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Friday, 6 March 2015

Globtroter Krakow - How To Get There + A Look Inside

Dearest hearts,

On the last post I was promising you a bit more information about the prices for Globtroter Krakow. Besides that, today I will show you some pictures from inside the rooms; we will have a short tour of the inner garden and I shall you step by step how you can get here. Globtroter Krakow staff will surely welcome you with open arms and if you will have any questions they will surely answer you, but I am just making sure everything would be just one click away from you ;)
Our Double Room
Here is the latest price list - from 1st November 2014 and still standing:
Prices (in PLN per room/night)
Type of Room Max. No. of Guests 1 November - 31 March * 1 April – 31 October
Single 1 120 195
Single (+add. bed) 2 (1+1) 150 240
Double/Twin 2 180 330
Double/Twin (+add. bed) 3 (2+1) 210 360
Family 2 220 360
Family 3 250 390
Family 4 280 420
Suite 2 250 390
Suite 3 280 420
Suite 4 310 450
Suite 5 340 500
* from 28 December to 2 January prices April - October apply
Our double room bathroom
A bit more information on the price:
  • Children up to 6 years old stay free of charge in parent's bed or in baby cot (Globtroter Krakow can provide you one)
  • Pets: extra fee 30 zlotys/night (there are some given rooms dedicated for stays with pets, the owner of the pet need to take full responsibility for all damages the pet may cause)
  • All prices include 8% VAT and Local Climate Fee
  • Breakfast is not included, but there are multiple options around the Guest House that deserve to be explored. My personal fav is just on the other side of the street: Charlotte - for awesome creme brulee and lemon tart ;) you can find it in Krakow and in Warsaw as well! - 1,2,3-under the fisheye lens
Globtroter Krakow promotes an eco friendly system
Globtroter Krakow is very friendly when it comes to the discounts as well! (but the below discounts cannot be combined!):
  • 10% off for direct booking - E-mail, telephone or website form => I can tell you they reply very fast, they are very friendly and helpful + great language skills ;)
  • 10% off for Euro26, ISIC, ITIC, IYTC cards holders when booking is done directly with Globtroter Krakow
  • 15% off for frequent Guests when booking directly => but you need to mention in advance that you have been there before
  • There are also discounts for longer stays (week or more) and group bookings but the discounts percentage will be in that case negociated
As method of payment they also accept multiple ways:
  • cash (Globtroter Krakow accepts zlotys, EURO, GBP and USD)
  • credit card (Globtroter Krakow accepts Visa, MasterCard and Maestro)
  • advanced bank transfer (in zlotys, EURO, GBP and USD) - you need to contact the reception in this case and I believe the form on their site can be used as well
Details within each room
There are multiple details and informations that can be found on their website but I believe it is important to note down how to get there. Globtroter Krakow even has a Map/Directions page that you may find useful in your quest.
Here is what they say: "Directions from the main train station:
On leaving the station, head for Stare Miasto (the Old Town), follow Planty (green park belt around the Old Town) in anti-clockwise direction. When you reach the large circular fortification ("Barbakan") turn left and go through the gate ('Brama Florianska'). Follow the street ahead of you (Florianska) and take the 2nd right (into Tomasza street). Go straight on until you reach the square (Plac Szczepanski). We are immediately on your right, at no.7. Go through the hall and into our picturesque courtyard."
I shall try to paint you my view on getting there a bit later on. This time I wish to share with you some of the Guestbook entries that I found particularly good
W.R., UK, South Wales, 2015-01-28 13:02:11 - It looks like a backpackers\' hostel from the outside (so don\'t take Street View too seriously). It looks like one when you\'re in a cold passageway and stairwell going to or from your room but once you\'re there...... well ! 
Very warm, basic furniture but all (more than) you would expect - wardrobe, extra bed/settee, desk, bedside cabinets and a room as large as mini-suites that we have seen in 4* hotels. Even the bathroom (shower, toilet and handbasin) is so large as not be cramped. A really good helpful information pack for guests in the room as well. It has a games room and free wi-fi. 
Other \'amenities\' include at least two high quality restaurants, and bars/cafes. OK, these aren\'t in the building but I\'m not being funny by saying they are in effect \'on site\', since the small square that Globtroter is on has two highly-rated restaurants (see our review of them) and nice local bars, all within literally 30 seconds of leaving the front door. It is 2 minutes to the Main square (straight walk brintgs you out on the side) and just around the corner are the Exchange Bureaux offering by far the best rates (typically at least 1% better) with no commission.
All our enquiries were dealt with quickly, including revised landing Terminal. Prepayment in GBP (via bank) got us the best exchange rate I ever found. 3 nights (bear in mind this was Low Season) plus airport transfers was an astounding ?115 (175 USD/140 EUR).
To put it into perspective, the difference between this and mainstream hotels would actually pay for our entire stay, Krakow being generally quite inexpensive I used the Globtroter around 7 years ago and it was the first one I looked up when my wife and I decided to visit Krakow.
