To Hong Kong and Back: Sheraton Grand Krakow

After a less-than-stellar visit to a hostel, I took refuge in the nearest points earning hotel, the Sheraton Grand Krakow. At $150 per night, it wasn’t the cheapest option in the city, but a nice lounge, clean room, and SPG’s triple points promotion made it a no-brainer.

PART I: DELTA AIRLINES PHX-JFK-LHR IN ECONOMY
PART II: ESCAPE LOUNGE STANSTED AIRPORT, LONDON
PART III: RYANAIR STN-KRK
PART IV: SHERATON GRAND KRAKOW
PART V: BUSINESS LOUNGE SCHENGEN – KRAKOW
PART VI: FLYING AEGEAN AIRLINES IN ECONOMY
PART VII: THE PRIORITY PASS LOUNGES OF ATHENS AIRPORT
PART VIII: LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT
PART IX: FIRST CLASS LOUNGE CAIRO AIRPORT
PART X: EMIRATES AIRLINES CAI-DXB IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XI: ST. REGIS DUBAI
PART XII: EMIRATES FIRST CLASS LOUNGE, DXB
PART XIII: EMIRATES AIRLINES DXB-HKG IN FIRST CLASS
PART XIV: OVOLO SOUTHSIDE HOTEL, HONG KONG
PART XV: EMIRATES AIRLINES LOUNGE, HKG
PART XVI: EMIRATES AIRLINES HKG-BKK IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XVII: ALOFT BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT 13
PART XVIII: EMIRATES AIRLINES LOUNGE, BKK
PART XIX: EMIRATES AIRLINES BKK-DXB IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XX: PARK HYATT DUBAI
PART XXI: EMIRATES AIRLINES BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE, DUBAI
PART XXII: EMIRATES AIRLINES DXB-CAI IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XXIII: ROYAL JORDANIAN CAI-AMM IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XXIV: TRANSITING AMMAN AIRPORT
PART XXV: BRITISH AIRWAYS CLUB WORLD AMM-LHR
PART XXVI: BRITISH AIRWAYS ARRIVALS LOUNGE, LHR AND CLUB ASPIRE LOUNGE, LHR

The Sheraton Grand is located right next to Wawel Castle on the Wisla River, about a 15 minute walk from the center square of Krakow. It makes for easy sightseeing (Wawel Castle being one of the biggest attractions in the city), and is definitely one of the nicer hotels in the area, if a bit large for the quaint city.

I was able check check in super early as a Platinum member, at 7 AM. I waived my right to a suite, which I most likely would have gotten had I waited, but I wanted a room then. They granted my request, and I had my keys in hand.

The lobby of the hotel connects to a grand atrium, which features a restaurant (where breakfast is served for those without lounge access).

My room was basic, but seemed re-done and fresh and new. Better than most Sheratons I’ve stayed at in the US.

The room featured a large television, bathroom with shower and tub combo, and a closet area. Again, nothing that would surprise frequent Sheraton guests.

The lounge for the hotel, and for Platinum guests, was located on the second floor, in an open air corner one level above the ground floor of the main atrium. There, all day wine and beers could be had with light snacks. In the morning, breakfast was served. A small buffet was supplemented by a complimentary à la carte menu.

In the evenings, appetizers were served. Not enough to make a meal, but delicious nonetheless.

In the basement of the hotel were the gym and pool areas.

Sizable, but depressing being down in the basement.

The hotel also featured a rooftop with restaurant and bar, but we didn’t have a chance to check it out. It would have nice views of the river and castle beyond.

Overall, for my stay I earned 2610 Starpoints, which I value at $52.12. I also earned 3 points per dollar using my SPG card for the stay, so I earned another 909 points there, which I value at $18.18. So, I received back $70.30 in points for my stay!

Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to stay at the Sheraton Grand Krakow again in the future.

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