Mixed feelings about this hostel after we stayed during the 2013 Open'er festival. Perfect location for those purposes, as it's a stone's throw from the train station (which is also where the festival shuttle buses run from).
No doubt it was an upgrade on camping and during the day, the hostel seemed pretty clean. I've stayed in A LOT worse but there were times when basic jobs weren't being done (re-filling toilet paper/hand towels) and the staff weren't actively helpful.
On arrival we saw one member of staff being far from helpful to one girl who wanted directions to a bar/restaurant. He was giving one-word answers, not referring to the map etc. Not like the best hostels where they go out of their way to help strangers to a town.
Beds were ok, they come with a lockable compartment underneath, though mine was knocked through into the next one and a room mate's fell to pieces at one point. Hardly Fort Knox. Bathrooms were good at some points of the day, not so great at others, which I appreciate isn't always easy to keep on top of but I've seen other hostels do so much more effectively.
It's about a 15/20min walk to the beach, which is not a problem really.
Only other criticism would be the lack of a genuine common area for people from other rooms to mingle. We were lucky in that we got on with our roommates, but if we hadn't there was no real escape haven. Sorely missed during a festival when individual rooms were partying but not really intermixing. Shame.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You are cordially invited to InGdynia Hostel in the heart of Gdynia - a lively and modern seaside resort as well as Poland's capital of yachting, Polish films and music. InGdynia Hostel is located in the city centre of Gdynia. We are close to everything which a backpacker could possibly need - bus stations, train station, harbour, supermarkets, exchange offices, beach, yacht club, planetarium, oceanarium, cinemas, theatres, swimming pools, restaurants, clubs and pubs. Main railway station and bus station are in the closest neighbourhood. It is a perfect local transport to Gdańsk and Sopot or stadiums, sports and concerts halls located in 3city. We offer you 32 beds in comfortable rooms which can accommodate respectively 2, 3, 6 and 8 persons. The design of rooms is related to modern and friendly looking of Gdynia. We understand the needs of budget travellers and are here to help you save money. At our hostel, you enjoy FREE coffee and tea, FREE lockers, FREE internet access, and FREE tourist information. There is a fully equipped kitchenette available 24h. Chillout area with library is perfect for relaxing. Special offers for groups. It would be our pleasure to accommodate you in Gdynia! ... more less