Hotel Copernicus

Hotel Copernicus
+48 12 421 48 65
Hotel Copernicus
ul. Kanonicza 16

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Editor's review

Copernicus is considered the premier Krakow hotel, with an outstanding restaurant and service throughout that's second to none. It's not cheap, but you will be hard pushed to find a better place to stay or eat if you want the best the city has to offer. Its location on the beautifully-restored Kanonicza Street, right next to Wawel Castle, makes it picture-postcard pretty, and worth a trip even if you don't plan to stay. Have a coffee in the shadow of the castle and feel (albeit temporarily) like a king. Elegant perfection.

Editor & Krakow Local


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Best hotel in Krakow!

Reply Feb 26th, 2018
United Kingdom

Krakow's finest hotel. Treat yourself - you will not regret it!

Reply Jun 21st, 2015
United States

When our family of 5 checked in to the hotel we were a bit skeptical about what to expect. We booked through centurion and while the reviews of the hotel were good it was still ranked 50 something. We are traveling with three children under the age of 8. The reception desk is very European but the elevators, dining area and coffee lunge area in the ground floor have a contemporary feel. We were taken to our room which was a very large suite in the third floor. The decor, the furniture, the massive wooden doors were just all so unique and We went for a walk (perfect location folks). On the way home, we went down to -1 and it was amazing. It is a cave that has been transformed into a gym, sauna, steam rooms, incredible pools and just one of the most unique and relaxing places I've ever been. We've stayed at a lot of hotels and this hotel is definitely in the top 3 hotels we've ever stayed at. The services, the price, the locations d yes the underground floor is sensational. The staff is kind, helpful and responsive. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone going.

Reply Jul 24th, 2013

Just superb.

Reply Jul 15th, 2013
Keith G
United Kingdom

I cannot write too highly of this hotel. From the exceptional building, the friendly staff, from the incredible subterranean swimming pool to the rooftop terrace, this place is just perfect for a weekend break or longer. Not to mention an easy walk to all the best places in Krakow. Outstanding.

Reply Jul 8th, 2013

Fantastic hotel and so close to the Wawel Castle!

Reply Feb 21st, 2013
Helen B
United Kingdom

An exceptional hotel. Everything from the roof-top terrace to the basement pool is just perfect! I came here on my honeymoon back in 2007, and we have returned twice again since. Magical!

Reply May 5th, 2012
United States

Fabulous Hotel,never disappoints!

Reply Apr 4th, 2012
United States

One of the really great hotels in Central Europe - I just love it!

Reply Feb 25th, 2012
United States

Great location, exceptionally friendly staff.

Reply Oct 7th, 2011
United States

Nice room, excellent service, lovely top with panoramic view!

Reply Aug 17th, 2011
United Kingdom

I loved the decor - brilliant, location is also great in the center but in the small and quite street.

Reply Jul 16th, 2011
United Kingdom

Try to stay in the Presidential Suite if you can! It has a bath right in the middle of the room for those James Bond moments!

Reply Jul 6th, 2011
United States

Still my top place in Krakow!

Reply Jul 5th, 2011

Wonderful place. Not much to complain, except that the decor could be a little bit more cosy for my liking. However, the swimming pool in the cellar makes up for it.

Reply May 24th, 2011

Very sophisticated decor and the hotel itself is beautifully looked after and very well run. The breakfast was good and when we asked eggs and bacon were especially prepared for us.

Reply May 17th, 2011

Stunning, outstanding and the breakfast was sensational. The roof top cafe had the most fabulous view of Krakow.

I enjoyed my stay so much, I could just stay here forever.

Reply May 11th, 2011
Natalie S.

Staying in Copernicus recently was a great experience. The best place I've ever stayed so far. I loved Krakow too.

Reply Apr 19th, 2011

Unique hotel in superb location, situated on a very quiet street. Steps away from the castle and with good Ukrainian restaurant opposite.

Our double room was spotless,however it seemed austere, so if you are looking for a cosy decor - this is not it.

Reply Apr 5th, 2011
United States

Great location, minutes away from all the action but in a quiet side street. I would like to mention that there was no english channels on the TV except news & Euro Sport.

Reply Nov 30th, 2010
Monica & Mark
United States

Simply the best! Will definitely stay here again for next year's anniversary.

Reply Nov 2nd, 2010
United States

Everything was really amazing , the staff was nice and helpful, the room was really big

Reply Sep 17th, 2010
United States

Excellent location and service. Breakfast was good and the quant swimming pool and sauna are was very nice indeed. Rooms very comfortable but not overly big.

Reply Aug 12th, 2010
United States

We loved our stay at Hotel Copernicus! Excellent decor and surroundings, flexibility in providing breakfast dishes.

Reply Jun 30th, 2010
United Kingdom

we really enjoyed our stay-nice hotel-excellent staff.

