Autumn 2021. In theory we could travel to other continents, but destinations we had in mind such as Japan or the United Kingdom were impossible to plan ahead. Instead we organised a rail trip to Eastern Europe, travelling to Berlin, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, Bratislava, Poprad, Vienna, Linz and Salzburg. By travelling to Germany, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Austria, we explore an area which was in the (not too distant) past bonded together by the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and by Austria-Hungary.
The Holiday Inn was our hotel of choice in Gdansk, as it was still brand new and smack bang in the middle of the historic harbour. It was only a short 20 minutes’ walk away from the station. From the outside the hotel looked good, a shining modern building in between older warehouses.
When we entered the lobby looked fresh and modern, yet the reception was rather cold. Not the friendliest lady that assisted us, it felt like checking in with a robot. She just did the formalities and handed us the room key, when enquiring about breakfast she didn’t know. At this point het friendlier male co-worker stepped in to try and save the situation, if he helped us in the first place we would have a better experience.
The room was small, but tastefully decorated in a naval theme. It had the nice new holiday inn style, just like in Hasselt. The bed was comfortable and there was a nice sofa in the room to relax on. Timothy was also pleased with his desk. Plenty of plugs where available, even some USB charging points. The minibar was empty but there where two complimentary bottles of water and a tea and coffee making facilities.
The bathroom was small but adequate with a big sink and a nice rainshower. There where multi-use products in the bathroom, which smelled nice.
The big downside was that due to corona there was no housekeeping in the room throughout the stay, so we had to ask for new towels on the second day. Aren’t we passed this type of cost cutting measures yet?
The gym was located on the 7th floor with a nice panoramic view of the harbour. The equipment was up to date and working.
Breakfast in the morning was served in the ground floor restaurant and contained some typical polish dishes. There was fish and sausages and polish crepes. What I did miss however where croissants or any other type of sweet bakery items, which is quite unusual for a hotel breakfast. Everything they do have on offer is tasty and of a good quality.
2021 Rail Tour of Imperial Europe
- POTSDAM 2021 | Schloss Sanssouci.
- 1945 Potsdam Conference’s Cecilienhof Palace.
- Potsdam 2021.
- REVIEW | InterContinental Berlin.
- BERLIN 2021 | Pergamon, ‘Das Panorama’.
- BERLIN 2021 | Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace.
- BERLIN 2021 | The Bundestag in the Reichstag.
- Berlin 2021.
- By train from Berlin to Gdansk via Szczecin.
- Stopover in Szczecin.
- REVIEW | Restauracja Ritz in Gdańsk.