"Great location, maybe a little faded but only issue was the noise"
We travelled as two couples to Krakow. We flew from Liverpool and on landing in Krakow its really simple to catch the train to the centre. Don't take an expensive taxi ! simply walk out of the main airport door and go straight across to what looks like a bridge to the car park. Take the lift to level 2.5 and you are on the platform. The trains are super efficient, clean and organised, not like the rubbish service in the UK. The cost of getting to the city is under £2 each. Pay the conductor on board. The journey takes maybe 20 minutes and you arrive in a super modern station situated next to a shopping centre. The Grand hotel is situated in the Old town which is well sign posted from the station. It took us about 20 minutes to walk there although after a day or so we found a shorter route. On arrival at the hotel we were booked in quickly and left our cases at reception. You are literally 2 minutes to the main square so its on your doorstep. We ate in the main square on the first day , it cost us just over £40 for four of us for two courses and a couple of drinks! The main square is fantastic, we were lucky with the sun so we sat outside. There are loads of bars and places to eat off the square. We ate twice at a place called 'Pasta' just up from the hotel ( 2 mins) which was fantastic and cheap. The only issue we had was the night noise, we like the window open for the air but the noise from the P pots outside was pretty bad, that said if you are happy to keep the windows shut and the aircon on you will be OK. The hotel is nice, not 5 star but maybe it once was, but the staff are immaculate and friendly it just could perhaps benefit from an upgrade to bring it up to 5 star. But that said it was good and we would recommend it. The breakfast was good enough, not massive but adequate. We visited the Salt Mines on day one, we caught the train and walked the 10 minutes to the entrance , its well worth it but be prepared to walk a bit, you descend down a lot of steps and to get out you get in a very small lift which takes you up to the surface, but go , you will be glad you did. On day two it was Auschwitz . Now remember the camp is in two locations Auschwitz (main) and Auschwitz Birkenau. The are about 3 km apart. You need to see both . We booked a tour with a guide from the UK. We then made our own way by train (easy to do and cheap on the train) buy your tickets at the station not onboard as its cheaper .travel to oswiecim station and its a brisk 20 minute walk to the camp gates. Go to Auschwitz main first (hopefully to pick up your tour) then travel with your guide using the free shuttle bus to Birkenau to see the second camp. The journey on the train from Krakow takes around 2hrs 20mins (its a slow train) There is food available at the main camp but not much at Birkenau. TIP : Take something with you to eat and drink but you WILL have to lodge your bag in a locker at the main camp. Also do your research before going to Auschwitz to get the most out of the experience (Check Netflix and You tube) Buy the guide book (around £3) its worth it for the map. Check train times as you will need to get up early to get there. Allow at least 2 hours for the main camp and probably 4 hours for Birkenau and even then you wont have seen everything. Its a humbling and sobering experience, but its a must see to ensure we never let this happen again. We got back into Krakow around 8pm that night and although it was tiring we would say Krakow was one of the best places we have ever been. We are going to return in the spring ! The architecture, value for money and people were fantastic , get yourself there!
"very good hotel and local to the main square"
i stayed at this hotel in april 2016 i was very impressed, the staff were very friendly and welcoming. the rooms were very nice and well presented although the coffee, tea and milk was not topped up during our stay. the room we had overlooked a night club which did become quite noisy on the weekends. the breakfast was ok, catered more for the continetal customer. the best thing about the hotel is the location as you are very close to the main square. i would recommend a stay at this hotel
"Ideally situated in Old Town"
We had a large twin room which was quiet and with good air conditioning. The bathroom was tiny but does the job and was well cleaned. Restaurant looked fab with large mirrors but menu didn't appeal so we didn't eat there. Breakfasts were fab, buffet style, fruit, cereal, cheeses, hams, pate, fish, breads, jams, bacon, eggs, sausages. This hotel is perfectly situated in the Old Town within 100 metres of the Central Square with restaurants and bars all nearby. Staff were very helpful and happy to help with bookings and advice. I would definitely return.
"Three and a half stars for a hotel that's decent rather than grand"
Firstly, I would hate anyone to consider this bad review as it definitely isn't. There's lots that's right about the Grand Hotel. The location is excellent, the staff are friendly and hospitable and the breakfast is fantastic. It's general decor in the communal areas is lovely, especially the stained glass windows on the second floor which are exquisite. However it's in the rooms themselves that it lost a couple of stars from me. My room was big and had nice furniture, but the bed wasn't that comfy. Also depsite being a double it had two thin single duvets and a very thin bedspread, so I was cold overnight. But the real let down is the bathroom. The bath and shower are awkwardly positioned, as is the shower curtain so water went all over the floor, making it extremely slippy and quite dangerous as there were lots of sharp edges around if you fell. The hairdryer is one of those plastic tubes in the wall, and the toiletries on offer are poor quality. I've seen this hotel marked up in guides as both luxury and five star. It is neither. What it is, is a really really good 3 star hotel in an amazing location. As long as you go with this in mind, then I would highly recommend considering a stay here. One note : I stayed with my father and he was awoken by noise in the street every night, however I wasn't at all so I think it must depend on the positioning of the room you get - one side of the hotel is opposite a nightclub, so be aware.
"Beautiful, But Not Grand"
Fading belle. So sad to see. Probably built before elevators and it shows when you have to take two different ones to reach rooms above the 2nd. WiFi is very poor. However, location great. Two minute walk to the Old Town Market Square and a Carrefour across the street.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 4:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM