The Radisson Blu Krakow was one of my favorite hotels on the Baltic Explorer tour and a great base to explore Krakow and the historic sights in the area. A good location just outside the old town, beautiful rooms and good service – all at a reasonable price made for the perfect fit! Read my review to find out more!
Location: The Radisson Blu is located on the greenbelt surrounding the Old Town and near the Royal Castle. It’s a great location with view of the park and easy walking distance to the sights and restaurants of the Old Town as well as to the top attraction, the Castle. Many of the organized tours leave from the Old Town, so you can reach those by foot as well. There are tram stops in front of the hotel, so you have easy access to public transportation for sights further out. Krakow is popular, but pretty small: The central train station is about 10 minutes by taxi and the airport is about a 20 minute ride. Click on my map for the hotel location, sights and restaurants!
Service: The service was very professional and friendly – more so than at any of the other hotels I stayed at in Poland! The check-in was quick and easy and my Gold Status with Club Carlson was recognized. Despite making an award reservation on points, I was upgraded to a beautiful suite on the top floor, overlooking the park! That was an unexpected treat and a continuation with my good experience with Carlson hotels in Europe! Housekeeping was thorough and responsive to my requests to make up my room soon after leaving each day. Check-out was equally quick and easy and I had no issues throughout my stay with the team at the Radisson Blu Krakow.
Room: The Suite I received was simply stunning and the most beautiful room on this trip! You enter through a long hallway, with closets on the left and the large bathroom to the right. At the end, you turn into the large bedroom with a super-comfortable, king-size bed and a large sitting area. Large windows in two walls of this corner suite brought in lots of light and offered views over the park. The overall room size is 50-60sqm (540-650sft) – that’s exceptionally big for Europe and gave me lots of space. There was a comfortable chaise lounge, in addition to the sofa and a large work desk. There was a large TV, laptop size safe and Nespresso coffee maker – something I wish more hotels would offer! On the bed, bath robes and slippers were layed out. Complimentary bottled water was also provided. All the furniture was very modern, comfortable and in very good condition. The design was modern with a splash of color, without being too loud, the perfect mix for an upscale hotel like this! The bathroom was equally big, with a separate shower and bathtub (with a second shower). It was held in brown’ish marble, looking upscale but a little dated in design, but all in excellent condition. Fresh flowers added a nice touch! The room had reliable and fast, free Wifi internet access
Amenities/Restaurants: The Radisson Blu has a good size gym with enough cardio and weight equipment for a medium workout. All the equipment was in good condition, something not a given in most European hotels. There’s also a nice sauna at the gym to relax after your workout.
The Radisson Blu has a bar and restaurant. Given the large number of restaurants in the Old Town in walking distance, I didn’t eat at the hotel.
Conclusion: Between the great location and the beautiful suite, this was my favorite hotel in Poland and one of the best on this trip. At 44,000 points for two nights (no longer available), it was a great deal. The cash price of $192/night during my stay is pretty steep. Given the luxury on offer, it’s wonderful for a special occasion. While I’d still consider it a good deal for the suite, for the regular room I booked it’s not good value compared to other hotels in Poland, so check carefully for rates at other hotels nearby before booking!