Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow
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We arrived in Krakow at 10:30 this morning, local time. We are six hours ahead of Indianapolis. Upon arrival we immediately started the tour. Our first stop was a town square where the Nazis had the Jewish "police" assign the Jew of World War II to different camps. This is now a memorial with oversized metal chairs, symbolizing the peace and …
Today we went to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, the Sculpture work was magnificent my IPad didn't do it justice as it was quite dark, very organised and from what the guide said, the miners were paid very well. It is very healthy to breathe in the salt air as it clears sinus & allergy problems. The men used to go to chapel before the start of their …
I knew this day was coming. It was something I wanted to do but also dreaded doing. For 30 years I taught about the Holocaust and WWII, and many of my trips are selected for their historical significance. Certain places though, have a direct emotional impact as well as the historical status: Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, Hotel Rwanda. Auschwitz has …
First full day in Krakow began with the obligatory city tour, the walkabout and drive about to introduce you to the city that you can explore later. The Market Square is just across from our hotel, passing through a green zone (park) that marks where walls once stood to protect the city. As in Warsaw, everything was within walking distance of the …
... also know as Auschwitz 2).
Similar to the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, we had heard of what went on in both World Wars and Hitler's regime but we couldn't really say we understood what scale or impact this had on the Jews, Europe and the world as a whole. Even after a 3 hour guided tour of Auschwitz 1 and 2, the topic is too huge to grasp and comprehend completely in one day.
I think this passage written on a sign I read captures the essence of it: ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRadisson Blu Hotel, Krakow
Somewhat disappointed in this Radisson Hotel. Although it is rated 4 star (and I know that means something different everywhere you go), I found the decor of the room to be totally IKEA. The TV had a glass swing cover on it that meant whichever way you swiveled the unit, the other bed had trouble seeing the picture. The towels, although large, were skimpy in material. I also had trouble taking a hot bath later at night - I had to turn the water totally to hot to take a warm bath.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow
Great hotel, nice staff
I definitely enjoyed my stay at the Cracow Radisson. The staff is very friendly, and the sparkling lobby sets the tone for the cleanliness of the rooms and baths. The location is extremely convenient: right on the beautiful park that rings the old city, and the historic section is a quick and pleasant walk away. The rooms vary in size; mine was small but had a beautiful view of the above-mentioned park. Others in the group had rooms that faced a dark courtyard, but were huge enough to be suites, so they were happy, too. Be advised there are no irons in the rooms, just pants pressers which I never did figure out! Something tells me the cheerful staff would have come up with an iron if I had asked. This was a very nice place to stay, and I recommend it.
Krakow is wonderful and this hotel is the icing on the cake! Its position must be the best in the city and everywhere is only a stroll away.
Like the Jetsons!
Great Location- we walked everywhere. Breatfast was very good- my Husband says the room looked like the Jetsons- very modern- we liked it very much. Staff all spoke English- very helpful- but the letters mailed at the front desk never made it home!
Pricey but nice
We stayed in a corner suite with a view of Wawel Castle. Beds were comfortable. Bathrooms were spacious. Staff was very friendly and well versed in English. Breakfast was included and quite elaborate. It was a short stroll to the square. Lots of nice restaurants and bars in that area.
The hotel arranged a driver to take us to Vienna. We were very pleased with his professionalism and nice Mercedes.
We stayed at the Radisson from 28 April 2005 to 2 May. The hotel is relatively new, the rooms are well appointed and the staff is helpful and well versed in English. The price of the hotel taxi is competitive with city taxis if, for example, you want to use it for airport pickup. The location is great - a short walk to the city square and to the Wawel castle. There are many, many restaurants and bars in the nearby area. The buffet breakfast (included with the room) is very good but the prices at the two restaurants for other meals are quite high. We noticed that hardly anyone ate at the hotel other than breakfast. If you plan to spend much time in your room take a book because the only English TV channels are MTV, CNBC and BBC - about the worst choices I have seen anywhere the world. Sleeping can be a problem because the room doors tend to slam shut loudly and when one in the area of your room slams, it is like a mortar round exploding right outside your door.
Stayed in the Radisson for 2 nights beginning of March for a stag visit.
I had a great deal on this hotel, the cleanliness, service, facilities, location not to metion the fantastic breakfast were first class.
In my experience it's worth paying the extra for Radisson as they are a cut above the rest, take into consideration the money you'll save in Krakow with food and drink prices and you've got yourself a bargain.
Scandinavian Style Meets Polish Charm
Once we arrived into Krakow by train, we found a taxi and headed to our hotel. We had originally decided to stay in a locally owned Polish hotel but while in Warsaw we decided to stay somewhere really nice. So, we cancelled our original plans and booked at the SAS Radisson which was relatively new. We were THRILLED that we did this. The Radisson was absolutely gorgeous and the rooms were amazing. Again, a full breakfast was included in the rate and the hotel staff was friendly. The hotel was located just a few blocks off the main market square and central to the main part of town.
Stayed there 2 nights 14 and 15 August, with 4 rooms the first night and 3 the second. I cannot decide if I loved more the location or the helpfullness of the staff.
Probably the best thing about this hotel is its location and proximity to the market square. It sits in front of beautiful park land leading up to the castle on one side and the side streets which take you up to the town square on the other. Throughout the day horse drawn carts trot past. The hotel is new and fresh and the room choices are between "Harmony" and "Business" styles. We were given Harmony along with a Park view. Whilst it was nice, it was very aqua in colour and a bit too "trendy" for my liking. The beds were quite good though being separated doubles with separate duve which help avoid the inevitable tug of war.