Ibis Krakow Centrum
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... a woman with a group of children being led to the gas chamber. The next building explained how the prisoners were allowed to bring only one bag of their most valuable possessions with them which was taken from them before the selection process with the promise it would be returned to them. There were glass rooms with over two tonnes of human hair, spectacles, children's shoes, adults shoes, crockery, shoe polish, artificial ...
... since the middle ages. But underneath the Square you could view the layers of archaeology and history of the city, in the most fabulous interactive, modern museum - Poland has a gift in modern museums, the few we visited were all so fabulous. I was quite excited seeing ‘real’ medieval archaeology that has only yet existed in books and movies for me.
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... even told to hang their clothes up and remember were you placed them so that they could grab them on the way out. They then passed through to the next room to be showered. The nazis had installed fake shower heads to give the impression that it actually had shower facilities, this was not the case. The doors were locked behind them and through two square cut outs in the roof, the lethal gas was dropped. The Jews now knew that death was imminent. The screams and cries would last for ...
... tourism. The museum tells the story of the demise of the Jews of Poland and more specifically of Krakow’s Jews. It is done with great care and uses the latest technology in design and display. It is done with respect and honor to the dead.
The second part of the day was a trip to Oświęcim (Auschwitz), the town which is about 40 minutes (by van) outside of Krakow. Our guide, Janus, a lively and knowledgeable Polish man of 45 and a ...
... area with plaques in all the main world languages summarising everyone's feelings about what they had just witnessed in beautiful terms:
For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and a half men, women, and children, mainly Jews, from various countries of Europe.
Neither of us will ever forget our trip to Auschwitz; the experience of being there is horrible and you feel ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ibis Krakow Centrum
Great Hotel - Definitely Recommend
Excellent hotel - cheap (approx £40 per room per night), quiet location, quiet hotel (we went from Mon- Thur inclusive - ie. during the week so many clients were businessmen) and very friendly staff.
Things that annoy me about hotels are the doors banging shut and thin walls and poor showers, but this was excellent - clean rooms, basic, (no tea or coffee making facilities but there was a TV, but no english speaking TV channels, but channels in french and german and of course polish) ) but powerful shower, solid walls (don't hear people in next room) and on quiet street.
Breakfast - Excellent selection - definitely worth paying the extra approx £5 per person per day - it's a continental breakfast so you get a selection of cold meats, cheese as well as the usual cereal and toast and different types of bread including croissants. You can eat as much as you like as it's self service and go back for more if you wish) Also get selection of juices and teas and coffee. The only hot food was polish sausage but this was delicious. Ate loads at breakfast, so we could then go out for the day and not need to have any lunch.
Location - the hotel has an excellent location - a lovely 10-15 minute walk to the main square along residential road and a park-type area.
Staff speak English and very helpful if you ask them questions about where to go etc. Would definitely recommend asking for a photocopied city map which they can provide as this will be invaluable when walking round the city, especially if you go to the Kazimierz district (or anywhere just out of the city centre) and want to find your way back!
Summary - definitely recommend - The only slight negative to some people may be that the bed was a bit hard, but we were so tired at the end of the day that we didn't notice! Good price & you know what you're getting with an Ibis and it's a good location.
Couldn't fault it, even if we wanted to!
Having stayed in other good Krakow hotels over the last few years but not being able to get rooms in these other hotels for the dates we visited the city, we booked direct (by fax) with the Ibis Centrum. The reservation was confirmed very quickly and efficiently.
This efficiency is typical of the way the hotel is run - i.e. very well indeed!
All of the staff (reception, restaurant, bar, housekeeping and maintenance) were just so friendly and would always smile and greet us warmly: clearly, a very happy team spirit exists.
Breakfast was delicious and plentiful - very good value, in keeping with the price of the rooms.
I look forward to going back again next year, and will not consider even trying to book with the hotels I have used and enjoyed in the past - the Ibis Krakow Centrum outshines them all!
Standard Ibis hotel, convenient location
A standard Ibis hotel that looks exactly like other Ibis'es across Europe. But, it's clean, the rooms are nice and there's a good selection of non-polish TV channels. And most importantly, it's only a short walk from both the Wavel and the main city square. Do notice though, that although the breakfast was nice, it was rather expensive (8€) - for this kind of money you could get supper in a nice restaurant.
This Ibis hotel is in an excellent location in Krakow, just a short 5/10 minute walk to the central square. The rooms are furnished in the usual standard you'd expect of an Ibis and the restaurant is also the same as you'll find in all Ibis hotels worldwide. The main reason for staying here is the great location combined with the very good price (on average 220 PLN per night). The hotel is also a short walk to the Vistula River along which you can walk to the Castle. The only negative side to this hotel is the high price of the drinks in the bar - compared to the low prices in the rest of Krakow! However, that aside it's a good location, good standard and a good price. We wouldn't bother staying anywhere else if we went back.
Ideal base for exploring Krakow
The Ibis Hotel is great value, at around £40 for a twin or double room, and an extra £4 each for breakfast. The rooms are nice - spotlessly clean and bright with everything you need, and the en-suite shower room is ideal. You should take the breakfast, it was very good value, with plenty of everything you could want - cereals, yoghurt, cheeses, cold meats, selection of bread rolls, sausages, tomatoes, eggs, juices, very nice strong coffee, etc.
