I stayed in the studio for 3 nights with my husband – 2 nights in Studio B and 1 night in Studio A (next door to each other). I chose this place as it’s in Kazimierz, the Jewish district, which is less touristy than the centre and were glad we did as we found much better places to eat and drink and enjoyed the sights more in this area. The studio is a few doors down from the hostel on Skawinska but was a little difficult to find as it’s through 3 security doors (please email me if you’d like directions!). It’s only a few minutes walk to the centre of Kazimierz, 10 minutes to Wawel Castle and 15 minutes to Main Square.
Both studios are excellent – very clean, modern, stylish and plush and everything we could have wanted – comfy double bed, kitchenette with dishwasher, a modern bathroom with hairdryer and they both lead out to a pretty garden. It was bliss to return to our cosy and warm studio after a day out in the cold snow and it even felt like there was under-floor heating. They both had a large flat screen TV but there were no English channels. The only difference between the studios was a very slight difference in the style (see my photos) and Studio A had a slightly smaller bathroom with no bath. Studio B had a bath as well as a washing machine.
It was nice that we were in our own private apartment rather than in a noisy hotel or hostel with lots of other people, although the hostel wasn’t really your typical hostel and was mostly older people. We had a basic complimentary breakfast in the main part of the hostel every morning which included cereal, toast, jams, ham, cheese, hard boiled eggs, yoghurts and hot drinks. There was no juice though which was a bit disappointing as I’m not keen on hot drinks and don’t like water with breakfast! There’s free wifi all over the hostel and in the studios it’s quicker than my own wifi at home!
There’s lots of information in the reception on what to do around Krakow including good maps and you can buy tram tickets from reception. I would double check on some things though as we asked if you needed to book the bus to Zakopane and they told us no and when we turned up at the bus station it turned out you did need to book in advance so we had a few problems. They also arranged a transfer to and from the airport for us which only cost 60zl (about £12).
Other than that for the price, location, amenities and wonderful rooms I would definitely recommend the studios – we loved them!
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