Krakow is such a charming, beautiful, fascinating old city. And the Hotel Wyspianski is, well ... functional. If I return to Krakow I would aim to stay at a smaller place within the Old City itself.
The main attraction was the price which was good, however it seems with some searching there would be better options for only a little bit more.
The location is good, but not excellent. It is just outside the Old City - you cross the road and are in the park which was the old moat, then it's 3 blocks to the main square. So it's reasonably convenient, however, there are plenty of places to stay within the Old City, even on the main square itself.
The hotel is large and 1960s/70s style. My room was in the "new" section, which basically means it is in a different building at the back, connected by an inside walkway. It would be nice if you could at least exit from here, but every time you go out or in, you have to walk back around to the main entrance.
The hotel seems quite popular with large tour groups, (probably because tour buses cannot go into the Old City) and school age groups, and so the foyer was often crowded with long queues at the reception desk.
Rooms are on the small side by adequate, bathroom was fine (shower only) although the towels looked liked they are seen quite a few years of service. There is no air conditioning which means it gets stuffy, opening the windows brings a welcome breeze but also lots of street noise.
Breakfast is included and there is a reasonable range of options, although the food quality was average/decent but not great. I was impressed that they provided a "lunch box" breakfast on my last morning when I had to leave for the airport before breakfast was open.
So, if this is the best price you can find, and you don't plan to spend much time at the hotel anyway, this will meet your needs. But if you're looking for a place that brings to life the experience of this wonderful little city, keep looking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- While the front of the building doesn't promise much, the WYSPIANSKI Hotel is well worth every one of its three stars. On 4 floors you can find 231 rooms with bathrooms, each of them equipped with TV, telephone, Wi-Fi and hairdryer. The PREMIUM rooms offer extra coffee and tea making facilities. We are family friendly (special discounts for children). Our hotel is also adapted for disabled people! Hotel in a very center of the city! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wyspianski Hotel Krakow
- Hotel Wyspianski Krakow