Radisson Blu Hotel
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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 …
... to the beauty of the mines.
From there it was time for me and my giant chess set to head back to the airport and start my journey home. From those first impressions of grey dull buildings my opinion of Krakow had completely changed. It is a city so steeped in history and beauty and was far livelier than I had imagined.
I was pleasantly surprised by Krakow and am glad that I took the time to visit.
Until next time,
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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.
When can we go back?
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.
We were very lucky to get an upgrade at no extra cost (and without asking) and found our room to be both enormous and beautifully furnished and equipped in a very modern style. The bathroom was one of the best we have ever had with underfloor heating (a luxury) and television speakers (in fact we spent 4 days trying to locate them - without success!)
The staff spoke perfect English and couldn't do enough for us.
The breakfast buffet was gigantic, particularly on Easter Sunday, when they really went to town.
The 192 bus from the airport is cheap and drops you off just round the corner from the hotel and you can get mini buses outside the railway station to the Salt Mines and Auschwitz at a fraction of going on organised tours.
Can't wait to return!!
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.
Generally good but some issues
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.
Great Hotel, great location , great value
Stayed in the Radisson for 2 nights beginning of March for a stag visit.
Can't recommend this place highly enough. The rooms were excellent, all the facilities you'd expect in a brilliant setting. View from the room over towards the square was great and we were given business class rooms as a free upgrade ! (This meant turndown service and robe and slippers and all pay channels free).
The room minibar and the hotel's main bar were incredibly cheap. Breakfast was pretty nice and a meal in the restaurant one evening proved to be the best meal we had in Krakow. In all, 2 nights with alot of drinking in the hotel and raiding the mini bars, plus a full meal one evening came to about £170.00 per person (including the B&B).
Location was brilliant, a short walk from the main square and everything you need.
Go for it, you'll not be sorry, great value and its a 5 star !
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.
Unbeatable location, great staff
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.
The hotel is literally 2 minutes of walk in a park from the main old town market square streets with hundreds of restaurants and souvenir shops; it actually sits between the square and the Wawel castle.
We really needed 3 rooms with extra beds, but I did not confirm that prior to our arrival and it turned out the hotel was out of extra beds. After a small and polite demonstration of my deep deception, the manager said she would do whatever it would take to find those extra beds in other hotels in Cracow; once we saw how small the rooms are, I called her back and said we would follow her first suggestion and get an extra room; we ended up getting a huge suite with a large living room, double toilets, huge shower, spa-type bathtub, and Business Class extras at the price of a regular room. The next day the manager waited for us after breakfast to ask if there was anything else she could do to make us happy, and thanked us for staying there despite the initial glitch.
The furniture and decoration are very modern and functional, the breakfast is great, the girls at the reception will gladly point you to nearby attractions and restaurants. Don't miss Chlopskie Jadlo, for a Polish fare peasant-style.
If you have your own wheels and want to visit the mine in Wieliczka, I recommend getting a ticket in their office on Wislna (2min walk from the hotel) and then driving there yourself; the last tour is at 7pm (in English at 5pm), you can go when you want (the drive is very very straight-forward, takes about 15-20min), and you will save a bunch (70PLN for the whole family, vs. 4 x 140PLN).
Location, Location, Location
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.
The bathroom shower has a special safety lock which was a bit difficult to work out but basically restricted the temperature of the hot water.
The city itself is a veritable treasure trove of subterranean bars and clubs (all in underground cellars), my favourite was Klub Klaustrophobia, but stay away from Crazy Moves as my friends drinks were allegedly spiked!! All in all Krakow is a great city and location of hotel helps the experience. Given the value for money in the rest of the city I felt that the Radisson was a bit pricey. Our friends stayed next door at the Hotel Maltanksi for nearly half the price and had a gorgeous room with the cutist windows and parquetry flooring, we really kicked ourselves for booking in advance!! For those with money, definiltey stay at the Hotel Copernicus, it was truly awesome, especially the blue pool in the cellar floor!!