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“Beautiful Old World Charm”
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Hotel Grodek
Ranked #15 of 261 Hotels in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 2, 2013

My sister and I originally booked a room in the Grodek’s sister hotel, the Pugetow. When we learned that the Pugetow could not easily accommodate certain of my sister’s health issues, Pugetow management worked with the management of the Grodek and found us a suitable room. The service commitment in the Donimirski chain is simply superb and very deeply appreciated.
The Grodek is in a beautiful, classy building a few steps off the Planty, and an easy stroll from the Mariacka cathedral and the Rynek. It’s in a charming, cozy neighbourhood, with some very lovely shopping and restaurants. It has an elevator that takes you to a peaceful rooftop garden from which you can see the Mariacka and other rooftops. If you prefer, the staircases are easy to find and very charming, with artwork and curios and gorgeous ironwork.
Our room had two single beds and faced across a tiny courtyard to a large wall covered in green climbing vines. Every morning there was a verdant glow from that wall. The windows were huge, six or eight huge panes, and opened both vertically and horizontally, as many European windows do. Some people may not like that view (the green wall) but we found it relaxing and peaceful.
The room was quite large and comfortable, with a coffee / tea maker, which we made good use of. The bathroom was sufficient and the plumbing worked well. We had a room safe that was well sized and welcome, bathrobes, a small fridge, and extra chairs. There was lots of space for our clothes as well as our shopping, in drawers and countertops. The only complaint was that the beds were quite low and soft – we’re used to firmer and higher mattresses. After a bit of effort from the hotel staff the air conditioning worked perfectly. There was a small collection of cats hanging out in the courtyard, and some slept on top of a little woodshed. They added a bit of home and character, and we sometimes threw bits of sausage down onto the woodshed roof (manna from heaven, from their point of view).
Breakfast was served in a lovely, sophisticated room in the lower level, also facing into that courtyard, with a glass roof. There was an abundance of food - proteins, fruits & veggies, and carbs. The cappuccinos were perfect and brought very promptly by the attentive, friendly staff; the pastries were fresh and superb. My only complaint is the choice of music – it was either Celine Dion or Bryan Adams, and sometimes played too loud. It would be better to have light jazz (especially given Krakow’s reputation for jazz, surely some local talent could be featured!!!) classical, or a light pop mix. Even though I’m Canadian, Sealion and Bryan are too much for me in the a.m.
The staff of the Donimirski chain are simply wonderful. Pan Stanislaus, a mature very dignified gentleman, was especially helpful and knowledgeable. He helped us with the AC, and when our room safe wouldn’t open. He also helped us book a tour to Zakopane, and spoke of the history and economy of Poland. Maciej recognized my sister’s accent as being from the northeast, which was really surprising as she left Poland as a preteen over 50 years ago. There were several beautiful young ladies who were also very friendly and helpful at the front desk.
The location is perfect, the facilities very comfortable, but even more, the hospitality and old world charm are impeccable. Thank you to all the staff (and to the Pugetow too!!) for making this visit so comfortable and happy.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Just spent 5 nights in the Grodek, which we booked on their own website which was a touch cheaper than all the price comparison sites and also booked a airport pick up and drop off through them which costs about £15 each way, you can get the bus for about £3 but it was a nice start with a chauffer Merc to whisk you straight from the airport. The Hotel is just a 200 yard walk to the main square and in a very quiet cul de sac next to a convent so very quiet. The staff were excellent very friendly and gave us some great advice, the gentleman on reception sorry didn't remember the name was exceptional and even put up with us late one evening after too many vodkas giving us great advice on trips, The breakfast was very good with bacon eggs and continental on offer. The only reason its not five stars was we had a basic room 104 which is a bit tight on space round the bed but still a great place. The Hotel recommended 6 restaurants of which we tried two Kogel Imogel which is only 50 yards away was our favourite. There's a small square just round the corner which has market stalls and open air seating which sells great food and beer at great value. Overall I would highly recommend the Hotel Grodek and thank them for a great trip.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Just returned from 3 nights at the hotel Grodek and it more than lived up to the reviews left by others. The staff were without exception, warm, friendly and very very helpful. In particular the breakfast waitress was wonderful, remembering our preferences each morning.

The room was spacious, spotless and very comfortable. The breakfast was wonderful, full of choice and all fresh, just what was needed for the long days of exploring.

The location of this hotel was wonderful and I really couldn't recommend it highly enough. This was a small, well run hotel, that had the charm and warmth the big chains just miss.

We arranged a taxi to and from the airport directly with the hotel and for 90 zloty, each way, it was a great choice. They also arranged for a sports massage at the hotel, which was a great way to recover from all the walking. Finally, they arranged our trip to Auschwitz on our last day.

Krakow is a hidden gem in Europe, a fantastic city, with history, great food and wonderful people and the hotel Grodek is a wonderful place to enjoy every aspect of the city.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

I honestly can't find anything bad to say about this hotel. A wonderful place to see Krakow. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Location was just around the corner from the main square

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

This place is delightful. Just 150m from the main square, this hotel is quiet but close enough to the action. The rooms were adequately sized, clean and well appointed. The staff were very helpful and obliging.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Wow! What a wondeful hotel just situated of the main square in Krakow.

This had everything that I like in a hotel. Good food, quietness, wonderful staff and cleanliness.

Our room was large with a lovely soft double bed, huge pillows, usual tea and coffee maker, and a well stocked fridge full of drinks.

Breakfast was very good from 7.30am to 10.30am and had everything from full english to cold meats, salad and smoked salmon. Fresh fruit and cereal were also served.

The location was spot on. 5 mins from the centre of Krakow which was lively and busy but no noise could be heard!

I'd thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone going to Krakow. It won't dissappoint.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

The location is very nice and insted of the fact that in Krakow during the night is very noise in this hotel you will not heard nothing
The breakfast is very good ! Quality food and a variety of food !
The rooms are a little bit smaller for a 4 star hotel and we had a problem with the AC and when we told them that the AC is liking in the room they put a towel on the water and they say that everything will be fine until next day :)))!
But the staff was very nice , the front desk helpful and the waiters from the restaurant very helpful !
I recommand this hotel!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Additional Information about Hotel Grodek

Address: ul. Na Grodku 4, Krakow 31-028, Poland
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow > Stare Miasto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Krakow
#8 Romantic Hotel in Krakow
#9 Luxury Hotel in Krakow
#23 Business Hotel in Krakow
Price Range: $93 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Grodek 5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The exquisite Hotel Gródek is located in the very heart of Krakow, yet it is nested away from the city bustle in a quiet street close to Main Market Square. Surrounded with a truly historical atmosphere, you can enjoy the individually arranged rooms, fantastic food and impeccable service. On top of that, the Hotel can also host conferences, offering elegant interiors with all the necessary equipment. ... more   less 
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