Best Place to Stay in Gdansk: The Hanza Hotel

August 31, 2018

best place to stay in Gdansk

My friends are envious of my “glamorous” life. I love being a travel writer, and my life is certainly filled with fun and adventure, but it’s hardly glamorous.  It’s often difficult.  I’m currently on a one-month trip taking me through Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Poland.  I’ve been on planes, trains, buses, vans, trams, cars, taxis and Uber.  I’ve had delays, cancellations, near misses running to catch a train, drivers who never showed up, schlepped luggage through cobblestone streets, crammed into standing room only public transportation, and it’s not over. I’ve spent days in airports waiting for my canceled flight to be rebooked, standing in under-staffed lines for 3 hours.


Sitting outside the police station in Lviv, Ukraine at midnight

It Can Happen to Anyone

In Ukraine, my beloved new Samsung smartphone was pickpocketed while I was climbing a crowded narrow spiral staircase to get a sunset photo on the terrace of a popular restaurant.  I’m a savvy traveler, and I research “travel scams” for whatever destination I’m traveling to, but this particular scenario wasn’t listed as a problem. I had to go to three different police stations, starting at 11 pm, to file a report to open an investigation.  I was so thankful to be on a JayWay Travel tour because I had to have a witness (Petra, the JayWay videographer) and interpreter (Katia, the JayWay Destination Guide) because none of the officers spoke English. The two of them, and my friend Alison helped me through the ordeal.

I never unpack because I seldom stay 2 nights in the same hotel. I’ve had motion sickness and a mild (thank God!) case of travelers’ diarrhea.  I’ve had several 16-hour workdays, after which I returned to my hotel room, checked emails, download and edited photos for social media before going to sleep, never before midnight.

But, wait…

where to stay in Gdansk

Today, after yet another delayed flight, I arrived in Gdansk and checked into the Hanza Hotel, a boutique hotel in the old town section.  I opened the door and a smile swept across my face as I was greeted by a spacious suite, with French doors leading into the bedroom.

where to stay in Gdansk

As a former interior designer, I immediately fell in love with the quirky décor.  I mean, who wouldn’t want a chiseled Neptune standing guard ready to dispatch any bad dreams?

view of old town

This is the view I see while laying in my bed!

And the views over the streets of old town from both the bedroom and living area are fantastic.

hanza hotel

More Than Just a Room

For dinner, I had to go no further than the terrace of my hotel which overlooked the canal, currently lined with colorful vendor stalls celebrating the Festival of St. Dominic.  I surprised myself by ordering simple roasted chicken, highly unusual for me because I’m not overly fond of chicken, but I couldn’t fathom the thought of more of the “authentic” – hearty-but-heavy food I’d been fed over the last few weeks in Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Poland.  I simply cannot eat another dumpling/pierogi/varenyky or potato pancake or a pork/beef fillet swimming in thick, creamy gravy.  I’m not saying those things aren’t tasty, just that a little goes a long way and I’ve had to eat more than I’d like.  My current chicken was crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and served over tastily prepared green beans and potato puree.  It was delicious.

As darkness fell, I returned to my room, where I immediately filled the gigantic tub with water and slipped into it, soaking for an hour before wrapping myself in the fluffy white robe provided – the first one on this trip.  Sure, I still have an hour or so of work to do before I can sleep, but my soul is refreshed anew and I’m looking forward to exploring Gdansk tomorrow, knowing I’ll return to Hanza, the best place to stay in Gdansk, for another night – a rare treat.

Many thanks to JayWay Travel for spoiling me yet again!  Stay tuned for more about my extraordinary visit to Gdansk!

best place to stay in Gdansk

Oh, Gdansk! Who knew you’d turn out to be one of my favorite Central European cities!

hanza hotel gdansk

Disclosure:  The author was honored to be the guest of JayWay Travel during her stay in Poland, but as always, the opinions, reviews, and experiences are her own.

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About the Author

Patti MorrowPatti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of the award-winning blog Luggage and Lipstick. TripAdvisor called her one of “20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials.”  Patti is the author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone,” and has over 150 bylines in 40 print and online publications, including The Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, Washington Post Sunday Travel, Travel Girl, Travel Play Live Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal.

Patti has traveled six continents looking for fabulous places and adventure activities for her Baby Boomer (and Gen X!) tribe. You can follow Patti on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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  1. Comment by Kyla Jocson

    Kyla Jocson Reply September 6, 2018 at 3:38 am

    I love the vibe that the bedroom view gives. It just looks so calming to me. Plus the view of the streets while eating! Ugh, I seriously want to take vacation leaves right now. Anyways, thank you for sharing the pics, plus your experiences 🙂

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply September 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the post!

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