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Historical Traveler Reviews Pod Wawelem Hotel Krakow
Era la prima volta che visitavamo Cracovia. Questo hotel è incantevole, ubicato in una zona tranquilla vicino al castello di Wavel e a pochi passi dal centro città. È un piccolo hotel moderno, con personale cordiale, colazione fantastica e menu serale 'a la carte' a prezzi molto ragionevoli nel suo ristorante.
¡Un hotel económico y con clase!
La ubicación es fantástica, vale la pena pagar el dinero extra por las vistas que tiene sobre el castillo. El personal fue de lo más atento y amable. El desayuno fue excelente. Es uno de los hoteles más limpios en los que he estado nunca. El cuarto de baño estaba impoluto. Lo recomendaría sin dudarlo.
Un hotel economico ma di classe!!
Posizione meraviglosa, vale la pena pagare il supplemento per la vista del castello. Il personale era estremamente disponibile e cordiale, la colazione eccellente. È uno degli hotel più puliti in cui sia mai stato. Il bagno era assolutamente immacolato. Lo consiglio senza esitazioni.
Budget hotel with class!!
Wonderful location, well worth paying the extra for castle view. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, breakfast excellent , it is one of the cleanest hotels we have ever come across - bathroom absolutely spotless. Would definitely recommend it.
Don't miss out on this little gem
I have just returned today having stayed for 5 nights at the Pod Wawelem hotel. It was true value for money. It's fresh, modern and the standard of accommodation by far exceeded our expectations. It is in a quiet location at the foot of Wawel Castle and only ten minutes walk from the main square. The staff are very helpful and paid great attention to making sure you enjoyed your stay. Breakfast is a generous mix of english and continental fare and leaves you with no need to eat again until dinner in the evening. This is the first time I have posted a hotel review on any website but felt I had to recommend that Pod Wawelem is the place to stay in Krakow if you want a good quality hotel and not pay a fortune for the pleasure. Enjoy, I dare you !!!
What a find
Ten minutes walk maximum to Old Krakow, once you know the way - we took a wrong turning on the first day and got lost but thats just us, if you take a map youll see its only one left turn and youre there. Right next to the Royal Castle, cleaner than most UK hotels I've stayed in, very friendly helpful staff, they booked trips for us organised taxi to airport etc. Look out for Zofia and Irina - they are stars
Breakfasts good - best scrambled eggs ive ever tasted and served from 6.15 - 10.30 so restaurant was never close to half full.
No in room hairdrier and rooms not huge but then theyre only for sleeping in - heating and aircon (aircon in poland in december is not what i was expecting to need) flat screen tv but only bbc world in english, again spent so little time in room its of no relevance.
Hotel has a small bar downstairs open til 2am
Expedia dont tell you about the city tax you have to pay on leaving though at 1.60 PLN per person per day its never going to come to much
A Real Find
The Hotel Pod Wawelem is a small hotel located by Wawel Castle & overlooking the river and only 10 mins walk to Old Town Square so perfectly located.
The staff were friendly, helpful and always cheery.
The buffet breakfast was well above average with a nice selection of meats, cereals, pastries as well as full bacon and scrambled eggs, which was every bit as nice as you'd find back in the UK.
We asked for and were given a quiet room, away from lifts and stairs and were treated to views of the river and castle!
We were fog bound & ended up having to come back from the airport and spend another 2 nights here but everything was organised very smoothly and efficiently.
The Christmas Markets opened the day we should have flown back to UK so with the fog came a bit of good news! and we then also had time to take a trip out and we chose to go to Auchwitz (go by bus from the main bus station, you'll save a fortune) journey is 1hr 15 mins ea. way & cost is 14 Zlotty for 2 ea. way!
I have to mention Krakow Shuttle Service who were absolutely excellent, coming back to the airport to take us back to our hotel when our flights were cancelled. Always cheerful, very efficient and extremely reasonable, little over £10 ea. way, english speaking drivers & they wait in arrivals with a card with your name on, can't recommend them highly enough.
We stayed for 2 nights in the first weekend of Dec. The hotel is right next to the royal castle and about a 5-10 mins walk to the main square, in a quiet part of town. I really liked the location.
The hotel is very new, clean and modern. The best thing to compare it to is a slightly upmarket, smarter Premier Travel Inn. The rooms are clean, modern, a good size, but not huge. There is lots of wardrobe space, and a good shower room, with good shower. Only a small thing, but there was no hairdryer in the room, so bring your own.
The staff are young and very pleasant, although not completely clued up. We wanted information about the local tram routes but they weren't able to help, we eventually figured out for ourselves that the no 30 and no 2 go from near the hotel to the railway station.
Breakfast was ok, but not great. Typical continetal fayre ham, cheese, eggs, some sausage and bacon, but not the best.
The biggest problem was that we had booked a double room, but on the first night they gave us a twin, which wasn't what we were wanting, but they did move us to a double on the second night.
Overall i would recommend it, good value, clean, modern, good location
Clean, Modern, Great Location
Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Pod Wawelem. The hotel is very modern and clean with a cafe terrace on the 6th floor and a bar/restaurant on the ground floor. Breakfast was a nice surprise - expecting the usual cold meat and cheese but had a wide variety for all tastes including an (almost) full english breakfast. The room was lovely and spacious with plenty of storage space for your luggage. The hotel is also in an excellent location - literally just next to Wawel Hill and the Royal Castle and only about a 10 minute walk to Krakow's Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny). Despite its central location, I found the hotel to be very quiet and peaceful and all rooms are air-conditioned so you can adjust the temperature to suit. All in all a nice hotel in a great location.