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Karmel Hotel
Ranked #139 of 256 Hotels in Krakow
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477 reviews
124 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Fantastic location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

Last December we visited Hotel Karmel for the second time. The hotel with it's beautiful facade is located in Kazimierz (the former Jewish quarter) and it's about a 15 minutes walk from Rynek Glowny, the square in the old town. Kazimierz is a lovely area both day and night. In the night there are several bars, playing great music, full of students and other locals. The interior of these bars is very interesting and not any touristic at all. If you don't want to walk to and from the old town, the taxis are almost free!
The hotel does also have a very nice interior. We did stay in a Comfort Plus room and it was spacious and with lovely furniture. The breakfast was good and served in the very atmospheric cellar. A very good hotel with a great location and it was very inexpensive as well.
But please remember one thing. The Poles tend to be very shy. In a B&B in Italy you often will feel like visiting family after staying there just one night, not so in Poland. They are not unfriendly or hostile or anything, just very shy. But just take the initiative and say hello to them first and you will have a good time. We did!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bury, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

The hotel is on a peaceful street, seconds away from Plac Nowy with its many bars and restaurants. The city centre is accessible on foot or you can catch a tram from a nearby stop. We stayed for five nights and thought the hotel made a great base. Breakfast was plentiful and all the products were of high standard, which is not always the case with hotel buffet breakfasts. Fresh coffee was made to order and there where several cooked breakfast options that could be ordered to go with the buffet option. When we next visit Krakow I will not hesitate to stay at Hotel Karmel.
I would not recommed this hotel for visitors who have mobility issues. The reception was on the 1st floor, and all guest rooms appeared to be on the 1st floor or higher. There did not appear to be any rooms on the ground floor.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Palo Alto, CA
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

We spent 3 nights in this small, cute, neighborhood hotel in the Jewish Quarter in Krackow. Room was clean, quiet and very nicely decorated. Nothing too fancy, but perfect for our needs. The staff was very accomodating, we felt very safe at the hotel and the in room internet worked just fine. Location is fantastic, easy walking distance to everything. We would highly recommend this hotel for others.

Room Tip: You might want to ask for a room away from the street if you are sensitive to room noise.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

Hotel Karmel is a charming, spotless, friendly place on a quiet Krakow street. If I ever return to Krakow, this will be my spot. I recommend it heartily.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

This hotel is located in Kazimierz, which is a great location in Krakow. It is a unique area full of awesome shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Great for young adults. As well, it is just a short walk away from Wawel Castle and the old town square. The hotel was clean, and the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. All the staff members kept excellent track of us guests, what we were doing, and what we needed. The provided breakfast was a little bit small, but delicious. The omelettes were quite big and very tasty, order one! No elevator in the hotel, you definitely get a workout with the stairs. Excellent place to stay and explore Krakow.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Switzerland
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2009

Okay, now prices have shot up in Kasimierz these last years, so we were very happy to find a reasonalby prices accomodation. and one that was not full of cheap, pseudo-Jewish decor.
The staff is helpful and friendly, the room charming and old-fahioned. We walked in in the late afternoon and therefore only got a 2 -bed room that was not terribly large, but cleverly equiped, making the most of the space.
The bathroom was immaculate, and the tea service in the room made you feel at home.
CAREFUL: Do not think you'll have a more quiet time by booking a room to the back, some idiot from a neighbouring restaurant occasionally decides to throw out his empty bottles at 4am! :-(
Best book in the 2nd floor, streetside.
Breakfast is served in the Italian restaurant next door, it is large and fresh.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PollyPeachum
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Fredericksburg, VA
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2009

This hotel in the old Jewish quarter of Krakow offers something different than the standard fare. Most importantly, it's located in a wonderfully historic, lived-in part of town, Kazimierz--an experience in itself. The streets are narrow, and you mingle with residents, not just tourists. This is what all of Krakow and much of urban Europe looked and functioned like 70 years ago. We loved our room, and the service we received from the desk staff was truly outstanding. They were kind and attentive. Our only complaint is about the beds, which were stiff and a bit uncomfortable. Old town and Wawel Castle are only a short walk away. The value was great. We highly recommend it.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Karmel Hotel
Address: ul. Kupa 15, Krakow 31-057, Poland
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow > Kazimierz , Stare Miasto
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #139 of 256 Hotels in Krakow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Karmel Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We invite you to the Karmel hotel, situated in the centre of the Krakow’s Kazimierz, the former Jewish district. We have prepared for you some cosy and comfortably equipped rooms in a restored tenement house from the early 19th century. The location of the hotel itself, in the stunning neighbourhood of most historic buildings gives you a unique chance of associating with the cultural heritage of Kazimierz. We wish your stay in our hotel to be full of nice experiences, convincing you to visit us again in the future. We can provide lodging for 20 persons, in single and double rooms with: - bathroom/shower - TV SAT - radio - telephone - mini bars in “Comfort Plus” double rooms. ... more   less 
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