HONEY DEN HOSTEL
The first thing I’ll say about this hostel is that this was easily one of the most modern and stylish hostels I came across. Not only is it brilliantly located, but the staff are super friendly and hard working, and the accommodation itself is everything I expected it to be based from the images and description the hostel gives online.
THE HOSTEL It’s fair to say that the hostel is exactly as it’s pictured online, which usually isn’t the case! The whole hostel is pristine; from the kitchen to the bathrooms to the rooms. Basic but modern decoration certainly sets the hostel apart from others in the area, and the hostel itself is spacious and airy.
I was placed in room three which didn’t have a window, though this was absolutely no problem! The room was cleaned every day and was fairly sizable with plenty of room for the six bunk beds and an air conditioning unit, as well as lockers and a few other pieces of furniture.
The two bathrooms were squeaky clean and fairly spacious, and the facilities were modern and high spec. My only criticism of perhaps the whole hostel is that the floors were always SOAKED from the showers which made getting dressed etc. a bit cumbersome as your clothes were always getting wet, but this was literally such a minor thing!
THE STAFF Definitely one of the best parts of the hostel, the staff are amazing. Each member of staff I encountered always had a smile and time to talk or answer questions. They were all super polite and tried not to disturb guests as much as possible.
Since I was arriving out of reception hours, I was left clear instructions on how to gain access to the hostel and where I could find my key etc. which helped clear up any anxiety I had.
One member of staff, I didn’t catch his name, was especially helpful in booking me a taxi and waiting with me until it came. Not only was he super friendly and chatted away about travelling but he also made sure I got to the taxi okay.
THE LOCATION I’ll admit that when the taxi first pulled up in the street leading to the hostel, my first thought was ‘oh my god what have I done’. Bear in mind it was fairly late at night so it was pitch black, and I was still rattled with nerves about being by myself, so when I saw a few men on the street corner I was honestly tempted to turn back around.
That being said, when I woke up in the morning with the sun shining and a steely resolve to explore, it was like a whole new world. The area surrounding the hostel is SO charming and characteristic I must have taken about one hundred photos of the area alone. It definitely chased away any negatives thoughts I’d had the previous night!
The hostel is located about a five minute walk from the train station which is super handy! The trains run frequently between the three cities (Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia) and make getting from one to another a walk in the park. There are also several tram and bus stops near to the hostel, though I didn’t use any whilst I was there.
It’s also worth noting the little cafe that adjoins the hostel, Miod Melina Cafe, that is not only super cute and quirky, but also serves THE best lemonade, as well as several snacks and treats, some of which are vegetarian and vegan!
As a whole, Honey Den Hostel was absolutely brilliant! Fresh, modern and comfortable with incredibly friendly and helpful staff and definitely a hostel I’ll recommend far and wide!