My wife and I visited Krakow in May 2009 for an extended weekend trip. We arrived at about 14:00 and the reception was waiting for us (just barely though, as she was literally just walking in and removing the 'back in 5 minutes' sign). We were placed in room 6, which is on the 1st floor (not the ground floor though). There are two ways up to the room, either through the stairs or a small elevator, both of which require you to use a key in order to access your floor (you do not pass through a lobby or similar, so this is the only way for security).
There were only a few rooms on each floor, some facing the street, some facing the back of the building. Number 6 faces the building, and as a result, can be pretty noisy, because the street trams run down that street for most of the night and can be pretty loud.
The hotel is not air-conditioned, which proved not to be a problem for us, as the weather during our stay was not particularly warm. In July or August I could see this being a bit of a problem in Krakow though.
The location of the Abella is...interesting. When we arrived in Krakow, we came in to the central train station from the airport. The website says the Abella is a 5 minute walk from the train station. Unless there was a shortcut that I didn't find in my three days, the walk is really more like 10-12 at a normal pace, and probably more like 15-20 if you're hauling any luggage. Walking down the street, you start to wonder if you're staying in a bad neighborhood. The area looks a bit run-down and just a little bit scary for those who haven't spent much time in Eastern Europe, but this proves to be totally untrue. The area is actually very safe and there are a number of nice boutique shops and two excellent bakeries within a block. It is also only about a 10-12 minute walk to the central town square in Krakow, which is fantastic.
The service was great as well. We are not 'high maintenance' guests, so did not make a whole lot of requests, but those that we did were well responded. Specifically of note, we dealt with two individuals only, both of whom spoke excellent English, and one gave us directions to the central square and two excellent restaurants (we did not ask any questions of the other).
The room was nice, and quite spacious, with a king sized bed, a small desk, a couch, and a small television in the corner. The bathroom was also very nice. The shower was a good size and featured wonderful water pressure. The toilet was a bit odd though. After flushing, some water would fill four about 10-15 seconds, and then a loud pump motor would empty the contents. This is fine normally, but could be a bit annoying in the middle of the night.
The rooms are also all different. Another member of our party was staying next door in room 5, so we saw the inside of this as well. This room was a bit nicer (not to say ours was bad). A bit larger, and the bathroom was nicer as well.
Overall, I could definitely recommend this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abella Guest Rooms are situated in the centre of Cracow. Fully renovated guest rooms are housed in a beautiful old stone building, built over 100 years ago. They have charm, space and privacy, created by the use of period furnishings, side by side with modern amenities, including fully equipped private bathrooms, lift, TV, Internet connection and tea/coffee facilities. Only a five minute stroll from the bustling Market Square, and a five minute walk from the Main Railway and Bus Station ... more less
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