Reply May 28th, 2010

A very historic and sophisticated hotel. The quality of everything from service to decor was first class.

Reply Apr 28th, 2010

Truly luxurious Hotel and a customer service outstanding. I appreciated a location - just by the Wawel Castle. The view from the roof top cafe - breathtaking.

Reply Apr 26th, 2010
United Kingdom

Pracuje w firmie dywanowej od lat ale niegdy w zadny miejscu na swiecie nie widzialam tak pieknych dywanow zwlaszacza w hotelu!

Reply Mar 2nd, 2010

I have stayed in de luxe room and my sister with her husband in a standard room. It is only couple of Zlotys dearer but it is all worth it! de luxes have beautiful views and they are a lot bigger!

Reply Feb 5th, 2010

Fantastic specious room, excellent service, it is a hotel with great style, that would be the best hotel I have ever stayed in.

Reply Feb 5th, 2010
Jovana K

Very very good, had amazing time and Hotel was very beautiful. Food was delicious and staff very friendly. Thankyou for recommending and booking. I love Krakow.

Reply Aug 19th, 2009
United States

This summer, I organized a small family get-together at the Hotel Copernicus--the entire family is still talking about the hotel as one of the highlights of Krakow. My 3 boys and I stayed in the room in the picture (there is a foldout sofa in the living room) and they could not have been more thrilled--they said they preferred the room to the Shanghai 4 Seasons and a few boutique hotels in Italy! Not only were the breakfasts excellent and a benchmark against which other breakfasts were then measured by my boys, but the restaurant has truly excellent. All the dinner dishes that we tried there met or exceeded our expectations. Finally, it is worth noting that the location of the hotel is exactly where you want it to be--in the heart of Krakow. The only challenge with this hotel is going at a time when there are rooms available!

Reply Jul 22nd, 2009
Helen Thynne
United States

Amazing hotel. We weren't in that room in the picture but it was fantastic all the same. Beautiful cobbled street. Castle just by. The staff were very professional and seemed willing to help with everything. Excellent breakfasts

Reply May 20th, 2009

I came here with my husband recently for a special weekend away. All I can say is... WOW. This place was just perfect. Beautiful, modern, but old and classic at the same time. A really special place and worth every penny/grosz!!

Reply Feb 9th, 2009
Chris Douglas
United Kingdom

Faultless all round. A real winner. Loved our stay in Krakow and the Copernicus was the icing on the cake. And for us, the whole city looked like it was covered in icing, owing to tonnes of snow. Fantastic. Good breakfasts too.

Reply Jan 16th, 2009
Henry Fraser
United Kingdom

We were absolutely bowled over by the Copernicus. Here's a setting that truly does have romance. On an incredibly picturesque cobbled nook by the castle. Service international standards. Excellent breakfasts. A treat.

Reply Dec 17th, 2008
Martine Belling
United Kingdom

Still by far the best hotel in Krakow. I have stayed here 3 times already, and am planning to come back in the New Year! Marvellous!

Reply Oct 9th, 2008
Peter Cole
United Kingdom

Extremely difficult to get rooms in this marvellous hotel, especially in the high season, so suggest you book well in advance! Krakow at its finest!

Reply Apr 7th, 2008

'Elegant' does not begin to describe the Copernicus - it really is amazing. Our room was beautiful, clean, and the staff helped out with whatever we needed. Will stay here again next time I'm in Krakow!

Reply Feb 13th, 2008
United States

There is simply no better hotel in Cracow than this. We've been coming to the city regularly for about 5 or 6 years now, and always stay at the Copernicus. It has genuine class, a beautiful interior with many original features, and a lovely restaurant. Seems to get a bit busier every year, but mostly we now visit out of season so there's no problem getting a room.

Reply Feb 7th, 2008
jon and pauline baldwin
United Kingdom

Probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in. The rooms are spacious and superbly furnished. The staff were so friendly and excellent at their jobs and couldnt do enough to help. The food was excellent, and you cannot get a better location for the centre of old krakow and wawel castle. Anyone coming to krakow this hotel is a MUST.

Reply Aug 1st, 2007
Mr and Mrs Baldwin.
United States

We have just returned from our stay in The hotel copernicus and would like to offer my thanks for a wonderful stay. All the staff are a credit to the hotel and we could not have wished for a better stay. I will definatly recommend your hotel to anybody.

Many Thanks

Mr and Mrs Baldwin.

Reply Jul 31st, 2007
Stephen L
United Kingdom

An outstanding hotel, but it is getting quite hard to find a room in the Copernicus unless you book well ahead these days....

