Award for the Worst Hotels or B&Bs



The busy street below our apartment in Krakow

We were gone for a long time on this trip so stayed in many different places. Many were fine, not outstandingly good or bad, so they don’t get a mention I’m afraid!

As we discussed this and went through all our photos, it was interesting to realize that we had hardly any photos of the places that we hadn’t liked. I suppose that’s not really surprising as one tends to take pictures of things and places that appeal to one or are interesting/pretty/different.

First, the WORST HOTELS (three made the list), and why we thought so.

Nath and Sonya started with a few days in Amsterdam before meeting us at Schipol airport. They spend a couple of nights at Hotel ViJayain Amsterdam, not too far from the train station, and were not overly impressed as it was small and a bit rundown.

Next, in Krakow: Grodzka 4 Apartments made the list. Our actual apartment was nicely


Sonya contemplates the street below in Krakow

laid out, with plenty of space, all the utensils we could need in the kitchen area, good beds. The problem though was two-fold: it faced Grodzka street, which is a very busy tourist street just off the main square, so it’s a very noisy street at all hours—people walking, talking, partying, horse carriages clip-clopping by. To try and cut out the noise we needed to have the windows closed, but that was impossible as there was no a/c. And we happened to arrive at an extremely hot period in early summer.  Even with a fan it was way too stuffy to have the windows closed! So, we had to suffer the noise and had very little sleep. Pity, as it’s a nice place and the people who run it are charming. Maybe an apartment facing an inner courtyard, or one with a/c (If they have it) would be better.


The horse carriages are a nice touch in Krakow, but not below our windows early in the morning or late at night!

Last, in Vienna we also had a real heat problem at the Austria Trend Hotel Astoria. As I mentioned, it was a very hot summer, and sadly this hotel also had no a/c and our rooms had little ventilation, even with windows open. It’s a grand old hotel, right in the heart of Old Vienna, but we’d think twice about staying there again in the summer.

Next time, where we thought was great.


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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