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Hotel Polonia
Ranked #35 of 74 Hotels in Wroclaw
Manchester
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

This is my second review of this hotel. The first one I did back in November 2007.

My second stay here was with my granddaughter for a week in August 2012 whilst visiting my Polish relatives in Wroclaw and then moving on to Zakopane and Cracow.

This place dates back to the communist era in Poland's history. It is old, dated and somewhat faded with a lot of very slow ongoing refurbishment going on. After my previous visit here back in 2007, I took a chance and booked another stay but was slighly apprehensive with my granddaughter being with me. I needn't have worried, she found it charming, a bit odd and quirky, the lift facinated her because it does not have an inner door!!! and you could ride a bike around all the corridors - it's a huge place!! Our room on the fourth floor was big, lots of cupboard space albeit the furnishings are quite old fashioned and the bathroom was big, very clean with everything working perfectly.

Breakfast, which was included in the price of our stay, was served in the hotel's adjoining restaurant, which is to my mind a lovely old fashioned Polish eaterie. You get into the restaurant through a side door in the hotel and across a courtyard which has some al fresco tables with umbrellas for when the climate permits eating/drinking outside or if you are a smoker (most places in Poland now are non smoking).

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, this is my second visit to this hotel so anything you need to know re the location and how close you are to the old town, railway station, airport etc, are in my previous review. What I would like to say again and again is that this hotel is CHEAP, VERY CHEAP! compared to hotels such as Sofitel, Panorama Mercure and the like of which there are plenty all over Poland and all look much the same. Although the Polonia in Wroclaw is showing its age, it is getting a refurb (rather slow), it does not look anywhere near as austere as it did 5 years ago, the new interior paintwork has softened it somewhat and the staff were very polite, helpful and professional (huge improvement on my last visit). I would hate it to lose its unique Polish character, I like it very much.

So, all in all, a very friendly, cheap and clean 2/3 star hotel in a great location. If people want something better, I am afraid they are going to have to spend a bit more money!

Room Tip: Try and get a room facing the courtyard rather than the main road. A little bit less noisy. Rooms...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Just the job if you're coming into Wroclaw late as close to airport bus stop. Stayed first and last nights in Wroclaw. First night (on second floor) comforable, large room - good breakfast - and just the job! Last night (fifth floor) much smaller and battered room, smokey smell, noisy neighbours. A basic hotel with a good breakfast - and if you get a good room and good price - then no complaints.

Room Tip: Not the fifth floor!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

wanting an hotel where i could sleep wash and have breakfast,i got exactly that.i deliberately choose the older'communist'hotels as they are invariably central,have fairly large rooms and old fashionedbut good eateries attatched.never likethe 'brands'beloved by 'businessmen',whom i suspect don't pay for their rooms/meals,i was completely satisfied with what i bought and paid for.plus,when it suited me i went to the 'posher'places for lunchor dinnerand paid through the nose accordingly.as a 'tourist' its a good a place as any and better than some!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Ennis, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

Good - value for money, very cheap, great hotel for budget travelers. But doubt if its worth a 3 star hotel. .
We had a room on the 5th floor, there was lift and a very long corridor to get there.
The Polonia Hotel in Wroclaw is good for travelers coming by train, or plane to Wroclaw (take bus line nr 406 from Wroclaw city airport to Wroclaw city center), due to its very close vicinity of the renovated 'Wrocław Główny railway station', which looks like a 5 star hotel in Abu Dhabi, certainly at nightfall.

Pros:
-The staff member at the reception was extremely helpful and friendly.
- The room was spacious, and the huge double bed was tidy and clean.
- Room on back was quiet, hardly any noise from the other guestrooms; or from the traffic;
- Free Wi-Fi is provided in all public areas. There is a code in the welcome pack in the room with the code for the Wi-Fi; handy if you have Wi-Fi access via your laptop or smartphone.
- There were packages with free soap, even a knitting and needle kit, and a shoepolish foam.
- Buffet breakfast style, with great choice for meat eaters and vegetarians;
- There was a bidet in the bathroom, cool;
- Enough towels in the bathroom. And the water pressure in the shower wasn't bad.

Cons:
- Very long corridors, a mace, a Labyrinth of alleys; there was also these break areas in between the corridors with a bin u see outside pubs, I suppose used by smokers. We are non-smokers. We had to take two turns and some hidden steps/ramps to get to our room.
- The stairs were blocked off from the 2nd floor, so than we were forced to go down by the lift; One floor is not used at all;
-Phone in room was on a loose wire; bit scary;
- Carpet on floor was a bit thin and old;
-TV had just 4 stations in bad quality as well; the tv desk was on the end of room, so it was difficult to watch TV.
- Thought lots of storage space, the furniture wasn't the newest.
- Pity that was that breakfast buffet was not served at the hotel but at the adjacent 'Galicja restaurant', for which you had to cross the courtyard. But a security guard from the hotel point us in the direction of the restaurant though, grand;
- No real curtains, just some kind of blinds or 'vitrages'.

