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“A Short Break” 4 of 5 stars
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Sympozjum Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kobierzynska 47, Krakow 30-363, Poland   |  
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Ranked #114 of 248 Hotels in Krakow
Andover, England
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A Short Break”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We booked this hotel as part of the complete package with flights. At the time we had not read any reviews so had an open mind. We need not have worried, on arrival we were met by very pleasant staff who directed us to our room. We were very lucky as one of our friend is Polish, not from Krakow but she knows it well. She spoke to the hotel and ensured that some of our requests we met. In addition she arranged the transfer with Dream Cabs (+48 880 640140) who were waiting at the airport for our arrival.

We had decided on her recommendation that we would visit the Salt mines - again she arranged this using Comfort Tours (+48 793 719827). They were excellent dropping us off on our return in the Jewish quarter.

Back to the hotel - all our queries and requests were dealt with promptly and nothing was too much trouble. We ate in the restaurant on one evening and my Wife is a vegetarian and asked if she could have one of the starters as a main course. No problem. The food was excellent, not only at dinner but the breakfasts as well. A good selection of hot food as well as cold meats, cheeses, cereal, fruit etc. Enough to keep you going all day!

We never tried any of the other facilities, like the Spa, Sauna.

We never found that the distance into town was a handicap, as the trams ran so frequently in and out of the city and seemed to run from early morning (5.00am) till late, so if you wanted to stay out in the evening there was no problem in getting back to the hotel. Then tram stop is no more than 75 mtrs away. Very convenient.

We will be back to visit Krakow again, this time in warmer climes, September was recommended and we have no hesitation in booking the Sympozjum again.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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brighton
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I was slightly worried when I first booked this hotel - It was the cheapest 4 star I could find and was concerned about how far it might be from the Market Square.. Plus if you look at Google Maps, you can clearly see if it is on a fairly main road. I need not have worried. On arrival, the extremely helpful and friendly reception staff let us check in early at no extra cost. We unpacked, checked out the room and then they kindly ordered us a taxi to Market Square as we didn't want to mess about with trams that day. (Taxi from hotel to the square is 20-25 zloty, so £4-5; we never got the tram in the end, found taxis a quick and easy option) - The reception staff were so friendly they even hunted out an umbrella for us to borrow. The room itself was very clean, large and the bed was comfy. Yes, by the morning the sheets would ruffle up, but the beds are made every day so this was not a problem. Yes, the pillows a little thin, but just call reception and ask and they will provide you with alternatives. Literally nothing is too much trouble. Mini bar is expensive in comparison to a bar, yes, but as mini bars go, not at all - Husband had a bottle of bison vodka & carton of juice which made 2 drinks and I had a beer. This came to 30 zloty - So only £6. Not bad mini bar prices in my opinion! 2 bottles of complimentary sparkling water left in the room every day, The shower was hot and powerful, clean, and towels replaced daily if you wanted. The hotel barman is lovely - I think his name was Marik- he's great fun, really knowledgeable about the vodka sampling menu they do and is happy to take you through anything. We had breakfast included - There was certainly lots of choice - Sausage, Egg, bread, cheese, ham, pastries, cake, vegetables, yoghurt, cereal, fruit etc. On the first night we ate at the hotel - Yes the menu is limited, but my goodness me. What wonderful food, it looked like something out of a michelen starred restaurant - Definitely worth a try if you fancy staying local as there's not much else in the area. The spa was also clean and a real welcome break after a long day of walking and sight seeing. Jacuzzi (it's a hot tub really) was nice and hot, Pool was clean and cool and the two saunas were clean and.. well, hot! They provide towels and lockers. We didn't have any treatments but they did not look badly priced. We loved everything about our holiday, and are hoping to return next year; I will have no hesitation in booking the Sympozjum again.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We bought the groupon deal for 3 nights B&B.
Rather shocked when we arrived outside and the room was very bland too, whether these were just budget rooms I don't know. They were clean and tidy with a well stocked bar, which we refrained from indulging in because it is quite expensive.
Shower was always hot and clean towels provided everyday.
Only English Channel on TV is BBC world news.
Beds were very uncomfortable with a wafer thin mattress that seemed to slide all over the place, sheets that didn't quite fit and felt and looked like if been wrestling in my sleep, what little sleep I got. The surprised I didn't eat the pillows, sliced bread is thicker. The menu in the hotel is limited and expensive and the breakfast wasn't anything to write home about.
Staff are very friendly and the hotel is clean.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Swindon
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

My wife and I decided to visit Krakow as she is off of Polish parents, and has never visited. So we booked the Sympozjum Hotel for a Monday 30 Sept' to Friday 3rd Oct' break. Although a little bit out of town that was compensated by the excellent tram service, trams 18 and or 52 both would take you to the Old Town. The hotel staff were all very friendly an spoke very good English. We had room 115 on the first floor, a very large room and very clean. The bar and restaurant area's had shiny marble like tiles that also very clean. Food was good and plentiful. Beer and Cherry Vodka very reasonably priced. We would definately book this Hotel again as it's location actually suited us better than being in the hustle & bustle of the old town. There is the largest Tesco's I have seen in my life, less than a 5 minute walk away. The trams, you have to buy tickets either at the tram stop or on the tram, the ticket machine has a British flag on it's menu so you can buy in Engllsh. You MUST validate you ticket o the little yellow machine's on the tram. Tram Inspectors are plain clothes, and they are watching all passengers. Our first journey we were helped by a very nice Polish women who showed us what to do, as it happens she was an inspector and later fined a person for not validating her ticket.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This hotel is very good, the staff are excellent nothing is too much trouble. Breakfast also very good, fresh rolls, and full eggs and bacon when needed. The location of the Hotel is a bit out of town, but the tram stop at about 50 metres away solves any of these issues. There are four tram routes - the 18 / 52 both head up to the centre and all the old town attractions. One of the other two routes is 23 which heads east and gives direct access to Podgoze district which makes a nice change from the tourist areas. The only thing to note is that the trams are less frequent between 10 to 1400Hrs, and after 1830 in the evenings, some of the gaps are 20 minutes at these times. There aren't any restaurants in the immediate area, but there is a nice bakery and off licence at the crossroads, oh and you can miss the Tesco at the top of the road.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newport, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Just came back from a weekend away. Hotel staff were great spoke good English and very helpful. Room was great, clean and a good size. Breakfast was very good, big selection of hot and cold. Fresh breads and some fresh fruit as well.
Tram stop just outside so easy getting into town on either the 18 or the 52 and very cheap. Really enjoyed our stay, did not use the spa as out everyday on trips.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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46 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Just returned from this hotel on a 3 night city break. The hotel is clean , rooms good size , ate in hotel in evening which was very good. Staff speak good English and can advise you on how to travel into the old town . The team was easy to use and ran often so no problems getting to and from the old city,
All in all an excellent stay in Poland would recommend this hotel .

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Kobierzynska 47, Krakow 30-363, Poland
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel in Krakow
#41 Luxury Hotel in Krakow
#77 Romantic Hotel in Krakow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sympozjum Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 80
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