Stayed there for a weekend break in July, after being upgraded from the other hotel of their chain (Hotel Bonum).
Overall very positive impression. Location is good or even very good: 1 minute walk to the banks of the river, then 5-7 minute walk along the river to the very heart of old city. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms were basically brand new – I was told the hotel only opened in June 2012 i.e. a month before our check-in. I am not posting photos with this review, but their website is a pretty accurate description of what you will get. It’s a bit sterile and business-like, but I can’t complain about anything, and the brick walls with glass-and-steel elements make for a very tasteful décor. Breakfast wasn’t included in the price and we decided to eat out, so can’t comment on that. Rooms were very quiet, and I’m normally quite fussy about noise levels. Rooms were fitted with tea/coffee electric pot, complimentary water, safety box, ironing board and iron – everything you could expect of a 4 star hotel. Overall very good.
As I wrote already, the hotel was brand new when we stayed there and perhaps that is why there were still some fairly minor teething problems: the air con was turned up a bit too warm, safety box was locked, wi-fi (which is free of charge) signal wasn’t strong enough in the room (probably because of the thick brick walls). But the staff were really helpful.
One thing that I’d like to mention here, completely unrelated to this hotel, is the issue with airport taxis. In short, it should be around 60 zloty from the airport, not more. Most large Polish cities have now implemented caps on maximum rates that taxis can charge; as of July 2012, for instance, these are set to 3 zloty per kilometer in Warsaw, 2.5 in Poznan, 3 in Wroclaw, etc. However, in Gdansk and the Tri-City (Gdansk/Sopot/Gdynia) there are no such caps, and dishonest drivers occassionally abuse the situation – so make sure you confirm what the rate is before getting in, and it shouldn’t be more than around 2.60 zl per kilometer to Gdansk. Also, unfortunately the airport taxi drivers are often among the worst (not just in Gdansk), and even after having confirmed what the rate was, I was almost ripped off by one when he set the multiplier, or “taryfa” to 4. Basically taryfa 1 means you pay what the kilometer rate is; taryfa 2 is 150% of the rate and should apply after 10pm; taryfa 3 is 200% and applies if you travel far outside of the city (this doesn’t apply to the airport route), and taryfa 4 is 300% and applies after 10pm outside of the city limits. My driver tried setting it to taryfa 4, meaning I was going to pay 300% of the rate, and only agreed to the correct rate when I threatened to call the police. From the airport, it should be taryfa 1 or 2 only if after 10pm - so be careful. On the meter, there are 2 numbers, one for the price and the other is the “taryfa” i.e. 1, 2, 3 or 4.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The location of Grand Cru Hotel, in the antique Old Town, on Rycerska Street, allows to live to the full the unique atmosphere of Gdansk. Only a few steps divide our hotel from Motlawa river and finest monuments of the city, such as St. Mary's Church, the Crane, Neptune’s Fountain, Artus Court or Uphagen House. An evening walk along the Long Bridge and the alleys over which rise the fascinating pearls of architecture, ended with a dinner and a glass of excellent wine in Grand Cru Restaurant, will be a great accomplishment of each day spent in the Tri-city. ... more less
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