Travel Blogs from Krakow
We made it to Poland, country 4 in 4 days and nearly 900miles driven - this is where the weekend begins...
After leaving our overnight in Kraliky, Czech Rep, in the sunshine we travelled across the rolling and hilly countryside before picking up the main road into Poland. and then arriving in Krakow just in time to experience Polish rush hour, …
... camp in Europe. Going here was something that I really wanted to do in Europe even though I knew it was not going to be a nice place to visit. The campground we were staying at offered tours to and from Auschwitz (which is located just over an hour away from Krakow) so I decided to book a spot on the tour. I was picked up from the campground at 8.30am and after collecting the other tourists we made our way to Auschwitz. The location of the camp was ...
... Europe full to the brim with not only Jews but also homosexuals, criminals, gypsies, political opponents. Mostly it was Jewish though. Around a million Jews killed here. So the train comes in and they are grouped into male and female/old/young. Then they are inspected by the camp doctor who decides if they can work. 3/4 are sent straight to the gas chamber. There was an authentic cart on the train tracks for us to see. So we are standing on this platform ...
The mine was built in the 13th century and reaches a depth of 327m. Along with all the other tourists (and there were a lot), we came to see the statues, three chapels, and entire cathedral that have been carved out of the rock salt by artistic miners. There is even a recreation of the Last Supper.
We didn't have time to visit Auschwitz, and the following day found ourselves sitting on the runway at Krakow airport, not exactly ready ...
... and seeing how salt is/was mined over the years and all the sculptures carved out of salt. Wow. It's definitely one of the more interesting things I've ever done. The tour took about four hours all up and we got back about dinner time, so we went to the square for dinner. I had Zurek (my new favourite soup) and pierogi. Saturday I had decided to treat myself and booked a spot at the shooting range. First I was going to book at a range an hour away, it's the biggest ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Wyspianski Krakow
Stayed here in November 2005 as part of a 3 night break costing £140 pp. The hotel is centrally located and quiet; all rooms are twin with the beds arranged end to end against one wall which seemed odd at first but worked OK. Room was warm and clean and plenty of hot water (shower). Reception staff spoke excellent English and were well informed and helpful. The breakfast was very good indeed, juices, cereals, cheese and meat plus cooked sausages and eggs and a good selection of breads.
The locals still know this hotel as the "Dom Turistiye", which is a hangover from the days of communism, which was a rough and ready hostel for tourists on a tight budget. There has clearly been much redevelopment with soft furnishings and carpeting throughout.
my husband and i stayed here for 4 nights in feb - i reckon that everyone who has posted a review of this hotel just didn't pay the litte extra for a superior room - our room was huge with a double bed and all mod cons - ok you still knew it wasn't ultra modern but you don't expect that - the bathroom was a little small but hey you don't need a huge bathroom anyway!!!
I thought it was good
I stayed with a group as part of a holocaust museams trip and I thought the hostel was fairly good.
We managed 3 beds in our room and 2 of our friends ended up on our floor a few nights after a long night, so there was plenty space.
The private balconies were good but be careful about leaving your door open as they could be easily reached from another balcony.
The staff were friendly and polite and i as a vegetarian was well catered for during breakfast and dinners.
Please be advised
This hotel was formerly a youth hostel. It has undergone a refurbishment but is still not quite what you would expect. The standard double rooms are very small and only have two single beds that are head to head and cannot be pushed together. There are rooms at the front of the hotel that have got the standard layout of twin beds that can be put together. The hotel is still used by large school parties and can be noisy.
With all that said, the hotel staff are very friendly and very accomodating. The location is good with a short 2/3 minute walk to the main square. I managed to upgrade my room and did have an enjoyable visit to Krakow.
Un hotel economico in tutti i sensi
L'hotel era davvero economico e adeguato ma anche rumoroso di notte. C'erano solo camere con letti singoli a disposizione e queste puzzavano di fumo stagnante. Non servitevi dei taxi dell'hotel perché cercheranno di spillarvi soldi. Con noi, quando siamo ripartiti, hanno cercato di farci sganciare il doppio di quanto avessi pagato per il tragitto dall'aeroporto.
Cheap and Cheerful
OK Cheap and cheerful, noisy at night though and only single beds available. Also the hotel rooms smelled of stale cigarette smoke.
Do not use the hotel taxis as they tried to rip us off going back to the airport and tried to charge double what we had paid coming from the airport!!!
L'hotel merita più stelle di quante ne ha
Ho trascorso due notti in quest'hotel con i miei compagni di scuola. La nostra camera aveva un sistema wi-fi e un balcone privato - era fantastico! Il cibo era delizioso, con un sacco di scelta per i vegetariani. Il personale era gentile e disponibile. Il negozio dell'hotel era davvero interessante. Ritornerei!
Better than star rating
I stayed here with a school party for 2 nights. Room had hi fi system and private balcony which was great! Food was excellent with lots of veggie options. Staff were friendly and helpful. Hotel shop was cool!
I'd go back there!