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Monopol Hotel
Ranked #9 of 73 Hotels in Wroclaw
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 8, 2009

Quiet place for all. If you go inside you feel some like-ghost: Picasso, and many other famous people, who lived there. Hotel is quite close to center of city.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 11, 2009

I understand that the hotel has just gone through a total refurbishment. The result is a some dramatic design in an old building, clearly much money has gone into this. It doesn't work for me (too heavy, too design, I see no relation between the design elements and functionality or fun. However, the location is central, the rooms clean if rather gloomy. The true winner must be the restaurant and terrace on the top floor.
For that, and the friendliness of the staff, I would almost recommend it, especially since I'm not sure the alternatives are more satisfying.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 7, 2006

It's apt that Marlene Dietrich once stayed at the Monopol. Granted, at no time did the great actress ever allow herself to look quite this faded; but this is a grand old edifice that has lived to a ripe old age and relied--with evidently decreasing success--on massive globs of makeup to keep up appearances. Marlene would at least understand the situation. So, apparently, do the friendly front desk staff, who flash ironic smiles even as they bid you a pleasant evening. (Perhaps they're hoping you won't learn that Hitler was another guest.) I'd be willing to predict that within five or 10 years Orbis will cede this baroque wedding cake to someone like Luxury Collection, which will spend millions to turn it into a showplace. But it's still worth staying here in the meantime. The rooms are vast and comfortable even if they are a bit creaky (although the mattresses are really too soft), and the hotel is silent inside. Furnishings are a very strange blend of traditionalism and Politburo Mod, but in reasonably good condition. The ornate, silent marble lobby is worth a look.

The Monopol is rather strangely located, across the street from the Opera House but a five- to ten-minute walk from Wroclaw's magnificent historic main square, and a bit further from the railroad station (best reached by taxi, as it's an uninteresting walk). But its neighborhood is being heavily renovated, with new sidewalks and many buildings being restored, and in a year or two this could be a newly "happening" part of town. There's another reason to stay here: the "White Stork" synagogue, currently under restoration, is a short walk away, through an interesting old neighborhood that has sprouted many new bars and cafes. Especially given the low rates, this is still a worthwhile place to stay if you're not looking for any extras.

Actually, there may be one extra, but it's hard to characterize. The hotel's fourth floor, otherwise inexplicably given over to doctors' offices, advertises a massage and sauna room. We ventured in to see it and encountered three young women who seemed to find it hilarious that we'd A) traveled all the way to the fourth floor and B) actually wanted to know the rates for a massage. More ironic smiles, and we beat a retreat before learning why.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2006

I stayed at the hotel Monopol for two days. It is located centrally, only a few minutes walk from the old city centre, and also not so far from the railway station were I arrived. The room was nice and clean, and the bathroom was equipped with a bathtub. However the room did not have aircondition which in the summertime made the room very hot, and only one window to open up meant that it took a long time to get the temperature down. The breakfast was so-so, I could probably have gotten a better breakfast in the city centre. But overall, a nice old hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled solo
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4  Thank torkieri
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Reviewed July 29, 2006

The Orbis Monopol is a turn of the century treasure that has not yet been fully modernized.

It was somewhat difficult to get to the hotel from the central train station because the main street adjacent to the hotel is being renovated, and all the trolleys have been diverted several blocks away. I expect the construction work will be complete by 2007, at which point, there will be a convenient stop, but in the meantime, guests must either take a taxi or walk for 20 minutes.

I only stayed here one night and my experience is strongly shaped by the terrible heat and humidity gripping Western Poland this July. My room was small but clean, and I had a nice-sized bathroom. There was no air conditioning, and the only cool air came from the large windows in the room.

Only the restaurant was air conditioned, and the hotel did provide a very nice breakfast with the various meats, cheeses, and eggs that one usually finds in Polish hotel breakfasts, along with tomatoes, yoghurts, and cereal.

I would recommend this hotel as a good and inexpensive place to stay, but not during the heat of summer.

5  Thank lb-budget-traveler
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Reviewed February 25, 2006

Excellent value for money, right in the centre of the City. Evening meal rather a disappointment - we found better in the town the second night of our stay. Breakfast good, although not as cheap as we had anticipated - but little else available in the neighbourhood.

Staff friendly and helpful and speaking English. Bedrooms large and well fitted and heated, with large ensuite bathrooms.

Currently much building work being carried out in the city, so expect some muddy shoes at the end of the day.

The Panorama/University Assembly Hall/Cathedral are all "must sees". While we were there River Oder completely frozen, with ducks and swans skidding everywhere.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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9  Thank Kule Dude
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Reviewed January 14, 2006

The Monopol is a classic old-style hotel with very large rooms and bathrooms. The hotel is clearly old, but everything is well kept and the service was great. The breakfast if top-rate and the dining rooms are grand. The location is fantastic - really close to the bus to the airport and a 10 minute walk to the town square. A great hotel which gives you a strong sense of friendly Wroclaw.

  • Stayed: September 2005, traveled on business
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9  Thank Peter Miller
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Address: ul. Heleny Modrzejewskiej 2, Wroclaw 50-071, Poland
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Location: Poland > Southern Poland > Lower Silesia Province > Wroclaw
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 73 Hotels in Wroclaw
Price Range: $112 - $217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Monopol Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 121
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