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... belongings that had been taken away. We saw awful pictures of what people looked like at liberation. Their faces will be embedded in memory for a long time to come. Somehow, even though we have seen pictures, visited many museums on the Holocaust being at the site where these people walked, lived and then died was unbelievable.
There were 28 barracks at Auschwitz and we walked through many of them that now act as a museum.
The last stop, just like the people of the ...
Today we visited the market square and ate Kielbasa and baby potatoes. Then we went to the zoo ( very small) , helped a security guard with some English and visited Wawel Castle and the Jewish district. After getting lost even with a GPS we finally made it back to our hotel. Then the highlight of my day I got to meet some of Andrews ...
... and goofed around. We hit a chocolate shop, watched how they made them and then grabbed a handful. We met up later for dinner and had a few beers.
The last few days have really been amazing. Met some truly wonderful people, ate like a queen, got to see some glorious sites, and got to pay respect at the site of the 20th century's most horrific ...
... been teaching us Polish all day took us to our bus and we made our way to the salt mines, 3 hour tour of the salt mines which was great its amazing how they carve the chapels and statues out of salt, I liked a few walls they say you are allowed to lick up 5 Kgs of salt but I didn't quite get my money's worth lol. Then back on the bus and headed to a pub where we had the most delicious drink which tasted like Apple Pie delicious! ...
... but the sour red borscht (different than i’d had before) and rather tasteless meat (boar) served in heavy gravy in the middle of what looked like a large bagel weren’t terribly good. On the other hand, lunch earlier in the day had been so good and so large, I hardly needed to eat anything!
The next morning, a guide took us on a fast-paced tour all around the old city. I especially enjoyed touring Wawel perched high above ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Eden Hotel Krakow
Thanks for the tips!
My husband and I ave just come back after spending two nights at the Hotel Eden and all I can say is thank you to everyone who recommended this hotel - it was excellent!
We found the staff to be exeptionally helpful and their English was immaculate which was an absolute saviour as we don't know a single word in Polish. There was always a welcoming smile and a professional attitude. I had heard before we went that the Polish in general could be surly but everyone we met and spoke to were delightful and very eager to help.
The hotel itself was extremely clean and well decorated with some lovely original paintings decorating the spacious bedrooms. One point to note though. I booked a double room assuming that I would get a double bed. Instead we got two single beds but at least this meant that there were no arguments over the duvet!
Breakfast was simple and unassuming but to be honest the food is so cheap in Krakow that if you wanted something more, it wasn't a problem to buy a mid morning snack.
Ye Olde Goat wasn't very busy when we went there but the atmosphere was still welcoming and they make an excellent hot chocolate which goes very well with a shot of vodka (purely to keep the cold out, you understand...).
Couple of general points to note and bear in mind:
* Be careful with your bank notes, if they are ripped or have bits missing, they won't be accepted. This happened to us and we were advised to go to a bank to change it.
* Taxi charges from the hotel - we were told that 70 zloty would be enough by the receptionist but the taxi driver charged us 88 zloty - perhaps this was becuase it was Sunday but we don't know. Check before you leave. Having said that, this only equated to about £17.
Anyway, enjoy your trip!
Re visit with another group of students
What can I say about this hotel. This was my second visit and every time I go it surpasses itself. The staff are absolutely fantastic, Nothing is too much trouble, they organised a restaurant booking (there were 20 of us)in a fabulous place, transfers to Auschwitz and the airport, and again we were a large group which is no mean feat. They were charming at all times and even put up with 14 teenagers who I must admit did behave very well. To sum up the students thoughts of this hotel we stayed at the Hilton Stanstead the night before we left and all of the group said they would not return there as they would prefer to stay an extra day at the Eden. I would personally recommend it to anybody, and no wonder it is number 1 on the Trip Advisor site.I am returning in 6 weeks time with my family and then hopefully in the summer and october (for another school visit). This place will always be my first choice. Ye Olde goat inn, the breakfast the rooms the location are all outstanding, but what makes it for me is the staff, thankyou for making our visit another wonderful experience.
What a great hotel! The first part of our trip to Krakow was spent near the Rynek (Market Square) in the hotel Saski, and the last 3 days in the Jewish Quarter. I highly recommend spending at least a few days in the Jewish Qtr with another few days near the main square as the Jewish Qtr is a good half an hour walk from the main action. Anyway, our room was spacious since we were on the 3rd floor. Our rooms reminded me of my childhood house with the attic dormers, etc. Many amenities abound here: free internet, a just okay, but free breakfast, a wonderful bar in the basement (Ye Olde Goat), and the Salt Grottos. We sat on "reclining beach chairs" in a chilly room on top of a floor filled with Dead Sea Salts and just inhaled the therapeutic aroma. Whether or not this works, well, it doesn't matter. We felt better. We also had the option of in-room massages! Take advantage of this, please! A one-hour massage (on a table the masseuses bring in) cost $40 U.S. or 120 PLN. Well worth it! All in all: loved it and would definitely come back if I'm in Krakow.
New year at the hotel eden
we arrived at the eden hotel on december 31st, it's only a short journey from the airport by taxi. it was a particulary cold snowy day and we were delighted to find the hotel so warm and welcoming. our room was spacious, very clean and had everything we expected well stocked minibar etc. the staff throughout the hotel were exceptionally helpful and friendly nothing was too much trouble any time day or night. the hotel is located in kazimierz which is a delightful district fulll of quaint bars and eateries, also within easy walking distance of the town centre. all in all we had a wonderful stay in krackow and would certainly return to hotel eden on our next visit. susan + freddy, edinburgh, scotland.
