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Central Hotel Gdańsk

Craft Beer Central Hotel, Podwale Grodzkie 4, 80-895, Gdańsk, Poland

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By train. 2 mins from the platform.

This amazing station hotel, the former ‘Railway Clinic’, is a 2-minute walk from the Gdansk Station, and dressed in exactly the same Victorian Amsterdamese. A brewery occupies the basement. Food and beer delicious. Rooms huge. Earplugs provided in case the sound of trains gliding in from Warsaw and Gydana disturb you. For some it just adds the thrill of traffic, though earplugs would be useful in the restaurant, where the music is about as soothing as knife and fork on metal plate in a canteen.

True the hotel is not a pretty street, on rather a busy one in fact, skirting the old centre. But it only takes a few minutes to walk into old town proper. And since you need to be ready to do a fair bit of walking to enjoy Gdansk, it is neither here nor there, and my is it a real luxury to be so close to the station. Sopot for breakfast and Teutonic Malbork Castle, are so easy to get to, for example.

Confusingly the Central is officially called the Craft Beer Central Hotel, but Central is its name, so look for that when you turn right out the station door. And the crafty beer is very good after a long traipse. Though easy to walk back from, the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre is just far enough for you to ask a taxi to take you. Make sure he turns the metre on.

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