The Hotel Stary is a modern hotel, located metres from the main square that has been incorporated into a gutted medieval building. It is stunning to look at and is comparable to being in an art installation which, unfortunately does cause a few problems and it is expensive.
The interior lobby,/restaurant is all light and marble floor with exposed brick work. The entrance impresses immediately with an automaticly opening huge wooden door. The desk is manned by polite and perfect english speaking staff.
The rooms are extremely spacious with wooden floors throughout and a unique looking, large, solid, wooden wardrobe. There are other chairs, chaise longue, writing desk, coffee table, flat screen tv and a large, firm bed.
The all marble bathroom is equally spacious with a walk-in rain shower, a jet spa bath, heated floor, Molton Brown toiletries and thick, soft towels and bath robes,slippers.
So what are the faults. The rooms are full of light switches but as they are all either spots or hidden within units, even with all of them on the room is still dim. The lights above the bed are positioned so high that to turn them off, you effectively have to get out of bed. Also all that wood means that as the room cools you get to hear the cracks of contracting furniture during the night.
The bathroom is too dimly lit, the dark marble does not help and also makes the room cold. Its impossible to see properly in the mirror and the only other full length one is a trek away next to the room entrance. The shallow sink and highly pressured taps mean that everything in the vicinity gets soaked and that includes the towels as there are no rails. Plus wet marble floors are a skidding hazzard and there is no counter measure to prevent this.
Back to the positives though. The buffet breakfast is exemplery, ranging from several cereal choices, nuts, seeds and dried fruits. A selection of cold meats, cheeses, fish and vegetables. A cooked breakfast is also prepared to order and to finish there is yoghurt and cake.
The outstanding part of the hotel is the complimentary gym and spa located in the vaulted, atmospherically lit cellar. The gym is small but well equipped. The spa has two small pools, connected by a swimming channel.There is a wet and dry sauna with hot showers and drop buckets full of cold water. There is a largeish chill out room with wicker rocking loungers and a smaller, warmer, softly lit rock salt cellar, also with these loungers.
Lastly, a word of warning regarding NOT booking a street facing room. Theres nothing of interest to see anyway. Adjacent to the club and opposite are night clubs. Music at ear splitting levels and easily heard and felt is played into the street until 5am. At which point you get to hear all the clubbers noisely leave.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Stary Krakow
- Stary Hotel Krakow