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“Old Fashioned Elegance and Values” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Francuski
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   13 Pijarska Street, Krakow 31-015, Poland   |  
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Ranked #79 of 248 Hotels in Krakow
Worthing, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Old Fashioned Elegance and Values”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We stayed here first about 8 years ago and were really impressed, especially the staff who went out of their way to help me when I broke my specs. We were a bit unsure when we heard it had been taken over by new owners and were hoping it hadn't been spoiled. As soon as we arrived this time we knew that the old values of courtesy and friendliness still existed. Yes, it is old fashioned and a bit faded but the rooms are large and clean and the staff know you and acknowledge you. Who wants to stay in a bland and featureless cell block in a modern chain hotel where guests are numbers not people? Breakfast is fine, there is a good cold buffet and a selection of other items on the hot menu which is specially cooked for you. The mushroom omelette is large, tasty and packed full of mushrooms.We didn't try the lunch menu which looked extremely good value and was always popular so we guessed it was good.The hotel is well situated. Less than 5 or 6 minutes walk to Market Square and bus and train stations as well. We used public transport to and from the airport with no problems at all. It's very easy to find your way from the station, just follow signs for Stare Misto, walk thru the park, cross the road and you are practically at the hotel. Ask at the tourist information in the parks the way if you are unsure. We recommend visiting Schindlers Factory. To get there we caught the No 20 tram 2.80 zl from nearby stop to Zablocie and it's a 5 minute easy walk from there, just follow the signs for the Mocak art museum which is next door. Schindlers museum is extremely well done and well worth a visit. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to see it.
If you like something a bit different, want to feel like a person, not a number then you will not be disappointed at the welcome you will receive staying at the Francuski.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Krakow, Poland
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

My friend and myself have stayed in this hotel 3 times now,The staff are very friendly and helpful.The hotel is full of character set away from the main square but only a short walk!.Breakfast is great,offering selection of warm and cold food,tea,coffee and juices.we love this hotel and we have stayed in others in krakow but the staff make this hotel.We will be back again soon!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chinnor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed here over Christmas, having managed to get reasonably priced air fares thru lowcostholidays.com plus the hotel accommodation from their list. We were not disappointed with our choice. The hotel was very well staffed and there was a lovely public 'Sitting Room' where we entertained some Polish friends who came to visit us for an hour. Our bedroom was spacious with a lovely bathroom attached to it. We had prebooked dinner in the restaurant for Christmas Eve before we left the UK as everything shuts on Christmas Eve evening, incl the hotel restaurant which shut at 6pm that day! Breakfast was continental style but there was also a Hot Cooked Breakfast Menu which you must ask for as it is not readily offered but has a superb choice of 10 dishes and freshly cooked too [brought to your table in the frying pan in which it had been cooked...so you can't get fresher than that!!].
The hotel is just a 5 minute walk from the main square. As it was Christmas, we visited the results of the 70th Annual Nativity Scene competition...the models were stunning! We also visited Rynek Underground [a new museum under the Cloth Hall...really well displayed exhibits, making the most of modern technology to give plenty of information] and also Schindlers Factory [Tip...get a taxi there as it is hard to find and quite a walk...taxis are cheap!]. We went to Zakopane for the day, using the public coach from the bus station [15 mins walk from the hotel, next to the train station and a modern shopping complex which is good if you like High Street Shopping!]....The Hotel will print out a bus timetable for you but it can also be found in The Malopolska Visitor [free mag]...the 2 hour coach journey is about 4 Euros each way! To get to the coach station,go to the train station and walk along the first platform that you come to, go into the Station Underpass and turn right. Exit again and then follow your nose to the Coach Station. You can buy tickets on the coach but on the return journey, buy tickets from the ticket office in Zakopane as that is even cheaper!
This is our 3rd trip to Cracow and there are still many museums and Art Galleries that we have yet to visit so we have to return again ! Make sure you get your free copy of Kracow in your Pocket, available in the hotel & which lists just about everything!!

Room Tip: The room was randomly chosen for us but it was spacious, well decorated, had chairs, a kettle and cu...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wetherby, West Yorks
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59 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Nice hotel within easy walking distance of walled city. Hotel arranges tript to salt mines and Auscherwitz concentration camp. Spacious rooms. Very good food. Very reasonably priced. Staff helpful and friendly.
No English speaking channels on TV.
Hotel arranges tript to salt mines and Auscherwitz concentration camp.

Room Tip: WE had 3 rooms on 2 nd floor and all were fine. Not much road noise even on lower floors.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I like where the hotel was situated as it was far from shops market ect!!!! But as for the service of the food extra breakfast was very poor, nothing much to chose from! You have to ask if you want a cooked breakfast they not very helpful with breakfast yes they ask if you want coffee/tea then there's bread, cakes and like a salad but they didn't have much at all!!! Rooms were ok clean, very old fashioned depends on what you like no English channels on TV very poor!!! The beds are so un comfy as well the pillows so massive u have to fold them over! But it was situated near where you need to be!!! The staff are ok pleasant and helpful, just was disappointed with breakfast and food!!!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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whittlesey
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

We stayed for 4 nights at the beginning of December, and really didn't want to come home. The hotel lived up to its 4 star rating, with that all important personal touch, which you only get with a small, professionally run establishment. The rooms are enormous, as are the beds and bathrooms. We had a minor issue with plumbing in the toilet, which was sorted immediately by a swift room change.The breakfast menu covers all requirements, and is first class. All of the staff were extremely professional, polite, and spoke really good English. A special mention must be for the concierges, all of whom were totally delightful, and couldn't do enough for us. Krakow is a classic city, and if you're looking for a hotel to match it, look no further than The Francuski.



Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This hotel falls into a category of " Classical" hotels. You can almost feel how guests were treated in hotels in the " Old days" . Staff was very helpful, friendly, offering help and information.
The grand staircase with a red carpet, large hallways with wooden doors. Rooms with stylish furniture.
The buffet breakfast, where you can also choose a variety of other dishes was very good .
There were however few things where the hotel was not up to par.

The plumbing was very old with low water pressure and a cheap plastic shower head made it uncomfortable. The TV was about 20 years old with very few channels and none in English.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 13 Pijarska Street, Krakow 31-015, Poland
Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#31 Family Hotel in Krakow
#34 Luxury Hotel in Krakow
#60 Romantic Hotel in Krakow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Francuski 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
French hotel is located in historic centre of Krakow, opposite The Princes Czartoryski Museum, few meters from the old city walls and the Barbakan. Within easy reach there are many galleries, jewelry stores and during tourist season - also a bazaar with works of art, presented by the old defensive wall. Whole French Hotel is filled with old elegance what is already evident upon entering the lobby and impressive staircase with columns. It is the oldest building in Krakow erected immediately as a hotel - was opened in 1912. Interior is influenced by the popular at that time an art deco style. The rooms and suites are decorated with wallpapers, pictures, and graphics showing former Krakow, as well as solid, stylized furniture. The bathrooms are comfortably furnished and spotlessly clean. Some suites may be combined, by which the hotel is recognised among traveling families. Listening to a clock beating in the lobby or sipping tea in a cafe, you can travel in imagination hundred years to the past. The building is famous for almost a hundred years of its restaurant serving delicious Polish cuisine. ... more   less 
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