Unforgettable accommodation at a great price
Review Submitted: 28 November 2011
Date of Stay: November 2011
My wife and I went on a fleeting three-night getaway in Krakow, and we both came away feeling we'd really struck gold with Jarek's flat. It's spacious and well kitted out for either short trips or for people on a leisurely stay in the area, with a dining room and top-notch kitchen in case you're self-catering. The price was the best we could possibly have asked for considering what we got, and we found Jarek himself both helpful and accommodating, without being invasive - he offered many useful suggestions for things to do in Krakow (and you ignore his tips only to your detriment, as we discovered - he suggested taking a cab out to Auschwitz instead of the train, and we could've spent hours fewer in transit at pretty modest expense if we'd had the sense to listen).
The rooms are modern and good-looking, with a good wifi connection, a comfortable bed, heated floors (don't underestimate how important this is given the cold weather!), a classy, modern look, a comfortable bath perfect for soothing mornings, and a kitchen and dining area suitable for cooking up gourmet meals, with all the accoutrements you could need. There's a bakery and a very good restaurant in the neighbourhood, too; we enjoyed a rustic, home-style three-course lunch with more food than we could have eaten in a month for around £15 on our first day there, perfect for days when you're staying close to home but don't want to cook yourself.
Our only real regret was that we didn't bring another couple or two with us - while my wife and I were very comfortable, the flat's an unmissable bargain for couples travelling together, for families or small groups.
I should point out a few aspects of the flat that may seem like challenges at first glance, but really aren't. The distance from the city centre can be walked in fifteen or twenty minutes, or you can catch a tram, which trundles its way to the main railway station in about ten if you count the wait, giving you the benefits of a quiet neighbourhood at a very easy remove. Cabs are lightning-fast, reliable, and only a few bucks from the old town. If you have trouble with stairs, it's a fourth floor walk-up, but given the amount of pork fat in Polish food, a quick climb will probably be just what you need to keep your arteries clear!
I left a little piece of my heart in Krakow, and this place is very highly recommended. Don't be surprised if you find it hard to leave like we did.
Helpful votes: 6/6
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