BEST WESTERN Krakow Old Town
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OK, so when you visit Krakow there is one essential trip that the vast majority of people take, and Michelle and I were no exception. Around an hour south-west of the city in 1939 the Nazi's founded Auschwitz and later established Birkenau. The camps were opened after the war in 1947 as a museum and memorial and have continued to help ensure that …
Michelle's train from Warsaw (where she is working off and on at the moment) was due to arrive at noon so after a great breakfast where I found out what the others at the hostel had done in and around Krakow I took another quick stroll around the old town.
I collected my backpack from the hostel and went into the shopping centre across …
... about the experince because I am only really starting to process it now. It was surreal walking through such beautiful and well kept grounds and knowing how many people died there. We had an awesome guide who explained it all very well and answered all our questions even though we were a group of 50+. Auschwitz is definitely worth going to see and they are right - if we don't remember the past we are doomed to repeat it. We were both exausted after all the walking - ...
Today we decided to head to Wieliczka Salt Mine, it is one of the oldest salt mine's still in operation. The real attraction though is the dozens of statues, three chapels and an impressive Cathedral, all carved out of rock salt by the miners.
It is over 300m deep and 287 km long. The thing that surprised me was the salt looked more like granite, rather than a white lump I was expecting. The ...
... next morning was a quiet one spent wandering around town. We found a New Zealand burger bar called ‘Moa Burger’ where we had lunch (Ian thinks it was the best burger he’s had) before we started our trip to Prague. The hostel had told us the cheapest way was to bus to the border town of Cieszyn and then walk to the Czech Republic and train to Prague so we spent the night in a hotel in this tiny town.
The next morning was Ian’s birthday ...
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Conveniently located across the street from the Old Walled City. Very small rooms compared to Best Westerns USA, but very nice breakfast buffet. Small lobby area. Small Elevator.
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For the price we paid (just under £35 a night) it was superb.
Adequate, Great Location, but Noisy
We were sent to this hotel from the Wyspianski. It's location is perfect...near the Planty and short walk to Old Town Square. Breakfast buffet is perfect, hot and cold food, plenty of fruit, veggies, and yogurt. Beds and baths are small as other reviews have indicated. And, yes, it is noisy. Trams, leaf blower in the Planty across the street in the middle of the night....but my worst complaint is the large groups that stay there and make horrible noise. There were two groups while we were there and no attempt was made by the front desk employees to keep order. We did not sleep well at this hotel. Front desk employees were professional and helpful. Nice bar for drinks and/or dessert.
My husband & I stayed here from 1-5 Nov.'05.And according to Tripadvisor, we discover that we were not the first to be relocated from the Regent.In fact,we had to wait while another couple were being redirected elsewhere too.Hmm!Is this a wee habit of RT Hotels?If so, please stop it NOW!
I don't think this hotel is worthy of 3 stars. While it's location is excellent (5 minute walk to the castle or the market square), the rooms are tiny and the beds horrible. The bedframe was rickety, the mattresses horrible, and there wasn't a fitted sheet over them - just a flat sheet that ended up in the middle of the bed during the night, with you sleeping on a bare mattress. The bathroom was also tiny, and the shower door didn't seal properly when closed, getting water ALL over the floor (soaking 2 towels completely). No mini-bar, no hairdryer, no room service. Perhaps I'm being overly critical, but I was expecting more.
My wife and I stayed here for one night (9/10/2005) near the end of our trip to Eastern Europe. We had changed our travel plans at the last minute and needed a place for one night before moving to the Hotel Pollera, where we had a reservation. For our purpose the Monopol was just fine, but if you are looking for a place to stay several nights while in Krakow, we would recommend other hotels that are more comfortable and better value and more character (e.g. Hotel Pollera).
Good 3* hotel
My partner and I stayed at the Monopol last weekend, 16-18 Sep 05. We were booked to stay at the RT Regent in Kazimierz (because of good Tripadvisor reviews) but a reservations error had occured and we were taken by taxi to the Monopol.
The staff were friendly, the room was clean, the bathroom was of a reasonable size - all in all a very good 3* tourist class hotel and certainly good value for money. The hotel is only a few years old. My only negative comment would be that some of the carpets in the public areas could do with being cleaned.
I would have no hesitation in recommending the Hotel Monopol. You get what you pay for - a good 3*, clean and friendly.
My partner and I stayed in this hotel for four days at the end of August/beginning of September. We couldn't fault anything! The room was clean, quiet (despite overlooking the trams), the bed was exceptionally comfortable and the shower was one of the best I've ever come across. It's only a very short walk from the main square and about 10 mins from the station on foot. The staff are all very friendly and helpful and we would definitely recommend this hotel.
A perfectly placed hotel for a stay in charming Krakow. Hotel is only a short walk from the main square and it overlooks the Planty. Extremely clean and the staff are also very friendly and helpful. Buffet breakfast is varied and there is plenty of it. Would definately recommend this hotel.
Great Hotel close to the Old Town Square
The Monopol Hotel in Krakow is a very nice three star hotel, across from a tree lined street two blocks from the Old Town Square. The staff were very friendly and spoke english fairly well. Also the breakfast buffet was much bigger than other hotels.
I highly recommend this hotel.
Myself and 2 friends stayed here for 3 nights recently. Although it is an old hotel , it had been recently renovated with modern facilities and decor. The room was large and airy and had 3 good sized separate beds. The bathroom had just a shower but had plenty of hot water at a good pressure and towels were changed every day. Windows were double glazed and soundproof (the tram runs past the hotel). The breakfast was very good and filling with ham, cheese, scrambled egg, sausage etc.
Good location, only 5 minutes walk to old square, also has a secure car park. The only criticism we had was the lack of a lift, so it would not be suitable for elderly or infirm.