I recently traveled to Warsaw, Krakow, and Wroc'aw. I often rely on Lonely Planet books and purchased the most recent Poland edition for my trip. Unfortunately, I found the book sorely lacking and I had to rely on supplemental guidebooks in each of the cities I visited. Here are three reasons why I found the latest edition of the Lonely Planet Poland particularly disappointing:
1. No walking tour routes. I find Lonely Planet walking tour routes helpful when I'm first orienting to a new city. However, the latest Poland edition does not contain any walking tour routes for the cities I visited. Instead of suggesting a walking tour route, the Lonely Planet contains a suggestion to "leave the guidebook in my room" and instead explore the city without it (page 132). I found this very annoying and wondering why I purchased the book at all.
2. Little public transportation information. Warsaw is a very spread out city, though many sites are accessible by transit. Unlike other Lonely Planet guides I have used, the Poland version has very little information on accessing the country's public transportation systems and absolutely no transit maps for any of Poland's major cities.
3. Missing information on major sites. For example, Centennial Hall in Wroc'aw isn't even mentioned in the book, despite the fact that it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006.
One major positive: the information Lonely Planet provided on hotels and restaurants in each city seemed spot-on. Perhaps it's a guide best used for basic logistics only.