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Red Brick Apartments
Ranked #19 of 256 Hotels in Krakow
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Cambridge, UK
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“Excellent location, well appointed, clean and good quality - 10/10”
Reviewed December 16, 2009

We stayed 3 nights at Red Brick Appartments based solely on reviews on tripadvisor, and I'm glad that we chose to.

The location is great - less than 10 minutes walk from the main station where you arrive if coming from the airport, and less than 10 minutes walk to the central square. The neighbourhood between the hotel and the square is a road of shops, restaurants and bars, and it's just around the corner from a huge brand new shopping centre too.

Our room - a standard room for 2 - was good. You get a hallway with a bathroom (w/c, sink, small bath with shower over), a kitchen (table & chairs, kettle, microwave, espresso pod coffe machine, cooking stuff, sink, dishwasher, plates & glasses etc), a sort of dressing room with wardrobe and sofa bed, then the main bedroom had 2 single beds pushed together, a desk with free wifi & lan cable, a 32" LCD TV, coffee table, a sofa to watch TV on etc.

Also, despite what I'd read elsewhere, the room was completely 100% silent. Lying there in bed you couldn't hear a thing. We were on the 3rd floor but there was no road noise.

Staff were very friendly and keen to offer advice, bus times etc. We took a public bus to Auschwitz (goes from G1 at the bus station which is just behind the train station) and that cost 10zl per person each way, which you can buy on the bus or in the bus station. For £2.50 it's a bargain as it takes 1h15 - 1h45 on a coach that goes through the countryside. Well worth it, and much better value than spending £50 each on a minibus tour which takes you there in a minibus and drops you off.

There's nothing that I could criticise the appartments for; it was clean, they came in and cleaned and made up the beds each day (unusual for an apartment vs a hotel), washed up our coffee cups and cutlery too, changed to towels etc.

There's no provision for breakfast as the restaurant downstairs has closed down, but there was a bakery next door for pastries, you can make your own espresso in the room, or just go out for breakfast as we did.

To get to / from airport:

If coming from Krakow Balice airport, take the free courtesy bendy-bus from outside the international terminal to the Balice railway station (seems to run non-stop in a loop), then take the train (more like a tram) into the Krakow. You can buy tickets from the conductor on board (8 zloty I think), or it's 1zl cheaper if you buy from the ticket machine in the terminal. Take train into town, and on arrival at the station, go down the escalators into the subway and turn right towards Krakow Galleria shopping centre. Go through the shopping centre and out onto the main road, turning left, then take first road right. The Red Brick appartments is 2-3 blocks on the left-hand side, opposite a big white church.

You can also take a public bus which is 5zl (a bit cheaper), but you have to also pay per piece of luggage too, so if you've got a couple of bags from your flight it works out cheaper to take the train.

If I went back, I'd definitely stay at Red Brick again. It was similar price to a hotel but you get 2-3 times more space and lots of extras thrown in (so long as you don't need breakfast in the hotel and can live without a hotel bar etc).

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Reviewed December 6, 2009

This place is excellent. It's a 100-year-old block of flats very recently and tastefully converted into four floors of apartments with a lift. Ours was bigger than our London flat with a mezzanine level bedroom in the attic, flat-screen TV in the living room, fitted kitchen with capsule espresso maker and a very well appointed bathroom. Okay we didn't really need the kitchen on a weekend break, but there is a pastry shop very close if you did. Not within the Planty, but easy five mins walk from the station and 10 mins to the square. Staff were lovely, English speaking, efficient and very sweet when we said we'd just got engaged - thanks for the roses and the chocolate Santas!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2009

Huge rooms (apartments) very clean and frendly. Kitchen, fridge, etc. The best for travellers (next to train station) and for visitors with families (5 minute walk to city centre. Great and helpful staff.
I am staying there at list once a month and can not complain.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 2, 2009

A little gem of a place - two minute walk from the old City, delightful and exceptionally helpful staff - rooms were spacious clean and very comfortable. Very good value for money, I'm trying and failing to find a negative - all I can think of is that the hotel you go next door for breakfast served the worst coffee I've ever tasted - but even that was made up for by the surreal decor!

  • Stayed October 2009
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Reviewed November 1, 2009

We have just spent three nights at the Red Brick Apartments in Krakow. I would recommend any family to think of an apartment instead of a hotel. This was so much better than four of us squeezing into a hotel "family" room. Two separate bedrooms (one acted as the lounge as well but that was fine) a small kitchen and bathroom. It was spotless with everything we needed. The location was excellent - near to the shopping mall (supermarket), a bakery, Krakow City Tours pick up point and of course, the city centre! The staff were lovely, very helpful and spoke perfect English.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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york
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Reviewed October 30, 2009

Just returned from a three day visit to Krakow. Booked red brick apartments on the back of reviews read on this site. We were not disappointed! We were a party of six including three teenagers and my disabled mother in law. The apartment we booked had five comfortable beds(one a double bed settee). there was a clean kitchen with expresso maker and dishwasher. The location was good with a quick, easy walk (with wheelchair) in to the town centre and access to bakeries and corner shop for food. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Access to all floors via lift. Breakfast bookable (25PLN) at hotel next door. Highly recommended, we would use red brick apartments again.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 3, 2009

I stayed there with my partner for a long romantic weekend in Sept 09. The apartment was spacious and the kitchen was well stocked with everything you needed. I walked in and went 'wow' I was really pleased with the luxuary appartment and it was worth every penny and more. Great value for the size of the apartment. The apartment was spotless clean and was seviced every day. The staff are nice, friendly and helpful which is want you want. Location is great you can walk everywhere or jump in a cab but we preferred to walk and get a feel for Krakow. Being close to the train station and gallery is perfect too especially if you like to shop?Getting the train from the airport to Krakow is so easy and a lot cheaper than a cab and quick too. The apartment is less than five minutes from the station. Make sure you come out the main entrance. Supermarket is five minutes away and there is the pastry shop a few doors along from the apartment. Outside the hotel you can get the bus to the Salt Mine so easy but make sure you validate your ticket or you will be fined? Once at the Salt Mine you wait briefly to join a English speaking tour. When I go back to Krakow I will definitely be booking the apartment again and look forward to going back again soon.
We went to the Harris Jazz Bar small venue, great if you like jazz. We also went to Pod Baranem Restuarant which was recommended on Trip Adviser, I e-mailed to book a reservation from the UK. Great resturant. Food is devine and the waiters where friendly helpful and made excellent suggestions on what to try? Perfect for romantic meal, I would love to go back again. Krakow has so many great bars but I liked the Budda bar off the square. Great chill out place.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Red Brick Apartments
Address: ul. Kurniki 3, Krakow 31-156, Poland
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow > Kleparz , Stare Miasto
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Best Value Hotel in Krakow
#21 Business Hotel in Krakow
#23 Romantic Hotel in Krakow
#23 Family Hotel in Krakow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Red Brick Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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