All in all its like a hostel style hotel, great for budget travelers who just require basic accommodation with no luxury, no more. Just a place to crash for the night, sleep and have breakfast in the morning. Great location and cheap, but not the best budget hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for room on the back, far less noisy.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lochgelly, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Yes we waited for the KGB to burst into our room and put cuff us and rush us away to the cells
However it was a nice place to sleep which is all we used it for no problems and we slept well
This is a university town and has a lot of old buildings
I thought it was worth visiting and would say go

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

This hotel badly needs renovating - the rooms are old and tired, the corridor paint is peeling and the carpets are worn and stained. The lift is old enough to qualify as an antique.

The room was small, with a little old CRT TV which showed all of 3 Polish channels. There was central heating but no cooling (a/c) so the room was quite hot. Having wifi was a pleasant surprise, although service was intermittent at best and even when it worked some flaw in the router's configuration created havoc with javascript pages (once out of the hotel everything worked fine).

On the plus side, the room was quite clean, The bathroom is in good shape as well. Breakfast, in a restaurant next door, was reasonable - a buffet with a middling to poor selection (one type of cheese only, no yoghurt, no fruit, etc). Quite a few items ran out, with staff taking a while to replace them.

For some bizarre reason the nicest, cleanest, best lit and freshly renovated part of this hotel is the emergency stairs...

Wroclaw hotel rooms were in short supply during my stay, and the Polonia was a reasonable budget option. I would not want to stay again, though, unless I got a room in the emergency stairwell....

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

We stayed in this hotel for one night, before our flight back. We just wanted to stay in Wroclaw, near the station, and wanted to spend as little money as possible while still having our own room with bathroom etc.
This hotel had the cheapest double and twin rooms we could find, so we decided to check in.

The main positive point of this hotel is the staff. They were very friendly.

Our room was on the top floor (5th), so we had to take the old, rickety elevator. Coming out of the elevator on the 5th floor, the first thing we noticed was a strong smell of (old) cigarette smoke. It smelled like people were smoking in rooms along the hallway, and as if this had been happening for quite some time. The carpet was thin and old, the hallways small and grey-ish. We had to take two turns and some steps down, to find our room.
The room itself was quite spaceous, with a garderobe, desk with a chair and a very small tv, two bedside cabinets, a small sidetable with a phone. Because the desk was at one end of the room, and the beds (we had a twin room) on the other end, it was almost impossible to watch the tv from the bed, because it was so small. Also, the remote control was broken, which meant that it changed channels on its own.
Several lights in the room did not function, and you had to throw yourself at the door to open it because it stuck. Our windows looked out at the courtyard, which we didn't really mind, because we didn't really care about a view. The room was very noisy, meaning we could hear people talking and shouting from streets away, but also from the hallway.
The bathroom was also quite spaceous, and the facilities were all ok. The towels were clean, although they did have grey-ish stains, as if they were old and did not get entirely clean anymore.

To get to the restaurant, where breakfast was served in the morning, you had to cross the courtyard. There were many different things to choose from, but most of what we tried was not very good. The coffee was instant coffee, and very weak. The scrambled eggs were watery and tasteless, the sausages were sort of ok. We both felt a little unwell after breakfast for several hours.

All in all this hotel is doable if you're just passing through, but if you want to spend more time in Wroclaw, please stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Polonia
Address: ul. Marsz. Jozefa Pilsudskiego 66, Wroclaw 50-020, Poland
Region: Poland > Southern Poland > Lower Silesia Province > Wroclaw
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Ranked #35 of 74 Hotels in Wroclaw
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Polonia 3*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Polonia Hotel is located in the city center between the Main Railway Station and the Market Square. It takes just 10 minutes to walk from Polonia to the historical center and other touristic places in Wroclaw. Thanks to convenient location it’s really easy to reach any place in Wroclaw from the hotel. One of the biggest Shopping Malls Arkady in Wrocław it is only 100 meters far from Polonia. You can reach the Airport in 30 minutes ( from Renoma Shopping Malls – 300 meters from the hotel with the line No 406) Hotel offers accommodation in 107 single and double, as well as family rooms in two budget standards – economy and regular. ATTENTION: Please note that in an effort to improve the functionality and aesthetics of the hotel reception we will make modernization works from 02.012017 until 22.01.2017. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience it may occur. ... more   less 
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