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Greg & Tom Hostel (Krakow, Poland)

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Address: Kraków, ul.Pawia 12/7 Tel: +48 12 422 41 00

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      09.07.2010 00:07
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      Located just outside the core of the city center, Greg and Tom Hostel was by far the best place we stayed during my Eastern Europe trip for several reasons, and really added to making Krakow the best place we visited overall.

      The hostel is just across the road from the railway station so it makes for quick finding when you've finished travelling to Krakow (and that station gets trains from the nearest airport) and its also next to direct bus and tram links. Also, just across the road, is a big (maybe the biggest in Krakow) shopping mall with various shops selling just about everything... and it also has an awesome pirate play centre.

      It took about less than five minutes to walk to the 'centre' of Krakow and around 10 minutes to get to the main square - so you're really quite close to all the action of the city.

      The hostel itself (main, not Greg and Tom 2) has two floors within an apartment building. We stayed on the floor with the receptions which had a toilet and two showers between twelve. That may seem like a little bit of a stretch but we found it was fine when we were there and there was never a problem with queuing. There was also a common room with around 5 computers, seating, a TV with sky and some consoles - so more than enough entertainment available at the hostel if you're bored or just want to chill out.

      There was also a communal kitchen which was a tad small to fit in all the guests at peak times but managed to accommodate the us if you weren't in a hurry. It had all the facilities and equipment you'd hope to find in a kitchen to cook and store food, and even had a washer.

      The door room was fine, because of the road below it could be loud during the day but at night it seemed quiet enough. The beds we're comfy and of a good size (proper beds) and, thankfully, didn't squeak from the slightest noise. You also got a good size locker which was big enough to accommodate a backpack (and so all of our belongings).

      (Remember it's up a couple of flights of stairs - not fun with backpacks, but generally a reality of many hostels in cities.)

      Included in the price was breakfast between 6 and 9, giving everyone more than enough time to eat. This generally included a big buffet (instead of the cereal and toast you usually get) and everything was delicious. They also put on a free polish main meals a couple of evenings a week, which, depending on personal taste, is delicious and is a great experience. We also participated in their cheap bar crawl/tasting event they put on as well. This was really cheap and involving four free flavoured vodka shots, a towers of beer to share and free entry to a club. On their website there is a complete list of all the activities they put on and there tends to be something every night.

      The staff were there around the clock for an added sense of security and stewardship and were incredibly helpful and friendly. As soon as you arrived they would help you out in regards to where everything is in the city, what there is to do, what is recommended, what isn't. You could basically ask for their advice on anything and they were extremely nice and helpful - great English too!

      I think we paid the equivalent of around ten Euro a night to stay in the main hostel for a few days at the end of August - so an incredibly good deal; really cheap and great value due to everything available at the hostel. It may be more now but you'll probably find it's still cheap in comparison to other hostels in the city, and especially in comparison to other hostels in other Eastern European cities.

      Overall, like I said, it was the best hostel and experience we had through a hostel by far. Definitely recommend it as a must place to stay for anyone visiting Krakow.

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