Baltic Hostel, Gdańsk

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UNSAFE, WAS ATTACKED

DO NOT STAY HERE, IT IS UNSAFE!!!!!A group of 4 of us stayed a few nights ago at the Baltic Hostel it was the stuff of nightmares. When asleep a man broke down our glass door and had to be dragged off me by the police. Blood was everywhere and my phone got trodden on. But all the hostel has to say was they arent responsible for peoples actions. But how can someone be able to repeatedly ram a door and break the glass a room which was opposite a reception we were told was manned 24 hours a day. We are all very shaken and upset we did not get any money for compensation and were told it was a hostel for the lower end of society not travelers. WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE. Apart from this hostel Gdansk itself was lovely and I would well recommend it but staying in another hotel more in the city centre!!!!

Anonymous
2012-01-22
England

The worst ever

Never in all my years of traveling I had been to such a bad place like baltic hostel. The history is almost unbelievable. It can't be considered a hostel, but just a fraud, I'm sorry to say. First, you can't see the building from the train station, as is advertised. Actually, it's quite hidden and very difficult to find (even though it's not far). Therefore we're already facing a fraud. Second, they don't keep record of online reservations, so you can very well (depending on the receptionists mood) lose the money you advanced and, what is worst, you can find that there's no bed for you! Third, there are no lockers, contrary -- again -- to what is advertised. Fourth, it's a very smoky place, smoking is allowed everywhere except in the rooms, but the doors to these are almost always open, so it's practically a 100% smoking place. Fifth, you can't pay with credit cards. Sixth, there's no Wi-Fi, and only one computer, to which there is always somebody plucked. Seventh, the manager of the place, who makes the night shift, brings there his friends and drink and talk and smoke and party all night long. Really noisy place. Eight, here comes the story -- the girl that "cleans" gets into the room at 8 in the morning, leaves the door open and starts making noise, so I can't sleep anymore. Then, upon waking up, I was told to change rooms (despite having my reservation for two nights) because "there was a family coming" to my dorm. Well, I go to the toiled and when I return, about half past eight (way before check out time), I find that my things had been removed by the staff, I didn't have a bed anymore, and the family had got into the dorm! I was literally kicked out of the dorm, and only some minutes later was locked! I had to ask them to unlock it for me to pick up my things and leave. Unbelievable. Ninth, there wasn't any hot water left in the showers, once more contrary to what they advertise. Tenth, on complaining to the manager he stares at me cynically saying "it's normal, this is a hostel." In short, don't even think of staying here. If you're in a budget, believe me, you'll sleep much better on a bench in the park.

Alejandre Calvino
2008-07-30
Spain

Not really a hostel.

I had booked a six-bed room for a my group of six friends. Upon arrival, they split us up in three different rooms with other people. The receptionist lady was neither friendly nor helpful. We took our fate and after one night, we could be in a room together. The rooms themselves are quite nice, the whole hostel is renovated. But still, there were a lot of things we didn't like -- Many rooms are walk-through rooms, some with windows to the hallway so you see light the whole night. There were some very strange people, not many young backpackers like you would expect in a hostel. The owner had his first beer for breakfast. The rooms were so crowded, you didn't know where to step. There is one bathroom, shared, with two showers, sometimes only cold water. In general, it was quite clean. What disturbed me most was that there were no keys at all. Every stranger could walk right through the front door into your room. Coming from a camping trip, we had lots of valuable things and there were no lockers like it is said in the description. We could give our passports and mobiles to the receptionist, but what about our camping equipment worth several hundred Euros? Also, you have to pay in cash and don't expect any change! There is no real reception. So, you can have a good time there, but be prepared to feel unsafe and to get very cozy with some strangers.

Angie
2007-08-24
Germany

Hostel raised prices after booking. Unacceptable.

The hostel isn't worth it at all. Room was clean and ok. Breakfast modest (bread, jam, eggs, tea). Location: a bit far from the center, just next to railway station though so can't complain if you are arriving/leaving by train. Stairway/common facilities: smelled heavily like mould, shabby, unisex showers/toilets, you can't lock the shower, awful bed where you can feel the springs pushing against your back while trying to sleep... All in all, you can find much better with that money (especially hostels that play it fair).