Reply Mar 28th, 2007
United Kingdom

Member of the Relais & Chateaux Since January 2005

Reply Mar 14th, 2007
The Meyers

We are US expats living in Moscow, so we know what soviet service and style is like. The service here was good, responsive, and unobtrusive; the environment elegant but relaxed. Nonetheless, the Copernicus missed a few obvious things which would elevate it to the level we normally expect from Relais and Chateaux. They range from little touches such as no complimentary bottled water, leaving dirty towels in the bathtub with turn-down service and not lighting the beautiful candles in the lobby each night, to some significant things such as no shower and no comfortable furniture to sit on in the suite. Same comment about furniture goes for the lobby, where there was a lovely atmosphere in the evening with soft, live piano music, but no comfortable place to sit. While the pool and sauna area were definitely unique, even romantic, there was no place to sit or relax. And the fitness area was minimal at best – no Precor elliptical trainer, which one expects at this level of hotel. Nonetheless, we loved the free internet access in the room, beautiful dark chocolate truffles and fruit plate upon arrival, and the creative interior design of the hotel. We poked into a number of other hotels in Krakow and would certainly rank the Copernicus at the top.

Reply Apr 30th, 2006
Chrissie Hibbert
United Kingdom

My husband and I stayed at the hotel 6th-10th MArch2006.What a marvellous stay we had.Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and they made us fell very welcome.Food was excellent and rooms very warm and plush.This hotel is of a very high standard but at the same time you feel relaxed and comfortable.Very near centre on town and in a beautiful location for the castle.Thank you to Joanna and all her staff

Reply Mar 14th, 2006
United Kingdom

We have just returned from the most wonderful stay at the stylish Copernicus Hotel. All staff were efficient, courteous and friendly. Swimming pool area - true escapism. Apartment - spacious and luxurious (including heated floor in marble bathroom). Without a doubt the best hotel in Krakow - I would recommend it to all visitors to Krakow, budget allowing.

Reply Mar 2nd, 2006
United Kingdom

Having checked out all of Krakow's top hotels I can say with authority that this is the best. So many reviews of the city hedge their bets and simply praise all hotels without ranking them. The all-round package here is superb - rooms, ambience, food, service, pool, location. There are (minor) faults but it's the best in this town.

Reply Mar 1st, 2006
Margaret Nolan

This hotel is to die for! Eva from U.S. must be reviewing the wrong hotel. I spent 5 nights in a suite with my husband and we had the most relaxing time. The food was beautiful and the service impeccable. The staff were friendly and extremely efficient. The decor was so tasteful. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel.

Reply Jan 5th, 2006
Barbara Mortkowitz
United States

In my dreams I would be living in this greatest of all hotels, in this beautiful city. Everything was superb! The service, the personnel, AND THE FOOD WAS JUST TO DIE FOR !!!

I loved my beautiful elegant room, but I especially loved the swimming pool in the cavelike setting. It was the most therapeutic and heavenly experience -- the lighting, the water, the sounds!

Thank you folks at Hotel Copernicus for one of the highlights of my life

Sincerely, Barbara

Reply Nov 10th, 2005
Steven Katich
South Africa

I'm very suprised that the last reviewer found the service less than top-notch. I have stayed at the Hotel Copernicus several times, and found nothing but professional and genuinely friendly service. I highly recommend this hotel and have no intention of staying anywhere else when I'm in Cracow!

Reply Sep 1st, 2005
United States

rooms are very comfortable and food is good. The worst part of the stay in this hotel was service , or better lack of service. Seems like they still have communist approach to customer.

Reply Aug 26th, 2005
Mr. Vasquez
United States

A wonderful experience, the staff was friendly and helpful.I recommend if your in Krakow this hotel is a must.

Reply Jul 15th, 2005

An outstanding hotel !

Reply Jun 26th, 2005
Ville Marjanen

The best place to stay in Kracow - I have been in lots of hotels around Europe, and this is certainly in my top 5! Great service, the rooms are immaculate, and the food is also very good. And the prices for such an excellent hotel are really very resonable. Don't wait - go there!

Reply Jun 10th, 2005
neal baderman
United Kingdom

I have nothing but praise for this exceptional hotel. It's position close to the castle in a beautifully restored quiet street, within walking distance of the main sites of interest could not be bettered. Everything is immaculate, the small restaurant is first class, and everyone speaks excellent English! I booked on the internet and this service was excellent too. I will definitely return.

Neal Baderman

Reply May 21st, 2005
digby vane trumpington

Frightfully nice place!

Reply Oct 4th, 2023
Martina Grossman
United Kingdom

Wow! What can I say except this must be the most beautiful hotel in the world! We had a view over the street and could see the castle right above us - breathtaking!

Reply Mar 30th, 2005
Phil Marsh
United Kingdom

Recently come back (Feb 05). Beautiful room and location. Quiet street but close to the old town. Fine food, friendly and helpful restaurant staff and chambermaids (who spoke enough English to be understood). Pool and rooftop bar was closed when we visited unfortunately. Just a shower in our deluxe room (no bath) but the shower was v good - bathroom luxurious with marble and stone. L'Occitaine shampoo, shower gels etc which went down well with my partner. A luxurious experience, although the room could have been a little warmer (we never did work out whether the heating worked or not!). Bathroom on a separate thermostat with underfloor heating - lovely!

