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“Set the dial on your time machine for 1912”
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Hotel Francuski
Ranked #36 of 262 Hotels in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 March 2014

If you’re feeling nostalgic for the world as it was before the First World War and you’d like to experience the feel of a grand hotel from that era then this is certainly the place for you. Opened in 1912 the Francuski feels as if the modern world has passed it by. Most of the original fixtures and fittings are still in place throughout the public areas and the staff exude the kind of efficient formality one imagines was once common in hotels of this type. The rooms too are like time capsules with the original parquet flooring, built in wardrobes and interior & exterior doors all as they were when the hotel first opened over 100 years ago. This is the kind of hotel where the doorman recognises you in the street as you approach and opens the door for you with a smile and where the receptionist hands you your key before you have a chance to say your room number. Definitely a hangover from a more civilised and elegant age.

I really enjoyed my stay here and felt the rate I paid with breakfast included provided fantastic value for money. My only criticism would be the low water pressure in the bathroom but, then again, they didn’t have power showers in 1912 and everything else in this wonderful old hotel worked just fine.

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Location could not have been better...a 5 min walk from the main square in Krakow.
Rooms were large and reasonably well equipped. Beautiful old-world decor. Price was very cheap. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

Downsides include the provided breakfast (very limited options) and the shower facilities (luke- warm, fiddly controls and low pressure). Also, depending on the location of your room you may be woken multiple times through the night by drunk revellers returning home. Curtains are poor-thin material and left a gap several inches wide that allowed light to stream in. Not the best if you need a good night sleep. However, none of these are deal breakers and I would still recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Shane G
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

The hotel is in a perfect location, five minutes walk from the square. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful, they booked our taxis to and from airport, and booked our trips, all were punctual, nothing was too much trouble.
The bedroom was grand and vintage, if your looking for modern this is not the hotel for you, everywhere is spotlessly clean, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and fridge available. Breakfast was 7am -11am and there was no rush to be in and out- very relaxed and fresh food.
We are planning to visit krakow again and would definitely stay here.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank sharon b
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We read many reviews before booking our 3 night stay here, many varied reviews were read. I have to say we loved it here, close to the main square ( 5 minutes walk ) 10 minute walk to the train and bus station. Close to the many many bars and restaurants. The Hotel is a old reminder of grand hotels at a budget price. The rooms are dated but kept very clean, old crt tv's still in use but hey, who cares they worked! The breakfast was included in the price of our hotel room price ( if you like a hot breakfast you must ask for it, the breakfast staff will make you eggs and bacon ) The hotel staff were so helpful to us and in particular the lovely and friendly Agnes, she went out of her way to make our stay so special, helping us with tours to Auschwitz and the Salt mines advising us on places to visit, bus and train timetables. Well done Agnes ! Overall we loved our stay here and would definitely return both to this hotel and to Krakow. Rob from Stockport UK

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

I have recently returned from Krakow with my partner, and we both had such a good time, I couldn't wait to share my experience.

The hotel Francuski is like taking a step back in time. It is a very old hotel, but is well kept, and if you like old this is the place to be. the hotel has such character and charm. It is clean and central to the main square, restaurants, shops and bars, it is just the perfect location. The Francuski is also such value for money and included in the price you get a hearty breakfast. The staff are helpful and friendly and can't do enough for you. We would not hesitate to return and the price was fantastic.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Suzanne C
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Very Olde Worldie with its red carpet and grand staircase although a bit tired looking and in need of redecorating. Having said that it was very clean and breakfast was good even though we had to ask and wait for bacon and eggs each morning. Rooms were good (again clean but in need of redecoration). A bit noisy late at night from drunken passers by if your room is on street side of hotel. The main plus of this hotel is its location on the inside of the Old Town Wall. If your visiting Krakow this is the place you need to be.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank George N
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

I immediately loved this hotel the moment the door was opened for me and I walked into the main reception room. Looking past the grand father clock to the sweeping stairs which are carpeted in a vivid Red. This hotel was once the best in town and it tells a story, one it is easy to see it. It is still stuck in the 40's, but by choice it is almost a museum. Every bit of decor is carefully placed, old ornate cutlery, plaster effect walls, 40's music plays in the dining hall on a morning for breakfast, red carnations hang from the ceilings. Old furniture line every walls, the bedroom suites again symbolise a bygone age but one that is still present within the Francuski Hotel. Flock wall paper covers the walls, everything is authentic and very clean.
I found the reception staff to be friendly and courteous, the breakfast was buffet style and not all of it to my taste but there is something there for everybody and they are happy to please.
The location of the hotel is second to none, you can walk from here to everything, it is the perfect spot. The only down side I can see is that the rooms, although spacious are not carpeted and everything echoes, we could pretty much hear nearly everything being said in the next room. The rooms on the front are noisy also because of the close proximity to the street so either specifically ask for one on the back or bring your ear plugs!
Over all, if you understand the Francuski and what it represents I think you will love it and appreciate its charm, if you don't well it clean and the location is a definite winner so 'happy days', I would definitely return.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Lisa W
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Additional Information about Hotel Francuski

Address: ul. Pijarska 13, Krakow 31-015, Poland
Region: Poland > Southern Poland > Lesser Poland Province > Krakow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#20 Luxury Hotel in Krakow
#32 Family Hotel in Krakow
#58 Romantic Hotel in Krakow
Price Range: £55 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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