Ville
2007-07-12
Finland

We would never have found Baltic Hostel without the friendly assistance of people on the street. The owner's directions are horrible! We walked around with our heavy backpack for more than one hour on a sweltering hot day, asking directions from people who sort of knew where the hostel was. Finally, one man, without me having asked him, led me right to the crosswalk and showed me the path. According to the directions on the website, you should stand in the train station and look for a red brick building on a hill. The only problem with that is that all the buildings in the neighborhood are red brick, and there is no hill. In fact, the hostel is sitting in a hole, and you can't see it from the train station. Everyone we talked to at the hostel had the same problems finding it. Even the taxi drivers refuse to try finding it!

The Baltic hostel is a very noisy and crowded hostel. Just when we thought our dark and gloomy six-bed dorm couldn't get any more crowded, they brought in another cot and put it in the middle of the room. From our upper bunk, we risked jumping down onto a stranger's face! Also, there seem to be a lot of partiers here, including a group of seventy-five students from Spain during our stay. People were constantly coming and going to and from our room all night long. The extra creaky bedroom door doesn't help either (it kept us awake three nights in a row).

Luckily, on our last night we got somewhat of a reprieve from the crowds and snoring roommates. When we took our blanket and pillow out to the sofa in the common area, we found the owner still awake and watching TV. After explaining the situation to him, he led us to an empty six-bed dorm. After three sleepless night, it was heaven! We woke up to soft sunlight streaming in through the gauzy curtains. If morning sun is important to you, try to get a room facing the street.

There seem to be only two toilets and two shower stalls for what could be as many as 100 or so guests, and the bathrooms are always full. There's always a line to use the shower, but the toilets are usually readily accessible. Considering the amount of traffic through the place, it's remarkably clean. Not immaculate by any stretch of the imagination, but really acceptable.

The dining room and lounge is comfortable and has lots of large windows. The breakfast, which is included, consists of coffee and tea, toasted bread, and eggs that were somewhere between hard and soft boiled. There doesn't seem to be any limit to the amount you can eat, and coffee and tea are available twenty-four hours. There is one computer for free internet, but it isn't always working.

The owner/manager always seems to go out of his way to be helpful -- even lent us an iron for our clothes. The electrical sockets in the room turned out to be dead, but another guest used the iron a few days later in the dining room with no problems.

In spite of the drawbacks, we would probably give this place another shot, just because it's such a friendly place. The management is very accommodating, and it's easy to meet the other guests. Just don't plan on getting a lot of sleep.

Barbara Pavlik
2006-12-04
USA

The positive things were clean room, bed sheets, and towels; free food (in the fridge, pizza at late night, bread, nice breakfast 'till 11 a.m.); nice people working in a good mood; location (close to the station and ten minutes to the center, walking); free maps of the city with interest points; last but not least the price. The negative things were difficult to find (but locals helped); very small toilets; only two showers (we were there with twenty more people!), that was the reason why we didn't gave four stars; the kitchen is composed of a microwave, a sink, a fridge, and a egg boiler. This hostel is perfect for you if you have an open mind and don't judge the building by the main door (literally).

Susy & Bascu
2006-10-16

We stayed three nights here in June 2006. Good things about this hostel are the nice rooms, free coffee and tea, hot showers, free internet (when you can get a spot on the only computer). Average things are that the location was not bad, just outside the old town, the price was also reasonable. Bad things are the immense amounts of smoke in the common room beginning early in the morning and without stopping until past midnight, the owner/manager always sitting around watching every little thing you do and arbitrarily creating rules, little or no space to cook, and the bathrooms were not clean and had no soap or towels. Overall, we felt uncomfortable and did not enjoy our stay.

Thrillhous
2006-06-06

I stayed here in January and I'm pretty sure that this hostel is basically brand new. The location is good it's on the other side of the tracks from the old town, but it only takes maybe 10 minutes to walk there. Everything in the hostel is clean and new. However, when I was there only one shower was working (which wasn't a problem because my friend and I were the only two people staying there). The "kitchen" consists of a sink, a fridge, kettle, coffee maker and an egg boiler machine. No hotplate or stove. The main common room is big and nice. The man who ran the place was nice, but we only saw him twice the rest of the time we were left alone in the hostel. The only downside to this hostel is the building it's in. the entry area and staircase you walk up to get to the hostel is disgusting it has a terrible smell of 40 year old cat pee and who knows what else. No exaggeration. Getting into the hostel became an exercise in holding my breath. But once in the hostel there are no bad smells at all. So if you can handle holding your breath for 30 seconds then this would be a good place to stay.

Stacy
2005-03-21

Baltic Hostel Reviews from the Web

The location is quite good, close to the center, unless you dont quite like to walk home in dark streets !

Jerome Aicart
2012-08-20

Very friendly staff, nice breakfast, contents for separating rubbish, very nice!

