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Review: AC Hotel by Marriott Krakow

Review: AC Hotel by Marriott Krakow

In May, my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Kraków, Poland for a few days. We split our stay at the AC Hotel by Marriott Krakow and the Sheraton Grand Krakow. 

Although AC Hotel is one of Marriott’s lower-tier brands, this hotel really surpassed my expectations in almost every way. It offered amenities on par with a premium brand, with a spa, pool, kids club, and plenty of space to work and relax. Combined with its favourable pricing, it’s a great option for families with young kids or adults just looking for a relaxing retreat. 

AC Hotel by Marriott Krakow – Booking

The rates for a standard room at this hotel varies, but on average, expect to pay between 400–500 PLN ($128–$160 CAD) per night. I was able to book their standard room at 393 PLN ($126 CAD) per night, having booked six months out. 

A points redemption will cost you between 21,000 and 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a night. Based on our target valuation of Bonvoy points at 0.8 cents per point (CAD), it is a much better deal to pay in cash. 

AC Hotel by Marriott Krakow – Location

The hotel is located slightly outside the old town city centre of Krakow, in a quieter and developing area, and may be more appealing to those looking for a peaceful retreat. The area is also great for those with young kids, as it is surrounded by a couple of large parks with plenty of seating areas, a playground, and splash pad.

Just outside of the hotel is a small food truck park which featured burgers, pizza, tacos, and other quick bites. A few restaurants are also within walking distance.

Within a few minutes walk of the hotel, you will find Cichy Kącik tram station.

Cichy Kącik tram station

From here, you hop onto a tram that will take you to the main Market Square in around 15 minutes. Tram tickets that are valid for 20 minus can be purchased at the station for 4 PLN ($1.20 CAD). A taxi ride into the town will take 7–8 minutes. 

John Paul II Kraków-Balice International Airport is only a 25 minute drive from the hotel. An Uber cost us 35 PLN ($11 CAD) to get to the hotel, which is actually a lot cheaper than grabbing an airport taxi, which would cost 89 PLN ($29 CAD).

AC Hotel by Marriott Krakow – Check-in

From the outside, the hotel looks quite modern and boxy. A roundabout takes you to the main entrance. There was no bellboy to help with luggage when we arrived, but this wasn’t an issue for us. 

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