I stayed at Freedom Hostel for two weeks in July 2008.
Cons (none of these are deal breakers in the least, just to be aware):
- 95 stairs, no elevator. This wasn't a real problem for day to day, but one must be mentally prepared to pull luggage up to the fifth floor (4th in Europe, 5th in the US).
- No laundry. For a shorter stay, this wouldn't have been an issue. For two weeks it would have been nice to have.
- Not in city center. But it is only a ten minute walk or a five minute tram ride down a single street to the Planty. I was taking a language class on this side of town, so I specifically selected Freedom Hostel on the basis of location. If someone just wants to see the sights, they should note that it isn't in the old city, but adjacent to it.
- No AC. It wasn't that hot when I was there, so it wasn't really necessary, but it might have been a nice alternative to the open window/no screen option for getting airflow.
- Room cleaning only every seven days. You can pay extra if you want your room cleaned more often.
- Non-smoking BUT, while the floor itself is nonsmoking (the hostel takes up one floor of a building, there is another hostel the floor below), smoking is allowed on the stair landings by windows. I never noticed much smoke smell, but every so often I did a little.
- Loud and sunny in the morning. Loud because of the tram running on the main road next to the hostel - so not in the control of the staff. Sunny because there is only a translucent curtain, no sun blocking ability. I got used to it fairly quickly, but the first few days were definitely early mornings for those reasons.
- Single/double rooms available. This isn't a traditional hostel, more of a budget hotel, although larger rooms are also available. My room consisted of two beds (linens included), a nightstand, a wardrobe, a flip out table (attached to the wall at the end of one bed), and a tv (CNN international was the only English language channel, there was also MTV Germany, and a Spanish and a French channel in addition to the Polish stations. In total about 16 channels).
- Bathrooms ensuite. Shower, no tub. Towels provided as well as soap and a shampoo/shower gel.
- 24-hr reception. Reception also has water/juice/soda you can purchase. You can also order some meals, although I did not do so, so cannot speak to that. They will arrange for airport transfers for you, but it is so much cheaper to take the tram and the train that I chose to do that instead.
- Use of a kitchen, with full sized fridge, stove, and pots/pans and dishes. Free coffee and tea in the kitchen.
- The hostel is pretty new right now, so all the furniture and ammenities were in great shape.
- Right on the Branowice tram line, so easy to get onto public transportation and get around.
- For anyone who wants to go for a run, it is only about a ten minute jog away from the Blonia - a big park with a bike/run/walk path around it. A great alternative to just running around city roads.
In summation, a decent experience. No real complaints. I paid $832 for 13 nights. So not a "cheap" hostel (I could have shared a room somewhere for that) but still below the average hotel price for Krakow.
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- Also Known As:
- Freedom Hotel Krakow