Hotel Stary

Hotel Stary
+48 12 421 48 65
Hotel Stary
ul. Szczepańska 5

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Editor's review

One of the most eagerly awaited hotels of 2006 has now opened its exotic wooden doors. Hotel Stary comes from the team that created Copernicus and Pod Roza, and this one looks set to be the Old Town's first fully-fledged five star affair. A grand mansion a hair's breadth from the square has provided the venue, and the view from the terrace bar will amaze. Rooms have been furnished in a cool contemporary style, and all the requisite 5 star perks can be enjoyed. Don't miss the James Bond swimming pool in the cellars....

Editor & Krakow Local


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United States

We chose Cracow for our wedding day. Our friends recommended us the Hotel. The wedding itself was amazingly organised. Top level service, delicious meals, helpful hotel staff and the manager who recommended us the live band Terytoria and Marry Me Studio film crew for both of which we are very grateful. Also, the manager contacted us with wedding planner at the beginning of our adventure with the hotel so it helped us a lot. Thanks again !

Reply Jan 5th, 2016
United Kingdom

It has to be added that there is a fantastic restaurant in the hotel as well. Well worth a meal here, even if you do not stay at the hotel itself. The basement pool is incredible.

Reply Aug 26th, 2014

We had a magical time at this hotel. Unbeatable atmosphere, beautiful rooms and top service.

Highly recommend it to anyone wanting to relax in style and luxury.

Reply Jan 2nd, 2014
Tracy B
United States

Still the stand-out hotel in Krakow. Incredible interior, marvellous (though austere) rooms. If you like Italian marble, you'll love this place. Very helpful staff.

Reply May 6th, 2013
United Kingdom

Incredible hotel! I just stayed there before the England team. Luxurious, central location and excellent food. Cool pool in the basement too.

Reply Jun 25th, 2012
United States

pool amenities were fantastic and the breakfasts were also wonderful. One of the best stays anywhere in the world.

Reply Oct 5th, 2011
United States

rooftop restaurant and at breakfast were excellent. Location is perfect for the exploring the city.

Reply Jul 19th, 2011
United Kingdom

Well designed, professional. Let down by some small details - no fresh juice or proper coathangers. Service in bar a little slow

Reply Apr 15th, 2011
United States

Beautiful hotel, friendly staff, excellent location

Reply Apr 5th, 2011

I've spent a beautiful weekend here with my fiance. The spa is extremely unique, and the massage in a salt cave was exceptional. Original decor and good breakfast. The staff at the reception desk were extremely professional and helpful, I didn't feel exactly the same way about restaurant staff though. But, overall - a fantastic experience.

Reply Apr 2nd, 2011

Loved our room and spa facilities. There is an excellent location.

Reply Nov 30th, 2010
United Arab Emirates

Fabulous. One of the most charming Hotel in Europe

Reply Oct 26th, 2010
United Kingdom

Rooms - large and spacious. Excellent jacuzzi and shower too.

Reply Sep 17th, 2010
United States

wonderfull roof grill-terrace, amazing swiming pool, it was just a bit to loud.

Reply Aug 12th, 2010
Toby Weller
United Kingdom

Amazing building / great service / friendly and efficient staff

Reply Aug 4th, 2010
Richard Lindberg

Enjoyed a very comfortable week here with my family. Excellent food, sophisticated interior design, great staff. My wife was enjoying the spa every day. Very high standard.

Reply Jun 25th, 2010
United Kingdom

A birthday treat so don't know how much it was but it was the best hotel I've ever stayed in and I had a wonderful time. Thank you Dom x x x I love you.

Reply Jun 24th, 2010
Amelie Johnes
United States

The pool and sauna in the basement was fabulous,Bedroom decoration too mimimalist for my taste.

Reply Jun 22nd, 2010
United Kingdom

We loved the hotel, rooms really comfortable and got a room with balcony as requested. Breakfast was excellent. All the staff very helpful. Would certainly stay there again.

Reply Jun 22nd, 2010
Elisabetta Pinto

Reading all the previous comments, I don't have much to add. I was truly special place and extremely stylish. The spa facilities outstanding, though the pool a little bit small - so make sure you will get there early.

Reply Jun 1st, 2010
Harold Philips
United States

We liked the hotel very much. I found difficulty operating the lighting but that is probably my lack of technical expertise. The room was comfortable and the bahroom excellent

Reply May 28th, 2010

Very beautiful design. Big room and good bathroom facilities esp jacuzzi, friendly staff - Really Great!

Reply Apr 28th, 2010
Ingo Kaneberg

I have just stayed in Stary Hotel at the beginning of April and I could live there all year round! Amazing place, truly 5 star. I will happily recommend it to anyone! Loved Krakow too. I.K

Reply Apr 26th, 2010
Maria Henning
United Kingdom

This hotel is truly five star! I did love everything about it: from a swimming-pool located in a Miedeval cellar to the roof -top restaurant/cafe. Service next to none ! Thank you.

Reply Apr 22nd, 2010

Location excellent, staff very helpful, food very good.Leisure facilities ideal.

Reply Feb 5th, 2010
United States

Loved it, best of all the secret roof top terrace that looks across Krakows main square. Maybe all the hotels had them and I didn't know.

Reply Jul 22nd, 2009
Neil & Joanna
United Kingdom

Fab hotel, the swimming pool was the best I've seen. Didn't use it though, too busy in the centre of Krakow just round the corner. Will return if only to use the pool.

Reply Jul 21st, 2009

This hotel is ideally suituated. It's just off the main square. My best friend and I stayed here for 3 nights and were treated like princess's the rooms are so unique, fresh and clean. The touch of the chocolates and the Molton Brown products are a nice touch also. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Stary!!

