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“Chocking at first sight, better later”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Start

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Hotel Start
Ranked #228 of 256 Hotels in Krakow
Stockholm, Sweden
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59 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Chocking at first sight, better later”
Reviewed 12 February 2009

Get out of the taxi and the first impression gave us both a chock. Worst East European 70th style hotel I´ve ever seen. The interior was the same standard, blinking fluorescent lamps in a corridor that gives the feeling of being trapped in a mental institution.
But It lighten up. Room was ok and bathroom renovated and clean. Staff was helpful and spoke good english.
Taxi into old town cost around 20-25 zloty depending on trafic and tram 19 and 22 took 10 minutes and cost 2,50. So no problems there.
Right beside the hotel its also a huge Tesco shopping centre.

When the first chock has gone away we was quit happy. What can you expect from a hotel that cheap.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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hampshire
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2008

Birthdays come but once a year and for mine a trip to Poland with my girlfriends was something that just had to be done - booked the trip via teletext - £149 for 3 Nights B and B, nothing additional for the laughs - we booked in the May unbeknown to us Spurs had drew Krakow (October) on the EUFA cup the week before and didnt we know it !! Found Hotel clean and staff were marvellous - 90% of the clientele were male - either there for the match or various stag and birthdays but great groups of lads and good for a laugh. Rooms were clean, showers were brilliant and the breakfast was good also (especially the coffee) Some linguistic problems as for some of the staff english was not a language ( just point at the menu). The Hotel however was some type of Hospital facility and for pure dit value eating breakfast, and beer being delivered through a hatch which had clearly been for providing meds was an experience - further concerns as to the metal architraves on the hotel rooms that were likened to those seen in prisons/cells by other guests gave further clues as to the patient group once contained therein!! A taxi into the city centre to hit the bars was no more than a fiver - and party we did!! This is no spa break, it is somewhere to sleep, shower, and change your clothes, dont book it on any other basis or you will find yourself bitterly disappointed - ps the trip booked through the hotel to Auschwitz Birkenhauer is really good value for money

  • Liked — The cleanliness of the room/bedding/shower and the coffee at breakfast
  • Disliked — The decor - the view (it is just outside a council estate concrete city!!)
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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2 Thank carolinetyne
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2008

I loved it! Unusual building being obviously a former mental hospital. Convenient for trams, buses and Tesco. Excellent staff who were very patient with my demands! It really gave the old soviet feel to the area. The rooms were big enough, cleaned daily and the shower was hot and strong. Heating was ample at this time of year when it averaged -1C. The basement contains a small bar which sells coffee in the morning and breakfast snacks. We liked it very much and will go back. Excellent for an economy category hotel.

  • Liked — The amusement factor.
  • Disliked — It was a bit out of town but the transport was good and cheap.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank tantriclady
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Preston, United Kingdom
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347 reviews
258 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2008

This was our first visit to Eastern Europe and not having a great deal of money we wanted somewhere, cheap and clean to use for a long weekend break.

The hotel is very basic and looks more like a city centre office block than a hotel and has a slightly run down appearance. The rooms was clean and our request for a double bed resulted in two different size / height singles being pushed together! That said, the bathroom was fine and the room had basic amenities (tea / coffee making stuff, TV, etc)

The hotel is slightly out of the city centre, but busses and trams run from just outside the hotel. You can buy a ticket (VERY cheap) from reception and use it over and over again.

We didn't eat at the hotel, but other guests said the food was fine.

There is a big Tesco supermarket next door to the hotel, if you need to pick up anything for your trip

We discovered that had we booked direct through the hotel's website it would have cost half the price of booking from a UK travel agent.

Krakow is a beautiful city and well worth a visit. The Polish people and very friendly and the food there is cheap and delicious. We visited just before Easter and the city square had a vast and interesting market to browse.

A visit to Auschwitz is a must (even though harrowing). If you want to arrange this, just wait around at the railway station and a guide will approach you.

Would we return to Krakow? Yes
Would we return to Hotel Start? No. The city has numerous great hotels and even 3 / 4 star are very cheap compared to UK.

  • Liked — Cheap clean
  • Disliked — Appearance
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank sowie
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Hotel is quite nice - not expensive - have good location 10 minutes by tram to city center - receptionists speaks english and are very helfull - as for a 2 star hotel the standard is good and have reasonable prices.

Stayed August 2008
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Reviewed 28 October 2008

Two stars hotel for reasonable price. The stuff was friendly and helpful. Good and safe location - 10 minutes by tram to the Wawel Castle. I recommend it to all travellers who want to spend a weekend in Krakow and not to pay to much for the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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1 Thank PaulWarsaw
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2008

Basic and cheap. Staff very friendly and helpfull. Clean rooms, tasty and adequate breakfast.
Good connection with the city centre - 10 min drive
It was exactly what we expected.

  • Liked — friendly staff, good location
  • Disliked — nil
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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2 Thank aginka_l
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Property: Hotel Start
Address: ul. Kapelanka 60, Krakow 30-347, Poland
Region: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #228 of 256 Hotels in Krakow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Start 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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