Paradise regained... in Eden Hotel?
I stayed 4 days, between September 30th and October 3rd, and had a wonderful time in Hotel Eden. Although I booked a single room, they provided me with a very wide and elegant double room in the attic, which made it a pleasure to come "home", after a day of touring around! The bathroom was quite big (and clean), too.
Breakfast is rich and includes cucumbers, tomatoes and smoked salmon.
As for the location of the hotel, it's 15 mins walk / 10 mins run from the Wawel castle (add 5-10 mins, if your destination is the Rynek Square). You can also arrive close to it by public transportation, however take heed that buses may not follow the route indicated on your map, since Krakow is currently undergoing some excavations (due to some archaeological finds).
Although the area of Kazimierz seemed pretty much safe to me, and all I could see in the evening was couples walking hand in hand, I would still stay on the watch out, when walking at night, as the district is a quiet one. Of course, it's also a very interesting one, as it features Jewish cemeteries and synagogues.
Can't say much about the service and the facilities, as I always returned to the hotel quite late, and then I was too tired for having a sauna. However, having the receptionists been helpful when I asked them how to reach Wieliczka... and having seen a receptionist actually bring a slice of cake to the door of a guest, I can only imagine that they are both warm and kind. In the end, I definitely would return here!
We stayed at the Hotel Eden in Krakow in June 2005 for 3 nights on the second leg of our mini-tour of central Europe. The hotel is located within the historic, bohemian, slightly tatty but all the more beautiful for it Kazimierz area of the city- by far the best area to stay in my opinion.
We got to the hotel at around 6am on our first day, having just arrived on the overnight train from Prague. The hotel staff were fantastic and were kind enough to let us check in to our room 8 hours early without extra charge. Our room was lovely - very bright, clean and comfortable and overlooking the small square at the front of the hotel. The en suite facilities were equally modern and clean. As far as I know all the rooms are individually decorated in different colour schemes which is a really nice touch and adds to the welcoming atmosphere of the hotel.
Breakfast was always great and comprised a wide variety of fresh breads, cheeses, meats, vegetables, fruits, cereals, yogurts etc- a good way to start the day. Again the breakfast staff were very friendly and helpful.
On our last evening after a day spent visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau we decided to make use of the hotel sauna facilities. For around five pounds we had the sauna to ourselves for a whole hour which was great - we only wished we had done this every day!
In summary, I don't have a bad word to say about this hotel. Everything about it was excellent- the room, the staff, the price, the services, the location- everything was fantastic and I would definitely stay here again.
Incidentally, we also found by far the best restaurants of our whole trip practically on our doorstep! All in all a great hotel and great city.
Modern Hotel with only a short step outside to go back in time..
While my last visit was Nov 2004 ,I have stayed at this hotel several times in the past at different times of the year. The staff are very friendly and the owner is a mine of information on most local tourist issues -particularly on the historical sites in Kazimierz and surrounding area. The location is ideal for visiting the historical sites in Kazimierz and former ghetto area across the nearby river. Schindlers List was filmed in the area and many of the film locations are walking distance from the hotel . The famous Castle and Market square of Cracow are in walking distance or a 5 minute tram ride. For me personally , the main attraction is actually staying in Kazimierz since many of the buildings and streets churches and synagogues were untouched by World War II and it is possible (with the aid of local museum photographs) to get a feel of the ambience prior to World War II.
Wonderful little hotel
This is a wonderful, relatively small hotel in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Highly recommend! The room we had was charming, with a small balcony overlooking the old Jewish cemetery. Because of the popularity of the district, I would suggest asking for a room that is not facing the street. The hotel had all necessary amenities in the room and the people who work at the hotel were terrifically helpful with information. Breakfast was lovely and certainly one of the most complete we had on our travels. Probably the only tiny complaint would be the coffee--instant only! As a side note, I believe it is the only hotel that is actually run by a Jewish family.
The location of the hotel provided the opportunity to explore this historically important quarter as well as a nice walk into the heart of the city.
Great little hotel
we just stayed in the Eden in may o5. I choose this property based on size and reviews. the hotel is really clean and the beds are very comfortable. the bathroom was large and the shower was great after the one we had in Spain. the rooms are on the small size. we found the staff really helpful & the room includes a buffet breakfast. they have 2 computers and free internet use. the location is great a 15 minute walk to the old town. we had supper near the hotel each night & there are lots of bars and restaurants nearby. i would definitely stay t here again. Paul Canada
Bargain hotel in quiet location
This small hotel is situated in the historic old Jewish district of Kazimierz a short tram ride from the old centre of Krakow. Its is on a very quiet street overlooking a small square. Our room was spacious and clean. The buffet breakfast was fairly basic but with copious smoked salmon. The staff are very helpful and there is even an apparently little used pub in the basement. Within easy walking distance are numerous bars and restaurants. Apparently the hotel is the only one in Krakow to offer truly Kosher food. Evening meals must be booked in advance, so not needing Kosher food we ate elsewhere.
Booking through ---travelpoland--- gave us a rate of about 60USD for the room per night, so it was a real bargain.