A little research led me to better understand the difference between Hampton Inn and Hampton by Hilton, in case you’re as curious as I was, for when I walked into as this new property in Gdansk, Poland, it was apparent that this wasn’t my father’s Hampton Inn. Turns out that while most US locations have kept the original Hampton Inn name, starting in 2007, international locations have opted for the new branded name. I’ve been to plenty of Hampton Inn locations with a full range of experiences since brand refresh campaigns in 2012 and 2013, and while most properties have been updating bathrooms, furniture with power access and more social space, some have embraced more renovations that others.
As this was a new location, I wasn’t surprised this was by far the best stay I’ve had at any Hampton Inn. Aside from the decor and incredibly light and airy design aesthetic, the service was helpful, internet plenty fast (and free) and included the most plentiful complimentary breakfast offering I’ve seen in a value hotel property (let alone ignoring the fact that typically European locations are far and above better than US ones. Seriously, this breakfast didn’t just beat out any other breakfast at a value hotel property, it gave the ones I had recently at both the Sheraton Warsaw Club and Westin Warsaw Club a run for their money.
While it wasn’t the biggest room available (I’ve let my Hilton status lapse) I was happy to be at the end of the hallway and had additional windows which helped brighten the room. The easy chair was comfy, the outlets plentiful, bedding clean and even had complimentary bottled water. The bathroom was well laid out and super brand new so no complaints there.
I didn’t spend too much time in the gym beyond some treadmill time in the morning; if you should so choose a more intense workout, they had all the basic necessary equipment and machines. The lobby was quite large and included a mix of lounge furniture, workspace, quiet corners, tables both of regular height and some taller. The location of the property is only a 5 minute walk from the Gdansk Oliwa station and is less than a 10 minute walk to the Oliwa Business Center, home to a blooming IT and coding industry including the innovative O4 Coworking space and Amazon’s home office for the Alexa team (as it turns out she is in fact, Polish).
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