PAULA SOARES
2012-08-04

The location was pretty good, close to the train staition and away from the noise of the main town.

Customer review
2012-07-28

Location - the best ever! Very close to the Old Town. And prices.

Customer review
2012-07-12

the hot water from the shower.

Customer review
2012-06-25

near the centre

vincenzo orrea
2012-06-11

Location was great

Customer review
2012-04-30

It is very cheap and quite clean. The beds are comfortable. The staff don't offer you their help but if you ask something they are nice. We were suposed to be in a room for 12 people and finally we stayed alone in a room for 6 people for the same price.

Customer review
2012-03-12

Quiet surroundings and very short walk to airport bus transfer pick-up point.

The guy at reception made breakfast soup for me, even before it was breakfast time.

Customer review
2012-02-19

its location, its price and its friendliness and helpfulness of the staff is very good.

ANGEL GOMEZ MARTINEZ
2012-01-03

It was clean and the breakfast was ok.

Customer review
2011-11-15

The rooms, bed and the facilities offered

Customer review
2011-10-13

Location and Price

Ruben Gonçalves
2011-10-03

location (15min from the train/bus station), value for the money, helpfull staff

Customer review
2011-09-26

there was a computer you could use and you got breakfast, even if it was very simple.

Customer review
2011-08-25

Very good location near to the main train and bus station in Gdansk, very close to old town and city centre.

Customer review
2011-08-11

small kitchenette to make tea and coffee at all times, rather quiet place (except for dog at neighbouring building)

if you just want a bed for the night, this place is ok!

Customer review
2011-08-01

clean,big space,nice staff and good location

chao jung huang
2011-07-26

It was cheap and close to the city center.

Customer review
2011-07-25

The clean it was the best

Customer review
2011-06-28

Description

This mysterious hostel is located just in front of the main train station in Gdansk. It consists of a few rooms in an old railway building, which has just been newly renovated and it makes the hostel an extremely cool place to stay at.

All our space, which is so important to enjoy your stay, and cosy interiors will make you feel right at home.

So if you are looking for a bit of adventure apart from taking a sight seeing tour in Gdansk, you definitely must stay here to experience this old building with a cool new design.

Location and Contact

Location

• From the Airport: All the online info says to take Bus B from the airport, but I tried that, and the driver told me to take Bus 110. Bus No. 110 will drop you off in front of the main train station, but you have to keep your eyes open. The main bus station is across the street from the train station, on the same side of the street that the bus drops you off at. (This bus does not enter the bus terminal). When you get off the bus, face the bus station and walk to your right on 3 Maja Street. Just before you come to a curve in the road (the road curves to the left, you will see a crosswalk. Cross the street here. After you cross, look for a narrow, cement path that seems to lead to nowhere. (See the photos). This is the path to the hostel. You will never find the hostel if you just rely on the street address, because the hostel is not visible from the street. The hostel is the last building along this path, and the entrance is around the corner. The hostel is on the second floor… try not to arrive at night; you'll have a hard time seeing where you're going. Also, it could be dangerous.
• From the Bus Station: Exit the bus station facing the train station and walk to your left. Follow the directions above.
• From the Train Station: You have two options. First, you can go toward the exit nearest platform (peron #1), but instead of exiting upstairs, take the underground tunnel that will take you across the street. Then, follow the directions above. Alternatively, take the exit closest to the highest numbered platform… I think it's peron #5. When you climb the stairs, you will find yourself in front of McDonalds and KFC. If you don't see these landmarks, you may have gone too far and passed through the underground tunnel which takes you to the shopping mall across the street. If so, just backtrack. Now, situate yourself so that you are facing the street with your back to McDonald's and KFC to your left. Walk down the sidewalk to your left. You will pass over a long bridge that goes alongside the train tracks. Around the point where the tracks start going under the bridge, you will see a set of stairs on your left that lead right down to the hostel's entrance. The small, green banner at second floor level is almost unnoticeable. The beautiful, arched entranceway that you see in the photo isn't noticeabole until you've already passed the stairway leading to the hostel. If you're in doubt about the location, look across the street to the right. You should see a bunch of cranes and smoke stacks.

Map

Map

Address: 3 Maja Street #25, Gdańsk (Gdañsk), Pomerania (Gdansk), Poland

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Website

Website Baltic Hostel Gdańsk www.baltichostel.com.pl
Phone Number: 721-96-57
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Facilities and Amenities

Breakfast

Parking

Towels

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Credit Card Payments

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Service Animals

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: WHOLE YEAR AROUND

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)

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