With the emergence of a new hotel (2012 opening) comes an expectation, and this gem didn't disappoint! It's clean and fresh appearance is thoroughly tasteful, even if the decor looked as though it has been borrowed via Easy Jet with a hint of The Premier Inn , but neither of its colour loanees would have a problem staying here, it's simply efficient , pleasant and comfortable.
There are some finer points of this hotel which may help you decide if the hotel would be for you or not, and that is the hotels location. If like me the Old Market Square is your chosen destination for social activity, eating out and generally relaxing then this is possibly not the place for you, it's simply too far a walk for those who don't like a long hike home from the Market Square, to add insult to injury by the time you work out which tram to get home from the Market Square like us your holiday will be over , so think carefully where you want to be based. The hotel is ideal for riverside walks, Schindler factory, Jewish Quarter, Salt Mines and getting to Auchwitz but that's about all, well unless you want to visit the huge modern shopping mall that sits straight across the street, so be mindful of where you will be spending your time and plan accordingly.
As for the hotel rooms they are perfectly adequate, but far too hot, mainly due to the adverse warm weather we had at the time, which was freakish! According to the hotel the heating system was on the winter setting and was not able to be switched off, it's on a timer and automatically turns off at a certain time of the year, so I was told, even the air conditioning couldn't cool us down during the night, so we sweltered, and before you say ' open the window' we did but it was very noisy, which proved one thing, the windows were excellent soundproofing, but the sauna like room was not pleasant, it was the lesser of two evils, heat or noise, we chose the heat! It was a real shame when I requested the heating to be turned off they couldn't due to it, 'needs fixed Galaxy!'not everyone wants roasted.
The rest of the hotel is superb, clean, bright and very attentive staff but what took our surprise was the standard of food they serve, breakfast is typical fruit, yogurt, breads, cooked meats, tea and coffee etc but we had a voucher from the tour company for a dinner or luncheon, we chose lunch and it was superb, served up beautifully and tasted terrific, so don't miss a trick here if you wanted to eat at the hotel, what we had was 5 star.
In summary this hotel will give all you everything you need, it's new so looks the part but the points worth considering are listed above, so think about these before you book. Would I stay here again, yes I definitely would, Krakov is an amazing City and getting around is easy if you don't mind a walk or understand the vast array of trams so any hotel that makes your stay comfortable is worth recommending and the Galaxy is one.
My next reviews will be on the restaurants in and around the city, namely Wesele, Pod Wewelum, Pod Berundom and Starka.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Galaxy Hotel is located in the city centre near the river Vistula, the Old Town and Kazimierz Jewish District. The hotel offers a broad canvas of services and recreational facilities for tourists and business people alike ranging from standard and Business Class accommodation, conferences, events, and family reunions. The hotel also houses a SPA & Wellness centre.Our offer includes 205 rooms of various sizes and categories, a conference centre with area of 1550 sqm, a terrace for 300 people, Andromeda Restaurant for 270 guests, SPA & Wellness featuring an indoor swimming pool with counter-current, jacuzzi, dry & steam saunas, fitness room, medical cabinets, hairdresser's. We have made every effort to ensure that you will enjoy the comfort and safety of your stay. Apart from Standard and Business Class rooms or Suites, we offer specially designed rooms for families. Our amenities are available to the disabled. For those who come by car there are underground and outdoor car parks to accommodate up to 70 cars. ... more less
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