Nathan's the Australian brand hostel can be found in Krakow. It's popular with young backpackers and those looking to stay out late. It costs 55zl a night for a 6 dorm. There's a small breakfast included and also a bar and games room (with table tennis) in the basement.
I was staying in this hostel for 3 nights. It was quite nice one. You can find cheaper ones in Krakow, but this one has some extra facilities. It is located on 5 min walking distance from the Main square and is situated between Wawel castle and Kazimierz district.
All the pubs are very close and you don't have to spend your money on taxi's and public transport.
Every visitor has free internet access, breakfast and laundry.
Rooms have lockers with keys for every bed. There is a shelf and a lamp beside every bed.
For more info I've posted their web address.
Unique Quality: I was quite amazed with the facilities, because they are not standard; the hostel has billiard room, room with plazma tv with dvd player with quite large list of movies, a bar (when I was staying there, all the visitors had one free drink in the bar called Mad Dog), and social lounge with almost every sports channel.
Outside in the garden, there is a barbecue and table tennis.
The good: Nathan's has the best location in Krakow, hands down. You're 2 blocks from Wawel Castle, and less than 10 minutes walk from both Rynek Glowny and Kazimierz. It's easy to get here from the train station too. The rooms are nicely painted and these are some of the most comfortable hostel beds in Europe. Free internet and laundry.
The bad: The receptionists tend to favour males. And it gets pretty loud at night.
The ugly: The bathrooms!! Sharing 4 bathrooms between 60 people is not very nice. They get cleaned once daily, and there is only enough hot water for the first 4 people taking showers in the morning. And the included breakfast is half pieces of bread with jam.
The physical facility isn't bad. It's a little more cramped than the spacious, wonderful hostel they have in Warsaw. The crowd was iffy - too many groups doing their own thing and harldy any solo travellers. Lads and ladettes abounded. Lack of lockers a bit of a concern, especially as I ended up foiling a break-in that night as some idiot tried to snatch something off the windowsill. That look on his face when I opened the drapes was one of the dumbest looks I've ever seen. It took him about a week to figure out what to do next, before he bolted.
Unique Quality: Very close to old town. ul. Agniewski I believe, close to Wawel.
Directions: When exiting the old town close the Wawel, hang a right where the road splits.
Overstayed my welcome, pretty damn cool place. Very cute receptionists lol, too many Ania's though! Few tips - 1) Use the shower at the far left of the building because it's the nearest to the boiler and if you are the last one up and the 50th person to shower, it will still be warm! Alternatively, take a shower at another part of the day! 2) Do not start an argument with the hedgehog haired Ania, she is relentless ;-) 3) There is always some vodka left in the bottles on the top of the cupboard, decant them to make some shots! 4) Do not get in the wrong bed, as I did... oops 5) Say hi to Anoob for me!
Unique Quality: No lockout, No checkout, No curfew is the way they describe it yet it remains a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
Directions: Three tram stops on the no.10 from Krakow Glowny. Turn left then immediately right.
Krakow's most popular hostel is ideally located in a quiet side street near Wawel hill. It's less than a ten minute walk to both Kazimierz and the Rynek. Facilities include a kitchen, good mattresses and modern 4* bathrooms. A modest breakfast is also included in the price of 50 pln per bed, as well as free coffee and tea. All in all a very good choice, although the staff tends to be a bit rude if you don't feel like participating in the hostel life.
Unique Quality: Perfect location!!!
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