Have just booked a room at City Hostel for Jan 2011 which will be our 3rd stay at this hostel, previous stays were in Jan 2009 and Jan 2010. We are 4 British men in our 30s and 40s and are staying one night for a bit of city life after a skiing holiday in Zakopane. This hostel is exactly as other reviewers describe it. Superbly located just of the main street near the Barbican about a 10 min walk from the main train/bus station and very good value for money. (If travelling from the airport to central Krakow I would suggest taking the shuttle train it runs every 20mins or so and costs about 8 zloty). The rooms though spartan are clean and beds are comfortable as is the hostel in general. We have only had the en-suite rooms and the showers and toilets etc have all been clean and in good working order. Very important for winter visitors the rooms are nice and warm! Continental style breakfast is basic but there was plenty of it and really what do you expect from such a reasonably priced place to stay? We have always found the hostel to be quiet and peacefull and have never been disturbed by people walking up the wooden stairs. Perhaps the excellent Polish beer aids sleep??! All the staff we met were very friendly and helped make each stay long or short a pleasure.
If you were planning on taking a sophisticated girl away for a romantic weekend in the fine City of Krakow then maybe City Hostel would not be the place to take her but it is perfect for general travellers wishing to explore Krakow and the surrounding area for a reasonable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The City Hostel is a place designed for those who want to discover Krakow in their own, special way. We have converted a 19th century historical tenement in the centre of the Old Town into a meeting place for people from all over the world. In doing this we have tried to retain the warm atmosphere of the historical interiors. The City Hostel reflects Krakow's climate perfectly: only here does youthful energy meet tradition to create a spicy mix of modernity and history. At our place, you can plan your tour of the intriguing corners of the city and rest after discovering the charms of famous Krakow clubs all night. ... more less
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