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“Hidden Gem”
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Hotel Pod Roza
Ranked #72 of 260 Hotels in Krakow
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Half Moon Bay, CA
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Stayed here in May 2014 for 3 nights for a business trip. About a 20 minute cab ride from the airport, but right in the heart of old town. You'd never know this place was there if you walked down the street - it's well hidden behind an old iron gate and nondescript facade. The hotel is only a couple short blocks (2 min walk) from the main square, and the surrounding streets are lined with restaurants, shops, etc. Once inside, things "open up" to a traditional, spacious boutique hotel. The front desk staff was fluent in English, and very helpful, arranging several taxi rides during my stay. My room was very spacious, with high ceilings, floor to ceiling curtains, and nice marble floors and counters. The bathroom was also huge, with separate shower and soaking tub. My only complaint was that I was in an "interior" room, so my view was of the 1st floor roof, and not the surrounding city. I did not eat in the restaurant, so I can't comment on this part of the hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Ponder, Texas
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is the second time we've stayed in this hotel and love it. It is right in the middle of Old Town Krakow and an easy walk to many restaurants, shops, and attractions. It is an old hotel that is filled with charm. Large, clean rooms and a very helpful staff. I asked for a complimentary breakfast, and they did this for me. The breakfast is just OK, but it's not much different from any other European breakfast. (They will fix omelets if you ask.)

Room Tip: I always ask for (and generally get) a room on a high floor, not close to the elevator, and a good v...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

I am just back from a city break in Krakow and we stayed in this hotel. Firstly it is in the old town - very central and handy for everything. Our room was on the third floor and looked over the restraurant on the inside of the hotel (not facing the street). We were glad of this as the street has a lot of restaurants and clubs and I would image it would be noisy at night - but our room was really perfect. The staff from the manager who we met when we checked in to the lovely ladies who clean the room were really really nice. The room itself was very spacious and the bathroom had a spa bath, a hand held shower and a wide head shower at one end of the bath. Toiletries were L'occitane - shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion & soap. Towels were changed every day and the room was kept spotless. Breakfast was very good too - there was a choice of hot dishes - I had a mushroom omlette and it was freshly made and tastey. Also there was a selection of cold items - eg fruit, breads, yoghurts, cheeses, cereals, fruit juices, plus coffee - whatever type you wanted. No need at all to go hungry! There were no coffee making facilities in the room but even for me (a coffee junkie) this was not an issue as there were several coffee shops in the street where I could indulge! (Plus a McDonalds at the top of the road for a late night or early morning coffee). There is also a small fitness room in the hotel and their sister hotel has a swimming pool which you can use. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there - the one thing I would advise though, if you are a light sleeper ask for a room at the rear of the hotel. I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back if you are a light sleeper
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Davidson, North Carolina
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Great location near the city center hidden behind dark metal doors. tiny lobby.... restaurant has glass ceiling (looks like it was originally a courtyard) and very sophisticated food -- in the back area is separate menu and less expensive (but still pricy). Enjoyed the breakfast -- was included in our price. We had two dinners there. Attentive service. Room was quiet and comfortable, although friends with rooms facing the street found it noisy at night. Service was friendly and helpful.

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Malgorzata_Godzik, Dyrektor generalny at Hotel Pod Roza, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guests,
Thank you very for taking your time to write your opinion about Pod Różą Hotel & Restaurant.
I am glad that you enjoyed your stay. You are correct - the restaurant area (under the glass roof) was oryginally the courtyard.
We invite you to our hotel in the future.
Kind regards,
Małgorzata Godzik-Kęsek
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Halden, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Great location, 1 minute to walk from the big square. The staff was extremely helpful and answered a lot of questions also by mail before our stay. We had very quiet rooms on the 4th floor, and the rooms were really huge. Nice bathroom with shower, big safe in the room. Beautiful view to the tower of the St.Mary's church. Large and good breakfast buffet. Fantastic restaurant Amarone. The hotel arranged airport transfer, and the same company took us to the salt mines and to Auschwitz, excellent way of travelling! The bed was a little too hard, but that is common all over....

Room Tip: You should ask for a quiet room on the 4th floor.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Malgorzata_Godzik, Dyrektor generalny at Hotel Pod Roza, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guests,
I would like to thank you for your stay at the Pod Różą Hotel and sharing your opinion with all other Guests. Thank you for nice comments about our staff. We do our best to meet our Guests' needs. We invite you to Kraków in the future.
Kind regards,
Małgorzata Godzik-Kęsek
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Seneca, SC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Just a short walk from the main square, this hotel is a comfortable but expensive place to stay. Nice room amenities, comfy bed, huge bathroom. Expensive ($18) per person buffet breakfast not included. Skip it and find something cheaper on the street- lots of nice cafés nearby serve breakfast.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the back - Florianska Street can be very noisy @ night.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Llanrwst, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Dull decoration with inadequate lighting and missing entirely near the wardrobe and room safe coupled to a lumpy and flat pillow detracted from the hotel's excellent central location and efficient strafed. Take a torch if you want to find your clothes or use the safe.

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Property: Hotel Pod Roza
Address: ul. Florianska 14, Krakow 31-021, Poland
Region: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow > Stare Miasto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Business Hotel in Krakow
#33 Family Hotel in Krakow
#33 Romantic Hotel in Krakow
#36 Luxury Hotel in Krakow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Pod Roza 4*
Number of rooms: 57
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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