The owner of this place really made an effort in trying to give himself and his place a nice and warm feel. Because the hostel owner has rebuilded the place with his (and his friends') bare hands, the place indeed gets this warm feel. The hand carved wood is everywhere and it's treated with obvious craftmanship. The walls have warm colors, and straight lines or corners are hard to find, in that way, along with the absence of synthetic materials, making the hostel look very organic.
What bothers me about the place is that it is a bit over the top. Behind all the warm colours, hand-written instructions (and prohibits) and the warm smile off the owner, you can still clearly recognize the bright and sharp eyes of a bussinesman. Shure, you get good service (and free coffee) for a reasonable price, but still there is this eeky feeling, of a place that is cooked for it's experience. And being somewhat in the middle of nowhere, in an absolute 'plastic' village with it's fake stonework everywhere, overlooked by it's tasteless horror castle, this Krumlow-house gave me the feeling of being something like a fairy tale trap-house.
Of course the bother was just up in my head; in the morning i found myself alive, enjoing my coffee, with a lovely elderly american couple, concluding that it's all part of the Bohemian experience.
Unique Quality: Unique place. Fit's wonderly well in the creepy feel of the place.
This place was great. Right from the first time you set your eyes on the dragon on front door you know you are in for a nice and homey stay. Inside, all the flooring and furniture was wooden and looked very inviting and comfy. It feels more like staying in someones country house than a hostel, you even have to take your shoes off when entering. There's a nice kitchen with free tea, coffee and cooking spices and herbs and the staff are very friendly and have lots of advice and info about the town. There are also some Czech films available to watch as well on the TV.
Krumlov House Hostel has a laid back attitude to it, and the feeling is of a rustic house. There is a living room and a full kitchen. Fellow backpackers sometimes hang around the living room to read a book or watch dvds at night. The owners are an Australian couple so English speakers feel really at ease asking all sorts of questions about the town. You'll see the owners often in the kitchen and living room.
On arrival they'll give a detailed intro (and i mean detailed) about the town's sights, eats and nightlife. It's a lot to take in but the provided brochure really helps on your orientation of the town - bring it along when you go out!
Unique Quality: The bus depot is under 10 mins to the hostel on foot. The train station's far so the bus is the prefered mode of transport from/to Prague or Ceske Budejovice (it's cheaper too, but buy a ticket from the depot's booth to secure a seat!).
Directions: It will take about 10 mins to the hostel from the bus station. The town is small and Rooseveltova street is one of the closer streets from the bus station.
This hostel was so great I didn't want to leave. Neither did anyone else. The ambiance was so good that some mornings it was hard for everyone to get out and about on the town-we all wanted to hang out in the hostel!
Unique Quality: Huge kitchen, nice common room with tons of board games to keep everyone occupied, book swapping, comfortable beds, long hot showers that don't run out of water, and friendly people. What more can you ask for?
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