Autumn 2021. In theory we could travel to other continents, but destinations we had in mind such as Japan or the United Kingdom were impossible to plan ahead. Instead we organised a rail trip to Eastern Europe, travelling to Berlin, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, Bratislava, Poprad, Vienna, Linz and Salzburg. By travelling to Germany, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Austria, we explore an area which was in the (not too distant) past bonded together by the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and by Austria-Hungary.
For our stay in Wroclaw we selected the M gallery The Bridge, a 5 star hotel located in Cathedral Island. Very near the centre of the city but also a very quiet location, a good place to stay when visiting the city on foot. It has a very modern yet understated design, the fountain walls in the reception area being an eye catcher.
Our room was nicely appointed with two separate beds, two sofas and a coffee table near the window. A nice desk to work on and plenty of plugs all over the room.
Getting the light to work took us some time to figure out, but there were a number of touch panels to control everything. There was a big window looking into the bathroom but this could easily be closed off with a big black blackout curtain.
The room had bathrobes and slippers, a fully stocked minibar and coffee and tea facilities (only green tea though)
The bathroom was also nice, with a big rain shower activated with pushbuttons. The products where stowed away in a small black container, which I thought was an original space to put them. They smelled and looked nice.
As a Accor gold member I received two bottles of lemonade and two packs of brownie like cookies, which was a nice gesture.
The fitness was located on the top floor with a panoramic view over the city, it was equipped with decent, modern and functional equipment. Next to the fitness there was a wellness centre with a sauna and steam bath as well as a relaxation area with a panoramic city overview.
Breakfast in the morning was served in the ground floor restaurant, it had a nice buffet breakfast spread as well as some extra items made to order. I had the eggs Benedict while Timothy had the craft toast. We both felt like we had better executed ones before, while certainly not bad, it was nothing special either. Contrary to Holiday Inn Gdansk the buffet was more international and less typically Polish. Yet here I also noticed that once certain items ran out, they were not replenished.
The hotel also offered breakfast to go boxes and pick nick baskets. As we had an early train to catch to continue onwards to Czechia, we considered ordering some to have on the train. Yet breakfast to go could only be delivered between 6:30 and 7:00, too late for us, while the pick nick basket was impossible as it contained items that had to be return to the hotel. We ended up getting our own brunch items at a local shop instead, it would have been nice if the hotel was a bit more flexible on that point.
All in all we had a great stay at M Gallery The Bridge and we would recommend it to stay there when in Wroclaw.
2021 Rail Tour of Imperial Europe
- POTSDAM 2021 | Schloss Sanssouci.
- 1945 Potsdam Conference’s Cecilienhof Palace.
- Potsdam 2021.
- REVIEW | InterContinental Berlin.
- BERLIN 2021 | Pergamon, ‘Das Panorama’.
- BERLIN 2021 | Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace.
- BERLIN 2021 | The Bundestag in the Reichstag.
- Berlin 2021.
- By train from Berlin to Gdansk via Szczecin.
- Stopover in Szczecin.
- REVIEW | Restauracja Ritz in Gdańsk.
- REVIEW | Holiday Inn Gdansk.
- GDAŃSK | Museum of the Second World War.
- GDAŃSK | European Solidarity Centre or Europejskie Centrum Solidarności.
- A walk through Gdańsk.
- POLAND | PKP Intercity Gdansk to Wroclaw via Warsaw.
- Wrocław Museum of Architecture.
- The Dwarfs of Wrocław.