The Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre is located right next to the old town of Krakow, just across from the park with most sights and attractions in walking distance. The station is also only a 20 minutes’ walk away, right next to big shopping centre. The Hotel itself consists of an old building repurposed as the main entrance and lobby of the hotel, surrounded by a U-shaped modern building in which most rooms are located. There is a Mini Gym on the 4th floor, for the fitness addicts.
As an IHG Rewards Club Platinum member I was upgraded to one of the executive rooms on the 5th floor. The spacious room is decorated in a design evoking a luxury feeling with 2 big comfortable beds, the bathroom is cladded with a brown marble like stone and providing small toiletries. In the room was a welcome gift of chocolates and some nuts as well as complimentary water bottles and tea and coffee making facilities. The TV must have been one of the biggest ones I have had in a hotel room so far and also having a crisp-clear image, providing the ideal circumstances to watch the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Breakfast buffet was served in the restaurant in the basement, there was a separate area for IHG Rewards Club members on the opposite side of the corridor, but we always sat in the main area. The buffet itself was huge, but because it was wrapped around corners and subdivided into different sections along the room, it didn’t appear to be on first sight. Of course you had the typical warm and cold offerings you are accustomed to, but they also included some typical Polish items like Pierogi, warm crepes (pancakes like we know them in Belgium) and of course various freshly made cakes which where to die for (hello calories!). One of the top attractions however was the fresh waffle maker to make your own waffles, the first morning no one dared to use it, only after I made my own attempt at baking a waffle the second morning the rest of the people tried it out too.
The Holiday Inn in Krakow was a very nice surprise, it proved to be much better than I expected from a Holiday Inn and is really a recommendation if you are looking for a nice place to stay in Krakow.