Where is it?
The Radisson Blu Hotel has an excellent location, located in the historical Old town in downtown Gdansk. The hotel facade facing the main pedestrian area is literally part of the old town scene.
Most sights of interest as well as bars, restaurants and shopping are within easy walking distance, several of them right around the corner form the hotel. Gdansk airport is around 15 km away.
The arrival experience
I arrived at the hotel rather late, close to midnight, arriving by taxi from Gdansk airport. There was little traffic around that time so the taxi ride was quick.
Although the hotel has a magnificent facade facing the old town, the main entrance and the main drop off area, if you arrive by car or taxi, is from a side street, and it is far less impressive.
The lobby was quite empty and presumably I was the last guest to be checked in for the evening. After the standard formalities I was informed I had been upgraded to a Premium room thanks to my Radisson Rewards Gold card.
The hotel offers 134 rooms divided into Standard rooms, Superior rooms, Premium rooms, Family rooms, Junior suites and Suites. They also offer what they call ‘Individual rooms’ which are basically small single rooms, ideal for people staying just one night and who just need a simple place to stay for the night.
I had booked a Standard room but at check-in I was upgraded to a Premium room thanks to my Gold card. The Premium room was very spacious measuring 39 sqm and had a large king-sized bed. There are also Premium rooms with twin beds.
Most of the design was in dark wood with the furniture in yellow and beige. Other than a king-sized bed there was also a work desk, two armchairs with a side table, a TV, mini bar, a closet and a safe.
The bathroom was somewhat small but had a bathtub and the standard Radisson toiletries from This Works.
And as a welcome gift, a recognition of my gold status, there was a bottle of beer, some popcorn and some crisps waiting on the desk, which was a nice touch.
Overall the room gave a good impression. The interior was in an excellent condition, the room was very spacious and also fairly elegant, without being over the top.
Food and drinks
The hotel has a restaurant and a bar. The bar is located in the lobby and is a rather relaxed and informal place where you will also find a pool table. I made a quick visit to the bar in the evening to have a beer before going to bed.
The restaurant is also located on the ground floor, at the end of a corridor from the lobby, and has a similar design. Stylish but fairly relaxed. I never visited the restaurant in the evening, it was probably closed when I arrived anyway, but I did visit it in the morning as this is where they serve the breakfast.
The hotel has a fitness centre on the ground floor where there is also a sauna and a steam room. There is also a conference centre with a banquet room and two meeting rooms. And for those interested in archeology, have a look through the floor in the small lobby outside the restaurant.
The service was friendly throughout the stay, at the reception, at the bar and in the restaurant in the morning. Nothing to complain about. And of course the upgrade to a Premium room, two categories from a Standard room, was appreciated, just like the small welcome gift.
The breakfast was served in the hotel restaurant on the ground floor. On a warm summer’s day the restaurant also has an outdoor terrace overlooking the old town where you can enjoy the breakfast in the sun.
The breakfast had most things you would expect from a Radisson Blu breakfast buffet with both hot and cold items.
Good value for money. The location is excellent, the staff friendly and the room was well-appointed. Neither the hotel bar nor the restaurant will probably win any awards, but otherwise there was nothing whatsoever to complain about during the stay and I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again.