My wife and I stayed at Dom Polonii for several nights. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes quirky, spacious quarters and whose ideal pastime is sipping a beer and watching the world pass by.
Dom Polonii is right on the edge of Krakow's vast, central market square. The first floor is a restaurant with a terrace and eight tables, perfect for people-watching. There are four floors to the building, with the top (fourth floor) containing three rooms which are rented out. Rooms 1 and 2 face the square, and our room, which was really an apartment, was Room 3, facing the back. It had an extremely large central room, a big bedroom with a king-size bed which easily fit in it, an equally large bathroom, and even a kitchen. It was extremely quiet--we were able to leave the window open all night with no noise problem.
The staff is extremely accommodating; when they found out our departure flight left too early for the complimentary breakfast, they packed us an enormous (free!) care package of two waters, two yogurts, two fruit juices, two tomatoes, two apples and two meat and cheese sandwiches.
One must keep in mind a few caveats. The main business of the building is not the three rooms. The second floor is for cultural enterainment and gatherings (we heard a marvelous Chopin piano concert one night, the first selection of which had my wife in tears and me choking up), the third floor is for the business which seems to run the building and is apparently an nonprofit for the Polish diaspora. Room service might be every other day or so. The English of some of the staff was pretty limited, though usually there was someone around whose English was acceptable or better. No air conditioning, so on a really warm night, you will have to live with a small fan. And you do have to walk up four flights of stairs to get to your room!
But if you want something a bit different, absolutely clean, willing staff, right in the middle of things, Dom Polonii is your kind of place.
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