Good value hotel between town and railway station
My girlfriend and I stayed at Hotel Topaz for 3 nights during a visit to Poznan in May 2010.
We booked our stay through www.booking.com and paid 169 Zloty (around £35) per night for a double room with breakfast.
Hotel Topaz is located on Przemyslowa, about 500m east of the central railway station and 1.5km to 2km south west of the old town market square (Stary Rynek).
We arrived at the hotel late at night in a taxi from the airport. Not being familiar with the city at that point, it felt as though we were being driven to a fairly remote location, some way out of the city centre. I wasn't sure if we were within reasonable walking distance of the main sights.
I needn't have worried. A short walk (a little under 10 minutes) via Park Drweskich brings you to the Stary Browar shopping mall (a modern shopping mall built in the premises of a former brewery) and from there it is perhaps another 10 minutes on foot to the heart of the old town.
The central railway station (Poznan Glowny) is less than 10 minutes away on foot; we made use of it a couple of times for trips to the nearby towns of Leszno and Gniezno. The bus station is located about 5 minutes walk from the hotel.
Our room was fairly basic and slightly on the small side.
It contained a double bed and a few rudimentary furnishings; a wardrobe, some cupboards, bedside cabinets, a table and a couple of chairs, as well as a TV set.
It wasn't anything special, but it suited our limited needs; we didn't spend much time in there.
The en-suite shower room was more modern and luxurious than the room to which it was attached. It had a decent sized shower cubicle and fresh towels, toiletries and a hairdryer were provided. There was, however, a problem with the plumbing; it took a long time for the water to disappear down the plug hole in the shower.
The first thing that comes to mind when I recall breakfast at Hotel Topaz is that it was served in a really odd location. It was served in a conference room which, from the outside, looked just like any other door on the corridor. We entered with trepidation, almost expecting to find ourselves in somebody's room, but instead we found a small buffet spread laid out and lots of empty tables.
Breakfast consisted of a reasonable choice; cereals, yoghurts, cold meats, cheese, bread, cakes and pastries. There were a couple of fruit juices to pick from (one was a nice dark cherry flavour), as well as the usual coffee and tea.
A good value hotel offering basic rooms and a reasonable breakfast at a very fair price. The location may seem a little peripheral but it's actually not that far from either the old town or the railway station. I'd happily stay there again if I was ever in Poznan.
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