Reply May 12th, 2009
United Kingdom

This is by far the best hotel in Krakow, and one of the nicest looking ones I've been in Europe! You really feel like a queen staying at this hotel... Krakow is a beautiful city and Stary Hotel makes it even more wonderful!!

Reply Feb 9th, 2009
United States

The total experience was wonderful. The staff extremely gracious; the location was perfect (everything in walking distance); the decor was beautiful; the breakfasts were excellent; the rooms spacious and immaculate. I will recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Cracow

Reply Jan 22nd, 2009
Henry & Kate Prior
United Kingdom

My wife and I had fantastic break at the Stary. Wonderful old palace with some subtle modern features cleverly woven in. Excellent food, including hearty breakfasts. Right by the square (which was covered in snow on our visit). We'd go back.

Reply Jan 9th, 2009
Marcus Briddington
United Kingdom

We had a magnificent break at the Stary. Certainly was the lap of luxury, especially just by the square. Excellent breakfasts and even a swimming pool down in the cellars. I gather that there is a very chic bar on the roof but it was a tad too chilly to linger at this time of the year! Would heartily recommend this hotel.

Reply Dec 15th, 2008

I stayed in the Stary in August and was not impressed at all. While I was staying there my room was entered by someone who had a electronic key card and camera and laptop were stolen: I am still in November waiting for compensation from the hotel who frankly were not helpful at all.

Reply Nov 14th, 2008
United Kingdom

We have just returned from a 2 night stay at Hotel Stary.

The hotel oozes class and is absolutely ideally placed adjacent to the Town square.

We had a double room, which was fairly large, clean and ideal for our needs.

Breakfast was buffet style with plenty of choice to cater for all tastes.

The staff were helpful and friendly and always eager to please.

The leisure facilities were great, check out the pool which is a fantastic design.

The roof top bar is very very pleasent: )

Krakow is a beautiful city with wonderful architechture. We managed to time our visit with the student rag weekend and Krakow FC's end of season fans party in the town square!

We had a great time though and the Hotel is a fantastic gem.

Reply Oct 12th, 2008
Liam Heller
United Kingdom

The Hotel Stary took my breath away when I stayed here in September. I truly have never stayed in such a superb hotel - the design, quality of workmanship in the building, staff, everything was absolutely top class. In the atrium there is a lovely formal restaurant, and on the roof you can find a terrace whre you can enjoy a coffee and a brilliant view over the central market place and Church! They have great cake there too!

Reply Oct 9th, 2008
Mary and Tom
United Kingdom

It also won Cracow Life's award for best of 2007, and no wonder! Hotel Stary is absolutely high class, the rooms are stunning, but most impressive is their underground swimming pool and gym - open to guests!

Reply Feb 12th, 2008
Keith J
United Kingdom

It has just won an award for being one of the best hotels in Europe! Can't quite remember who gave the award, but I stayed in the Stary last year (November) and was just amazed at the quality of the interior. It also has the most amazing subterranean swimming pool!

Reply Feb 7th, 2008
the mickster
United Kingdom

splendid hotel, excellent service and very fine, top end restaurant

Reply Oct 20th, 2007
Pierre L

Beautiful hotel! I recomend for the best class of hotel in Poland. I was very impressed in the service and good food also. Magnifique!

Reply Oct 17th, 2007
United States

An absolutely SUPERB hotel - certainly the best hotel in Cracow now (in my opinion) and amongs the very finest in Europe. Didn't stay there, but got to peek into the Presidential Suite - absolutely magnificent!

Reply May 9th, 2007
Liam O'Neil

Pure class!

Reply Apr 24th, 2007
United Kingdom

The bathrooms are exisquite with large tubs, separate showers and L'Occitaine bath products. The breakfust buffet is very nice and dinner is incredible. The staff are fantasic--very friendly and accomodating. The indoor pool in the basement must be seen and may be outdone only by the view from the outdoor rooftop bar.Excelent !!!

Reply Mar 14th, 2007
United States

The pool and the sauna are amazing - not that big, but nice and warm and generally empty, so you feel like a millionaire in your own underground cavern pool.

Reply Mar 2nd, 2007
Adam & Sylwia
United Kingdom

Stay: Dec 20-24, 2006.

The Luxury Suite.

As a regular business traveller with 5 star tastes, it is no small praise which I lavish on this boutique hotel, its services, and staff.....second to none, its ambience superb...the finest hotel of its type I have encountered on the continent

Reply Jan 22nd, 2007
United States

Superb, luxurious hotel. No expense spared in the fittings - everything is absolutely immaculate and makes the Stary without doubt the finest hotel in Krakow.

Reply Dec 25th, 2006
Peter Ball
United States

You just HAVE to see the swimming pool in the basement. All it needs is a shark swimming around it and you'd have the perfect set for a James Bond movie! Brilliant place to stay - easily the most luxurious hotel in Krakow these days. Stunning roof terrace too.

Reply Dec 18th, 2006
Melinda Havers
United Kingdom

One of the finest hotels I have ever stayed in. Exquisite design and service that would not be out of place in the very best boutique hotels of the world. I understand that this hotel has only just opened, but I'm convinced that within a matter of months this will become the flagship hotel in Krakow that all the big stars will want to stay in - the Ritz of Krakow!

Reply Nov 25th, 2006
United Kingdom

fantastic hotel,great view over Rynek,superb swimming pool,i just love that hotel

Reply Nov 24th, 2006
Keith Gepard
United States

After a short hiatus, the Hotel Stary is open for business- and what a superb hotel it is! Prices are not cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for. The rooms are immaculate, with stunning Italian marble in the bathrooms and enormous hardwood doors. Very few customers, as the hotel has just opened, but all the better for us - the service was outstanding!

Reply Aug 17th, 2006
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