The enchanting Kociewian town of Starogard Gdański was a trip that kind of sowed my seeds for staying in Poland. I realised how cool it was to tour unusual and untouristic towns and feel passionate about them. My first visit to Starogard Gdański was in July 2016. It was a town that I wrote a lot about and got featured in the local newspaper as a result. I noticed that the swanky and luxury hotel in town was the Hotel Ren, but as a budget backpacker on my first visit, I actually chose to stay in and review the Hotel Noclegi Rekord.
Second time around, I was hanging around in Gdansk and Tczew, waiting on the promised travel tips from a now fake travel friend. Their tips didn’t come on time, and I was very very depressed, as they lied to me and disrespected my blogs, but I had already sorted out a few days in the swanky Hotel Ren, which is a little bit of of the way of the town centre of Starogard Gdański. So sadly I was here enjoying it without my so called friend’s advice, though I still had time to enjoy coffee in the town, regrettably missing out on a visit to Cafe Anka, one of my friend’s favourites. It was also a negative time of my life, so I never got round to writing this review until now.
Here are five things I liked about my stay here and why you should book this if you are going upmarket in Starogard Gdański.
1.Browar Kociewski Within the Hotel
What is amazing here is the the Browar Kociewski is housed inside the Hotel Ren! This is not only the only Brewery in Starogard Gdański but one of the best breweries in my time touring Poland so far. Put simply, it’s a brilliant brewery with a truly cosy bar.
2.Swankiest Hotel in Town
While the Noclegi Rekord might have won the prize as the “budget backpacker tip”, for the upmarket tourist, Hotel Ren feels like luxury. This is the best Hotel in Starogard Gdański. Without a doubt. It looks and feels the part but as a result is also the dearest option.
There is a huge spa and gym centre here for guest use. We are talking a full range of facilities. Swimming pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna and even a massage and medicure.
As with most hotels I have stayed in recently in Poland, including the Hotel Atelier in Biskupiec, the Hotel Zawisza in Bydgoszcz and the nearby Noclegi Rekord, Hotel Ren also dishes up a great breakfast. Included in the price, the dining area is a bit special…
Of course with luxury, should come comfort and you get the idea. A good night’s sleep and plenty of energy ahead of my epic “Kazimierz Deyna tour“!
A Hotel with not just a brewery, pool and spa but a full on ten pin bowling alley complete with separate bar! Not since I stayed in the Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea have I enjoyed such a choice of activities in a hotel.
Here are some videos from my time at the Hotel Ren in Starogard Gdański: