I booked our trip to Krakow as a treat for my husband's birthday, and had spent some time looking at hotels before I decided on Hotel Pod Roza.
Our cab driver whom we'd pre-booked to pick us up from the airport said, as we approached Krakow City, 'You have chosen a very good hotel'. And he was right - we did.
On our arrival, our lift stopped at the first floor and the manager, who was fully aware of our arrival as the receptionist had rung her, greeted us, and escorted us up and into our room. My husband and I, not used to this sort of treatment, wondering if she had mistaken us for much more important guests. It soon transpired over our three night stay that all the staff at the hotel are lovely - friendly, helpful and pure excellence in customer service.
Our room was lovely - I loved the spa bath, as did my husband. There was a generous amount of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion, and our room was large, comfy bed, warm, and felt authentically Polish, as opposed to identi-kit hotel furnishings. Our bed was a sleigh bed, and everywhere throughout the hotel is the 'rose' (roza), including woven into the sheets.
We didn't use the gym or sauna as we were knackered after walking a gazillion miles per day, but we did go and have a look and it was fit for purpose.
The breakfast was brilliant. My husband ordered a Vienesse egg on the first day, unsure what it was. It's basically an egg in a glass. I ordered bacon and eggs and my husband was mock-furious with me for getting the good end of the deal. There's plenty of other treats on offer too: smoked salmon, cheeses, cold meats, fresh fruit, dried fruit, breads, rolls, pastries... basically everything you could ever really need for breakfast.
Thank you Hotel Pod Roza - you didn't disappoint at all. And Krakow is up there in my top five favourite European cities. Absolutely beautiful and worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pod Roza Hotel is the oldest hotel in Krakow. It is located between the Florianska Gate and the Main Square, in the heart of old town. The hotel is on the busy Royal Route, which leads millions of tourist straight to the Royal castle. Since the 17th century it has played host to numerous international luminaries. Tsar Alexander I of Russia, Grand Duke Constantine Romanov, Persian emissary to Napoleon Mohamed Riza, Franz Liszt, Honore de Balzac are amongt many eminent guests that stayed here. STET DOMUS HAEC, DONES FLUCTUS FORMICA MARINOS EBIBET ET TOTUM TESTUDO PERAMBULET ORBEM - Latin proverb, engraved at the entrance of the palace guarantees that nothing will change for the centuries to come: "May this house stay here until the ant drinks all of the sea water and the turtle ends its route around the world". Following its refurbishment this four-storey hotel, located in the former Renaissance palace of Prospero Provano, meets all the modern standards of hospitality. 57 Rooms are available, including seven suites. Each floor has a unique decor, from the stately and distinguished biedermeier style to the cosy contemporary arrangement. The colorful polychrome on the walls, historic tile stoves, woodblock floors, graceful stuccowork with the recurring rose motif testify to the hotelier tradition that has been nurtured throughout the centuries. Each guest room is equipped with air-conditioning, phone, complimentary high-speed Internet access, plasma TV and minibar. The bathrooms, featuring luxury Italian fittings and heated floors, are tiled with natural stone (granite, marble, basalt, mica). Two elegant restaurants are housed on the former courtyard under a glazed roof. Each has a unique style, decor and service. At weekends the food lovers are entertained by live piano music. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pod Roza Hotel
- Pod Roza Krakow