The Old City of Krakow, Kazimierz (the Jewish Quarter) and the Wawel complex blend together perfectly, still maintaining its authenticity and history from medieval times. No wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Krakow had been calling to me since last year (probably because I was a skint student and it’s budget-friendly). When return flights from Belfast came up in October for £45, naturally I had them booked within 10 minutes. Krakow surpassed my expectations and my stay at The Secret Garden Hostel took my trip from excellent to outstanding.
The Secret Garden Hostel in Kazimierz
The hostel is located in Kazimierz, Krakow’s historic Jewish District, which is nestled between the Old Town and the Vistula river. Staying at the Secret Garden Hostel means you have the best of both worlds: a convenient location to the Old City and a buzzing network of trendy shops, quirky bars and arty restaurants with authentic and cheap food in the Jewish Quarter. I was especially happy that I had so many vegan and gluten-free options close by! There are a few different supermarkets only 2 minutes away.
The Secret Garden Hostel is a 10 minute walk from the Old Synagogue and Galicia Museum. Not to mention, it’s within walking distance to the best attractions in the Old Town such as Wawel Castle (0.6 miles away) and the main square (1 mile away). Alternatively, you can walk for a couple minutes to a tram station on Krakowska where you have easy access to the Old City, and main train station in 10 minutes (great for reaching the airport).
Located at Skawińska 7, 31-066 Kraków, the Secret Garden Hostel is really easy to get to. As soon as I entered, I felt like I’d escaped into a peaceful bubble away from the city. There’s a beautiful patio at the front decorated with plants, a big kitchen and dining area inside as well as a 24 hour reception desk. The friendly staff checked me in quickly and helped me book a tour to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. They were especially helpful the night before I was leaving by ordering me a taxi from my apartment to the train station (as no trams run before 5am).
The modern apartment is very clean and spacious with two bedrooms, a bathroom with hot water, a joint kitchen and comfort room as well as a beautiful wooden balcony with padded chairs. I especially loved the bright nature-themed rooms with flower canvas’ and exposed brick walls. The simplistic and colourful decor as well as the extremely comfortable bed made me feel right at home.
The apartment is only a 6 minute walk from the main hostel. It’s brilliant how close it is to nightlife in the Jewish Quarter but still very quiet for a good night’s rest after exploring Krakow all day! I visited in October so it was very cold outside but there were plenty of cosy blankets in the flat to keep me warm at night.
Amenities and facilities
I was extremely happy with the facilities in the apartment. With having such a specific diet, this catered perfectly to my needs!
- Continental breakfast (15zl/£3)
- Airport shuttle
- Pets allowed
- Free WiFi
- Cooking utensils
- Tea and coffee
I wasn’t looking for a party hostel in Krakow because I wanted to see as much as possible in 3 days. The Secret Garden was perfect for relaxing and getting some peace and quiet at the end of a long day exploring Krakow. It’s a great place to just chill out!
Although the Secret Garden has dorm rooms, the addition of budget private rooms and apartments give it a hotel feel with a hostel price. For me, finding clean accommodation with great customer service in a central location is key for a great trip. I was blown away by the great value for money this hostel offers.
The amazing reviews back themselves. The hostel really does cater to every traveller, whether it’s for solo travellers, couples, groups of friends or families. Thanks to Secret Garden Hostel for the welcoming stay and making my trip to Krakow unforgettable! I will be returning to stay here when I next visit Krakow!
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