Quiet Retreats and Modern Boutiques for a Lovely Stay in Gdańsk

Stay in the historic heart of Gdańsk on your next trip to Poland
Stay in the historic heart of Gdańsk on your next trip to Poland | © Artur Bogacki / Alamy Stock Photo
Ieva Matiejunaite

The picturesque city of Gdańsk in Poland is increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination. The city is attractive for its historic architecture, narrow atmospheric streets and the smell of the sea in the air. Stroll along the colourful Long Market before perusing the amber shops on Mariacka Street, filled with intricate, beautiful jewellery. The gothic Kościół Mariack is also worth a visit for its stunning vaulted ceiling. Here are the best places to stay in Gdańsk.

1. Hanza Hotel


A bed and sitting area in a stylish hotel room at Hanza Hotel; floor-to-ceiling windows have a view of the Motława RIver
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Hanza Hotel is located at the heart of the historical city centre on the Motława River and near the Żuraw – a huge medieval port crane. The four-star hotel offers single and double rooms as well as junior and presidential suites. Special features include a spa, conference rooms and pet-friendly policy. The hotel is also home to the Kokieteria Restaurant, which serves a cuisine based on regional products and inspired by Gdansk culinary traditions.

2. Podewils Hotel


A bed, armchair, lamp and table with a vase of flowers in a hotel room at Hotel Podewils
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This five-star boutique hotel is situated in a carefully restored baroque mansion, located within walking distance of Gdańsk Old Town. The stylish, warm interior of the hotel is also characterised by its functionality. Many of the rooms overlook the picturesque banks of the river with boats anchored and lights reflected on the water. With carefully chosen details (including their antique furniture), your stay in Hotel Podewils can take you through the history of 18th-century Gdańsk.

3. Hotel Gdańsk Boutique


A bed, armchair and table with a vase of red roses in a hotel room at Hotel Gdańsk
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Another hotel located by the riverbank, Hotel Gdansk offers 96 comfortable rooms with charming views to the Old Town and the picturesque yacht marina. Most notably, it is known for having one of the best spas in Poland, featuring seven treatment rooms, a Finnish sauna, steam sauna and saline ice cave. Restaurant Hotel Gdansk offers Polish and Gdansk cuisine, while the historical on-site brewery Brovarnia is a compulsory visit for anyone who wants to try the city’s best craft beers.

4. Aparthotel Neptun

Hotel, Luxury

A bathroom and bedroom with a bed and artwork of the Motława River in a hotel room at Apart Neptun
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This modern hotel, opened in August 2013, is located in the heart of the Old Town, near the medieval Artus Court, Długa Street and the Żuraw crane. The hotel offers luxurious suites with free wifi and flat-screen TVs. Friendly staff are on hand and ready to help, whether it’s organising your sightseeing tour or helping with airport transfers.

5. Q Hotel Grand Cru

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A bed and two chairs in a stylish, modern hotel room at Q Hotel Grand Cru Gdańsk
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The brick walls of this boutique hotel, combined with its location in the Old Town, create a historic atmosphere. Luxury, comfort and sophisticated interior design characterise the rooms, while exquisite dishes and top-class wines are to be expected in Grand Cru Restaurant, situated on the lower ground floor. The hotel offers impeccable service, delicious breakfasts and it’s only a short walk away from the city’s main attractions.

6. Marina Club Hotel


A couch, TV, desk and chairs in a sitting area in a guest room at Marina Club Hotel
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This modern three-star hotel features an original sailor-themed design, inspired by the nearby yacht marina. The views are breathtaking. Inside, you’ll find 34 spacious, air-conditioned rooms, with separate leisure spaces and kitchenettes. Take a yoga class on the top floor or book a chocolate massage (yes, really) at the on-site spa. Try gourmet Polish pierogi (dumplings) at the restaurant.

7. Puro Gdansk


A bed in a modern hotel room at Puro Gdańsk Stare Miasto
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Puro Gdansk is a modern hotel located on the edge of the Old Town area. The rooms, although small, are very comfortable and equipped with tech features, such a tablet to control the lights. The hotel also offers free wifi and complimentary coffee anytime to their guests. The Ink bar is the perfect place to sip a daiquiri at sunset, before heading for dinner at the eclectic hotel restaurant, Dancing Anchor, which serves a mix of cuisines — from Japanese ramen to Middle Eastern fried aubergine with asparagus.

8. Hotel Beethoven


A bed, wardrobe and desk with chair in a spacious hotel room at Hotel Beethoven
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Located a little further outside the main city centre, Hotel Beethoven offers clean, modern double bedrooms alongside spacious studios and a luxury apartment. Head to the first floor each morning for a buffet breakfast before renting a bike to explore the three cities of Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia, connected by extensive trails. If you’ve driven to Gdańsk, then you’ll appreciate the secure underground parking here.

9. Gotyk House

Hostel, Hotel

A bed, table and chair in an A-frame hotel room with exposed brickwork at Kamienica Gotyk
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This intimate hotel is antique in style, both inside and out. As its name suggests, the design of the hotel takes inspiration from the gothic period. Gotyk House is located in the very heart of the Old Town, in the most beautiful street in Gdansk – Mariacka. The original house dates back to 1451 and is known to be the oldest house in Gdańsk. Legend has it that Gotyk House is the place where Nicolaus Copernicus met his housekeeper, presumably his lover, the beautiful Anna Schilling.

10. Hotel Sadova


Two beds, a desk and chair in a modern hotel room at Hotel Sadova
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The Hotel Sadova is located in the quiet Dolne Miasto neighbourhood of Gdańsk. The iconic Old Town is a pleasant 10-minute walk across bridges and an island. The hotel has a swimming pool, an infrared sauna and a gym. On site, the Papieroovka Cider Garden offers an intriguing and unusual fusion of Polish cuisine. Expect dishes and drinks made from the finest ingredients procured from the nearby Pomeranian forests and the Baltic Sea.

11. Fama Residence


Two beds and a couch in a modern hotel room at Fama Residence
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If you want to be in the heart of central Gdańsk, within walking distance of all the city’s main sights, Fama Residence is the place to stay. The Złota Brama (Golden Gate) entrance to the famous Długi Targ market is just outside your door, with Neptune’s Fountain a mere 350m (1,148ft) away. Rooms are basic and simple, yet comfortable and bright. The downstairs restaurant Kozlovna Złota Brama brings together a compelling blend of Polish and Czech cuisine.

12. Holland House Residence Old Town


A large bed, armchair and wood staircase in a hotel room at Holland House Residence Old Town
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Gdańsk’s gorgeous Old Town boasts many buildings with history, character and architectural charm. By staying at the Holland House, you will be sleeping in one of them – a traditional town house on the Długi Targ market. The menu in the ground floor restaurant Latajacy Holender takes its influences from Polish, Dutch and international food styles. The nearby streets are popular at night, due to the vast array of themed bars, quirky cafes and cosmopolitan restaurants.

13. Hotel Wolne Miasto


Two beds, a couch, and a table with a laptop, drink and vase of tulips in a hotel room at Hotel Wolne Miasto - Old Town Gdansk
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Hotel Wolne Miasto is one for the history buffs. The name translates roughly as “City of Freedom” and this liberal moniker is apparent once you step inside. A restored traditional tenement house, the hotel is now elegantly furnished with marble bathrooms in each room, carpeted spiral stairs winding their way up to all four levels and a bright lobby that leads into the Zeppelin restaurant. Hotel Wolne Miasto is business orientated too, with a conference room for up to sixty people.

Jonny Blair contributed additional reporting to this article.

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