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The Secret Garden Hostel
Ranked #71 of 258 Hotels in Krakow
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Chile
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“Top value hostel!!!”
Reviewed March 1, 2010

Great hostel located in the center (but very quiet) of Krakow.
Every room has a name and according to it, they decorate the room. When we arrived, they gave us the "Lavender room". Unfortunately, someone was smoking in that room (which is forbidden) and it was smelling really awful so, they change us from that room to the "Vanilla Sky" room.

This room was amazing. We were in the first floor of the hostel with three restroom in from of our room. We practically had a bathroom for ourselves!.

One thing that really impressed me was how clean this hostel was. I'm particularly very very very picky when it comes to cleanness... but this... left me speechless!. I never saw a single hair in the floor or the shower!. It was always smelling great and it was always shinning!!.

The recepcionists were always kind, smiling and willing to help.

The breakfast was not bad: different types of bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, pork hams, nutella, jams, butter, cereals, milk, coffee and tea. If you wanted to eat something else, at around 100mts. you have a small supermarket and a really good bakery!

If we come back to Krakow, we would defenitely book this hostel again!.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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lincoln
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2010

Stayed in the hostel for 4 nights and it was great. good location for all areas of krakow. tram stop at the top of the road but evenly well placed for a nice walk to the southern part of the city and also a great walk past the castle and outstanding buildings up to the main square.
staff were very helpful and helped with any request you asked and the rooms were a good size. breakfast was very good with cheeses, meats, jam, bread etc etc. nothing to worry about sharing bathrooms as there are plenty about and very clean.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2010

This was the my third stay at the Secret Garden hostel and it is has never disappointed me. Do not be put off by the word hostel. It did not feel like one to me but then again, I always stay in a private room. Rooms are colourful and themed. Bathroom facilities are shared but they are always clean and I have never had to wait to take shower.

You can make tea, coffee or hot chocolate at any time in the communal kitchen which was great during the cold Polish winters. Breakfast is included in the price and you can help yourself to various breads, processed cheese slices, meats, jam, yoghurt and chocolate spread.

The hotel is situated a few trams stops from the centre of Krakow and it is only a 2 minute walk from the tram stop. Lots of cheap restaurants nearby plus a bargain "milk bar" nearby if you are feeling confident with your Polish. The hostel gets booked up really quick during the Spring or Summer so book now to avoid disappointment. I know because I could not book some dates in April.

Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Hereford, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2010

Visted Krakow in January 2010. Stayed here and loved it, already planning a return trip. The hostel was spotlessly clean, rooms were comfortable, this is a hostel remember so they are not luxurious but clean, big enough, comfy beds, smelled beautifully (the rooms all have a theme and we stayed in the Clockwork Orange room - which am sure you guessed smelt of oranges!

Our corridor had 4 rooms in it and 3 giant bathrooms. There was never an issue using the bathrooms (which like the rest of the place were spotless) toilets and showers were in separate rooms inside them so there was never an issue having to wait.

The free breakfast was yummy, meats, cheeses, breads, jams, yogurts etc. It was always being restocked so even when we got their later one morning there was still plenty to be had. You could also make tea and coffee whenever you wanted which was fantastic given when we were there it was minus 25 one of the days and after being out all day needed warming up.

The location was great much preferred the Jewish Quarter to the Old Town, the bars and resturants a short walk away were wonderful, delicious, cheap etc and didn't see one stag party down there - only saw a couple in the Old Town which is about a 15 min walk away.

Staff spoke very good English and were very helpful with bus times and how to get places and booking trips.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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new zealand
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Reviewed November 1, 2009

Was great..free wifi with breakfast included cant complain...I did break a glass shelf in the shared bathroom tho as it was loose and came of when I got my toilet bag..glass went everywere..staff were fine and cleaned it up straight away. cant say anything bad about it...tram line 2 min walk.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed October 27, 2009

This is one of the nicer hostels I've stayed at. My room and all public areas were kept very clean, including the shared bathroom, which was spotless every time I used it. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful. I also appreciated the free internet they provided (not sure if they had wireless but they had two computers for anyone to use). The neighborhood is okay, within easy reach of anything you want to see. This is a very good hostel for anyone traveling on a budget.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2009

The cleanest hostel I ve ever been to, modern style
but plasant. Friendly English-speaking staff,
unusually many possibilities for free internet
and extremely well-organized, plentiful bathrooms.
Had a single room in reality a double, with shared
bathrooms.
The Kazimierz district is interesting itself. The Ethnographic
Museum is right across on the square: visit it for its
nice collection of folklore and local dress, it s a small jewel.
Plenty of eating possibilities and shops nearby, in spite
of that it is not in the centre.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Property: The Secret Garden Hostel
Address: ul. Skawinska 7, Krakow 31-066, Poland
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow > Kazimierz , Stare Miasto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Krakow
#18 Family Hotel in Krakow
#35 Romantic Hotel in Krakow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Secret Garden Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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