This is an absolutely delightful small boutique hotel run by a team of lovely people. The gorgeous buffet breakfast (with cooked eggs if you want) is in a pretty cellar streaming - in our case - with sunlight.
Our bedroom, number 6, on the top floor (this could be a problem for you if your legs are not up to it) was delightful, clean, cosy yet spacious and very airy and light with a really nice bathroom which was underfloor heated. Only criticism, is that the bed was not brilliant, in that it was slightly small, soft mattress and the bed linen especially the cover could have been a mite larger. Heating in fact was to your choice but very efficient and offered air conditioning for the summer months. We had a spare bedroom so if you came with a child or third person the space was more than ample. At £50 a night, including that lovely breakfast, it must have been by far the best deal in Krakow.
Its position is also ideal, being just 5 minutes pleasant stroll from the central square.
Krakow is beautiful and offers a lot for a long weekend. We spent a much time in cafes and most of that in our clear favourite, the wonderfully atmospheric Cafe Camelot, where you can eat the most delicious cakes (huge portions) and appreciate the huge selection of unusual drinks, hot and cold: we loved the hot mead infused with herbs, spices and honey. The museums and churches are very interesting, though the former are out of the dark ages and staffed by horrendously fierce and unfriendly security staff who stare at you and dog your footsteps - almost a fascination in itself. Poland needs to attend to this anomaly where museum staff are, without exception, grossly unhelpful and officious, steeped in an authorative attitude that has clearly been passed on from Communist times. The museums and galleries are also all unnecessarily very dark and dingy and disabled access is non existant. Generally though, the Polish people are particularly friendly and willing to help and service in restaurants and cafes is always very cheerful.
By the way, don't be put off by the bad press Polish food gets. Generally Polish restaurants and cafes, in Krakow anyway, are not just cheap but very good, once you have got past the huge portions of very boring beetroot dishes. We twice ate in the absolutely superb Miod Malina (Honey and Raspberry) restaurant, Grodska 40, where the venison is so tender and the herring starter an absolute treat. Not one usually for soup but try the chicken broth here - absolutely delicious. Desserts also tremendous and including a brilliant Chilean house wine, all for well under £50 for two. Conversely, avoid the Chimera restaurant which seems to attract British people with really bad, apalling taste in food. Huge portions of awful meat cooked to death in a thick sickly sauce that made us feel ill and an awful starter - quite the most horrible place we have been to in years - an absolute tourist rip off. The service was patronising and uncaring. Avoid at all cost! Looked like something that badly needed a re-fit.
Auschwitz was inevitably intensely moving and you must do that day trip. However, more than enough elsewhere to keep you busy pottering around the city centre, drinking hot chocolate and trying out the delicious home made choccies.
All in all, a great long weekend and highly recommended.
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