The company inviting me to Poland booked me for 5 nights in the Neptun. The past 2 years I had stayed at the Orbis (locally known as Hotel Gdynia) and that was one big step down in terms of luxury. So I was ready to be very picky.
And failed miserably.
The Neptun is a bit farther away from the seaside, but no more than a 10-mn walk to the harbour, under 15 mn to the Orbis and the beach. It is located right off the main business road, so anything from a doctor to a manicure can be reached in minutes. Also, plenty of bus stops around the corner.
Room decoration is not exactly engaging, a bit on the 70's side, shades of brown, but I didn't stay in the room long enough to mind. As far as comfort goes, there were cable TV, extra blankets, and a good-sized walk-in closet. There is no laundry service, but the hotel will show you a laundry place just a bit up the road.
I was much more concerned about the state of the mattress, which seemed very thin. My back has zero tolerance for bad mattresses. Well, in 5 nights, nothing to report, slept like a baby. No street sounds either.
Room and bathroom were absolutely spotless, cleanliness apparently rates very high here.
Was lucky to get a room with a balcony, #204. Colleagues report that some other rooms are smaller, but most do get a lot of light.
The staff was excellent, working the phones for my smallest requests, as I speak no Polish. I was attending a film festival and worked weird hours; there was never any problem about having the room serviced at 3 PM, which is not that frequent in hotels of any category.
I was leaving town early in the morning - 5 AM - and requested tea; at 5:05 got a phone call stating my tea was ready at the reception. Turned out it came with a bag of fresh homemade sandwiches and a banana. Cool.
Otherwise, regular hotel breakfast is okay, though plates don't get refilled much, so get there before 9. You'll be offered an extra hot dish : scrambled eggs or frankfurters or fruit pancake. Restaurant staff speaks no English, so mime skills can be a plus...
My only regret, though in no way a minus to the hotel, is that no rooms are equipped with bathtubs. I'm a bathtub addict . Good shower, though, and ultra clean.
So, if your budget doesn't allow for the fancier places, the Neptun is a good value for money option.
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