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“Clean, friendly and perfectly located!”
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Pod Wawelem Hotel
Ranked #50 of 259 Hotels in Krakow
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“Clean, friendly and perfectly located!”
Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

I booked the Hotel Pod Wawelem as a surprise weekend break for my husband's 40th birthday. On the morning of our outward-bound journey I emailed the hotel to ask if they could have a balloon or banner in the room as an additional surprise.When we arrived I was delighted to find not only 40 balloons, but a card, chocolates and a bottle of bellini. What a lovely touch!
The hotel was situated next to the river Wisla, 2 mins walk from Wawel Castle. It was situated within walking distance from the main square but was far enough away to be quiet and peaceful. Perfect!
The hotel was spotlessly clean and the staff were very friendly. I usually find it difficult to find a comfortable bed when staying in hotels....this one was perfect!!! No sore back in the morning! The room had an en suite with a powerful shower and had a view of the river Wisla. The air conditioning added to the perfect temperature of the room. An added bonus was the roof top terrace which was very popular. Here you could eat and/or drink and although we didn't sample the food, it looked and smelt delicious! Breakfast was more than ample and consisted of a buffet of cold meats, cheeses, cereal, fruit, hot foods and a selection of breads and pickles. There was something to suit everyone's taste and you were welcome to eat as much as you wanted.
My only regret was that we not able to stay for longer!! The Hotel Pod Wawelem is a superb hotel, perfectly situated and my husband and I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Location superb. Room and shower clean, spacious and comfortable. I paid a small amount extra for a corner room and the views of the river and castle were lovely. Breakfast good. The air conditioning was too cold for my taste but they turned it off with good grace. Don't miss the roof bar / grill. Reception staff reserved but friendly.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

well, very difficult to begin this review.we arrived for a 4 night stay.when I saw the room I asked to change it since it was above street level, above car parking place+ airconditioning was not working in the room on a n extremely hot day.Receptionist agreed to change our room and gave us the only apartment they had-it was their best room-airconditioning was hardly working. We were told we will have to move the next morning-which was fair . Next morning we moved our luggage to room 510 and as we were planning to go out , we were told that we must move to another room again-explanation we got did not make any sense-so wasted our time again and moved to410, which was exactly the same room. The receptionist apologized and compansated us with lunch and a bottle of wine.
Our friends had also problems with their room and were moved to another room after midnight. their room had a window which could not open -they were also compansated.
so, after these strange events we finally settled down for 3 additional nights.
Location of the hotel is very good and the view is magnificent.Size of room-there are very small rooms but they also have bigger rooms. Wi-fi is hardly working, airconditioning is problematic.
no inroom safe, bedding is poor and bathroom is poorly equipped.
Breakfast is o.k
would I stay here again? no

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Rugeley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We stopped here in May 2014 and found this hotel to be ideally located for exploring the sights of Krakow. It is right by the castle and only about fifteen minutes walk to the main square.
Our room was basic but of a good standard considering the cost; it was tidy and kept clean throughout our stay.
The bar on the roof has good views of the surrounding area and the location itself is an attractive one - the hotel is on the corner of a block so is not overlooked on two sides.
The breakfast provided was the normal buffet style and was fine - we were there first thing so I cannot comment as to what it is like for those who get up a little later.
We ate one evening meal at the hotel restaurant and enjoyed the food very much. The portions and price were great and my only criticism was that they were clearly distracted by a large party who arrived part way through our meal and I had to chase the staff down to get any attention.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Leeds
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

First time I've stayed in a 3 star hotel and I was very pleasantly surprised. The Pod Wawelem is a few minutes walk from the castle and only 10 minutes from the main square. The terrible and poor reviews should be instantly dismissed because whatever the place was like several years ago it's not a bit dingy now. The whole hotel is clean and bright and the rooms and spotless. We had rooms 507 and 501 and they were faultless. They're not the biggest rooms I've ever had but they are completely adequate for a stay of any duration. You don't spend the days in your hotel room after all. We had complimentary coffee, tea, sparkling and still bottled water. Beds were clean and comfortable and there was no noise to disturb our sleep. The buffet breakfast was adequate with choice of cheese, meats, several kinds of bread, hot bacon, scrambled egg, sausages, nice butter and excellent preserves. Choices of yogurts, tinned fruit salad or fresh apples. There were the usual cakes and pastries too. Fruit juices were of decent quality and the coffee was excellent!! Liptons tea was available also.
The restaurant operates all day and the meals are of a very high quality and very reasonably priced. We ate a couple of evening meals here and were very impressed.
There is a roof terrace where you can have a drink or something to eat if the weather permits. We enjoyed a drink there on our first evening but it was too chilly and wet after that !!! The basement pub offers drinks and TV and you can eat there too if you wish.
All the staff were very helpful and spoke perfect English. It was a pleasure to stay here and anyone who has read any of my other reviews will know that I don't give compliments lightly.
It's about £18 to or from the airport at the moment by taxi. You can easily do the journey at a fraction of that price by bus from just outside the arrivals hall. The bus station is next to the train station in Krakow and is about 20 minutes gentle stroll from the hotel. Just follow signs for the castle and you can't get lost. If you need English chocolate or something else to sustain you there is a supermarket called REPUBLIK within 5 minutes walk of the hotel. As you stand outside the hotel facing the river it's to your right and it's large and you can't miss it. For those people (like us) who refuse to pay Ryanair's ridiculous luggage charges you can get toiletries and disposable razors there for very little money.

Room Tip: We paid extra for river views as the hotel is on a bend of the Vistula river. It wasn't a lot mo...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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BarbaraStefanska, Dyrektor generalny at Pod Wawelem Hotel, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Dear Sirs,
Thank you for choosing our Hotel and writing such a positive opinion about us.
Thank you for all kind words about our hotel, rooms, restaurants and stuff.
Your recommendation is really precious to us. Reading your review, I think that you like our hotel.
We do hope that you will come back to Cracow and choose our hotel again. You are always very welcome.
Yours sincerely,
Barbara Stefańska
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Antrim, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

a fantastic location, views from rooftop bar/restaurant fantastic at night. looking to Wawel castle and the Vistula riverside. 10min.walk to main square.breakfast basic.bread,cheese,juice and tea ok for me. Hot choice-sausage, egg, streaky bacon did not appeal to me. had dinner once in Malecon and snacks and drinks each night in rooftop bar. Love the fleece blankets for keeping warm in the outside area of rooftop.Try the hot chocolate with rum/warming while watching the lights of the castle/riverside

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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BarbaraStefanska, Dyrektor generalny at Pod Wawelem Hotel, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Dear Mary,
Thank you for choosing our hotel and writing this opinion after your stay.
We are pleased that the location of our hotel suited you and the food served by our restaurant took your fancy. During your next visit to Cracow we invite you to the Hotel “Pod Wawelem” and Malecon Restaurant as well.
Yours sincerely,
Barbara Stefańska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2014

3-stars hotel really nice, staff is wonderful, location is perfect, rooms are cleaned every day, free wifi, and you can know the city walking with no need to get taxis. I was really happy with my choice and I trully recomend Pod Wawelen.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Pod Wawelem Hotel
Address: pl. Na Groblach 22, Krakow 31-101, Poland
Region: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow > Stare Miasto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#42 Business Hotel in Krakow
#63 Romantic Hotel in Krakow
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Hotel Class:3 star — Pod Wawelem Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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