Pollera

Ulica Szpitalna, 30, Old Town, Krakow, Southern Poland, 31-024, Poland
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Very convenient...and a taste of what once was....

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 3, 2010

I first stayed at the Hotel Pollera in 2010 and have just made a return visit (March 2013).

You couldn't ask for a better location, in my opinion. 5 minutes walk from the station, opposite the wedding-cake Opera House/theatre, 2 minutes walk from Rynek Glowny (the main square in the Old Town) but far away from the routes taken by Krakow's many night-time revellers (many from the UK). The road in front can be busy, but only at busy times of day; mostly there was just the odd car passing by. Ask for a room at the back and you'll overlook a courtyard with a tree or two, and hear only the pigeons and the hourly hejnal (bugle call) from the Basilica (and some bells and very muffled traffic noise).

The Pollera was once a wonderfully swish hotel, and it is still family-owned. There's the sort of central staircase one descends wearing a floaty ball-gown, and two wonderful Art Nouveau stained-glass windows by Stanislaw Wyspianski.

The decor is somewhat old-fashioned....wooden furniture, swirly carpets, red velvet curtains and embossed bed covers in my rooms, along with a potted plant (and a crucifix. in the 2010 room). But I loved it.

My single room in 2010 was larger than most, the bathroom huge and sparkling-clean. The bed was comfortable and had two huge square pillows into which I gladly sank each night. No fancy double-glazing here, but two sets of proper window-panes, with a deep windowsill between them. I thought this hotel would be very warm in winter, and it certainly was. There is no air con but having the windows wide open served to cool the room sufficiently in very hot June weather.

There is a perfectly modern lift, and internet access in the foyer. By 2013 the hotel had free wifi throughout, and the connection was excellent. Safe deposit boxes in the foyer are free of charge.

Both of my rooms have been well-cleaned daily, towels and linen changed as one would expect. The only quibble I had in 2010 was that the hot water supply was rather intermittent, although there was plenty first thing in the morning. In 2013 it was the same and...although the room was beautifully warm...a lukewarm shower in outside temperatures below freezing did not appeal.

Breakfast was good: juices, coffee, tea, rolls, preserves,. cheeses, cold meats, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, yoghurts and a variety of Polish salads and breakfast concoctions. The hotel no longer has a bar or restaurant but there are plenty of both within a couple of minute's walk.

Staff are efficient and courteous, with good English.

All in all, I have had two very pleasant stays in this comfortable hotel at a good price. If you are happy to stay somewhere with character in a very convenient location then the Pollera may well suit you.

Unique Quality: The stained-glass windows are beautiful (see photos).

Directions: From the station, walk under the subway and turn left into the Planty gardens. U. Szpitalna is the first road leading down into the Old Town centre so turn right at the first fork of the path in Planty, and then turn first left.

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Oldest family run hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 31, 2007

This hotel is steeped in history being founded in 1834, it became a famous hotel during the period of WWI & WWII. In WWII it was seized by the Nazi's and after the liberation it became used as the headquarters for the Russian Army.

The hotel has been recently revamped, its staircase features the Art Nouveau stain glass window of Stainslow Wyspianski which catches the light beautifully.

Unique Quality: The location is excellent a short walk to the old town square as well as being close to the train & bus stations. It has wonderful views of the Juliusz Slowacki Theatre through the large sash windows. Last but not least it is close to my beloved Florinska gate which was my landmark during our stay.

Our twin room was a good size with a great shower, it was clean & tidy. If you wish to stay in a non-smoking room it is best to request this when booking, we aired the room and it was fine.

Breakfast is average served in the breakfast room, it consists of bread, cheese, cold meats, a cold boiled egg, cereals and youghurt. Use the milk in the large jug for your tea as the other milk is coffee milk and ruins tea.

I contacted the owner by email prior to booking and she happily quoted me a discounted price, they do have good winter rates anyway.

Directions: near to theatre

Nice clean Hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 13, 2007

This was a nice clean hotel. I stayed in a triple with two other friends in 2000. The room was large, the beds were small singles. I'm 5'8" and I think the bed was 6' long.

Our rate included breakfast which was good, according to my friends. I only ate there once.

We arrived via an overnight train that arrived before 6am. We called the hotel in advance and told them of our arrival. They told us we didn't have to purchase an additional night. Thankfully, our room was ready when we arrived for a quick nap.

The location is the highlight. You're right in Old Town. Awesome. Everything is literally at your door step. Little bit of street noise, but not terrible.

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Pollera Hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 3, 2007

This is a nice and cosy hotel of Krakow. I visited it many times and I was always satysfied. Moreover, some of my relatives and friends stayed at the hotel and was happy of their stay.

This is a three star hotel. It is well decorated inside. There is the famous stained glass windows by Stanis³aw Wyspianski on the staircase as well as the souvenirs displayed in the reception hall date back to that period. The decor of the interiors of the hotel combine the elements of Art Nouveau and modern standards.

