We have just returned from a 3 day winter trip to Krakow and stayed at the Regent. We are so pleased that we chose this hotel, it really is excellent value and such a clean and friendly place.
The staff are all very friendly and helpful - Anna is especially efficient and jolly behind reception. The rooms are so clean. We stayed in room 111 which is huge and very quiet being at the back of the hotel.
The breakfast is a good choice of cereals, fruit, rolls, cold meat, cheese etc as well as scrambled egg, frankfurters and toast so more than enough!!
The hotel location is brilliant- the Kazimiriez district is just full of great bars and restaurants, all very very cheap and such nice cosy places. My partner and I could eat out, including a few drinks each easily for £15 for the two of us each night. You can walk pretty much everywhere within 20mins of hotel so don't bother with all the taxis etc.
We did the Schindlers Factory tour ( free admission on Mondays)- very interesting history of Krakow, visited some of the fantastic churches and of course the Auschwitz tour- the highlight (if that's the right way to describe this harrowing place) of our visit. It is unbelievable to be standing there in the middle of some of history's worst atrocities- well worth the full day visit. Do it through these guys before you go (firstname.lastname@example.org) they are brilliant- cost about £20 each- give them your hotel name and they pick you up and take you and have a fantastic English speaking tour guide when you get to the camp. They also show a very informative dvd on the way which sets you up for some of the scenes you will encounter. The only downside of the trip was that there was no free time in Auschwitz to wander on your own after the 31/2 hr tour. The tour then takes you 10 mins down the road to Auschwitz 2 - Birkenau- the death camp- although this is 80% ruins it is probably even more harrowing than Auschwitz when you see the sheer size of the camp and see the remains of the crematoria and accommodation huts. All in all a MUST DO day!
As we went in December the Christmas market was on in the Main Square (a pleasant 15 min stroll from the hotel past the Wawel Castle), what a great experience and all the items are so so cheap...lots of nice little Christmas gifts and plenty of delicious food. Everyone had said about how expensive the restaurants and bars are around the Square but to be honest, even though you may pay about 50p more for a beer it is a nice place to watch the world go by.
Venture off the square down the side streets and you will find some great bars and places to eat that are very cheap. There is also the huge shopping centre which is unbelievably big and the most spectacular Christmas lights we have seen.
One word of warning- when changing money ask first what you will get for the amount you are changing - 'how many zlotys will I get for £100?' as the rates they show on some of the boards outside are vastly different to the (lower) rate on boards inside and conveniently tucked behind doors so you don't see them until its too late and you realise you've just been paid around 20% less than you were expecting! The first time this happened my partner stood up to the guy and demanded our money back....bless her....the guy didn't know what had hit him and he duly repaid every penny...a lesson well learned.
Another tip- if you are a smoker, you cannot get any English ciggies at Krakow airport so unless you like American brands you are out of luck.
We will definitely go back as so much was missed due to the short time we were there. A beautiful and interesting City that you MUST stay in the Regency whilst exploring. Thank you to all the staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Regent Krakow
- Krakow Regent
- Regent Hotel Krakow