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The day began with a walk around Krakow's old town area where our Jewish culture and enterprise once thrived. Although once a walled city, it was invaded many times despite its gates and fortifications. The central square has been referred to as "the Venice of Poland" most likely for the abundance of pigeons rather than the architecture.
The train that left Berlin had lots of room, and we each had our own seat. However, once we switched trains in Poland, we were in a compartment with a bench seat that sat four on each side. In our compartment was a grandma and a young girl, an older woman, and two men. Over the course of the next two hours, people would come and go as the train made stops along the way. After we had been on the train for about 5 hours, two college guys came on along with an older woman ...
... square (200m by 200m). At the centre of the square is the 16th century Renaissance building, Cloth Hall, housing a large souvenir market. Further into our tour we visited Wawel Castle. The 14th century Wawel Cathedral was the coronation and burial place of Polish royalty for four centuries. No photos of the castle to display as yet as for s e reason my Ipad isn't uploading all my photos, another day! The afternoon we were on the bus for a tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Below ...
... you win some you loose some! In this case Euros, and faith in EU rail. It was a long and sleepy train ride. I think we realised that we re backpackers on a budget when we cracked open our tin of Tuna, and removed the first 5 crackers from the open pack to get to the fresher ones...the crackers were bought in Munich...3 countries, and 5 cities ago. We also invested in some Salt n Pepper to add to our 'food bag' (thanks Jed.) and I grabbed some ...
The morning had us travelling to the nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau (in Polish the two towns were called Oswiencim and Brzezinka). Words can not describe the feelings one experiences in this place of death. Suffice to say tears were shed. It really is a haunting experience and the guide we had was so passionate about conveying to us it's horrific history that we were left speechless.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Grodek Krakow
One of a kind !
Sorry this review is late being posted--but if you want to stay in Krakow & want peaceful surroundings, first class service, beautiful rooms & right below you the best restuarnt in Krakow then go stay at the Grodek.
We did for 3 nights & honestly we could fault nothing.
The meals we had in the Cul de Sac Restuarant were some of the best we have had ever. Full stop !
The hotel staff were superb, nothing was too much trouble they even gave us the room for the last day free right up to 4 pm when we left.
Arrrived at the hotel Grodek which is located up a small side road which the local Police were detemined to keep traffic free- stopping all un authorised entry and wheel clamping those who had sneaked by without permission!
I work for Radisson SAS and was hoping to stay in the one in Krakow. However it was fully booked. Looked on tripadvisor then and spotted this little gem. Being in the hotel industry I am very fussy about choosing the right hotels to stay in.Hotel Grodek is small with 23 rooms and extremely cosy. Rooms are very warm and inviting and lovely underfloor heating in bathroom. Tried dinner in restaurant on first night. Was absolutely delicious. Restaurant is very chic. Lovely little bar library sitting area. Staff very welcoming. When returing to airport the boy at Reception insisted on ringing a taxi for us as he said it would be much cheaper than hailing a taxi on street, which it was. We timed ourselves to walk to the Main Square. It took us 4 minutes! Superb location. Would definately use again if I come back to Krakow without hesitation.
Have just returned from Krakow where I stayed with family at Hotel Grodek. This hotel was excellent and I would highly recommend it. It is very new but decorated in a classical and comfortable style. As a small hotel, it has a very personal service with professional, friendly and helpful staff! The accommodation is superb. Upon arrival I was told I had been upgraded to an Apartment Suite, room 301. The rooms are tastefully furnished but with all the latest technology available. Each room is decorated individually which gives a homely feeling to the hotel, unlike large hotel chains where most rooms are identical. We ate in the hotel's Cul-de-Sac Restaurant upon our arrival and were extremely impressed. Previous reviews said to avoid the hotel restaurant, but as we were late arriving to Krakow we opted for the hotel, despite my reservations having read these reviews. However, we were all extremely impressed by our meal and service. The menu is very interesting and the food was delicious. Breakfast was also very good.
We had a long train ride upon arrival in Krakow-a night train that arrived at 6 am. The staff at Hotel Grodek was nice enough to let us check in early and rest before spending a full day exploring Krakow.
The hotel has a great location and the rooms a very nice.
The staff more than exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Krakow.
I stayed at this hotel a couple weeks ago for three nights. I'd been in Krakow before at a different hotel, so knew the location and that it would be convenient. Which it is, of course, only a few blocks from the main square, but it is very quiet as it's not a big street, and I really appreciate that. The hotel was just lovely, everythign in outstanding working order and condition, and the decor was beautiful but very comfortable, not stiff (eg, pretty matelasse comforter). The bed was very comfortable, also. I was alone so booked a single room because the prices were a bit higher than I usually spend, so I figured for a few nights it would be okay. I am leery of those because they are usually pretty bad rooms in many hotels and very tiny. Well, not in this hotel, the single rooms were as large as many doubles I've had and very comfortable, so don't hesitate to book them if you are alone. As for the AC someone else said didn't work well -- I don't get that at all, as I was there during this year's big heat wave (it was 90-95F each day), and the AC kept my room very cool and worked great. I have been in some Eur. hotels where the AC is a joke, but this was excellent.
Very nice hotel
We stayed at the Grodek for 2 nights during our visit to Krakow. The hotel is very new, tasefully decorated, and has a very friendly staff. The restaurant contains exhibits of artifacts found in the area. The only downside to our stay was that it was extremely hot during our stay, and the room A/C just couldn't keep up with the heat. It had a dial that went from -3 to zero to +3 (minus 3 being the coldest setting) but you couldn't control the fan speed which seemed to be on Low. The hotel is located on a secluded street about 2-3 blocks from the main square. I actually preferred to be closer to the square, but that's really just a personal preference.
We loved the Hotel Grodek! We stayed here for 3 nights in May. It is a beautiful, small hotel on a very quiet street. Very close to everything. The hotel staff was extremely friendly. We did not eat at the hotel so I cannot comment on the food. The last night we went to Auschwitz and then took an overnight train to Prague. They let us keep the room until late, which was great. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone going to Krakow. The bathroom was very nice, clean and had nice amenities. It is a bit pricey compared to some of the other hotels, but well worth it.
We just returned from a trip which included a 4 night stay at the Hotel Grodek. From reviewing the web page we expected it to be nice but actually it far exceeded our expectations. The location can not be beat---VERY central but on a quiet dead end street. It is new,(and includes all the convenience that comes with that,) but designed and built to have all the charm of an older established Hotel. The staff could not be more warm, charming and helpful (arranging drivers and excursions and helping with train tickets, etc). The breakfast is nice and in a very cheerful room in the on site restaurant. Our only word of caution is with the restaurant----I would skip it for dinner. I will give them credit for trying hard but the food was not good and the atmosphere at night was cold and stark. With all the choices in town---it is not worth spending an evening there.
We stayed 4 nights at Hotel Grodek in Krakow, a lovely brand new hotel with a superb location: inside and adjacent to the walls of the old city, close to the castle, old town square, and Jewish quarter, at the end of a quiet street. Very comfortable room, small but lovely bathroom with nice amenities--much more luxurious than we ever expected to find in Krakow. The breakfast was a plentiful buffet presented in the downstairs restaurant which is an architecturally stunning room. The hotel staff was extremely helpful in every way. They also put us in touch with a local driver who was reasonably priced and excellent for excursions outside the city. Our last day in Krakow, the hotel let us keep the room at no extra charge until almost 9pm because we were catching a late train. The hotel is priced on the high side, but definitely worth the extra money.