Recently back from a 4-day trip to this wonderful city. This hotel is excellent for a city visit - close to the historic centre yet located in a quiet cul-de-sac, a 5-minute walk away from the noise and bustle. Staff excellent, efficient and unobtrusive. If you want over-attentive gushing waiters etc. then go to the Med or North Africa, not Poland. This is a small hotel, and very luxuriously appointed, and rooms have been recently refurbished. Spotlessly clean. Comfy beds. Good shower, and posh toiletries. Bathrobes and slippers, and all you would expect from a 5-star hotel. Free internet. Small restaurant - we had breakfast there but didn't eat there in the evenings as there was so much choice in the city, and I suspect it would have been very quiet. Breakfasts were very good and attention of the staff, as stated, was perfect. The bar in the basement is really the only other public room in the hotel - cosy. The hotel is across the road from the tram stop, so access to all the city is a breeze. The city itself is a worthwhile trip - beautiful and historic buildings and plenty of greenery for walks around the old centre. The castle is worth a visit. The churches are astonishing if you're into churches. As a Catholic living in a secular country it's an eye-opener to see priests and nuns walking around the streets, and lots of young people attending church. Hundreds of bars and restaurants. The best eatery we found was Aperitif - two minutes from the hotel. The food and drink in Krakow is cheap - 3 courses and a bottle of wine for two persons under £50 in most places. Very acceptable pint of Polish beer is under £2, wine is dearer. Essential trips are to Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Wieliczka salt mine. We pre-booked on the net with escape2poland - they also organised the airport runs - excellent and prompt service in air-conditioned mini-buses. The Auschwitz trip is one of those experiences everyone should have, but you would never want to do it again. Salt mine is terrific and not to be missed. We would visit this city again, and stay at the Grodek, even though it's a bit pricey.
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