We held our wedding here last week and it was without doubt the best decision we made.
The Palace is beautiful. With a classical exterior, the interior has been modernised intelligently, without losing the traditional feel. Most guests stayed in various quarters around the palace grounds, and all were impressed with the condition of the rooms and general spaciousness. There could have been coffee making facilities, irons in the room (instead of borrowing from reception) and a full length mirror, but these are simply minor observations. In any case I'm led to believe coffee making facilities in rooms is not a common practice in Poland. We stayed within the actual palace and our apartment was incredibly beautiful, with lovely views and a very regal feel.
The wedding itself was very well organised - firstly by Marta and then by Patrycja (who took over due to Maternity leave). We are based in England, yet communication was never an issue as both had first class command of the English language. Initially when we went to taste the food (a few months beforehand) the restaurant mixed up the menu (managed to be resolved on the day), and the wine tasting was fairly limited to a glass each. However, this did not stop us being able to choose a wonderful menu for the wedding with perfectly good wines to accompany the meal. The wild boar in wild mushroom sauce was incredible. Usually people forget wedding food quite quickly, yet many English guests are still commenting on the standard of cuisine served here. The late night buffet was also good but the highlight was without doubt the flaming pork leg which was served around 11pm - cooked to perfection and without doubt one of the best pork dishes man has ever sampled.
One minor qualm during the wedding party, was that staff kept closing the door to the hall and wouldnt open the windows due to potential complaints of noise by other guests. This was the height of summer, so it was inevitable there would be a large spill of guests sitting outside or spending more time outside to cool down. You would have thought the hotel should have acknowledged this factor and ensured any other guests were either based as far away from the hall as possible, or at least briefed that there would be a wedding here.
An initial worry of mine was that they often hold two weddings here simultaneously. Although there wasn't another wedding here at the same time as ours, there was apparently a large party (with fireworks) held in an opposite hall. Nobody even noticed, which was brilliant really. Marta did tell me that such an occurrence shouldnt be a problem, and as it turned out she was completely right.
A further concern of mine was that the bar areas seemed quite small to cater for a large-ish group from England. However, there was no need to ever worry about this, as both the palace bar, reception bar and the bar on the other side of the fountain were all perfectly adequate in size for this group (most definitely helped by the balmy weather). A good suggestion that was made to us was to have a BBQ for the guests arriving on the Friday as 50+ could prove problematic for the restaurant. We went for this option and it did indeed work well, with a good and plentiful meal.
I didn't personally make use of the pool and spa facilities, but those who did were very impressed. The pool is much larger than a standard hotel pool and even has a strongish current to swim against. The jacuzzi is also of a large size.
Overall, the Palace is stunning, like something out of a fairy tale. Beautiful, incredibly large grounds with a river running the length of the area. The Palace is also a great point to visit neighbouring attractions such as Jelenia Gora, Karpacz, or the other incredibly scenic areas found all around this particular part of Poland. It is also an absolutely brilliant place to hold a wedding. Its a weekend we will remember for the rest of our lives (as also will our guests) and I honestly could not think of anywhere else we would have held our wedding reception.
Thanks to everyone for being so helpful and accommodating. I will always recommend Palac Wojanow for a wedding, or simply to spend a few days in if you happen to be in this beautiful part of the world. We will most certainly return.
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