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Zakopane for Sylvester - is it time to book now?


poland_
26 Oct 2010 #1
It is that time of year, when you have to book your new years event. This year we have decided to stay in PL. We decided on Zakopane. Anyone stayed in a place they would recommend in Zakopane, we want to be quite central, so we are not interested in Bialka, kocielisko or Witow . Any hidden gems? dates 27.12.10 to 2.1.2011
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
26 Oct 2010 #2
I was in Zakopane earlier today. Children playing in the snow brrrr...

stamary.pl is a very nice place.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
26 Oct 2010 #3
I could imagine Zako being a bit of a let down on New Years Eve, expect huge prices and lots of crowds! But maybe you're into that kinda thing :)
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
26 Oct 2010 #4
Doesn't that pretty much sum up NYE in every destination? Skiing is cool on NYE.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
26 Oct 2010 #5
Yep! :) Roznów is where I spent most of my NYEs in Poland.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,456
26 Oct 2010 #6
Doesn't that pretty much sum up NYE in every destination?

Poland seems particularly awful - crap bars charging over 100zl to get in, endless crap "entertainment" and dire food and drink on offer. They seem to really make a big deal out of it, but it's not my thing at all.

Hopefully this year, it'll be a roadtrip to Tallinn, weather dependent :/
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
27 Oct 2010 #7
Jazus, you guys are feelin the spirit.

*note to self avoid Roznów and Talin this NYE* ;)
delphiandomine 88 | 18,456
27 Oct 2010 #8
*note to self avoid Roznów and Talin this NYE* ;)

Aw come on, it'll be fun!

(it'll also be minus ten million, but hey)
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
27 Oct 2010 #9
*note to self avoid Roznów and Talin this NYE* ;)

On the contrary, Roznow is great for NYE, that's why I kept going back there. A group of about 10 of us would rent a chalet for 2 nights for 20pln per night each. Plus the owner made your breakfast, lunch and dinner for you for free and put up a NYE party in the hall for the village with LOTS of cheap beer and many attempts to kill the lot of us by dodgey drunk attempts to set of fireworks. Can't recommend the place more!

*note to self, the girls in Roznow are very....
OP poland_
27 Oct 2010 #10
Thanks SeanBM, I know this place, I have not stayed there yet, it is very close to the church. We have family in Witow which is a great place to stay, but we have friends comings from the UK so they want to be in the thick of things. I will contact them tomorrow.

I could imagine Zako being a bit of a let down on New Years Eve, expect huge prices and lots of crowds! But maybe you're into that kinda thing :)

Absolutely not zako is great fun if planned well. Just don't expect to get a taxi, so make sure you juice the palm that drives well in advance.

All booked up for Sylvester.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
27 Oct 2010 #11
Great! If you haven't already, a wonderfully romantic activity is to take a horse drawn sleigh with torches at night time through the forest in the mountains....She'll love it ;)
OP poland_
27 Oct 2010 #12
Great!

No, the Stamary is fully booked, no rooms available. The other places recommended are Hotel Litwor, Hotel Wersal and Hotel Belwedere.

Yep done the "Kuligu" many times. great fun, stopping off and drinking your góralska herbata and cooking kiebasa, on an open fire in the snow.
pgtx 30 | 3,156
27 Oct 2010 #13
No, the Stamary is fully booked, no rooms available. T

funny how with so many great places in the polish Tatras, everybody decides to go to Zakopane which is the most crowded, pain in the a55 place at that time...
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
27 Oct 2010 #14
everybody decides to go to Zakopane which is the most crowded,

Isn't NYE about drunken crowds lighting fireworks and counting down before they pass out?

*note to self avoid Roznów and Talin this NYE* ;)

*Note to self, add Texas to the list;p*
pgtx 30 | 3,156
27 Oct 2010 #15
Isn't NYE about drunken crowds lighting fireworks and counting down before they pass out?

are you trying to compare Krupowki and the Time Square? lol
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
27 Oct 2010 #16
Isn't NYE about drunken crowds lighting fireworks and counting down before they pass out?

not when you're paying a huge amount to what is essentially just to get drunk in some pub where it takes you 30mins to order a beer :D
OP poland_
27 Oct 2010 #17
everybody decides to go to Zakopane

Its only because, we like 4 hour traffic jams and paying over the top. So where would you go pgtx in Pl (must have snow and good infrastructure)
pgtx 30 | 3,156
27 Oct 2010 #18
how about Poronin, Koscielisko (close to Zakopane), Szczawnica, Bukowina...?

Its only because, we like 4 hour traffic jams and paying over the top.

that must be...lol
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
27 Oct 2010 #19
I think the best bet would be to look at the towns around and outside Zako, 1.Because they are less commercial 2. Will have a more "Polish" style NYE.

Anyway I can't talk, this year I'm going to the worlds biggest hogmanay party in Edinburgh! Either that or am heading up into the Mountains with the family to rent out a wooden cabin:)
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
27 Oct 2010 #20
Its only because, we like 4 hour traffic jams and paying over the top.

