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“Lots of hostels in Gdansk, though this is a good one.” 4 of 5 stars
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Old Town Hostel
Dluga Grobla 7, Gdansk 80-754 , Poland   |  
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Ranked #24 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Gdansk
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“Lots of hostels in Gdansk, though this is a good one.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I traveled in the off season and got a four bed room to myself, so that may skew my perception a bit. I was in a basement room, which smelled a bit moldy. Although the walls were a bit thin, as are most hostels, the beds were comfortable and I still managed to get a restful night’s sleep.

They had a few bathrooms with lots of showers, which would be helpful in the peak travel season. There was free wi-fi available at a decent strength, though not available in all rooms (including mine). Breakfast was included in the price, which consisted of bread, meats, cheese, cereal and instant coffee. Coffee and tea were available all day

It’s about a 10-15 minute walk from the city center, though it gives you the opportunity to see the Gdansk that has not been scrubbed squeaky clean for tourism and shows you how the people really live. It is also a manageable 20-25 minute walk from the central train station.

The gentleman that works in the morning / day shift was fantastic, very helpful in terms of suggestions for sights and helpful with travel questions. The gentleman that worked the night shift was a jerk, who played video games on the shared computer his entire shift rather than helping guests.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

First impressions of this hostel was that it is in a fairly rough part of town - apart from that, the actual hostel is great. We received a friendly welcome from the staff and they were happy to give advice on what to see etc. Breakfast was included although the kitchen is very small - perhaps up to 8 people being able to sit at once. Don't let the rough location put you off!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Faro, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

This hostel is 15 minutes walking from the beautifull Gdansk old town, not very difficult to find if you have a citymap. The accomodation is quite nice, we have very normal bunker beds and also very simple single beds, all of them functional, resting in a nice carpet floor. I felt good in the rooms and safe, as every safety elements are provided by the reception (payed lockers). In terms of hygiene it was ok, everything meeting the standard parameters. Two toilets, individual showers,divided by wall and doored by curtains. The meeting room was very nice and cozy, we had everything we need to make us a nice breakfast (price included) and even to cook luch or dinner with no problems. The hostel was covered by wi-fi, with a good connection speed. The staff was no more than ok, and one night when I came to my room somebody was laying on my bed, has the room had been cleaned and they didn't keep track of the beds, and when this new person arrived just layed on an empty bed. I had to make my bed again, it was a bit late, and that was the only bad thing about it. The rest was pretty neat and for a good price.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

Whilst the rooms of this hostel are well appointed the location is a good reason not to stay here. If travelling by train you will have difficulty finding this place and the neighbourhood doesn't feel overly safe. Overall, I would say it's a well run hostel on the wrong side of the tracks.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

Location was good, once you got there. From the train station a bit of a Distance, 6 stops on a tram. 10 min walk from centre once you arrive. Right on the edge of ' nice Gdansk ', wouldn't go a street further unless you have to.

Reception is 24 hour, at night they even have a guy sleeping on the sofa in case someone arrives. They are helpful and have cheap bike hire (25 PLN per day). Also various guide books you can borrow.

Rooms are large, wooden bunks, clean toilets though they should change linens (towels) more often.

The kitchen is well equip, they have a fridge, microwave, hob, freezer. Milk in Poland doesn't taste nice, but that isn't the hostels fault.

People chat around the kitchen a fair bit, so it is easy to meet people. 

Security is mixed, the hostel is secure but the lockers can only fit a day bag. In my current hostel, I am sitting on the locker its that large and solid.

Overall good price, but i would like to try the ' happy seven ' which is located next to the Hilton and has a bar downstairs!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

Decided to visit Gdansk on my stag do at the end of March and after getting a cheap deal on the flights we decided that as we were not expecting to spend much time in the accomodation we would look to get somewhere cheap just to get our heads down. This hostel ticked all the right boxes and we were not disappointed!!!
Rather than try and make our own way to the hostel from the airport we got a taxi which was 60 Polish Zlotes (approx £12). Check in was quick and efficient with the reception staff speaking really good english.

We were charged a deposit of 10 zlotes for each room key and set off to explore the bars and "delights" that Gdansk had to offer. The reception staff were really helpful in pointing us in the right direction for the main bars.

Had no problems upon returning to the hostel late at night and as others have previously put, the area is safe although you maybe wouldn`t think this upon arrival due to the look of the hostel and surrounding area.

Drinks and food were exceptionally cheap, and we were paying approx £1 - £1.40 a pint in most places - obviously the prices did incrase the nearer to the old town you got.

As there were 12 of us on our trip, we shared 2 dorms on the lower floor in the hostel and we were vey close to the small kitchen where breakfast is left available to guests. This was sufficient to start the day on with it mainly being a continental style selection of bread, cold meats, cheese, boiled eggs, jams etc

Opposite the kitchen area were several toilets/shower rooms and we never had any problems in using these.

Our rooms consited of 3 bunk beds which were more than adequate for getting a few hours sleep before we were up and hitting the bars again the next day.

All in all a good place to stay on a budget as the old town was only 10 minutes walk away and shops and tram stops ver close nearby.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

Don't be afraid when you see the outside of the hostel...we almost walked away but we're SURE glad we didn't! It looks like an abandon building from the front that's graffitied with the word 'hostel' but once you get inside it's really nice. Showers are coed, but of course there's curtains. There's breakfest in the morning, slim pickings if you wake up too late. Free internet, and 'quiet time' that I wish was enforced on our second night...but they all went to bed by midnight so it was ok. Everything is ridiculously clean and the bunk beds in our 4 bed dorm were wonderfully comfy! Only problem was that it wasn't actually in old town, but past it....so it was a bit of a walk from the train station. Not a huge problem for us fortunately, I'd recommend it, as long as you're not put off by the area and the outside of the building :)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dluga Grobla 7, Gdansk 80-754 , Poland
Location: Poland > Northern Poland > Pomerania Province > Gdansk
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Gdansk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our spacious and clean hostel guarantee you comfortable accommodation during your stay in Gdansk. Just 20 minutes walk from the train station. We offer double rooms and dorms for six and eight persons. Very good facilities. Breakfast included. Clean and friendly place to stay. Most of city highlights are within walking distance from the hostel. Welcome! ... more   less 
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