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Kazimierz's Secret Apartments
Ranked #38 of 415 Speciality Lodging in Krakow
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“Would recommend to friends”
Reviewed 17 November 2012

We do not travel often, but this apartments were great. They have very family character. High privacy level, friendly staff. Clean rooms in good conditions, nice place for those who prefer to eat at home. High level free wifi. Far from the bus station. Will surely stay here again and would recommend to friends.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We just happened to pick this property for no particular reason, and we were not disappointed at all. The location was lovely and the aprtment was immaculate. We organised with the office for an airport pick up which was great so I would recomment doing this. The apartment itself we could not fault, it was clean and well equipped and secure. We were right near the local square where there were bars and restaurants. We would recomment the Argentinian steak house which if you come out of the apartment and turn right it is just a little way up the path, it was lovely and very well priced.

We also went to the concentration camps which the office very kindly arranged for us and this was worth doing, also we also did a city tour on one of the gold buggies that are situated in the local square this was very informative and good.

If we were to go back to Poland I would definately recomment these apartments they were clean and the office staff arranged airport pick ups and trips, very good all round.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

We stayed here as a result of the TripAdvisor reviews and were very happy we did. As others have noted, these apartments are absolutely immaculate, completely refurbished and amazingly well-appointed with equipment and supplies -- better than any other apartment we've stayed in in several other European cities. We also loved the neighborhood, which is rich with history, and frequented by locals as much or more as by tourists (unlike the main square/Rynek Glowny area). It also has a huge number of very reasonably priced places to eat and drink.

That said, this place may not be for you. First, you may prefer the slicker, less gritty and more touristy area, including because you plan to spend a lot of time there and don't want to walk or take a tram (easy) or taxi. Second, you need to be prepared to climb stairs, as these apts have no lift. Third, at least some of these apartments are quite noisy. Ours faced Josefa St and we had to wear earplugs every night until the wee hours as the neighborhood is full of noisy people (again, locals as much as tourists, from what we could tell) who are frequenting the many places to eat and drink. Also, we rented a 2 bedroom apt even though we are just a couple, and used one bedroom more as a "lounge" for hanging out, but you should be aware that even the larger apts apparently don't have a living area per se.

While the neighborhood seems grittier than the more touristy areas, it's quite safe, and the apts themselves are amazingly secure (the 3 locked doors you pass through seemed like overkill to me, since I live in a city with a much higher crime rate than Krakow!). The Kazimierz area is obviously becoming quite trendy/popular with the younger locals, and I actually think it's heading towards being too much so. In a few years, I expect it to be as slick as the main square and having lost its local charm. So my advice for those who enjoy more of a local flavor in their travels is to stay here before that happens!

Room Tip: If there are apts that don't face Josefa, they're probably quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dublin
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

Ideally situated in the Kazimierz district, about a 20/25 minute walk from the main square (Rynek Glówny) in the old town, and 2/3 minutes from the local square (Plac Nowy),with loads of bars and restaurants close by.The area felt very safe, despite how it looks, and there was a lovely atmosphere there. It felt as if we were living in the area, rather than just being tourists there.
The apartment, while tight on space, was very well laid out and had everything you needed. It
was ideal for our purposes, as we were going to be out and about all day, and basically, we just needed a bed to sleep in at night. It was clean and bright with a kitchen area, toilet and shower unit. We found the bed comfortable - mind you, after all the walking we had done each day, I think we would have found a park bench comfortable!
Our apartment was on the first floor, facing the street and over a small restaurant. While there was a bit of muffled noise from the restaurant, which really didn’t bother us, the street was generally quiet - but we live in the flight path of an airport, so anything after that is quiet! The apartment above us had creaking floor boards, which was probably more annoying, as on one of the mornings (early), the occupant did a lot of pacing back and forth - creak, creak, creak!
There is no air con in the room, just a fan, and this would be a problem in very hot weather. Also there is no lift(elevator), so if you have mobility problems or very heavy luggage, this might be an issue for you. The only toiletries provided was a liquid hand soap - so don’t forget to bring your own shampoo and conditioner!!
For sheer convenience, we arranged with Michal to collect us at the airport, rather than having to get the train in, then get a tram and then start searching for the apartment, dragging cases behind us. It was well worth it. Michal was very helpful throughout our stay, with advice and recommendations, and will book tours and taxis for you.
When we go back to Krakow, we will definitely use here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

My 3 friends and I stayed in the 5 person apartment on the 1st floor. Our transfer time was out of office hours so they kindly arranged to have someone meet us there with the keys at 6pm at night.
The entrance to the building is really secure and the building itself was lovely. Our apartment was spotless and the furniture was of a good standard. Although I would say there was enough beds for 5 people it was more like a 4 person apartment as regards space but rather than give it a dissapointing review (as has happened with a previous review) I would have complained there and then and an alternative may have been available. However we didnt spend any time in the apartment except to sleep and for around 15 pounds a head each day it is an absolute bargain.
The apartment was only a 15-20 min stroll to the main square and a 5 min walk to the local square (Plac Nowy). My mates and I really enjoyed the surrounding area as there was some nice breakfast places and bars (some with lovely courtyards) which were frequented mostly by the locals so the ambience was great.
I would recommend these apartments as they are nice and clean,quiet and "off the beaten track" enough to be able to walk into the main, busier areas. My friends and I would visit Kaszimierz's Secret Apartments again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Palm Desert, California
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

We enjoyed our time here. The apartment was well furnished and had a nice kitchen and even a small washer to do laundry. It is located about a 15 minute walk from the train station and a 15 minute walk from the Old Town. Staff was friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

The apartment was spotlessly clean and had everything you could possibly need. It was in a perfect location with loads of bars and restaurants close by. The only thing I would complain about was the fact that it doesn't have air con, but then we were visiting during a heat wave and I suppose they don't get many of them.

I would highly recommend these apartments to anyone. Also bear in mind that they don't have a lift and some of the rooms were on the 3rd floor.

Room Tip: We had room no. 12 on the 2nd floor and would not hesitate to stay there again.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Kazimierz's Secret Apartments
Address: ul. Jozefa 34, Krakow 31-056, Poland
Region: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow > Kazimierz
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 415 Speciality Lodging in Krakow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kazimierz's Secret Apartments 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
10 fully equipped and luxury furnished apartments in beautifully renovated historical townhouse in the heart of Krakow's Kazimierz. Every apartment was completed with exceptionally high standards. There are 7 two bedroom apartments and 3 studios. Every apartment has kitchen/kitchenette and the bathroom (with a bath or a shower). One of them is really exceptional-it has huge terrace with great sighting. There is a very nice cafe and pizza restaurant in the same building. ... more   less 
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