Fantastic hotel! We had a lovely room. Small but perfectly formed on the 2nd floor (no lift). It was clean, modern and comfortable. The shower room was also small, clean and modern. Great, powerful shower. I borrowed a hairdrier that was better than mine at home!
Breakfast was easy. Small buffet style breakfast with cereal, toast, rolls, cheese, ham and eggs. Orange juice and teas/coffee. The reception staff were extremely helpful and friendly.
It's easy to get to the hotel. We took the free bus from the airport to the train. We paid on the train to go to the centre of Krakow (6zl each) and then we walked through the plantry (park) to the Jewish quarter where the hotel is. It took us a good 30 minutes but we didn't mind as weather was lovely and sunny and we only had one small bag.
The location of the hotel is great. 15minutes nice walk up the royal route to the central square and 5 minutes to Wawel castle.
We recommend the places we went to - the main square, the salt mines, Auschwitz, the Jewish quarter and Wawel castle. Everyone is offering trips to the salt mines and Auschwitz for around 100zl each. We took the public bus to each and only paid about 20zl to Auschwitz and 3zl to the salt mines. The Auschwitz bus from the bus station leaves at 9.10am (others about every hour!?!?) and it's free to enter. The bus back is about half one (and then again every hour or so) You need to look for the bus that takes you to Oswiecim (the Polish name). It was very moving and not something that was a particularly pleasant. We chose not to do it with a tour guide which I was happy with as we could go at our own speed and everything was very self explanatory. Information boards told you everything you needed to know. It was very busy and the large groups of people where struggling to get round etc.
The salt mines were a little harder to find. We took a bus from outside the shopping centre/train station and had to pay on the buses ticket booth (all in Polish) then no one told us where to get off and it wasn't very obvious but someone on the bus told us in the end. Then we walked down the hill and to the mines (10 mins) When you get to the mines, you have to have a guided tour and the English tours are at specific times. We went on the 5pm tour. It lasts 2 hours and is really amazing. You walk down 380 steps and through lots of passages. The only bit that was uncomfortable was the lift back up. It's a miners lift that is like a double decker cage! It lasts about 30 seconds but very tightly packed with people you don't know!! The fee is about 64zl for the English tour and 10zl for a photo permit. You can get a minibus back to the centre of Krakow if you wait by the Salt mines bill board at the bottom of the hill. 5zl back aswell.
Wawel castle has great views of the river and town. We paid to go into the cathedral - 10zl each which allows you to go up the tower to see the main bell - but the best bit by far are the most amazing views from the top window over the whole of Krakow! We went very early and were the first in at 9am. If you wait till 10am you can pay 3zl to see the dragon and go down the steps into the cave etc but we didn't want to wait so we just walked out of the castle and long the river (5 mins) to the fire breathing dragon. Good fun!
Lots of nice food - cheap and easy! We ate in Avocado (opposite the hotel) as we were meeting friends and needed something near our hotel. It was really good food! Huge portions, nice surroundings and great staff. We also got a card from the hotel that gave us a complimentary drink - pink fizz!
The bars in the Jewish quarter are said to be very hip. We went to quite a few - one with singer sewing machines for tables, one with stuffed crocodiles and one that needed a good, deep clean but full of people! (Alcemy or something - it's on the corner in the square)
The prices in the main square are higher than else where as you would expect. We also struggled to find 'Polish' food. It was mainly Italian inflenced dishes. We ate in 'padre' (Wislna 11) which was a cellar restaurant with good reviews and an interesting mix of Italian and Indian food - not on the same plate!
We loved Krakow and would definately recommend it (and our hotel).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spatz is a real jewel of Kazimierz district. It is situated in the historic centre of Cracow in cultural, shopping and business area, surrounded by climatic houses. This is an unforgettable journey to the past. Spatz is a perfect starting point for trips to Oscar Shindler's Factory, former ghetto and old Jewish synagogues. Spatz is one of three boutique hotels in Poland that are part of a world prestigious hotels' chain- Epoque Hotels. ... more less
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- Aparthotel Spatz Krakow
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