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Benefis
Ranked #67 of 259 Hotels in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence
edinburgh
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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“wonderful city break”
Reviewed 9 May 2012

Stayed here last year on a four day break. Loved the city and especially this small hotel which is in a safe residential area within easy walking distance of the main square. Our room was like a suite and spotlessly clean. The breakfast buffet was excellent and we always started with the lovely fresh fruit salad. In the evening this became the bar area and the young barman was very informative about the different vodkas on offer. It was a pity that more people did not seem to use this facility.
The reception staff were always welcoming, friendly and helpful. If we were returning to Krakow we would definitely stay at the Benefis again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2012

Arriving at the front door of the Benefis in early evening, I was not confident of what I was about to enter, as the first impression is not terribly positive and the neighborhood was dark with somewhat narrow streets.

BUT entering the property and all those concerns began to evaporate. We were greeted in impeccable English, and were switched from their random assignment of room 23 up to room 44, which like 43 noted by others previously, has a nice balcony and view of the castle!

The interior of the property is modern, very well-furnished, and superbly maintained. Our room was very spacious, had AC, which was not needed for our stay and even a skylight. The bathroom was beautifully equipped, even with a small plant near the sink. The shower with a rainfall handle spray was roomy with plenty of ready hot water and nice towels.

The basement breakfast room offers a wide choice of cold and hot options to jump start your day, and we particularly enjoyed the fried eggs and sausages along with the wide choice of breads.

The only small negative is that this property is a bit of a walk from the tourist center Old Town, but we needed that exercise after eating so much at the breakfast buffet.

Room Tip: Ask for either room 43 or 44, more quiet and view of the castle!
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2012

We stayed at the Hotel Benefis for five days at the end of March. It is a wonderful hotel with an attentive staff, large rooms and an enormous breakfast selection. This is a new hotel where care has been taken to provide a restful accommodation after a day of exploring the city and its wonderful museums. Don't miss the Underground or Schindler's. The staff will provide all the help you need to make your visit memorable.

Quiet location half way between Wawel Castle and Old Town. Three minutes to a bus stop, five to a tram or a leisurely fifteen minutes to the Square in Old Town.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Derry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

We had a lovely 5 day visit to Krakow mid-March and stayed in the Benefis Hotel – what a wonderful find! It’s a small hotel in a residential area with only 20 rooms but they are very spacious. We had a double room (comfortable bed – no problems sleeping!) on the 4th floor with a balcony overlooking Wawel Hill. It also had a sofa bed & coffee table and wireless Internet access so we were able to sit and relax and check out TripAdvisor for restaurants etc. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the room but the staff will organise this for you at any time and there was complimentary bottled water each day.
The bathroom was very clean - good powerful shower (no bath – of no importance to us) with complimentary shampoo & shower gel and towels were replaced daily.
The staff were absolutely lovely - very welcoming and helpful and they all spoke excellent English which was probably just as well as they didn’t have to listen to my murderous attempts at 1 or 2 very basic Polish phrases! We had emailed the hotel before we arrived and Magdalena had organised trips to Auschwitz and the Salt Mine in Wieliczka for us. On arrival we received our itineraries and a map of the local area.
Breakfast included a selection of fruit juice, cereal, breads, cheese, cooked meats, salad and boiled eggs and was always plenty of choice as it was regularly replenished.
From previous reviews on TripAdvisor, we knew that the Benefis was about 10 minutes from the main square which was no problem for us, especially as the unexpected good weather made for a very pleasant stroll along the Banks of the Vistula and around Wawel Hill.
Krakow is well worth a visit and the Benefis is an excellent place to stay – we would highly recommend it!

Room Tip: Room 43 had a balcony and a good view of Wawel Hill
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2012

We have just returned from a 3 night stay in Krakow and would fully recommend the Benefis Hotel for anybody looking for affordable accommodation. Situated around the corner from the Vistula river and with some room views overlooking at the Wawel Castle we found our stay most welcoming.
The rooms were very clean and spacious, the bed was extremely comfortable and rooms were cleaned daily. The reception staff were extremely helpful in recommending places to eat and drink as well as showing a genuine interest in what activities you had planned.

The location was great for us, I would suggest that people with walking difficulties this would not be an ideal hotel as the walk to the main square is approximately 10 minutes although a taxi is between 15 - 20 zlotty which is only £4 sterling. The walk to the centre is pleasant enough the underground subway is completely safe and we never felt uncomfortable.

The breakfasts were good, not great but if all else failed there was toast with eggs or beans if you didn't like the meats etc.
Overall - a great stay for a budget hotel and comes fully recommended.
Advice - When booking request a view of the castle so you are not just overlooking a street.

Room Tip: Request a view of the castle
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2012

Spacious, comfortable and warm (despite the temperature outside). The rooms had everything we needed. Hairdryers available on request for the duration of our stay, towels changed every day, plenty of hanging space for clothes and even a complimentary copy of "Krakow in your pocket" which is the perfect (and very honest) guide to Krakow, telling you where to visit and what to expect, where to eat and what to try, and how to get around safely.

The staff were very helpful and spoke very good English. They helped us arrange our day trips and tours and even typed us out an itinerary telling us what we had planned, where we would be picked up, what time and how much it would cost. The bar staff recommended various Polish cocktails for us to try, all of which were lovely. The breakfast in the morning was excellent, with lots to choose from, both hot and cold.

The hotel is a short but pleasant walk into town, but make sure you use the underpass and designated crossings as you can get an on the spot fine if caught jaywalking.

I would highly recommend this hotel and I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

Just returned from a three night stay that the benefis hotel and I cannot fault this hotel at all. we arrived at the hotel a couple hours before check in time but the room was ready and we were able to check in. We had a twin room on the second floor which was massive and spotless. There was a couch, coffee table with complimentary bottle of water each day, desk, phone and tv. There was a nice little balcony where we could see the top of wawel castle. The bathroom was also huge and spotless with fresh towels every day. The breakfast was fab with a large selection of breads, cheeses, fruit, meat, sausages, cereals, eggs, tea and coffee and herbal teas. The reception staff where very friendly and helpful and spoke very good English. We asked the receptionist about booking a tour which she happily arranged for us. The hotel is about a fifteen minute walk to the city centre but this wasn’t a problem at all and theres a very nice view of the castle from that side of the river.

Krakow is a beautiful city and will definitely stay at this hotel again when I return 

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Benefis
Address: ul. Barska 2, Krakow 30-307, Poland
Region: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Romantic Hotel in Krakow
#52 Business Hotel in Krakow
#54 Family Hotel in Krakow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Benefis 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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