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Hotel in Krakow/Prague

For our honeymoon, my fiance and I decided to be adventurous and try out Krakow and Prague. Although never are really off the beaten path anymore, it's an adventure for us because we've never travelled Europe before. I've been looking on trip advisor for good hotels in Krakow and Prague, but most of the reviews sound the same (good service, good location, etc.). I was hoping to find something special in either/both Krakow and Prague for our honeymoon. Has anyone found a hotel that far exceeds their value? I've been looking at Hotel Amber or Crystal Suites in Krakow and Hotel General in Prague. I'd like something that is memorable, but doesn't break the bank ($100-150) - am I asking too much? Any ideas out there? Thank you!

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There are other sources for the information you want besides tripadviser. Try doing an online search such as Krakow, hotels or Krakow, tourism. That's how we find most of our hotels. We also use Rough Guides and Lonely Planet guides. Both have a brief hotel listing under each city.

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I looked at hotel General. It looks like nice luxurious hotel where you will be pampered. I see only two disadvantages: It's above your price range and it's a little bit away from historical center. Beautiful luxurious hotel which is in the historical center is hotel U zlate studne (Golden Well) but is about twice your price range. Nice hotel in your price range is hotel Betlem Club in the Old Town of Prague. I stayed there once and liked it. But of course there are many nice hotels in your price range where I did not stay. In Krakow I stayed in hotel Saski. In your price range and very close to Rynek Glowny (Main Square). Nice hotel.

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Blake First of all, congratulations to you both! Secondly, have you considered an apartment rather than hotel? We've just come back from Prague where we stayed in this apartment https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/519244 Really comfortable, excellent position and a reasonable price. The people who let it are helpful and efficient. If that doesn't take your fancy there are plenty more on the airbnb site. We really enjoy having the extra space and the privacy of an apartment. Have a great time whatever you decide. Alan

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I agree with Alan! We went to Prague and Krakow this summer and booked apartments, both located in the city center right by the main squares. Both with helpful staff. Also feels a little more authentic than a hotel and you have a kitchen to eat some meals in which helps save money. For Krakow we used the website "Old city Apartments" and for Prague we used "Prague City Apartments". Our Krakow apartment DEFINITELY worked out to less than $100 per night per person. Prague was a little more expensive, but not much. Also, we used a private car service to drive us from Krakow to Prague. Best money I ever spent. We payed about $450 for four people and it was a 4 hour drive. Kind of a lot of money but definitely less than you would pay for airfare and it's not much more expensive than you would pay for train tickets. And the trains are mostly overnight trains and on the older side as far as European trains go. We used the company "Prague airport transfers". Have a good trip!

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In your price range the most memorable thing will be an apartment located right dab center in the middle of Old Town in Prague and the equivalent in Krakow. Between the two cities you should be able to average $150 in some pretty nice digs.

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Another vote for Hotel Saski in Krakow which is about a block from the main square and in your price range. The price also includes a huge breakfast keep you full most of the day. In Prague we normally use the
Hotel Julian, but it is slightly off the beaten path.

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This place stands out in terms of reviews - Orlowska Townhouse. I'm not sure why you wouldn't trust Tripadvisor, there are a lot of great ideas out there that can be sorted by "romantic hotels" or "B & Bs". It's a bit hard for me to put myself into a honeymooner's shoes, but there are A LOT of charming hotels in Krakow..you won't go wrong in terms of having a memorable experience (I was born in Poland so that's my 2 zloty)

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trip advisor is far from worthless but it has some flaws. The number two rated hotel in Budapest for instance is rather small but has nearly three times more reviews than much larger hotels. why? Management encouragement? its not a bad hotel but you can do better. But then what is "better" that's pretty subjective. And if you have only stayed at one hotel in Prague and three hotels in Europe in your entire life then how can you possibly score a hotel unless some total tragedy occurred during your stay. " Best Hotel in Vienna"! Really? Just how many Vienna hotels have you stayed in? But still if you skip the scoring system and read the actual recent reviews they can be insightful.

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I highly recommend the Hotel Julian in Prague. We stayed there last May with no complaints. It also has a roof top terrace with a beautiful view of the castle. Very romantic. And congratulations!

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Thank you all for your inputs - and kind words! We're very excited for the trip. I was by no means attempting to disparage trip advisor or its reviews - it's just that they're general reviews, and aren't specific to my circumstances. I was hoping for a little more individualized insight. I know it's hard to put yourselves in my (our) shoes, but she's left the trip to me for planning, so thought I'd ask for help. I think we're going to stay at the Orlowska Townhouse in Krakow and leaning towards the Hotel Julian in Prague. Has anyone stayed at the Hotel Cloister Inn? Looks very basic, but seems hard to beat the location!

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We used Mary's apartments and stayed in a lovely, huge apartment in Prague. Theyboffer transportation and tours as well...convenient location, very clean

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I stayed at the Hotel Wawel in Krakow in May, it is a little over your $150/night budget but it was fabulous. It is highly rated on TA, RS guidebooks, and eveywhere else. It is right in the old town. I would definitely go back there. Another resource you might try is CheapoEurope. com and the In your pocket Krakow Guide (available online as a download)

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We used Hotwire for Prague and got the Hilton Atrium for $83 a night two weeks ago. It's a very luxurious hotel that's a five minute walk from the Florenc metro stop and maybe a 25 minute walk to the old town. See what prices they're offering for four and five star hotels before you go elsewhere.