Booked hotel for a mixed group of 12 people ranging from mid 30's to late 50's for a weekend break. We stayed for 3 nights and everyone thoroughly enoyed the hotel facilities.
The location isn't central but don't let that stop you booking this hotel; it is only a 20 minute walk from the main square and very close to the Jewish quarter which has it's own range of bars and restaurants. The closest restaurant we found was 5 minutes away (Cosa Nostra restaurant http://www.cosanostra.krakow.pl/) which had excellent food and service.
We arrived at Krakow airport with one of the quickest baggage turnarounds in memory; very impressive. I had pre-ordered a taxi for 12 people from www.aroundkrakow.pl and despite our flight being over an hour late they were there to meet us with 2 8-seater mercedes. The cost was zl128 for all 12 of us (10% reduction as I also booked the return journey).
We arrived at the hotel before the check-in time but there was no problem with the friendly and efficient staff. The rooms are well furnished and beds comfortable. Although internet is advertised we didn't have it (only 1 out of our 6 rooms had a keyboard); I'm sure if it was important reception would have supplied a keyboard. the room does have a complimentary safe and still/sparkling water which was replenished daily. The bathroom has complimentary shampoo, showerwash, and lotion.
A point to mention which we forgot is to ask for room with a river or city view (odd numbers); the views are great and much better than looking at the apartment block on the other side.
The hotel pool and spa was very clean and possibly under-used; at 5 on a Sunday we were the only ones there. Towels are provided and again I have to compliment the excellent facilities.
The hotel also had a treatment spa downstairs that did nails, massages etc
The breakfast was good although I perhaps wouldn't go as far as others to say that it was the "best" ever. I would leave it at that the selection was extensive. The lobby bar was adequate for a cold or hot drink and not too expensive for a 4* hotel.
Transport wise we got a tram into town on the first day (you can buy tickets in the magazine shop in the underpass at the tramstop). As someone already wrote the no13 will take you into the centre for zl2.50. I would re-iterate that unless you really, really don't like walking it would be a waste to buy a travel pass; you will take in lot more on foot.
Trips can be booked in the hotel, and the Auschwitz tour was zl90 per person. They picked you us at the hotel, took us to the centre point for the town pick up and then on to Auschwitz. The only down point was the tour didn't seem long enough although we were away for almost 6 hours. The tour guides are excellent and it was a valued trip on all counts.
All in all Krakow isn't a Prague, but it will provide a good value 3-4 day break; and if you go I would recommend this hotel. A word of warning if you have one or two too many vodkas, look after your money. One of our group mislaid her purse; although she got it back the next day from the hotel safe it was minus the sterling and zlotys cash. This is not a reflection on the hotel or staff as opportunism can strike anywhere but just take care.
Our taxi's arrived at the allotted time and it took around 30 minutes to the airport. Note that there are shops at the airport but not a great selection and not any food/bar outlets airside (that we saw at gate 2).
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