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“Stunning, modern hotel but with faults”
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Hotel Stary
Ranked #57 of 261 Hotels in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 1, 2009

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.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank StephenMilward
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Reviewed October 9, 2008

The Hotel Stary is in the centre of Krakow, close to the main square and the Basilica, and is very well located for sight seeing as everything is within walking distance.

The Hotel itself is a modern boutique hotel, with stylish modern interiors and is spotlessly clean. Lots of the rooms had balconies or access to the various roof terraces, which were stylish with good views. My room was large, bright and quiet, and had an excellent bathroom (with spa bath!) with Molton Brown toiletries. The staff were polite & helpful and breakfast was lovely - buffet style with an excellent choice.

Some of the other guests complained about noise so if I would recommend future gugests ask for a room overlooking the courtyard as the street outside was noisy while we were there due to roadworks.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled on business
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Thank fionapm
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Reviewed September 21, 2008

An excellent hotel. The check in was quick and courteous with a porter available to show us too our room, We`were in a standard but were more than happy with the room. The whirlpool bath is a real bonus after a day's sight seeing.

We used the spa twice and both times had it completely to ourselves, the pool is lovely and relaxing in the salt room is a great way to unwind.

The breakfast was good with good service and plenty of choice on the buffet.

We would defintely stay here again if we return to Krakow.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sarah52
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Reviewed September 17, 2008

My 10 day trip to Poland was finished off beautifully with my final night stay at Hotel Stary. From the sweeping entrance to the attentive staff, not to mention the glorious leisure facilities available, it was a gem of a visit from start to finish. I had the pool and sauna to myself which was a treat, and the buffet breakfast kept me going till I got back to The Isle of Man. It really was the icing on the cake for a very memorable first (but not last!) visit to Poland. I felt like a queen!

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled solo
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1  Thank MissCockcroft
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

Absolutey fantastic! I booked two nights for an anniversary treat in one of the luxury suites. Although expensive its location and attention to detail cannot be faulted.
The staff were attentive, polite and approachable and couldn't have done more for us. The swimming pool and spa area have to be seen to be believed, they are out of this world and make you want to relax and unwind.
The room was slighty smaller than I imagined, but still a very good size, with two lovely tub chairs. The mini bar is well stocked and not ridicously priced either.
The bathroom was clean, modern and gorgeous with a marble finish throughout, the jacuzzi bath and shower were to die for.
In general the Stary is a place where you may notice the price is more than other hotels, but it is worth every penny, and whilst there don't forget to use the rooftop bar with wonderful views to the main square.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tickytowler
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Reviewed July 1, 2008

We stayed for 3 nights at this very nice hotel which is close to the main square.

The spa pool in the basement is excellent with enough gym equipment for most needs.

The roof top restaurant was good but remarkably quiet.

The room was a standard sized hotel room with everything that you would expect from this type of hotel.

A good buffet style breakfast is included with the room.

Would definitely use the hotel again.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Doddove
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Reviewed June 9, 2008

I have just returned from my trip to Krakow and stayed at the Hotel Stary. What an absolute gem of a hotel!! Checked in very speedily and given our key cards. I could believe my eyes when I walked through the door - the room was huge (and we only booked a standard!). Massive double bed in the middle of the room with high ceilings overlooking the street (which incidentally is ideally placed just of the main Market Square). Walked into the bathroom which was adequately sized with marble tops and jacuzzi bath - the shower was fab too!! There are some Molton Brown toiletries provided and lovely bathrobes. The minibar is well stocked and reasonably priced too.

Breakfast is a vast buffet with everything from bacon to cakes!! You can have eggs done as you wish with extras but you do need to make a point of asking for these - the serving staff do not approach you to ask if you want any.

We were advised by the receptionist on check in to go to the bar on the roof terrace and the health suite in the basement. We did try to go on the roof bar but because we didn't have a reservation we weren't allowed!! We did go to have a look around the swimming pool too and found some bloke walking round in his birthday suit!! The pool looked beautiful and I do regret that we didn't have enough time to try this out.

Overall, the hotel is fabulous and I would not hesitate to go back again - I feel we were spoilt.

About the rest of the trip - we visited Auschwitz using the local train service (the journey takes 90 minutes so make sure you set off by lunch at the latest) - cost £10 return for 2. Upon arriving at the museum we booked on the English speaking tour - takes 2 hours to go round Auschwitz 1 then a bus to Birkenau for another hour - although it might seem rather morbid this trip is well worth it - the tour guide was knowledgeable and it was professionally organised. The cost of entering is £10 per person for the tour. You do need to block out a whole day for this trip. TIP: if joining a guided tour you will need photo ID which they use as a deposit for the audio equipment.

We also visited the salt mines which is 30 minutes by train. To be honest, I thought this was a waste of money as there were far too many people included in the tour for the guide to be heard (they weren't as professional as Auschwitz and have not invested in audio equipment so you can hear the recital). It seemed as though we were just on a conveyerbelt with tour groups keep bumping into each other or having to wait for one to vacate a cavern. The highlight of this tour was the underground chapel - however wasn't worth the money!!!

Overall I would highly recommend a weekend to Krakow and Hotel Stary. The food cheap, drink cheap and travel cheap in the city!! We struggled to spend money - the most we spent was at the duty free shop at the airport on the way home!!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank ladytwem
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Address: ul. Szczepanska 5, Krakow 31-011, Poland
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Business Hotel in Krakow
#32 Luxury Hotel in Krakow
#37 Family Hotel in Krakow
#56 Romantic Hotel in Krakow
Price Range: $149 - $429 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Stary 5*
Number of rooms: 53
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