Poland experts: best hotel Krakow

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Feb 9th, 2003, 04:31 PM
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My mother wants to go to Krakow in July and she only stays at the best hotels. What is the best hotel in Krakow? We are not looking for a Holiday Inn-style place, but something with charm, large bedrooms, maybe a garden, and swimming pool. The hotel CAN NOT smell like old plumbing and/or fried potatoes. Thanks for any advice. John G
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Feb 9th, 2003, 06:46 PM
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Are you kidding about the pool? I think the Hotel Copernicus is probably the best hotel in town. It's new, so it's a little more deluxe with more modern amenities than some of the other high-level hotels in the city. In Krakow, even some of the best are not quite what you'd expect in comparison to other cities -- the Francuski, Grand, Amadeus, and Pod Roza are probably among the other best in terms of those with style and character. There are certainly some deluxe high-end other hotels, like a Sofitel. The Francuski, even though one of the best, doesn't even have double beds from what I saw, only twins, for example.

The Copernicus is a small, luxury hotel in a former nobleman's residence, with frescos, minibars, library, suites with jacuzzi, the works. The owners also have the Pod Roza where I stayed, and loved, but it doesn't have these newer luxury touches. Certainly no pool, and the Pod Roza doesn't have AC in all the rooms, either, but the Copernicus does.
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Thanks for the information, Chris. I was looking at the Copernicus and the Elektor. I wasn't kidding about the pool. I saw that the Sofitel had a heated indoor pool. Is Krakow very hot in July? Does the Copernicus have a garden? Thanks for all the help. John G.
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Feb 10th, 2003, 10:53 AM
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I haven't been there in July, only May/June so can't say about the heat, but I suspect it can get hot -- it's not on the coast or other areas in Europe that can have more moderate summer weather due to the water. I think it can get hotter than London/Paris for sure, but you'll have to check.

I forgot about the Elektor, I guess it's high-end for Krakow (which, as I said, does not have a lot of luxury hotels) but I think is still only rated 3-star or so. I don't think it's as high as Pod Roza, Sofital, Amadeus and Copernicus. I read the Sofitel was closed for two years for renovation, begining last Nov.

I don't know if Copernicus has a garden exactly, but everything else you want it seems. There is a glass-enclosed patio according to web sites, with piano bar and library and a terrace. Their own web site doesn't show much, but has descriptions. They do have an indoor lap pool, sauna, fitness center.

http://www.hotel.com.pl/copernicus/english/emain.htm

If you want an outdoor pool, I think you must stay outside the main city, of course. There are 4* deluxe business-style hotels out there. I think the Radisson SAS might be the best choice in that category, as it isn't really far out, but closer to central Krakow near the Symphony. It has a pool, but I don't know if it's outdoors. I doubt if it's charming exactly.

You might want to check www.hotelspoland.com for good rates and customer comments. I thought you meant someone else when you called me Chris, but I guess it's only me on here
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Thanks for all of your help, Christina. In America, Chris is a diminutive for Christina.
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