The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the main square, in a quiet area. It was nice to come back to after the bustle of the main square. I will definitely stay here again when I return to Krakow.
Another plus is the day trips which leave from the hotel. We went on the Auschwitz tour and the Salt Mines tour. We did both on the same day - they were timed so that it was possible to visit the Salt Mines after returning from Auschwitz, if you wanted to, although there was also a morning trip to the Salt Mines, had you prefered. The Salt Mines tour is ideal, well worth doing and very convenient to go from the hotel. You should be aware, though, that the Auschwitz tour does not give you time to see very much. A guide showed us round some of the exhibits, and she was very interesting and well-informed. However, there was a lot that there was no time to see, including the museum. If you want to experience the place more fully, and have time to absorb the atmosphere and pay your respects, as it were, it would be better to make the trip on your own and spend longer there (it is open from 8a.m.). Also, August is maybe not the best time to go, as it was mobbed and you had to queue to see anything. Having said this, though, most people on the tour bus were satisfied with the experience and found it 'enough'.
You know what you get
When you stay at an Ibis, you know what you get, since they're all pretty much the same. This one is no exception. However, this one's location and price makes it an excellent choice when staying in Krakow. That is, of course, if you prefer hotel chains before more local and often more rewarding family hotels, for example.
The rooms are clean and the breakfast was excellent. The hotel is situated just a few minutes walk from the old town which is great.
Great base for exploring Krakow
Spookily reminiscent of every other Ibis you've ever stayed in. Convenient and good value place to stay for exploring the beautiful city of Krakow. Standard Ibis room and bathroom, clean and a decent size. Friendly and helpful staff. Didn't eat in the restaurant but menu looked ok. Breakfast was reasonable. Good variety of stuff. Also had a bar and terrace. Easy walking distance to the old town square (10 mins) and convenient for the castle and river. Highly recommended.
This hotel is one of your standard Ibis hotels. At 40 pounds a night for two it is excellent value. The hotel is located about ten minutes walking distance from the square. The staff were friendly and efficient and all spoke English. The breakfast was good with a mix of breads, cheeses, cereals, meats and fruit. Rooms were adequately sized and the shower was excellent. Beds werent the softest but still fine. This is an excellent choice for those on a budget seeking a good, clean and modern hotel.
Un buen hotel , centrico a un precio ajustado
El hotel es bastante céntrico,se puede ir andando perfectamente al centro y el paseo es bonito, el barrio donde está el hotel es feo pero no peligroso, el hotel está impoluto, los desayunos no son maravillosos pero son aceptables,tienen bidones de agua en todas las plantas de uso gratuito, las habitaciones están muy limpias,no son grandes pero tampoco ridículas,tienen aire acondicionado, el baño es pequeño pero limpio, la única pega de la habitación es que la ventana al exterior es fija , no puedes abrirla, en suma es un hotel nuevo, muy práctico y limpio,bien situado, en cracovia hay hoteles con mejores instalaciones y más centricos pero he estado en hoteles de 4 estrellas pero que muy malos,
Vamos que si lo que quieres es ver cracovia y pasas de gimnasio, solarium, piscina, etc este puede ser una muy buena opción a un buen precio.ah y tenían una recepcionista que hablaba español perfectamente que eso es de agradecer.
Very good value
Two friends and I recently spent three nights at this hotel and we were very happy with our choice.
The whole place is spotlessly clean, the staff are all very friendly and helpful and the location is good, being a 15 minute stroll from the town square and a couple of minutes from the river. At times of light traffic, the airport is only a 15 minute cab ride away.
There is a nice bar and restaurant on the ground floor. Excellent value meals are served until 10:30pm, and the bar is open till 1am. Certain snacks are available 24 hours. The menu contains a mixture of more internationally-recognised dishes as well as a good choice of Polish dishes - all are VERY reasonably priced. The bar staff are very friendly and attentive and even throw in free snacks even if you've just popped in for a cup of tea! On our last night we went there for our evening meal and they actually brought us a plate of Polish pate and a basket of rolls to try free of charge! The breakfast buffet is also served in this restaurant, with plenty of choice including cold meats, cheeses, bread, pastries, boiled eggs and hot sausages. The coffee is especially good! Breakfast was not included in our room rate, but only cost an extra 28 PLN (roughly 4 GBP/3 USD).
The rooms are standard fare, but are comfortable and a good size. If I were to make any criticisms about this hotel it would be that the bed was a bit hard for my liking, although my friends thought theirs were fine (although identical to mine). I could also have done with a couple of extra pillows! The bathrooms had showers only, but the power of the shower was excellent!
Tours can be booked from reception, from where your tour guide will collect you at the alloted time. We did the tour to the Wielieczka Salt Mines (very, very highly recommended by the way!), and although we worked out that we could have done things more cheaply had we made our own way to the mine by public transport, it was nice to be picked up and dropped off at the door, even if it was the door of the adjoining Novotel!
The hotel is not right in the centre of things, but close enough for that not to be a problem. All in all, a very nice hotel for the money.