Krakow bitterly cold in February (vodka very handy!) but it was covered in snow and looks great. We'll definitely go back and visit again (maybe in a different season) and would definitely book into the Copernicus again (and we'd definitely use this website and Sebastian to do it!)

Reply Feb 16th, 2005
Martina Feldman
United States

Absoutely outstanding - without a doubt the finest hotel in Cracow. A perfect New Year gift!

Reply Jan 1st, 2005
Bella Martin
United States

Sensational location - perfect for our honeymoon. I felt like a princess!!! No wonder all the stars stay here!!!

Reply Dec 7th, 2004
Robert Makepeace

Thank you to all of the staff of the Copernicus for looking after our party so well. This hotel has real class - incredibly beautiful interior design and the most imprtant thing of all - outstanding service. I will recommend to all my friends as the only place to stay in Krakow!

Reply Nov 14th, 2004

Everything you have heard about the Copernicus is true - this is the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed in. Perfect service, food, everything was just ideal.

Reply Oct 29th, 2004
Peter Bradshaw
United Kingdom

This is a fabulous hotel in a beautiful street in the best part of the Old Town. What more can you want? The service was impeccable, the room quite glorious and the hotel manager charming. The roof terrace is a wonderful place to sit, relax and enjoy the views across the city. I'll also remember my swimming costume next time!

Reply Aug 4th, 2004
Michael Smith
United Kingdom

I have traveled extensively around the world and have stayed in some very fine hotels, but I can honestly say that the Copernicus is probably the nicest, most well run hotel that it has been my pleasure to experience. Many 5 star hotels have a contrived "plushness" and fastidius service, but the Copernicus manages to be graceful, efficient and attentive in a very subdued and dignified way. The staff here are absolutely superb and the mangement is to be commended for obviously putting the highest priority on good staffing. They were helpful, friendly and really are what made the stay a pleasure. Changing rooms, no problem. Upgrades, no problem. Arranging an excellent driver for our tours of Auschwitz and Wielska Salt Mines, no problem. Great advice and friendly chat from the porters and barmen who seemed genuinely interested in visitors and proud of their beautiful city. In addition to the high levels of service, the premises themselves are stunning. The renovation of this important mediaval building were done with sympathy, historical accuracy and style. The rooms are unique, comfortable and huge, with incredible style. To top it all off, the restaurant is fantastic, probably the best in Krakow, with an excellent wine list. Cost wise, the Copernicus was excellent value and very reasonable by European standards. The Copernicus is a must if you are visiting Krakow, in my opinion, the only place to stay.

Reply Jul 28th, 2004
Michael J
United Kingdom

Exciting arrival at Ulica Kanonicza - second visit to Krakow for me, different recollections - glorious city of caverns and cellars. Men and women in reception and waiters all in smart black Startrek suits - began to notice that they were standing up in reception every time I came into the room but extremely friendly unlike my experiences as a judge when standing up was all part of a ritual before kick off.  These people smiled in a nonchalant way which made you feel that they really liked you and were standing up for those reasons - all staff seemed to enjoy being nice. Contrast the awkward squad in the hotels and restaurants in Prague. Smoking fire on ground floor very homely - generous Germanic breakfast - eat as much as you can - Austrian Brotchen in short supply but plenty of black bread fish and cereal. Good juices bacon and egg and unobtrusive service. Nothing was too much trouble in the Copernicus - the marble bathrooms and heated floors with silver piping must have all been put in at huge expense. This is a nice hotel in a prestige street.  It is not too big and so is likely to have a great future without having to depend too much on bargain breaks.

Reply Apr 1st, 2004
David Morrison
United Kingdom

Having stayed in hotels in many countries I have to say this is one of the best.Perfect location for exploring the city,stunning views,staff that were friendly,helpful and had a sense of humour, huge really comfortable beds (I'm 6ft 4in).The pool is an experiece in iitself.

Breakfast was ample,Dinner superb even if the wine is a bit expensive.

A bit more expensive than some but well worth it.

Reply Feb 2nd, 2004
Jamie Grant-Thomas
United Kingdom

Fancy hotels can sometimes be rather obvious - high on looks and low on charm. A suite in the Copernicus is very reasonable by western standards, and in terms of character unique. Our rooms were frankly magical, how often do you find medieval frescos curling above your bed? It felt like we were in a suite in Wawel Castle itself. And the service was excellent. The roof-top bar is also wonderful - all in all a highly memorable stay. The suite would not disappoint honeymooners.

Reply Sep 8th, 2003
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