Poland

Krakow

WhereAntique Apartments Old Town

Verdict: I stayed in Krakow with two of my friends so we decided to skip the hostels this round and book an apartment to share and lucky we did since we LOVED ours. Located in a charming old building in the older part of town, most people in it were locals however, there was three ‘Antique Apartments’ on our floor in total. To get to our door we first had to jimmy the most difficult lock known to man, which opened up to a gorgeous black and white checkered hallway with a chandelier in which all the apartments ran along.

We booked a 1 bed room apartment which had twin beds in one room and a foldout in the other main room that normally housed the couch and dining table. For a 1 bedroom the apartment was bigger than I anticipated and the bathroom was quite spacious too. The entire place seemed spotlessly clean and with its unpolished wooden floorboards and white colour scheme it was so just so charmingly elegant! The wifi was free and worked very well and the kitchen was decently equipped if you want to cook while you’re there. A washing machine, dryer and drying racks is available to use between the 3 apartments too which was very handy.

I’d recommend this place to anyone, we really couldn’t fault it!

Location: Fantastic! Right in old town, it takes perhaps 5 minutes to walk to the central square in Krakow and there’s a bunch of dining options around here too so you’re spoiled for choice. There was a small supermarket around the corner from our apartment building also and both a tram and bus stop a minutes walk away.

Price: Everything in Poland seems generally pretty cheap when you come from a Euro, Australian or even American currency since the exchange rate is in our favour. If you’re on a budget certainly in Krakow you could find nice accommodation for far less than Antique Apartments but since we were splitting it three ways we didn’t mind too much and felt the quality of the place was worth it. We paid 369 PLN (130 AUD or 88 EUR) per night and booked for a week during summer. Please keep in mind prices can vary depending on season and days of the week. Rates do not include breakfast which can be purchased for an additional 25 PLN (8 AUD or 6 EUR) per person per day.

The details:
Antique Apartments sp. z o.o.,
pl Szczepański 2/9,
31-011 Kraków
Email: booking@aapt.pl
Ph: + 48 664 05 66 05

 
Warsaw

WhereBest Western Hotel Felix

Verdict: This hotel seems fairly modern when you first walk into the lobby. The rooms themselves don’t appear quite so new but they were clean and we loved how there was enough space to open our suitcases and then some. The beds were comfortable and our bathroom was a good size too. Wifi was available for free and reliable.

Breakfast was really great, there was a wide selection of hot and continental foods on offer and it was all quite tasty. The breakfast room/dining area is large also, so you never have to wait for a table.

Overall, I felt this is a decent hotel option for Warsaw if you don’t want to spend a lot but still receive get decent amenities for your money. As long as you don’t mind a small trek into the city centre it’s certainly worth looking at.

Location: This is not centrally located in Warsaw however, but it is a good budget hotel option if you don’t mind taking public transport into the city. There’s a tram stop nearby and it’ll take you around 20 minutes. Consequently we didn’t notice too many dining options close to the hotel either but the restaurant on site was quite affordable and of a decent standard and there was a bar across the road.

Price: A standard room can start at around 170 PLN (60 AUD or 40 EUR) including breakfast during low season. Please remember that price can change depending on days of the week or seasons.

The details:
Omulewska 24
Warsaw, 04-128, Poland
Ph: +48 22 2107000

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