I was a bit taken aback when walking into my room for the first time, the decor is quite dated, but it added a certain charm to the place. The rooms are massive, there are two large beds in the room, so being on my own, I had a choice. I chose the one by the window, and I still slept amazingly well, despite the trams going past through the night. Perhaps I found the noise restful. I cannot sleep in the heat, the room was plenty cool without any air conditioning. Well, it was May, so not mid-summer, maybe don't stay there in mid-summer if you're not good with heat.
The reception staff were very helpful, without any prompting, they gave me a map of Krakow and marked some must see places on it, as well as the hotel so I could find my way back easily. They stored my luggage after I came in on the night train from Prague. Would've liked to lie down, but that was a bit much to expect checking in at 6am.
The restaurant didn't seem very popular except for the free breakfast, but the food was amazing, Masterchef standard. All the staff were very friendly, despite me speaking hardly a word of Polish, their English was excellent. This included the restaurant staff member, she must work incredibly hard, she was there at breakfast and there at night too. The best Barscht, beetroot soup I had in Poland was in that restaurant, they must have a pretty great chef out the back. This is despite my new Polish sister-in-law taking me to her favourite restaurants. The breakfast was free, did I mention that, and also very good. The full range of Central European breakfast options were available, it was much better than the next hotel I stayed at. I stayed a total of six nights in Krakow, but each hotel I stayed only two nights, so I could experience all the city had to offer.
Free wifi was available in the rooms, no tea and coffee facilities which I always like, but can't have everything I guess. It is just a short walk from the city centre, I carted my suitcases all the way from the train station, taxis were a little scarce at 6am when I got in.
I would definitely recommend this hotel, it is lovely and charming. I think the price must've been reasonable or I wouldn't have booked it. The cost of flights from the other side of the world meant I set myself a strict accommodation budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The three star Fortuna Hotel is located in the city centre close to The Main Market and next to Jagiellonian University. In a restored historical house guests are offered rooms with bathrooms, TV, radio, phone, free Internet. There is also a small courtyard car-park available for guests. Rubinowa, the hotel’s coffee-bar proposes Polish cuisine specialties. Also on offer is an air-conditioned and equipped conference room for about 35 guests. We have a small, inner car park. ... more less
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