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“Marvelous Location for People-Watchers”
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Dom Polonii
Ranked #165 of 261 Hotels in Krakow
Reviewed July 15, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Try room 3 if you want absolute quiet
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2010

We were a family of 5 travelling with a 73 year old grandmother and 2 adult children. We were accomodated in apartments 1 and 2. Both apartments were very spacious and very clean. The location is fantastic - right on the square , with great views from the 2 double windows. However our apartments are in sore need of some improvements. It has to be remembered that these apartments are within a very old and charming building. The beautiful windows have been neglected - paint is peeling and the catches are missing. The heavy brass bathroom door handle was broken and kept falling off. One of the power points had come off the wall. The mattress on the queen size bed needs replacing - it was extremely lumpy and the bed linen was almost threadbare. The in room internet worked only once in the 7 days we were there - we reported the problem but to no avail. If you need a hair dryer ask in the office downstairs. There are 83 steps to the rooms - but we coped - even granny managed. This can be a problem if you've got a lot of luggage as there's no lift - however the staircase is beautiful - and think of the exercise you'll get especially after indulging in all that yummy polish food.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

as mentioned before, there are 85 steps. we stayed for seven nights, so 85x30 trips is a lot of steps. That being said, we enjoyed our stay at Dom Polonii. The rooms are decorated with antiques and old paintings, and the apartment (#3) was spacious and airy. There is no air conditioning, so hot nights may be a problem (but our nights were cool). We also stayed in one of the smaller rooms (#1) for one night, and the view from window was outstanding as we could see the square. I believe the two smaller rooms, however, are suitable only for solos or couples. The apartment is another matter We liked it. We're used to upscale lodging, but this was an excellent value for the relative price. Check prices of the Wentzel to see what I mean.

The restaurant staff downstairs was outstanding. We ate breakfast there five mornings, and thought they were super. The hotel manager was also very nice.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 25, 2010

This is a fantastic bargain. The top floor (88 stairs up accordiing to my niece) of a Renaissance palace, now used by the Polish Society has been turned into a hotel. Huge rooms overlooking the Rynek at a bargain price.
Cannot recommend highly enough.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Tansy21
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Reviewed March 30, 2009

We visited this hotel in February and couldn't believe how lucky we were, not only because its very reasonable (approx. £44 a night!), but also because of its location and charm! The hotel is built on 3 floors and is in the corner of the main square (Rynek Glowny). There are only 3 rooms and they are on the 3rd floor, reached by a lovely old winding staircase. Once we got our breath back, we marvelled at the entrance hall, which housed our bathroom, and which then led into this massive room (approx. 20ft x 20ft) - with a huge art deco bed and furnished in the same style. Off of the bedroom was a little kitchenette with loads of crockery and a fridge.

On the ground floor there is a charming little cafe and several times a week Chopin Concerts are held on the premises!

I have attached a link to the hotel where you will find contact details and more information about the rooms etc - enjoy!

http://www.wspolnota-polska.krakow.pl/rooms.php

3  Thank SnowRose54
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Reviewed March 29, 2007

We stayed here In October 2006 for 5 nights. We were in a very large appartment at the back of the building, which was very quiet with no noise from the busy square outside.

There are 85 steps up a magnificent sweeping staircase to the rooms on the top floor. Our appartment had a huge bedroom, bathroom with bath & shower, separate toilet, kitchen, and enourmous lounge/
diner. The two main rooms have fantastic beams and traditional furniture & decor, with Digital TV & minibar. The kitchen had a kettle, fridge, hob & oven, & microwave. In a world of corporate hotels it was nice to have a taste of the country we were in. You couldn't be closer to the heart of Kracow, with lots happening in the
square day & night. Good restaurants, shops & when we were there on the Saturday there was a local crafts market. The tourist information
office sold us very cheap tickets to the salt mines & the concentration camps & gave us good maps.

I booked direct by e-mail, no deposit was required and we paid in full when we left. I was a bit concerned after booking that I did have a reservation, but I asked for a confirmation e-mail and everything was fine. Although the staff don't speak much English the owner is fluent and v.helpfull. We had booked 4 nights, then went to Warsaw, when we returned all the hotels were fully booked but The Dom Polonii welcomed us back for one night. There was a concert on downstairs and we could hear it only through open windows & it was all over when we returned from our evening out. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank CirencesterTraveller
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Reviewed June 19, 2006

Warm, high recommendations for this gem, in the very center of the Old City of Krakow! The "Dom Polonii" is a Cultural Center, where the top floor holds three rooms (more like suites or studio apartments!) available for tourist rental. The location is perfect, the rooms are beautiful, the breakfast is delicious, but most important of all, the director of the Dom Polonii is a charming and very helpful Polish gentleman who speaks English and is always willing to help! It's a three-flight walk-up, but worth the extra effort. We were really pleased with our stay, and will certainly return here again.

16  Thank Boojies
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Address: ul. Rynek Glowny 14, Krakow 31-008, Poland
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow > Stare Miasto
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Ranked #165 of 261 Hotels in Krakow
Price Range: $58 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 57
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