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... daughter of Andrzej, Monica and her husband Gregory and 2 year old little cute daughter Milla.
That was it for today but the 3rd daughter arrives home from England on Wednesday as she is married to an Englishman and so hopefully we will hear more family news from them.
It is so overwhelming meeting such a lot of new faces all at once. We are told their names in Polish but clearly it is extremely difficult for Paul to remember all of them but we do know they are offspring ...
... famous Charles Bridge. Despite occasional flood damage it withstood wheeled traffic for 600 years - thanks, legend has it, to eggs mixed into the mortar - until it was made pedestrian after WW2. It is covered in statues, with the most famous of these being that of the esteemed Czech saint, John of Nepomuk, who was thrown off the bridge by Wenceslas IV. It is said that if you rub the plaque at the statue's base you will return to Prague - ...
... the Wawel Castle (the seat of Polish kings )- a spectacular place, again steeped in history. Fabulous!
The Jewish Ghetto was next on my list. It was a good walk from Market Square. While strolling around the old Jewish district of Kazimierz- the cobbled streets, I felt very emotional. When you turn the clock back in your head to 1940 and imagine being Jewish, the horror and stress of their daily life is quite unimaginable. I was to visit Schindler’s ...
... Ghettos Square, Schindler's Factory, and Corpus Christi Basilica where there was a service being held. We went in for a few minutes, and I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the enormous Gothic boat-shaped high altar, the choir chanting high in the mezzanine and the ancient pipe organ music echoing in the lofty ceiling that was covered with dramatic baroque paintings. Beautiful! *tears*
... be the entire building a long time ago but nowadays the tower is the only remaining. In the middle of the main square there is situated the Cloth Hall which includes a market (ground level), a museum/gallery (1st level) as well as the undergrounds with rests of the supposed vampires that we couldn't unfortunately visit because it was all booked in advance. Another attraction is the Head of Copernicus, a really big empty bronze head that lies in the middle of ...
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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.
Not much to look at from the outside but so much better inside
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!
The location is a short walk from the railway station - 5 mins, and just a couple of minutes from the main square.
From the outside the building does not look much but it is a gem inside. With a security camera on the pavement ,staff are immediatly outside before you step from your taxi to help with baggage.
Check in is quick and efficient in a fine but small reception area.
Building has 5 levels- Restaurant, Bar/lounge below street level. Roof top level with tables and chairs and terrace views of mostly more roofs. Accomodation rooms in between.
Access to rooms was by modern lift or smart staircases with fine antique furniture on all landings.
Our room (305) was good size ,not huge but well presented with a good sized ensuite.
Features being- air conditioned ( did not cool much ) plenty of clothes storage. Fridge/ Minibar, Ironing board+ iron.
Use of bath robes was a nice touch - ok if a size 10 or so but you will look a pillock if a man tries his on !! Hair drier for the ladies also a nice touch.
Room was neat and tidy, bed comfortable and quite adequate.
Minor drawbacks being- Shower curtain around bath is a bit naff. As air con is not very powerful opening the double glazed windows is only option to cool room- Yes we got a heatwave in mid November and partner actually had to buy T shirts to replace heavy winter garb!! With open windows room is fairly noisy from clattering trams and general street noise but not a problem when closed.
Breakfast in Cul de Sac restaurant- (glass roofed and full of relics discovered when renovating ) fine array of foods for all tastes with more than adequate buffet. Cooked food available on request at no extra charge. We did not sample the restaurant at night but were informed by fellow travellers it was excellent food.
Staff throughout from the cleaners upwards were polite and smiley and eager to please without being over powering.
Room prices not the cheapest ,but what price cleanliness and service- you get what you pay for.
All in all a pleasant stay in comfortable surroundings with attentive staff , one to reccomend.
Great Gracious Grodek
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.
Go To Grodek!
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 also found the hotel's location excellent. It is a mere 2 or 3 minute walk to the main square and many of the city's bars, restaurants, clubs and shops, yet it is in an extremely quiet and peaceful cul-de-sac.
The recetion staff were also extremely professional and helpful and gave us much advice about what to do and not to do in Krakow. Alll in all a highly enjoyable experience and a hotel which I would return to without hesitation.
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.
Loved the Grodek
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.
Wonderful new Hotel
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.
Great new hotel in central Krakow
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.