When I booked my hotel for Wroclaw I wasn’t expecting much. I went for a hotel that was both cheap and close to Rynek (Market Square) as I knew it would be easier to find my way around with a central point for reference. This post, my Hotel Patio Wroclaw review, tells you what I thought of the hotel.
I arrived by taxi late on Friday night and I had been worried there’d be no one on reception to let me in. I was wrong, and I was greeted by a lovely receptionist who had me checked in and on my way to my room within a couple of minutes. I was in room 301, on the third floor, just outside the lift-which made life easier. I didn’t hear any noise from the other guests at all during my stay, though, so my door must have been soundproofed well. That’s always helpful as no one likes being woken up by other guests.
My room was a decent size for one person, although I think it would have felt a bit cramped for two. The bed was certainly small, but that could be because I’m used to a double bed to myself-if you’re used to sharing, you’d probably be okay sharing this one. Once through the door of the room there was a small corridor with coat hooks and two doors for the shower, and the small bathroom containing a sink and a toilet. I think this is a great design for a double room, as there’s no waiting for someone to shower so you can brush your teeth. The shower room had a heated towel rail too-brilliant for if you’re on a longer trip and need to handwash some clothes.
The bathroom had soap, shower gel/shampoo and a hairdryer, as well as a decent sized mirror. My one criticism of the bathroom is there was no shelf in the shower room for the toiletries I’d brought-a minor annoyance, rather than a big deal, but worth mentioning.
The room had a tv with Polish and German channels, a large desk, a wardrobe and two very comfortable plastic chairs. Tea and coffee making facilities were provided (though no milk-nowhere in Wroclaw seems to give milk with tea anyway) and there was a fridge, which according to the price list contained a minibar, though it didn’t. It did contain various sized glasses, which were dirty-I washed these myself as I wanted a drink of water from a glass. The room had a bottle of water provided too which was useful when I arrived late at night.
Cleaners came to my room both days to remake my bed and remove any dirty towels, and whilst there was no safe I was never worried about my valuables like you are in some hotels. My personal items were never moved from the desk where I left them. I could have opted to put a do not disturb sign on the door and not have the room cleaned if I’d wanted to, and I love hotels where there’s a choice.
Location wise, the hotel was on the street next to Rynek. At the other end of the street was the river, which meant it was really easy to find my way back no matter where I’d walked to. I do need to mention that because it was so close to Rynek my view from the window was of the side of the Church-a pretty view would have been nicer but this didn’t affect my stay. What did affect my stay, though, is that the hotel is near some late night bars and so there was noise of people outside until very late. I turned the air conditioning on which did help to drown out a little bit of the noise but if I stayed again I’d ask for a room at the other side of the hotel.
I also struggled with the pillows, which were really large and square, and far too soft for me. I folded them in the end and this helped but I would have preferred harder pillows or at least a choice. I also didn’t like that the room wasn’t dark, despite a blind and a very thin net curtain the light of the street lit the room up, and I prefer to sleep in darkness.
My annoyances are minor, though, and none of them ruined my stay. I only paid £128 for three nights and for that price, in that location, I can’t complain. My room did have free wifi and I opted to not pay extra for breakfast because I wanted to go out and eat.
Have you stayed in a hotel that was okay but in an amazing location before?