Hotel Daisy wouldn't be my first choice of hotel, in fact it probably wouldn't be a second or third. Its one of those hotels you end up staying in & depending on the group your with will either work or won't.
We took a late break to Krakow early November. A very last minute booking with the primary aim to visit Auschwitz - Krakow itself was just a bit of a bonus.
Firstly the hotel. The hotel itself is in a really strange location - described as being 4km outside of Krakow city centre, it felt considerably longer. Its smack bang in a small residential area, nestled between a number of large houses off the beaten track. As per other reviews the hotel is surrounded by building work, but unless you’re actually making use of hotel facilities you'll never be bothered by these.
Our visit was fleeting, so we never made use of the hotel facilities at all. The swimming pool and hot tub did look excellent though, and for a weekend break may offer a little light comfort.
The reception staff were friendly and offered advice when asked, but didn't go out of their way to make your stay more welcoming - for me, and the group of lads I was with, this was fine. For us the hotel was simply a base and a bed, and as long as we could get a taxi and a fresh towel it was fine. Taxi’s could be ordered at reception and would normally arrive within 5 minutes.
We stayed in the standard room, which as other reviews suggest is basic. We were a group of 4 lads, each with a single room. The rooms varied in size and layout, but were all much the same – a bed, a small tv, a wardrobe, and an en suite bathroom.
The Bed itself was rock hard, more like an old sofa than a bed. Pillows were soft, but supported by a solid arm rest type thing!?!
The bathrooms were basic, and as a group we had mixed results with the shower. Luckily for me mine was steaming hot and very powerful, but two of the lads ended up with trickles of water and random heat settings.
We ventured into breakfast on the first morning, but weren’t overly blown away by the spread. A small toasting machine, scrambled eggs, ham & cheese, and the odd bit of toast. We didn’t really expect anything else to be honest, so instead decided to trek into town and find something a bit more filling.
Overall I don’t really want to fault the hotel. Its basic, but its cheap. If you just fancy a very cheap weekend away & you’re not fussy about your bed or hotel facilities, Hotel Daisy works. One additional plus point, the hotel had 3 open wireless networks which you could access from your room – if you’re travelling, or just in need of a facebook burst you’ll love this.
You’ll spend most of your time getting around Krakow by taxi, and to be honest they are quite reasonably priced. Transfers from the Airport to the hotel cost around 35-40zl, which works out about £10 – it’s about a 10-15 minute journey.
Getting into the city centre from the hotel is a similar distance and will generally set you back in the region of 25-30zl during the day, but anything up to double this at night. Be careful when getting taxi’s at night, don’t be shy in asking the price prior to jumping in – the taxi’s are metered and will quickly rack up in the early hours.
The city also has a tram line and local bus service, both of which run from the airport – given more time I would have liked to explore these options, but being a very last minute deal we just went with convenience.
The City itself is stunning and would make an excellent location for a weekend away for couples. Due to our very swift visit (Fri-Sun) we didn’t really get a chance to explore the city as much as I would have liked, but I’ve already got plans to revisit and see more. Something about Krakow reminds me a bit of Barcelona.
The central square is amazing, truly stunning to look at, and lined with restaurants and bars. The food is excellent quality & very reasonably priced – £20-£25 will easily fill your stomach with a beer or two to boot.
Off the central square you’ll find mazes of little alleys, each leading to smaller equally picturesque squares. Bars and restaurants are everywhere. Each bar you walk into you’ll be amazed by – most descend downstairs in to large open plan dimly lit cellars (making them all the more spectacular).
Considering the number of bars, Krakow didn’t strike us as a party city. The average beer costs £1.50 and Vodka is practically coming out of the fountains, but despite this it actually comes across quite refined. Large groups of English and Irish travellers could be found in some of the larger bars near the central square, but as you head off into the maze of alleys you soon find yourself in quite more local bars. Saturday night is definitely the day the locals go out, so if you’re planning one big night make it Saturday.
On a final note – Auschwitz. If you travel to Krakow you should definitely visit Auschwitz. Whilst for some it may not seem high on the priority list, it’s a day visit that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Truly remarkable, moving, and shocking at the same time. Auschwitz is roughly an hours drive from Krakow & the easiest way to get there is via a tour – We booked through SeeKrakow which I would highly recommend. Door to door taxi service, fully guided tour, helpful staff – all in can’t fault.
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