Gdansk for Valentine’s Day 2013 – Amber for her, Zywiec for him

Fancy somewhere different, beautiful and very affordable for Valentine’s Day this February? Why not head off for a romantic getaway to pretty Gdansk on the Baltic Coast in Poland?

…. and only a short 2hr flight later and only around £300 per couple (hotel + flight!!!), you could be enjoying beautiful city views like this on a 3 night long weekend break: (with maybe a bit more snow 🙂 )

Gdansk Neptune Statue
Gdansk Neptune Statue

For her: nothing beats hours of gorgeous Amber jewellery shopping for the ladies … plus spa hotels, Artus court, great panorama views and seaside strolls

For him: Zywiec (of course!), Westerplatte WW2 peninsula, boats, trams and a Museum of Torture 🙂 … and a cheap price! 😉

Here’s a webcam to see the infamous Gdansk Dluga Ulica (Long Street) with its beautiful townhouses: …. this is where you could be strolling arm in arm (or hugging as it’s quite cold!) before popping into one of the multitude of Amber shops.

Flight prices:

  • weekend of 9 – 12th February : only £55 return with Wizzair from London Luton to Gdansk
  • 10th – 14th Feb (to spend Valentine’s Day in Gdansk) : only £65 return with Wizzair from London Luton to Gdansk

5* Hotels:

  • 5* Radisson Blu Gdansk (£210 for 3 nights over Valentine’s Day weekend) has beautiful suites and great views from the breakfast rooms onto the Dluga Street
  • 5* Hilton Gdansk (£195 for 3 nights over Valentine’s Day weekend) has great rooftop views and a rooftop (indoor) pool
  • 5* Sheraton (£155 for 3 nights over Valentine’s Day weekend) and 5* Grand Hotel (£170 for 3 nights over Valentine’s Day weekend)  in Sopot are both luxurious hotels on the beach in Sopot

Romatic things to do in Gdansk:

  • Stroll along the beautifully scenic cobbled Ulica Mariacka (st Mary’s) – right by the Church – and browse the gorgeous Amber boutiques, after popping into the Amber Museum of course to whet your apetite for these beautiful stones
  • Walk up to the top of the Town Hall tower on the Dluga Street and take in the views over Gdansk
  • Stroll along the Motlawa River in the evening and pop into one of the restaurants, a drink on the pirate ship, or a romanitc nightcap in the exclusive rooftop bar in the Gdansk Hilton
  • Go to the snug Blekitny Pudel (Blue Poodle) cafe/restaurant in Sopot for a romantic drink and slice of delicious cake
  • Share a plate of a variety of delicious dumplings in Pierogania u Dzika (Wild Boar’s Pierogi Restaurant) – yum!
  • Head over into one of the spas in the luxurious Grand Hotel or Sheraton on the beach in Sopot and have a relaxing massage followed by a dip in the pool
Gdansk Old Town by night
Gdansk Old Town by night
Amber shops and bars
Amber shops and bars
Mariacka Street Gdansk
Mariacka Street Gdansk

Tempted? We guarantee that you’ll fall in love with Gdansk when you go 🙂

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Radisson Blu Hotel Gdansk – a lovely sunny breakfast in the centre of Old Town

Having spent a lovely weekend in Gdansk, the only thing we left regretting is that we should’ve spent more than 1 night in the lovely Radisson Blu hotel! (next time!) 🙂

Gdansk in morning sunshine - view from Radisson Blu terrace
Gdansk in morning sunshine – view from Radisson Blu terrace

We arrived at the hotel around midnight (with a Wizzair flight from Luton), and we were pleasantly surprised that the very friendly reception staff allocated us one apartment and one double room, even that late in the day – it did mean we had to share double beds, but that’s just a typical girlie weekend isn’t it 🙂

The location of the hotel is great – if you wake up and you’re not quite sure where you are – simply step out onto the sun-filled breakfast terrace, and you’re smack bang in the middle of Gdansk‘s main street – Ulica Dluga (‘Long street’ – and it is!).

The reception staff are also very helpful if you need planning your day in Gdansk or directions of how to get to places – but the location is seriously so good that you’re close to everywhere. The train station is a 20 min walk, Artus house is 5 mins and the town hall and Neptune fountain which can be seen from the hotel are only a couple mins walk, if you want the boat to Hel, Westerplatte or Sopot, just turn right towards the Motlawa river and you’ll find all the day boats and pirate ships moored there.

The room rates are very reasonable – we booked through and got 2 rooms for 1 night for a total of £133 – not bad between 4 people for a lovely 5* city centre hotel! 🙂

The double rooms are very nice, plasma screen tvs (2 in the apartment!), coffee & tea making facitilies, a very comfortable bed and a very large bathroom – definitely the favourite aspect! The apartment was great, a large living area with sofas and a TV, a desk area, a bedroom area with another TV, and a really large bathroom with a separate toilet -we seriously wished we were staying more than 1 night! There’s also a funky nespresso coffee machine in every room – what more do you need? 🙂

Breakfast buffet costs 60 zloty (£11) so it’s up to you if you decide on that or go for some pastries in the local bakeries (lots around). We decided to go the hotel breakfast buffet (after a night flight – we needed sustenance). The food selection is great – full on cold buffet, plus hot buffet, lots of choice of many different breads (Polish bread is to die for as you’ve seen from all our posts!), eggs, cheeses, sausages as well as lots of types of juices, pastries, yoghurts etc – needless to say we stocked up well for the day!

If you stay during the colder months or just fancy relaxing in the evenings, the Radisson has a very nice relaxation spa area underground. There’s loungers, saunas and a vapour area where you can sit, chill out and breathe in some calm steam …. perfect after a day of sightseeing…. before the night of food & drinking 😉

We arrived by taxi, but if you hire a car while in Gdansk, the hotel has a small underground car park. Interestingly while they were building it they excavated some ruins of an old church that stood there – you can see parts of the church when you go into the sun lit glass lobby, and there’s ceramic pots from the excavation site under the glass floor as you go into the restaurant – look out for them! 🙂

All this writing is making us want to go back there …. off to check out the rates for the Christmas markets in December! 🙂

Enjoy our hotel photos below :

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