Krakow: A Very Good-Very Bad Apartment

Grodska

Note the Apartment logo---the Krakow dragon

Note the Apartment logo—the Krakow dragon

Not every place that we stayed in on this trip will merit or warrant a review, but this one does, as it was our first apartment of the trip and it was both very good and very bad.

Where was it?

Grodska 4 Apartmenthouse, on Grodska Street, just off the main square, Rynek Glowney. Many restaurants and cafes are close by, plus there’s a small grocery store and a liquor store a few shops down the street, and a bakery for morning coffee and bread/croissants/bagels.

Window view to edge of main square

Window view to edge of main square

Sonya contemplates the view out the windows

Sonya contemplates the view out the windows

We had a one-bedroom apartment, which also had a sleeper couch in the living room, a kitchenette and dining table, plus a large bathroom.

The apartment itself was fine and nicely equipped, and we had a great view out onto Grodska and the end of the square from our windows, as we were on the top floor. It was fun to see and hear the city’s iconic horse carriages clip-clopping past and to watch some of the mimes and buskers on the street entertaining the passersby.

A horse carriage passing by

A horse carriage passing by

viewdownHowever, that view also creates problems: Walking up 3 flights of stairs with suitcases can be quite hard; and Grodska is a REALLY busy street with people coming and going at all hours of the day and night, plus the apartment is above a noisy nightclub. It gets very hot in the summer, and there is no a/c, so we couldn’t close the windows, and it was almost impossible to sleep (with the noise and the heat). The room has a fan but that didn’t quite cut it!

We never did work out who this mime was impersonating or what he was doing!

We never did work out who this mime was impersonating or what he was doing!

The reception staff are very friendly and pleased to help in any way. They had emailed me before and offered to arrange airport pick up, which they did. A young student driver waited for us at Arrivals at the airport, which was a great help getting to the city and almost directly to the door of the apartment complex. They also arranged our trip to Auschwitz and Wielczka Salt Mine, which went without a hitch. The Reception staff get A+.

So, overall I’d say it’s good value for money and well located.

BUT, request an apartment facing inward and not overlooking the street.

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About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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