Poland ski break at the foot of the Tatras Mountains
A cosy and comfortable escape to the foot of the Tatras Mountains in southern Poland, with two-day ski passes, flights, and optional airport transfers
The undisputed winter capital of Poland, Zakopane is the lively resort at the foot of the country's Tatras Mountains close to the border with Slovakia. Given that these are the country’s only alpine-type mountains (they form the highest part of the huge transboundary arc that is the Carpathian chain), the sporting attractions are plentiful: skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and hiking.
Just 400 metres from buzzy Krupowki Street and within easy distance of the ski-worthy blacks, reds, blues, and greens, Czarny Potok Hotel has plenty to please. The traditionally styled guest rooms prove to be comfy crash pads after long days on the slopes. Elsewhere, you’ll find a lovely spa with a heated indoor pool, a couple of saunas (Finnish and Turkish), a Jacuzzi, and treatment rooms for top-to-toe pampering using high-end products such as SkinCeuticals and Thalgo.
There’s also a restaurant for buffet-style breakfasts and a la carte dinners, and a 24-hour bar where you can kick back with a few shots of Polish vodka. The hotel shows off a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
You’ll be staying in the heart of Zakopane - Poland’s winter capital set at the foot of the Tatras Mountains. You’ll also be a five-minute walk from Krupowki Street - the town’s main pedestrian thoroughfare lined with pretty chalet-style restaurants, bars, cafés, art galleries, gift shops, and street vendors selling local handicrafts - and within easy distance of the cable car that zips to the top of Mount Gubalowka in around eight minutes. Hotel Czarny Potok is a 90-minute drive from John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice.
Room Type Standard Twin/Double
There’s a traditionally look in the comfortable guest rooms - picture earthy neutrals mixed with bold colour palettes, carpeted flooring, and floor-to-ceiling drapes. Your Standard room has a double bed (or twins), flatscreen TV with digital channels, and en-suite bathroom. Most Standard rooms also come with lovely mountain views.
- Flatscreen TV with digital channels
- Direct-dial telephone
Dining: Open daily, the on-site restaurant serves hearty home-made cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients. Head here for buffet-style breakfasts, and return later in the day for à la carte dinners. There’s also a cosy bar that stays open around the clock.
Spa: For those who want to top off exciting on-slope action with well-deserved rest and relaxation, the spa has an indoor swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. You'll also find treatment rooms for customised facials, massages, and beauty therapies using products by SkinCeuticals, Thalgo and other high-end brands.
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MYSTERYShe spent time with me working out all the finer details. The original destination I didn’t want to go to and the flights were not very nice times. So she talked through other destinations and flight times.
IndiaGreat service throughout , we had exactly what we expected and would use Viva again
IndiaService rating : The experience was excellent. The guides were very informative and they knew their history,
The hotels were an excellent choice and all staff were very helpful and polite.
The only bad experience was being taken to shops/workshops where we were shown items of jewellery, clothing or shown how traditional works are done and (although not expected or pressurised) felt that the vendor tried to sell the items to us when we did not wish to purchase any of them. I did not pay to be taken to these places and did feel very uncomfortable when the patrons told us that we would only need to pay (an amount) and they would ship this direct to our house, no hassle!!! we did tell the last guide that we did not want to go to any of these shops/workshops.
Product : excellent value for money
Europe & AfricaViva holidays were very helpful however there was no transfers included in the package. Which left us to sort it out ourselves plus the hotels were very far from the city centre.
Their customer service was really good.
Europe & AfricaService rating : Very professional and helpful. I had forgotten my return details to check in, I emailed viva and wuthin around one hour they had sent me all the information.
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