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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Orbis Francuski Krakow Hotel Krakow
- Orbis Francuski Hotel Krakow
- Krakow Orbis Francuski Hotel
- Hotel Francuski Krakow