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.
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.
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.
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.
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.