Chopin Hotel Cracow
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Chopin Hotel Cracow Krakow
Good 3* hotel
The hotel is an honest 3*. The room was acceptable and the breakfast was good. The location is not perfect it's a 15-20 minute walk to main square but you can take the tram. There are not many restaurants nearby. If you want to visit Wieliczka or Auschwitz you can take the tour bus just next to the hotel door. Don't miss Wieliczka and try the polish beer.
Good value hotel
I stayed here end of Sept 2005 and was generally satisfied with the facilities.I had a single room which I found to be roomy enough and very clean with enough space to put all your clothes away comfortably.The bathroom was a reasonable size and the shower worked well.the only slight criticism I would have is that if you are a lardy type like me then the bath itself is a bit cramped.
The buffet breakfast is more than adequate,lovely fresh rolls,the bar is open until about 1,00am and has Sky Sports channel and all the staff are polite and helpful.
The one drawback is that it is a little way out from the Old Town and although taxis are as cheap as chips the traffic and on-going building in the town centre means that it can take 20 mins (or more at peak times) to get to the Old Town.
Wouldn't go back...
Clean room and helpful staff, but the 15 minute walk to the centre was a real put-off - particularly at night when the area felt unsafe. Seemed expensive (perhaps less so had it been booked directly with hotel), there seemed to be plenty of other hotels nearer the centre which I'd try to book before going back here.
We spent 4 nights at the Chopin hotel at the end of August. We were impressed by the staff, cleanliness and comfort of the rooms, the excellent breakfast and the quiet location. Admittedly it is a 20 minute walk to the centre but the trams provide an alternative. We also had dinner at the reastaurant on our first night and were delighted with the food and the service. Large groups of tourists and conference delegates stay there as well and we were concerned about long queues at mealtimes but the staff have it all under control. We also had a great deal including one night free!
Chopin would like staying here!
Hotel Chopin is certainly a standout in hotels. I was a little leary about staying their due to its location. A little out of the way but not in a bad part of town. The trams make it not so out of the way. The employees are great. It's been awhile since I've been to a hotel with staff that works so hard and is so genuinely friendly. They bent over backwards to make sure my stay was the best.
My room was very clean and obviously maintained to a high standard. The hall leading to my room was just as clean.
The restaurant prepared a wonderful breakfast of a wide variety of items. One has to compliment themon the breakfast. I couldn't believe how hard the restaurant staff worked. The tour groups must make their day really tough due to the numbers of people.
I hightly recommend this place considering the price and all the amenaties one is treated to by the hotel.
I stayed at the Hotel Chopin for a week ending August 7, 2005.
I was very pleased, after a less than welcoming experience at other cities in Eastern Europe, to find most of the front desk people friendly and helpful-especially Kasha and Michael. They were especially helpful in getting me train information and printing off schedules, etc.
In general, the hotel reminded me of a 1970's Holiday Inn-Worn at the edges. The bathroom in my room needed some serious repair-broken tiles and grouting problems. The TV (unlike another poster) couldn't be turned off with the remote control-probably a programming error and one that could have been corrected if I had taken the time to have someone come up. The room darkening curtains didn't darken the room. The bed was hard.
The air conditioning was excellent! It was self-controlled and quiet. The duvet bedding was lovely (not the spread but the white duvets). The breakfast was very good-yummy bacon and well prepared scrambled eggs and fruit pastries. I found the area to be quiet and had easy access to the trams. A big plus is that the hotel provides for free internet if you bring your own laptop.
I got a good price through Hotels and, so, if the price were good, I would certainly stay at this hotel again.
Great, well-priced hotel
My partner and I stayed at the Chopin for a week in July 2005, and for the money this is a great hotel.
Oddly, we paid 62 Zloty for a taxi from Balice airport to the hotel, but only 44 going back. Something to do with Zones, apparently.. It's about 20-30 minutes, and we only used licensed cabs (they have lights on top, phone numbers on the side and a tarrif in the window) and had no problems. The same goes for all our taxi travel in and around Krakow.
Don't be put off by the location, the hotel is in a really nice area, right by the university hospital , medical school, horticultural society and observatory and only a short (10 minute) picturesque walk to the city center. The trick is to avoid "Lubicz", the big main road, and walk down 'M. Kopernika' and across the Westerplatte instead and you're in Maly Rynek. If you are staying over a Sunday you might want to take a diversion off M Kopernika to the distinctly odd flea market at the bottom of "ul. Blich" - just take a left before the railway bridge.
If you don't want to walk, there are trams right outside, along with a taxi rank.
Tram tickets for the day (oh, and postage stamps) can be bought from the souvenir shop inside the hotel. A taxi to Maly Rynek will set you back between 7 and 12 Zloty (1-2 UK Pounds at time of writing), depending on time of day and traffic.
The Chopin has recently been modernised, our room had air conditioning and heating all on thermostats, and a nice new shower and bath unit. In fact, they replaced the rather old TV with a brand new model one day while we were out. I thought I'd walked into the wrong room!
The room was not the biggest, but then there's so much to do we didn't spend much time there except to sleep.
Didn't use the restaurant except for breakfast. We didn't have to, there are so many places to eat in the city. Breakfast was good, and busy. All the really good sausages were gone by about 09:00 though, so get there early ;-)
The staff were all very friendly and helpful, both on the desk and in the bar.
Overall we had a fantastic time in Krakow, thanks in no small part to the Chopin. I'd be more than happy to go back there next time I'm in the city.
Hotel Chopin - great value & SO friendly!
Have literally just returned from 4 days in Krakow with my 20 year old daughter and wanted to recommend the Hotel Chopin [Ibis] - particularly as it was chosen after looking at previous Trip Advisor reviews. The staff are all extremely helpful and friendly, organising and advising on trips etc. The rooms basic but very clean, comfortable and with air-con [great as we hit a heatwave!]. Food everywhere is cheap and the hotel restaurant, whilst not the cheapest or necessarily the most Polish menu, provides a good meal. Outside the main city area but very accessible - several trams/buses, or an incredibly cheap taxi [8 zlottis/2 euros] or a 20 minute stroll. Walking is definitely an option, as it is straight down one main road and not once. walking back at 9/10pm, did we feel uneasy. Will definitely return!
We stayed at the Hotel Chopin and would highly recommend it. The staff were very friendly, the rooms were spotless and service second to none. The meals in the restaurant were delicious and the bar staff were also great. We would certainly go back.
Go to this beautiful city
Have just returned from Kracow having stayed at the chopin. The hotel was very clean and the service was above average, we had a meal at the retaurant on our first night and would not recommend. The main problem with the chopin is it is a good mile out of town, I quite enjoy walking but when you walk in to town in the morning and again in the evening it is a long way. So do not be stupid like us and get a taxi around £2 we did'nt work this out until the last day. Yes I would stay again if it was cheap enough. Kracow itself is a beautiful city but it has still not recovered economically if your expecting Prague you are going to be disappointed as the Poles are not yet geared up to the tourism market our trips were well worth it but badly organised. We did the Schindler tour, excellent and Aushwitz/Berkinau this is as deeply moving as you expect and more the only part we found dissapointing was when we went to Birkenau we felt very rushed. I would definetly recommend this city. Amber is unbelievably cheap and so are the restaurants. Highly recommend the Metropolitan more expensive than others but worth every penny.
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