We stayed at the Queen Boutique for four nights in mid-June 2013 on vacation. We chose this hotel based in part on TripAdvisor reviews, which were generally accurate, and availability. We booked on their website (queenthotel.pl).
Upon arrival from the train station, our first impression was the thought that perhaps we had made a mistake -- the entrance is on a busy street that has little character and a hint of seediness. That street essentially is in the no-man's land between the historic part of town (Wawel hill and Stare Miasto) and the more bohemian part of town with restaurants, bars and clubs (Kazimierz). Once we got over our first impression of the street, it frankly turned out to be quite convenient to be in between both parts of town -- while not in the hub of either, we also didn't have to trek too far to reach either destination. Overall, it is a good strategic (if not atmospheric) location.
We had one of the sky rooms (the number escapes me now, but at the end of the hall). I wanted a Deluxe Wawel view room but none were available. Our sky room had a very nice view of Wawel hill, *IF* you were laying on the bed or floor to see it (the window starts at floor level and rises only about a meter). So you can't enjoy the view by simply glancing out the window; but we don't stay in the room much anyway. The skylights were nice but the sun does stream in. I was hesitant that the sloping ceilings would be too low, but that wasn't a problem for average height folks. The room was generally spacious enough for 2 but could have benefited from a few more square meters.
The issue with our room was that after our initial check-in we set out to explore the city for a bit, and when we returned a few hours later there was a very strong and unusual smell (as-if-a-small-animal-had-died sort of smell). The hotel staff were very quick to respond but unable to figure out what the source of the smell was; and since they were fully booked they couldn't give us another room. So we turned off the A/C and opened the windows and they gave us a fan to air out the room. We also bought deoderizers for the room, which helped. It was quite hot in town during our stay so ultimately we had to use the A/C and on occassion we did notice the smell again but not as strongly as the first time. Two other things to note: it can get quite hot on the 4th floor, and on one of the mornings there were workmen on the roof starting around 8, which not only woke us up but also was a bit disconcerting as we could clearly see their shadows through the skylight blinds and didn't know how much they could see in.
The lobby of the hotel is a bit sterile - a large empty white marble space, and the restaurant in the basement felt a bit like a catacomb (but it's very nice down there with a very mod decoration). The spa is tiny, but very handy to have since there's a lot of walking in/around Krakow (especially if you go to Auschwitz and the Salt Mine), and a massage is definitely in order.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Queen Boutique Hotel is a unique place. This exclusive hotel began operating in 2011.The Queen Hotel offers 18 Classic Rooms,6 Deluxe Rooms with balcony, 6 "Sky" Rooms and apartments. All rooms are elegant and functional and feature high quality equipment. In the basement of the Hotel is located in Queen Restaurant. Cozy interiors of the historic house, superb design, excellent music and excellent service. In the menu you will find fusion cuisine - based on the best Polish culinary traditions, but successfully using the culinary achievements of other countries and cultures. The Beauty & Spa area you care about your fitness you, look and feel. We have an up-to-date conference centre, one of the most beautiful and well-equipped in Cracow at our guests disposal. ... more less
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