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“Beautiful city & great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Secesja Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   ul. Paulinska 24, Krakow 31-014, Poland (Kazimierz)   |  
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Ranked #115 of 248 Hotels in Krakow
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41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Beautiful city & great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights during September.

The hotel
We took public transport from the airport to the hotel and it was very easy to find. Upon arriving at the hotel they informed us that we had been upgraded to a suite. The suite has a bedroom, lounge area, large bathroom and balcony, as well as air conditioning in the two main rooms. The hotel was clean and the staff were friendly and happy to give you help if you needed advice on tourist information, including basic details as to where to catch local buses/trams. Breakfast was a buffet with cereal, bread, rolls, cold meats and cheese and sometimes some hot sausages, this was probably the only area in which the hotel could improve as staff were not always on hand, which meant you waited sometime for items to be replaced or tables cleared.
The hotel is about 5 mins walk from the Jewish Quarter and 20 mins to the old town square, it is also well placed for all public transport.

Travelling around Krakow
Upon arriving at the airport we decided to get public transport to the hotel, whilst this was fine and we would certainly do it again there are a few bits to be aware of…
- the trains from the airport only run every 30mins
- this train will take you into the central station where you can the pick up other trains, buses or trams
- if you need a tram, exit the station and cross the shopping centre square where you can get a number of different trams
- you can buy a ticket for the airport train on board from a conductor, however tram tickets need to be purchased before boarding and then validated once on board. Buses however have ticket machines on board but only take coins

Things to see & do
We would recommend the following, whilst you can do these on a tour they are easy enough to do by yourself with the help of a guide book. It is a beautiful city and you see so much more on foot.

The Jewish Quarter – there are a large number of Jewish Synagogues in the area, many of which you can visit

The castle (Wawel Castle) & Town square (Rynek Glowny) – both great places to visit together with their surrounding areas. Do take some time to sit in the town square watching the world go by and also walk through some of the park land which boarders the old town (the Planty). We had the AA guide book and this provided some good walks in the area.

The Salt Mines – we got a bus to these, which was about 20mins. It is worth going to see and do make sure you also do the optional free tour to the museum area.

Auschwitz – we got the local bus here, which was about 1.5hours and the bus leaves from the main terminal behind the station. Upon arrive you can join the next tour (available in a number of languages inc English), the guide will take you to many of the buildings and give you a lot of the history, after this you will be taken to Birkenau (the second camp). The tour guides are very well informed and carry out the tour in a respectful way, whilst we were pleased we went on this trip it did seem slightly wrong to see many hundreds of tourist in a place which has experienced such sadness.

Restaurants
We would definitely recommend Polski Jadeo which services Polish food. It is located in the main square (Rynek Glowny 23) and we would recommend eating inside.

We also ate in Ariel in the Jewish Quarter and whilst the food was good it was more expensive and we felt it was aimed at the tourist market.

A local speciality is to serve a bowl of lard and pork with bread before the meal.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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76 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2009

Very friendly and helpful staff, clean room, although somewhat on the small side. During some hot days, the room heats up, in spite of an exhaust fan. Could do with some airconditioning. Breakfast, buffet style, is perfectly adequate. Good location for both the old town, the castle and the Jewish Quarter. Certainly would stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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86 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2008

The Secesja is a gem of a hotel in the Jewish Quarter. The hotel is about 30 minutes walk from the central square of Krakow and all main tourist attractions are easily accessible.
The hotel is clean, staff are welcoming, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The breakfast also is excellent, with hot and cold buffet style available. All in all, a very comfortable stay used by business people and tourists alike.

Unfortunately, to use the sauna, 45 minutes notice has to be given in order for it to be heated and there is a small additional charge to use this facility.

Apart from that, it is a very comfortable hotel and comes well recommended.

  • Liked — It was clean and spacious.
  • Disliked — Only a shower available, no balth.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Hampshire
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2008

We stayed at Hotel Secesja for 5 nights and had a great time. The hotel had been fairly recently renovated and it showed. It had an art deco style in the reception and breakfast room, which was nice, and was clean and welcoming. We stayed in Room 204 which I would think was one of the better rooms as it looks out over the road to the church and its grounds and also has an extra bit of room because of the front styling of the hotel. Overall a good room to have. We had twin beds, wardrobe, desk, table and chairs, mini bar, tv, air con, space for cases, and a bathroom with shower. The room was nice and quiet and regularly serviced.

Breakfast was a buffet style affair with cheese and meats, cereal, breads and jams, a different hot dish every day (whilst we were there, there was frankfurter sausage and onion, scrambled eggs, etc on different days), fruit, and so on. It was a nice breakfast but I don't think it was replenished once it had been put out so things did run out. We never had a problem though, even though we had a later breakfast on a couple of days.

Overall this hotel was very well located (about 10 minutes walk to the Old Town, 5 minutes walk to the Jewish district) and was good value compared to other hotels in the same sort of area in Krakow. I would recommend it :-)

  • Liked — Newly refurbished, great location and value
  • Disliked — Breakfast not replenished once it had been put out
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Midlands, UK
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135 reviews
119 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2008

Excellent service in an excellent hotel.

It is located in the Jewish Quarter and most of the room seemed to have good views across a churchyard.

The staff were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble, they responded well to initial emails and were generally pleasant people. Many Polish people seem to have forgotten how to smile, maybe this is a result of the pain the nation has suffered for so many years, trust is hard to rebuild.

On the whole clean comfortable hotel, and at less than £30/pppn at a good quality hotel.

We booked through http://www.centralr.com/

I would recommend www.krakowshuttle.com for taxi transfers too.

  • Liked — Location & Cleaniness
  • Disliked — Restaurant food to rich
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2005

We recently returned from 4 nights in Krakow and stayed at the Hotel Secesja. The hotel is a 10 to 20 minute walk from all the major sites in Krakow. The rooms are very clean and reasonable in size. The bathroom has a shower only. The staff are very helpful. The only two criticisms we had are the room was very hot even with the window open and the heat off. THe breakfast was barely adequate with little choice of anything. However it is very good value.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2005

We have returned from 3-days trip to Krakow, where we stayed in new hotel Secesja (just near Kazimierz, old Jewish district).

The hotel is about a 10 mins walk from the Old town and is also very close to the bus and tram routes.

The room was very clean, comfortable, with original design and great view on the old Roman-Catholic church.

Staff were extremely friendly and helpful, breakfast was fine.

Our room had some problems - two beds (located together) instead of one large bed in DB, the scarcity of TV channels.

But, overall, it is good value for money. Nice play to stay!

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: ul. Paulinska 24, Krakow 31-014, Poland
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow > Kazimierz , Stare Miasto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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Ranked #115 of 248 Hotels in Krakow
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Hotel Class:3 star — Secesja Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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