Unique Quality: It is worth to ask about a discount becasue the management is willing to give some special prices, especially for those who stay longer, come back again or just show that are happy to come to Krakow and stay in Pollera hotel.;)

Directions: Pollera Hotel is situated in the heart of the Old Town – it is only a few-minute walk from the Market Square. The hotel’s windows overlook Juliusz Slowacki Theatre. Moreover, the hotel is located in the close neighborhood of railway and bus station.

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Opulent Style

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 4, 2005

As part of our group trip, we decided we would house our group in small, European-style boutique hotels for a night. I drew a lucky card and ended up staffing the group at the Pollera. The service was first rate, and the accomodations were quite plush. I had a wonderfully spacious room with a nice and large bathroom. Highly recommended!

Unique Quality: Only two blocks from the City Square. Also, they have great maps of Krakow Centrum at the desk.

Directions: Just north of the Rynek Glowny sqaure on Szpitalna Strret.

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Great location!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 19, 2005

Hotel Pollera is situated only 5 minutes walk from the main market square and railway station, and round the corner from Florianska street. The Juliusz Slowacki theatre is opposite the hotel. It is also one of Poland’s oldest hotels, established in 1834.
The hotel has a lovely old fashioned charm, with clean, modern bathrooms with an excellent power shower, however, there was no bath in our room.
Good choice for the buffet breakfast (cereals, egg, cold meats, bread, cheese, yogurts etc), which was served 7am-11am, although one day we had nowhere to sit for a few minutes as all tables were taken!
We used the hotel's taxi service to pick us up from the airport, which was booked via email a couple of days before our stay and the driver was there waiting for us. This cost 60PLN.

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Best Value in Old Town Krakow!

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 15, 2005

Stayed here with a group in November, 2004. The hotel has a great looking exterior and dates to the 19th century. It has lots of charm and character as well of an older hotel The rooms need a little updating, but are very adequate -- especially for the price at this close-in Old Town location. There is an ample wide-selection on the "extended" continental breakfast buffet. The hotel also offer convenient access to the Internet on their computer underneath the main staircase for a reasonable charge.

Unique Quality: Located two blocks off the main square in Old Town Krakow and is within eyesight (about 4 to 5 blocks) from the main railway station and bus station. This is probably the best deal for such a close-in location in Old Town.

Directions: Two blocks from main square in Old Town and four to five blocks from main railway and bus station.

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Best Value in Old Town Krakow!

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 15, 2005

Stayed here with a group in November, 2004. The hotel has a great looking exterior and dates to the 19th century. It has lots of charm and character as well of an older hotel The rooms need a little updating, but are very adequate -- especially for the price at this close-in Old Town location. There is an ample wide-selection on the "extended" continental breakfast buffet. The hotel also offer convenient access to the Internet on their computer underneath the main staircase for a reasonable charge.

Unique Quality: Located two blocks off the main square in Old Town Krakow and is within eyesight (about 4 to 5 blocks) from the main railway station and bus station. This is probably the best deal for such a close-in location in Old Town.

Directions: Two blocks from main square in Old Town and four to five blocks from main railway and bus station.

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Good Value / Quality Accomodation

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 21, 2005

Was at Pollera in February. Cold and snowy, but hotel was good. Had a double so I'd have more room.

Good value - was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the room for the price. Free wireless internet in-room. Excellent location. All-in-all, I'd stay there again.

Directions: Old Town, near everything

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The old HOTEL POLLERA

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 2, 2004

This hotel is in a great location, just 5 minutes' walk to the Market Sq. and a few minutes' walk from the railway station. It enjoys some 150 years of tradition, so you may like its old-style interiors (click on the pic to see the secessional stained-glass window in the hotel's staircase).

The beautiful Slowackiego Theatre is within 2 minutes' walk from the hotel, and if you're an opera lover, you'll be happy to get a discounted ticket as the hotel's guest.

It is now on my first-choice accommodation list for Krakow! Their prices are quite competitive considering the location, and you really want a a hotel in the close vicinity of the Market if you're gonna spend most of your evenings enjoying its special atmosphere and fun :-)

Their prices vary: in Apr-Oct they are higher but you'll pay only $75 for a single, and about $90 for a double, breakfast included. Cheaper if you go in Nov-Mar.

Directions: Outside the Market Sq. towards the railway station, a few steps away from the Slowackiego Thetre.

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Excellent location

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 1, 2004

I chose Pollera because of it's location near to the Florian gate.The staff speak very good English and even helped me with my Polish.The single room was smallish but very comfortable with colour TV and an incredible power shower!.It was cleaned everyday.The continental breakfast was substantional and served from 7-11am.
My room was on the top floor so it was 3 flights of stairs to walk up, but a lift was being installed and i guess by now it is operational.You can book your tours from the reception (Wieliczka,Auschwitz etc) and if you book two at the same time you will get a 10% discount.They also have their own taxi to take you to the airport.
When i return to Krakow i will stay here again,if you book on the internet you will get a discount.Ten nights worked out at 32GBP a night .

Directions: Get off the bus at Basztowa.
Walk towards the Slowaki Theatre, the Hotel is opposite.It should take about 1 minute!

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Address: Ulica Szpitalna, 30, Old Town, Krakow, Southern Poland, 31-024, Poland

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Amenities at Pollera

  • Restaurant
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Free Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Free High Speed Internet

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