:)

I live close enough to Zakopane and I wouldn't go there but I do like it off season.

how about Poronin, Koscielisko (close to Zakopane), Szczawnica, Bukowina...?

PGTX is right, there are loads of places that are equally as good as Zakopane around the area but are less known.

good infrastructure

They can't build the motorway to Zakopane because there are too many illegally built houses.

I think the best bet would be to look at the towns around and outside Zako, 1.Because they are less commercial 2. Will have a more "Polish" style NYE.

Yeay me! :)
OP poland_
27 Oct 2010 #21
how about Poronin, Koscielisko (close to Zakopane), Szczawnica, Bukowina...?

Poronin, Koscielisko, essentialy the place you stay when you couldn't make your mind up in september. so you left it to November to book.

Szczawnica, only four ski runs, and the only place worth staying is the Batory Hotel.

Bukowina, your on a budget and you would really like to go to Zakopane.

The only other place that is interesting in the area is Białka Tatrzańska.
pgtx 30 | 3,156
27 Oct 2010 #22
I live close enough to Zakopane and I wouldn't go there but I do like it off season.

i went to Zakopane for NYE a few times... it was fun, we went hiking, my tips of my hair froze, kulig & wódeczka+baran with highlanders... very recommended experience... :)

there are loads of places that are equally as good as Zakopane around the area but are less known.

these places are well known in PL...and it's awesome there...

i'll probably celebrate this time on the Krakow's Main Square... ;)
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
27 Oct 2010 #23
The only other place that is interesting in the area is Białka Tatrzańska.

that's where I go skiing but I have never spent time there apart from on the slopes.

funny how with so many great places in the polish Tatras, everybody decides to go to Zakopane which is the most crowded, pain in the a55 place at that time...

went to Zakopane for NYE a few times... it was fun, we went hiking, my tips of my hair froze, kulig & wódeczka+baran with highlanders... very recommended experience... :)

Pfffft, women! I give up ;p

these places are well known in PL...and it's awesome there...

Not as well known as the big "Z", they really did well for themselves.

i'll probably celebrate this time on the Krakow's Main Square... ;)

Cool, it's also expensive and crowded but it's great!
OP poland_
27 Oct 2010 #24
PGTX is right, there are loads of places that are equally as good as Zakopane around the area but are less known.

I have been to so many places there SeanBM, have you been skiing close to the hot water springs in slovakia, close to the old border crossing at Sucha Hora. If yes what is the skiing like, any good ?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
27 Oct 2010 #25
If yes what is the skiing like, any good ?

I have been to a hot water spa in Slovakia and I pass through a ski resort on the way to my friends place there and I can't remember the name of either.. but I haven't gone skiing there yet.

Not much help I know sorry, hopefully I will have more to report after this season :)
OP poland_
27 Oct 2010 #26
I have been to a hot water spa in Slovakia

Is that the one near Poprad?

that's where I go skiing but I have never spent time there apart from on the slopes.

Well if you decide to stay over, don't bother looking any further than these two places,

pensjonat-pod-kotelnica.pl
pensjonat.bania.pl
pgtx 30 | 3,156
27 Oct 2010 #27
Pfffft, women! I give up ;p

hehe... yes, i know what i'm talking about... go there once, have fun (because you totaly will) and then go to some other place... that's the rule... ;)

Not as well known as the big "Z", they really did well for themselves.

yes, oscypki cost there so much as it would be made out of gold...

Cool, it's also expensive and crowded but it's great!

yeah...we shall see...
OP poland_
27 Oct 2010 #28
yes, oscypki cost there so much as it would be made out of gold...

There is a place that we go to, whenever we are in the Zakopane area, its on the road into Witow from Dolina Chochołowska, on the right hand side is a house where they smoke the Oscypek, it is fresh and inexpensive.

The place I mentioned in Slovakia is near to Oravice here is the linkL: meanderpark.com/page.php?id=3, I have been there a few times but now you can ski, go for apres ski, then off to the thermal pools to relax. The interesting thing is it could be -15 and you are in the pools and you don't feel cold. If you are in this area I highly recommend it.
zakoinfo 4 | 8
1 Nov 2010 #29
If your still interested drop me a private message on here. We have links with a number of people and maybe we can help, we have links to lots of accommodation options in central Zakopane.
OP poland_
2 Nov 2010 #30
Zakinfo - thanks for your offer, I booked up last last we decided on Białka Tatrzańska.

I looked at your website, I think your offer is a fair deal for Non Poles that want to max their time in the Tatras, you include airport transfer,Ski instructor/guide, daily transfers to lifts and ski pass.

Take a look here [meanderpark.com/page.php?id=3] if you don't know the place, whenever I take my friends from the UK there they love,also the people from Warsaw that I know always go there. You can ski in the day and after ski drop off your skis and go to the thermal pools, it is a good place and just over the old border crossing at Sucha


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