1st trip to Krakow - business conference in September

Hello. I will be traveling alone (female) to Krakow arriving 09/10/09 for 4 days to attend a business conference. The conference will be held on a barge just across the Pilsudskiego bridge from the Korona Hostel. Looking at google maps it looks like it will be near "Podgorska."

I wish to book a room that is non-smoking, private bathroom, quiet, safe, internet-access for my laptop. I will only be there to shower & sleep. Breakfast will be provided by the conference.

I want to walk to the conference each morning.

Can you recommend a hotel that fits my needs? Thank you for your help! Donna

Posted by Penny
Tulsa, OK
276 posts

I was going to tell you that there were few hotels in the Podgorze neighborhood as it isn't in the main tourist area, but then I too looked at Google and it looks as though several have popped up since I was last there in 2005. I was going to suggest something in Kazimierz which is just across the bridge from Podgorze and quite walkable. The Regent Hotel is on the corner of Jozefa and Bozego Ciala not far from Krakowska which leads directly to the bridge. It may be a little expensive if you only intend to shower and sleep, but most hotels in Poland are cheap relative to those in western Europe. A little further down Jozefa is Hotel Abel where I stayed several times. It's basic, but nice and clean with brand new (in 2005) immaculate bathrooms. However, because Kazimierz is kind of trendy with clubs etc, rooms at Hotel Abel are a little noisy due to single-pane windows. I think the Regent has internet access, but not Hotel Abel. They both have websites or you can check out inyourpocket.com for detailed hotel listings. I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Posted by bronwen
maplewood, new jersey, usa
750 posts

I would suggest staying closer to the square and schedule time to walk in the morning. I think as a woman traveling alone you'd want to be right there so that you can explore at night. Krakow is really the most wonderful city - great pizza and beer.

Posted by Jim
New Berlin, WI, US
156 posts

Enjoy the ambience of Krakow by staying near Rynek Glowny and take a cab to the conference. It would probably be a 1/2 hr walk. You can catch up on your walking when you get home.

Don't visit Krakow and not see the Square, Wavel Castle and the salt mine. It's a great town.

Posted by Penny
Tulsa, OK
276 posts

I have to agree with the others, if it's at all possible, you should try to stay in the Old Town near the Rynek Glowny. Taxis are reasonable or you could take a tram. I'm from Oklahoma where there is precious little public transportation, and I was able to figure out how to get around:) With that in mind, I have another hotel suggestion: Wawel-Tourist on Poselska just off of Grodzka which is part of the "Royal Way". It's right near all the action, but, aside from the bells on the church across the street, very quiet. The staff are helpful and could help you with cabs or appropriate tram lines.

Posted by Donna
Marlton, NJ, 08053
5 posts

First, I want to thank everyone for taking the time to give me valuable advice. I sincerely appreciate it.

I found what looks to be a nice apartment. I just need a "second opinion" re: the location. I checked several websites, and read many positive reviews posted by travelers for AAA apartments including this one (Old Town Studio). I did not see any negative information. Will you please take a look & let me know what you think of this location? Thank you! Donna

Old Town Studio, AAA Apartments Krakow
Located on Slawkowska Street, 3 minute walk from main market square.
Has 24 hr. security.

http://www.krakow-apartments.biz/details.html?prpId=366#!

Posted by Penny
Tulsa, OK
276 posts

It's a great location just off the Rynek, but not on THE main thoroughfare, Florianska. In other words, you'd be near many of the sites - The Czartoryski Museum with Da Vinci's "Lady With an Ermine" is just a block away - but away from most of the noise. I've wandered all over Krakow and never felt afraid, but exercise caution late at night in the park which surrounds the Old Town. I guess that applies to any park:) Krakow's an amazing city; have a wonderful time!

Posted by Donna
Marlton, NJ, 08053
5 posts

Penny,
Thank you for checking the apartment site. I greatly appreciate your recommendations/insights! I look forward to visiting Krakow!!
Donna

Posted by Brannon
Seattle, WA, USA
43 posts

I just got back from there 2 weeks ago, and I have to say you will not be disappointed staying in Old Town. Great cafes and people. Check out Auschwitz-Birkenau for sure, if you can.