Clearly nothing has changed, because in all honesty I don\'t think anything about the Globtroter could be changed for the better. I wouldn\'t want anyone to miss out because of looks, lack of meals etc. This is the best value hotel we\'ve ever stayed in, and until one of the 5* chains matches Globtroter prices it always will be !
David B., UK, Clitheroe, 2014-11-27 17:33:43 - We stayed for 4 nights. Reception most helpful and accommodating when we had flight delays. Quad room basic but clean and adequate as we spent all out time out except for sleeping.
Great recommendations for where to go and restaurants to use. Trips out organiser quickly. (Tour operator is based next door so all trips start from directly outside hotel!). Location is 150m from main square in the old town. Very very easy. Lots of great bars and restaurants around and plenty to do. A great base for our short break at a very reasonable price.
Claire Sophie, UK, Sheffield, 2014-11-27 11:32:43 - We loved this hotel from start to finish. The pick up late night at the airport was a blessing, our welcome excellent. The garden and balcony outside the room was lovely for a quiet pause during the day. As well as drink making facilities in the room there is a communal fridge stocked with milk for use. Very tired one evening we asked for a film for our TV, another service freely offered. The location is excellent and it was so quiet it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
Ron J., Orient, 2014-10-23 19:27:34 - My wife and I spent four nights in this little guest house and found it really nice. The location is really good for a typical Krakow visit. It is on a separate little square (Plac Szczepanski) about a half block off of the big main town square (Market Square). It is within a 10 to 15 minute walk to about any of the main stuff in the city.
The beautiful shopping Gallery/ train station area, the castle, Schindlers\' museum, the Ghetto, and the tram stops are all easily accessible within this time frame. The Salt Mine is not close but easily reachable by bus. The folks at the office will share good tourist information with you and will arrange any tour that you might want to join. We usually travel very independently by train, trolley,or bus, but we did opt for one of their efficient arranged trips to the Auschwitz site just to save a little time. If you tell them in advance, they will arrange a pick up for you if you arrive by air.
If you notice their web picture, be aware that this is not what the place looks like from the street. There is a little, almost store front, entrance and, with two doors and two keys and a 100 foot long hall walk, you can get to see the hotel. Then one more key will get you into your room. The rooms are very adequate and clean. (Remember that this is a guest house and not a Hilton). There is no breakfast furnished but out in the square there are at least two restaurants that open by 0730 and have a really fine $10 range breakfast.
There is a small food market there too for buying your picnic stuff. And, well within a few minutes walk, there are a dozen decent, typical restaurants plus good bakeries, ice cream shops, and bars. Can\'t really say enough about this place and the Krakow experience. The horrendous Prague tourist hoards just have not yet discovered this secret place. .
Globtroter Krakow also has a very good rating on Tripadvisor, being ranked as #3 of 113 Krakow's Bed and Breakfasts & Inns. Well... it ain't a Bed and Breakfast but it surely deserves to be in top 3! Even if it has no breakfast it surely makes up with the "bed" part ;))) The team is very friendly and enthusiastic and when we first entered and reached the reception, we were immediately offered a map of the city + the WiFi password. Now that is what I call being proactive!
Now for all you lovely people out there that have low orientation skills, what you need to do is get to the Plac Szczepanksi from the Main Market Square (the one with Saint Mary Church, Sukiennice and the statue of Adam Mickiewicz). It is a straight walk of almost 80 yards and you will be there in no time. Now the Plac Szcepanksi is quite big, but as you come from the Main Square you need to look at the right ride of the Plac.
You will see in the corner a building with a red ATMO sign at the entrance and with a square window frame about "GLOBTROTER - Guest House". Right next to it, there is an interphone and all you need to do is press the Globtroter button - as you see in the pictures. That will open the first door, that leads into the corridor of the building. Walk until its very end, straight!
At the very end you will find the second door, that will lead you to the inner garden. It is a big door with glass and you can see a glimpse of the garden from there. Do not pull the door! You need to open it with the yellow key - if you already have it - or ring at the interphone. Please be quiet if you come in after 10 PM - also if you are there after that hour, wait for the receptionist to come and let you in! From there on, once the door is open, go straight through the path in the garden and to your far left open the door that will lead you to the reception. You are home safe! :) Enjoy your stay and let me know your thoughts!

** Sponsored post but written from the heart, without any external influences**

Yours truly,
The LadyBug That Had A Good Time @ Globtroter Krakow

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