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Efekt Express Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   ul. Opolska 14, Krakow 31-323, Poland (Formerly Holiday Inn Express Krakow)   |  
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Ranked #138 of 242 Hotels in Krakow
Lviv, Ukraine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Save your money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's nothing special about this hotel. We stayed here for one night. The TV did not work properly, the hallways smelled musty, and the "free breakfast" was disappointing (lack of choice, none of the food was heated... even the scrambled eggs were cold.).

It just did not seem like the staff cared to take care of things.

The room was ok looking (nothing special) and the bed semi comfortable.

The real gem here was that the morning receptionist was very knowledgeable of the area and was able to properly inform us how to get around the area via public transportation and even took the time to print out the bus schedules for the areas we wanted to go. That in itself was worth two rating points. (otherwise would have given this visit a 1 star rating.)

Room cost was 250 zloty. (about 60 euros)

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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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England
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

My wife & I stayed from 21-24 Aug 2014, bed & breakfast. Hotel adequate, in the 4 star region. Staff friendly & helpful & food good.

Hotel 4km from town centre by bus (2.80 pln each (about 50p) - 15 min). Town Square is brilliant – full of life, bars, restaurants, market stalls indoor & out (jewellery especially cheap).
From the town centre we went on a free Walking Tour of the Jewish Quarter with our guide Marta (very good & educational) eg you see a number of locations used in the film Schindler’s List.

Wawel Castle is a very good venue (+mostly free).

Schindler’s Factory was interesting but not ‘wow’.

TOURS (book in advance with Escape To Poland on Web):

Auschwitz 1 & Auschwitz 2 (Birkenau) very powerful, emotional tours. You have to go there to fully understand everything you’ve ever read or picture you’ve seen (£47.98 for 2 with hotel pickup/return).

Wieliczka Salt Mine – very good (£46 for 2 with hotel pickup/return).

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Hotel Efekt Express - a comfortable hotel, with spacious rooms, modern feel. Staff unfailingly courteous. Breakfasts are buffet style, with plenty of variety - even baked beans for UK people!
We used one of the meeting rooms - it had a thick pillar to one side, so somewhat awkward, but manageable.
The main downside of the visit was the poor internet connectivity. I couldn't even do email. The only way was to visit the adjacent Best Western and use theirs in the lobby.
The hotel is a 20 minute drive from downtown; we were advised only to use taxis booked through the hotel, as other drivers are unscrupulous and take advantage of visitors.
There is a shopping mall very close to the hotel (Ikea, Auchan etc).

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Neat rooms, but a little too cramped for comfort. A little far from the city centre. Need a cab to get to the city. Break fast spread is fair. Nice to go for a morning walk, great walk way along the road in front.

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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Berhampur, Orissa
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45 hotel reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Reasons for my caption:

Location- away from the centre in the middle of nowhere, cab ride from the market square about 35 Zloty.

4star???
definitely not. It's a compact economy stay, no frills european style. For example the tv in the room was an old portable one.

Breakfast
unimpressive on accounts of content and presentation. The buffet was not replenished regularly. Saw only two staff running around to clean up as well as replenish.

Terrible wifi
These days wifi is oxygen!
free wifi there of course, but appaling speed even in the lobby let alone the room!

Only thing I liked was the souvenir kiosk in the lobby, though a small one, had some reasonably priced stuff and exchanged currency at good rates.

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Room 343 for a 3 night stay with Leger. The room size and bathroom were fine – gel and shampoo in dispensers. No safe or fridge, but coffee pot. Has decent AC, but Wifi is a nightmare. They give you the code (need to ensure you type in the capital and small letters exactly!) and you can connect in the room, but its slower than dialup. Don’t even think of skyping, and basic aol email takes several minutes to connect. Breakfast is a decent buffet – even baked beans to satisfy the UK crowd. Sunday night there was loud music playing till 2am – so bring earplugs. The other evenings were quiet. Room has 2 different pillow types – hard and soft, so that is a nice touch.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nis, Serbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Only real thing that was the issue was location and since i was there during New years i had trouble to find a cab late night after parties. But as far as hotel is concerned everything is just great. Very big breakfast, clean rooms, a lot of small things that hotel gives that are very helpful such as shaving material and nedles for clothes etc. Service could be better since many of them don't know english and only handful of staff is employed. All in all a very pleasent expirience.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Efekt Express Hotel

Address: ul. Opolska 14, Krakow 31-323, Poland (Formerly Holiday Inn Express Krakow)
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#44 Luxury Hotel in Krakow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Efekt Express Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 181
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel with outstanding hospitality service is conveniently located only a few minutes driving distance from the Main Market Square and the Old Town of the Royal City Krakow. It is also easily accessible from Balice International Airport, routes from Warsaw, and the A4 motorway Katowice -Wroclaw - Berlin. Hotel is the perfect place to start discovering Krakow and surroundings as Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Museum and Wieliczka Salt Mine tours available at reception. Golf fans will enjoy world-class golfing at the nearby Golf Krakow Valley. The hotel welcomes guests to 181 modern, brightly decorated, air-conditioned double rooms, including rooms for disabled persons, rooms for non-smokers only, twin type of rooms, double rooms (with an extension sofa), as well as connected rooms. The hotel's standards include, among others: complimentary buffet breakfast, coffee and tea makers, wireless Internet access /free of charge/, six conference rooms - for up to 200 persons, a lobby bar, a restaurant serving Polish and international cuisines, a souvenir shop and a car park for 230 cars. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Express Krakow Hotel Krakow
Holiday Inn Krakow
Krakow Holiday Inn Express
Express Holiday Inn Krakow

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