If there was an international competition for the hardest hotel to find, the Crown Piast would be a finalist. Assuming you manage the U-turn from the freeway bypass, then notice the unlit tiny sign in a parking lot that leads to an unmarked alley that takes you to the hotel entrance, what will you find ? For a start, you'll find why a five star hotel is being sold at three star prices - it's because it's really a three star. The hotel is a big anonymous concrete box with energy-saving lights on every floor that are activated by movement sensors. You can spend a lot of time locating your room in semi-darkness, and once you get there the room itself is somewhat gloomy as well, but there is a mini-bar and the internet is free. Our room was small, beige and unremarkable so we abandoned it to dine downstairs - but then discovered the restaurant was closed for a private wedding party. The bar was open, so we ordered dinner and a drink and both turned out to be quite good although we had a long wait while the wedding guests got their main courses. Next morning we had planned to leave early but it was a Sunday and the breakfast service didn't start until 07.30. There was a line of hungry tourists from the lobby to the breakfast room because two or three tour group buses had stayed overnight. When we finally reached the head of the line, we wished we hadn't. Instead of staying to eat the stale-looking bread and cakes, we decided to check out. That's when we discovered there was a parking fee. This hotel is about midway between the airport and downtown and if you want a very average experience for a below average price and don't care where you spend the night, you could do worse. On the other hand, the old center of Krakow is a wonderful place and there are many hotels to choose from. You'll have to pay for parking, but then you do that at the Crown Piast & Park too, so from now on we'll stay downtown and have a lot more fun than being in the burbs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Crown Piast Hotel & Park in Krakow. Our Hotel is a modern complex. Ideally located in Krakow, surrounded by greenery provides to its guests tranquility and relaxation. We offer the accommodation in 179 comfortable perfectly equipped rooms and suites. The Hotel Restaurant Anthurium serves a gourmet menu, also supports weddings and other special events. Each year Crown Piast Hotel & Park organizes dozens of international conferences, banquets, seminars, meetings and events in the garden as well. Just be our guest! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crown Piast Hotel And Park
- Crown Piast Hotel Park
- Crown Piast Krakow