaurants and people admiring the lit of square. The city was nice by night but we are looking forward to explore it more when we get back from the tatra mountains. Our one night in krakow before we return in a few days for a few more nights consisted of a free dinner at the hostel, beers at the connecting hostel and a free breakfast. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Batory Krakow
Pleasant and excellent value for zlotys
We spent three nights here in early March, paying 55 euros per night including breakfast. It exceeded our expectations. The hotel is attractively decorated with spacious rooms furnished in a homey, light pine style. Very comfortable beds. A lot of care was obviously taken in creating this hotel. The staff were helpful and always congenial. There is an elevator.
Few minor downsides: no English language TV stations...Euronews is available but only picture, no sound. One French station, one or two German stations, the rest Polish. Also, it's a longer walk from the train station and main market square than anticipated. Still doable (we walked back and forth to the main square every day), but it takes more than 5 minutes, at least in winter. Would not want to walk from the train station to the hotel unless carrying almost no luggage. The hotel offers a discount to guests who eat in its restaurant (it smelled good but we didn't eat there).
It's helpful to have some zlotys with you before you check in (no currency exchange offered at the hotel). There is an ATM less than five minutes away that we had no problems using. An English speaking pharmacy also is only two minutes walk away.
All in all a very comfortable place to stay at a very reasonable price. I would have no problems staying here again.
Great value and location
Having previously stayed at the Regent, we wanted to stay in a different part of Krakow purely to try experience different areas. We chose Batory because of location, price and reviews. Its located to the east about 10 minutes from centre on foot and about 10 to Kazimierz but with excellent trams just a couple of minutes away. Its not the prettiest of hotels from the outside but inside its clean, nicely decorated and warm. The staff, all of them, were so helpful and friendly. We were greeted in the restaurant every time and meals were excellent. We had dinner there first night, a lovely meal and excellent value, indeed cheaper than many of the places in the centre. Only complaint was that while smoking is not permitted in bedrooms, its ok in the restaurant it appears. Breakfasts were wonderful, great range of meat, cheese, bread, etc. Our room was small but perfect, clean and nicely fitted out. Phone, tv, hairdryer, good shower, plenty of towels and bottles of mineral water every day. We walked everywhere in a matter of minutes - castle, bus station, etc. from the hotel. For the price it offers excellent facilities and location it was a perfect base for us.
Perfect location and good value for money
This hotel was ideal for our needs. It was clean and good value for money. The bedroom wasn't massive but spacious enough for us as it really was just a base for our trip. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The breakfast choice was good as was the evening menu, however the restaurant lacked atmosphere, particularly in the evenings when you want the lights dimmed a bit.
The best thing for us was the location as it was a few minutes walk from the main square but quiet as it is on a residential street. Plus, in the other direction a few minutes walk will take you to a great new shopping centre.
Loved Krakow and would definitely stay at this hotel again.
Krakow is an excellent city! We have recommended it to all our friends and plan a second visit in March this year. The Hotel Batory was pleasant with great food (mushroom soup very tasty) and friendly staff. Unfortunately the hotel was very busy; large groups of elderly tourists and school kids... not great if you're a young couple on a romantic holiday. Our room was ground floor, at the end of a long corridor and the room was dark. We asked for a quieter room away from the terrace but there was nothing available. Nevertheless, we settled in and had a great time. Our verdict; nice hotel, good for group bookings and excellent food.
Home from Home
The Batory Hotel was above our expectations. The Staff were friendly and extreamly helpful and made us feel special. Hotel was very clean and the rooms were comfortable and of a good size. The food was plentiful and of a high standard. We were able to arrange tours from the hotel and the Old Town was within walking distance. We stayed a week and had a wonderful holiday. Krakow is an unforgetable city we hope to return to some day as there was so much to do and see.
Myself and my two friends stayed here for 2 nights. We booked a 3 bed room in the guesthouse and were given a room with 5 beds. So we had plenty of space! The room itself was spotless. Its only 5 minute walk from the train station and within walking distance of all the sights. The breakfast was lovely and plentiful. You can book the Auschwitz tour at reception and the bus picks you up there. Would recommend this hotel.
A Great Value!
We just returned from a great trip in Poland and Krakow was definitely a highlight. We spent three nights at the Hotel Batory and found it comfortable and hospitable. We found that it was strictly non-smoking in both the rooms and the restaurant, however, if you sit at the outdoor patio, it seems that everyone is smoking!
We had a great traditional Polish meal the first night and the breakfast spread is delightful. It's very close to Krakow's stunning town square. The guarded car park is a nice feature.
No A/C, but the ceiling fan kept the room cool.
All in all, this was a great stay at a great price. Highly recommended!
Good, Good ...
Having taken the advice of other "TripAdvisors" I duly booked for the Batory Hotel. I enjoyed my stay although things must have changed since the non-smoking public areas as smoking was rife in both the restaurant and bar which bothered me a bit but not enough to put me off.
Room was clean as were all public areas, staff nice and courteous, food & prices (inc. drinks) ... GOOD. Though not all of the lightbulbs seemed to work in most areas which I found a bit strange that so many were out and were not replaced in my 3 nights there !!!
Don't let the drab immediate surroundings of the Batory hotel put you off as it's only a 5 min walk to the beautiful Town Square. A little further on and you're @ Wawel Castle. The hotel is also not far from the train station where 3 x single tickets to Oswiecim (Auschwitz) cost no more than £5 ... an absolute bargain even if the trains are rickety and take an hour & a half !!!
You won't go far wrong with this hotel if you're looking for reasonable prices and a good location.
I will return
Having recently returned from a vacation in Krakow - staying at the Hotel Batory - I can strongly recommend the Hotel as one of the finest in which I have ever stayed.
The hotel must be congratulated on it's smoking-free zone especially in the dining area. This enabled us two confirmed non-smokers to enjoy our meals without having to endure someone else's cigarette smoke which respects no boundaries. The rooms at the hotel are very clean, quiet, spacious ,with all necessary mod-cons.
Staff are very conscientious, polite and very efficient. The proximity of the hotel to the city centre is within walking distance. The hotel has a distinct 'family feel' about it
When next we are in Krakow we will most definitely stay at the Hotel Batory.
Nick and Muriel Tomaszewski
beutiful guesthouse, gorgeous decor, spotlessly clean, very comfortable, above standard breakfast buffet. Really was a very enjoyable place to stay, good living area with satellite t.v and comfy sofa and eating area.
would highly recommend it..especially since was only €40 per night for the guesthouse incl. breakfast! and about 5 minutes walk to the very centre of Krakow!!