It was my first time staying in a hostel and I'm glad it was at the Mosquito Hostel. It was like staying at a hotel; the facility was organized, tidy and clean. The location of the hostel is convenient. It is within 10 minute walk to the Kraków Główny central train station, which you can take to/from the airport. A grocery store and 24hr liquor store is located in front of the building, and there is a nice bakery next door (Nakielny kawiarnia) to grab a snack. It is located on the edge of the Old Town. It is within 5 min walk to the Kraków Barbican (gate), which is the beginning of the "Royal Walk" towards Rynek Główny main square and St. Mary's Basilica (~10 min walk), and ends at Wawel Castle. The Kazimierz (Jewish District) was a further walk than I expected (~25-30 min).
The staff is friendly. They host events every evening and sometimes cooked dinner in the common room, which allowed me to meet a lot of other solo travellers. If you want to continue to party, the staff offered to take you to Krakow's local bars every evening. I enjoyed the fact that this hostel wasn't entirely a party hostel. There were fun activities and drinking, but I was also able to get rest every night.
There is an added BONUS of free laundry service and breakfast every day. Breakfast consisted of tea/coffee, cereal, yogurt, fruit, bread, cold cut meats and cheese. They also offer to store your luggage prior to check-in and after you check-out if you want to sight see before leaving.
Communication with the hostel was great! They have a 24/7 reception, so someone will promptly answer any questions you have before and during your stay. The check-in procedure went smoothly. I reserved through their website, which was cheaper than third party websites and more flexible with selecting rooms. You need to provide a non-refundable deposit of 6 PLN and pay the remaining amount upon arrival. When you arrive, you are given a tour of the facilities and are provided with a map of the city and recommendations for where to eat and what to see. They also provide tours to Auschwitz Concentration Camp and the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Bring your student card for a discount! I highly recommend booking a tour to Auschwitz with them because it includes transportation (private shuttle) and a guided tour of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II (Birkenau) camps.
I stayed in a "Private Double Bed Room with a Shared Bathroom" for one night. The room was simple, with a small table for a lamp, a large shelf for storage, and several outlets to charge electronics. The room was a decent size for 1-2 people; there was enough room to move around and open my suitcase. The beds were fairly comfortable and are an actual North American sized double bed. The pillows were too thin for me. The only CON is that the room is next to the entrance and reception so you can easily hear people enter/exit the hostel or talk in the hallway. Definitely bring earplugs!
The shared female bathrooms had two showers and three toilets, each in a private stall. There is another single shower and toilet available for use. The bathroom was thoroughly cleaned every morning and was well maintained throughout the day. I didn't have any issues using the bathroom because everyone had different showering schedules.
I also stayed in a "Private Double Bed Room with a Private Bathroom" for one night. The room was similar to the "Private Double Bed Room without a Bathroom". It was spacious for 1-2 people, with lots of storage space, outlets, and there was even room for a small couch and table to do work on. The private bathroom had a large shower and was clean. Once again, the only CON is that it is located next to the hallway so you can hear people's footsteps or talking. Bring earplugs!
Overall, I highly recommend booking the Mosquito Hostel because it is a great value for the location, cleanliness and services provided.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AAE Mosquito Hostel is probably the Best Located hostel in Krakow. Just 5 minutes walk from the Train Station and also 5 minutes walk to the Main Square. You will have an amazing stay here, in our new, clean, comfortable and spacious rooms with spectacular interior decoration. Mosquito Hostel in Krakow offers Free Internet & WiFi and a fully equipped modern Kitchen (microwave, refrigerator) directly connected with our common room, which is a great place to chill out and make friends as well as start out the night the right way. Mosquito Hostel in Krakow offers you a choice of privates and dorm rooms. Our dorms with bunk beds and really thick comfortable mattresses are full adult size, so no chance to bump your head on the top bunk as you sit on the bottom one! Each bed has comfortable duvet, bed linen and reading lamp.Our staff works very hard to have a very respectful and peaceful vibe without the crazy drunken atmosphere offered at most other hostels. Our goal is to make you feel like at home and will provide you with a great social atmosphere, as well as giving you the opportunity to have a good sleep, after a busy day of sightseeing the city. If you are people who want to make new friends, have a beer, enjoy the hostel atmosphere, enjoy Krakow,…you are really welcome! Our success is based on the respect to others!! In Mosquito Hostel Krakow you will have a familiar, friendly and young atmosphere where you will find us the whole day always willing to help you find a place to eat, to go out, also to book tickets, find best deals. MOSQUITO's activities:MONDAY: SHISHA EVENING - enjoy peaceful vibe of Shisha with other backpackers, TUESDAY: DRINIKING GAMES EVENING - WEDNESDAY: POKER EVENING - fun poker evening with funny Mosquito awards; THURSDAY: GAMES EVENING - compete with other backpackers, FRIDAY: TRAM PARTY - the best way to discover Krakow by night - upgraded sound and lighting system, pro DJs and loads of booze! end up at the club with plenty of new friends! SATURDAY: POLISH SHOTS TASTING - try one of polish shots prepared by our staff - what else do you need to warm you for the long night? SUNDAY: HOMEMADE COOKIES - try cookies made by our staff NO CURFEW!! NO LOCKOUT!! CHECK OUT 12.00 !!24/7 reception - check-in - security- FREE linen & comfortable duvets- FREE yummy breakfast- FREE coffee and tea all day long- FREE Internet & WiFi- FREE security lockers- FREE laundry- FREE Luggage storage- FREE unlimited phone calls to USA and CANADA!!!!The best hostel in Cracow! Coffee and tea are provided free of charge! Non-stop open supermarket downstairs. ATM at 10 meters. If Krakow is the place to be, then this is the hostel to be at. Drop your bags, and start living! Walk the quaint streets of the square right across the street. Bars, Restaurants, Museums, Coffee Shops, Boutique Stores...all of it right here next to our hostel in Krakow. ... more less
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