Novotel Krakow Centrum
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Today we caught the bus to Auschwitz - Birkenau.
It's about a 90 minute bus ride.
There's no point in trying to describe the feelings one gets when here.
There's a few photos of spectacles, shoes, and the like. The victims had to undress before entering the gas chamber and this is just some of the belongings that the nazis kept.
There was another room full of human hair. This ...
... they had to their unexpected deaths. The camp is very well preserved, though the gas chambers and a number of housing blocks were intentionally destroyed. Each housing block contained 800 Jews, where they slept stacked 3 levels high on wooden bunks. The camp was much bigger than I expected, yet looked exactly as I have seen it depicted in films and pictures. After walking around the Birkenau camp, we got back on the bus to go to the main Auschwitz ...
... so we would have to take a tram and then the train. We were a bit worried that might make us late to the bus but the public transport system seems to be reliable and fairly cheap once you figure it out. On the train we met an English guy who teased us about coming from the colonies but had the good sense to rank us above Aus :) From there we got on our Polski Bus and drove 5hrs to Krakow. We managed to get the front seats so we had a fantastic view of the countryside. ...
... br> We finished the tour by walking up the Wawel Castle, giving us a view over the city. From here we walked into the Jewish Quarters. We thought we would finish our time with a visit to Schindler's factory. Oskar Schindler was a German spy, and member of the Nazi party who is credited with saving the lives of over 1,200 during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunition ...
... experience, we were not let down. Our guide for the tour provided a beautiful balance of moving story telling and indepth knowledge of the persecutions and horrors that Auschwitz/Birkenau are renowned for. Her delivery ensured you understood what this place was all about without becoming an overly morbid depressing tour.
We will never forget walking into one of the rooms which houses human hair, Two tonnes of it are on display. The hair had been shaved ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Krakow Centrum
The Novotel Krakow Centrum is extremely well run. My double room on the 5th floor was spacious and nicely furnished. The bed was firm and of good quality and the bathroom was well designed and attractive - even if the bath/shower unit was a bit 'plasticky'. Everything was scrupulousy clean and made up efficiently every day.
Good 4* hotel
We stayed four nights. The hotel is across a main road from the river and a 20 minute walk to the centre of the old town. Not too far but if you don't like walking this may be a problem.
It is a good quality 4* hotel, built c 2001. Modern in appearance, very clean and staff very helpful. Excellent pool and jacuzzi - rare in Krakow. Rooms are good size, air con, tea and coffee, nice bathroom though room decor was a bit like IKEA - but in good condition. Breakfast was OK - nothing special. Would stay there again.
We paid about £80/night via Lastminute.com
One of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in! Rooms are large and fairly luxurious. Beds very comfortable, staff are helpful. Superb breakfasts - everything you could ever want is on offer. Attractive waitresses, too!
Loved Krakow, Loved this hotel
The hotel is a pleasant 15 min walk to the main square although there is a tram stop directly outside the hotel. Our standard room was large, bright, clean and comfortable. Pool area was fanastic especially after a days sightseeing. Breakfast is good and there is a nice little bar - highly recommend vodka and apple juice as suggested by the waiter! Staff were very helpful and were happy to make restaurant reservations for us.
It is a very nice hotel and we will certainly return.
Stayed in the Krakow Centrum in Aug for 3 nights.My stay was most enjoyable as the hotel had a very good atmosphere and was very clean.The pool area was also very clean and very comfortable.Breakfast was of a high standard and with lovely views of Wawel Castle and Wisla river, it is an ideal hotel for a short trip to Krakow.
If you really have to stay in Krakow...
This hotel offers a great location along the Wista(?) River in the center of Krakow. Also an easy walk to Wawel Castle and the town square.
The hotel is typical of the good value and quality accommodations you can expect from Accor hotels, the Novotel adjoins the Ibis. I am starting to grow very fond of Accor after several trips to europe. The rooms were great with spectacular views(as much as Krakow can offer). The staff was helpful. It was nice to have a gas station on site with the parking garage. If you take a right out of the garage it will take you directly to Auchwitz(make sure you know the polish spelling if driving there). About a 20 minute drive.
Eight of us flew from Manchester via Warsaw but there are now direct flights available. The info desk at Krakow airport will advise you on the cost of the taxi fair before you get in one. We travelled on 28th December for 4 nights in the Novotel which was great value and the facilities are excellent (pack your bathing trollies, the pool is cool). The hotel is placed just outside the city centre but it is only a short pleasant walk to it alongside the river. At that time of year the snow was about 6'' deep and not slushy. There are some very good restaurants and cafes and no shortage of bars. The main square has a festive market with local dishes to sample and on New Year's Eve all the bars close early (about 10.30pm) to accommodate the celebrations piloted by rock and pop bands. You will see long queues at the off licenses so stock up if you want a tipple to bring the New Year in with the masses if fireworks at midnight! Half of our group took a tour of Auschwitz after being picked up from the hotel and were glad they went. The Salt Mines are closed though. The Jewish quarter wasn't much and we were lucky to find a coffee shop of sorts. Mainly though it was the attitude of the people and the standard of the hotel which made it a very pleasant place to visit. Photos to follow. (Lawrence from Manchester)
We stayed at the Novotel Centrum this past weekend. It sits close to central activities but, in retrospect, we'd likely choose a more centrally located hotel next visit. The room was very clean, IKEA-esque, but seemed unfinished - a bit stark, poor acoustics, with bad art on the wall. But it was quite functional and efficient. The breakfast (extra fee) was good and quite enough. The pool area was also clean and well maintained. There is a communal male-female-kids sauna - that can get busy quickly. Overall, it's a decent place to stay (we paid only 59 euros per night via the Internet) and worth considering but, for us, we'd move closer into the center.