In July 2009 I stayed for 5 nights in this 4 star hotel which only opened in spring 2009. It is situated close to the river bank and within sight of Wawel castle. Both the castle and the old town are within walking distance.
I booked a single room over booking.com and hrs.com. I always checked which site has the cheapest rates when I extended my stay. On average I paid about 55 to 60 Euro per night for the single use of a twin room.
I felt very comfortable in this hotel which I got to know about thanks to matcrazy1. WLAN in the room worked perfectly and the big screen on the wall which showed the Wawel castle from a webcam installed on the roof was just great.
The hotel is wheelchair accessible and has one or two special rooms.
On the roof there is the Orangerie café which serves drinks and some light meals. When ordering there some patience is needed. The view from the rooftop café is amazing.
Unique Quality: I stayed in room no. 104 which was on the side and overlooked a public car park. The room was quiet which was important for me. Each room has individual adjustable aircon which you may also turn off. If you want to open the windows you need to contact reception who will then send you someone with the key.
There were plently of TV and radio channels. You may also listen to the radio etc. in the bathroom or alternatively you can turn it off if you want it quiet there.
Each day there was a complimentary bottle of mineral water in the room and there was a tea/coffee making facility. There is also a mini-bar. In the wardrobe you also find a safe. The bed was super comfortable and I slept very well.
Breakfast was included and consisted of some buffet style elements. The eggs and fresh orange juice you could order from the staff and it was also included.
Please note that the hotel staff will want to get a pre-authorisation of your credit card when you arrive so you will have to sign this. When you have paid upon departure this will be cancelled again.
Directions: There is actually a tram from near the railway station to the hotel. I think it was number 6.
We and our Swiss friend Sonja (VT-er yumyum) stayed in modern and new (open in April 2009) Hotel Kossak in July 2009. I got a very good rate (only 220 PLN = about 55 euros that time) for double standart room per night (with buffet breakfast and all taxes included) on booking.com some 3 weeks prior to arrival. Lucky me, regular price for this really 4-star hotel is over twice higher now. I liked this hotel a lot. Let me say only one minor warning, especially for my American friends: their rooms are European size = smaller than in most American hotels, but anyway larger than in some less expensive hotels in Krakow.
Ask for room with a view over the Wawel Castle and the Vistula River, that is on higher floor.
Unique Quality: 1. Location: very good, at a distance of 900 m (11 min. on foot along well lit main Zwierzyniecka street with trams, safe day and night) to Main Market Square, close to the Wawel Castle and Sheraton Hotel and Plac Na Groblach square (guarded underground parking lots there).
2. restaurant/bar at the roof terrace with panoramic view over the Wawel Castle, the Vistula River (give your hotel room number to your waiter/waitress to get a discount there)
3. very comfortable beds and pillows :-)
4. large (as for Europe) LCD screen on which you are welcome as soon as you open room doors (quite nice) and you have picture from the outside camera overlooking Wawel Castle and the Vistula river.
Directions: At a distance of 900 m (11 min. on foot along well lit main Zwierzyniecka street with trams, safe day and night) to Main Market Square, close to the Wawel Castle and Sheraton Hotel and Plac Na Groblach square (guarded underground parking lots there).
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