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.
- 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