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Written by Yasmin

Every trip has its purpose. Sometimes accommodation is less significant (‘We’ll never be in the room anyway’), and sometimes the hotel becomes a very central part of the whole travel experience. For me (Yasmin), Hotel Sadova definitely was a part of shaping my Gdansk experience. The design hotel opened in June 2016, and is located 7 minutes from the city center. The hotel gave a fresh impression; combining industrial and modern interior with facilities like an indoor pool, sauna and an attractive bar. Here’s a list of our favorite parts of the hotel!


5 things we enjoyed about Hotel Sadova, Gdansk:


1. Gin and Tonics at the Hotel Bar

We established a little “vacation routine” (gotta love those!) of beginning every evening with a Gin and Tonic on Bombay Gin at the hotel bar, adjacent to the entrance and lobby. Mouthwatering! Give them a try if you’re ever around!


2. The indoor pool

When I posted an image of the indoor pool on my Instagram, people joked about vampires and blood because of the dramatic colour. For everyone’s information, the pool actually shifts colours, so unfortunately (having just re-watched the two first seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), there were no vampires in sight. The red colour was my favorite, though!
From red...
To blue...
To green...

Maybe it’s because of my event background, but I really love when venues put some effort into enhancing the esthetic touch and visual experience of facilities. With colour lightning and a contemporary art constellation in red, this indoor pool became so much more than just a fitness area. The hotel also offered a small gym for its sporty guests, and an infrared sauna (slightly too cool for me, but I guess those require less power and therefore are a better and more sustainable alternative). With a blizzard outside, we really enjoyed being able to escape the cold in the hotel's relax area - and I wouldn't mind having even longer opening hours for the pool (currently it closes at 9 pm).


3. Restaurant Papieroovka

Second evening, we decided to try out the hotel’s own restaurant and explore their mixture of Polish and European cuisine. After eating appetizers, beef tartares (my favorite!), duck and meat, we were very happy with our decision!
Appetizer: Duck’s breast sous vide served with potato fondant, hazelnut powder and pear mousse.
Starter: Beef tartar with apple sauce and parmesan crisp with a glass of white Chardonnay was a great choice for starter. I'm a huge fan of beef tartars, and love to try new variations of them. The fruity elements were, for me, a new take on the classic dish. 
Maincourse: Duck with red cabbage puree, romanesco cauliflower, potato fondants and caramelised orange. 


4. The Breakfast Buffet

Breakfasts are really my THING, so we spent at least 2 hours, eating, drinking coffee and reading books (yes, we do bring books to the breakfast) every day. Best part of vacation!
The backdrop for the breakfast buffet was very Instagram-friendly!


5. The Rooms

The rooms were of high standard with a modern and elegant touch, including all necessities that one could need. The only thing that would made it better would be a better view - but that's hardly a dealbreaker for me when I'm on a weekend trip. The rooms were overall a pleasure to stay in!
To sum up, it was a pleasure to experience Gdansk while staying at Hotel Sadova. As long as the price level in Poland is so much cheaper than in Sweden, I think it's worth spending some extra money on both good food and accomondation. Hotel Sadova is a very new addition to the hotel market in Gdansk, and currently building its reputation, but I'm sure it will end up being one of the most popular hotels in the area. The staff were super friendly and had great English skills, which of course makes the hotel experience much better. Thank you for this time, Hotel Sadova!Read more about my Gdansk trip here: 3 Reasons to Visit Gdansk, Poland//Yasmin

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“But why Gdansk?” was a frequent reaction when I (Yasmin) announced the plans for our weekend trip. The lot fell on Gdansk by chance, when my boyfriend and I were browsing through the offers on travel portal Travelbird. We found a deal that included flight tickets, two nights at a 4-star hotel, breakfast buffet and private transfer for only 1500 SEK per person - but more so, it was the possibility to experience a less classical weekend destination that made us click the BUY-button. Located one hour away from Stockholm by plane, Gdansk attracted us with great food for low-cost, and the opportunity to hang out and eat long hotel breakfasts at the newly opened design hotel Sadova.
Join us as we visit one of Polen's most popular cities and share 3 things you should not miss during your visit to Gdansk.


1) The Christmas Lightning in Oliwa Park
The park is located about 15 minutes with car from Gdansk city center, so the easiest way to get there is by cab or Uber, although there supposedly is a tram station nearby. Oliwa Park is an absolute MUST if you’re in Gdansk during Christmas time. Our driver rolled his eyes when we asked him if he’d been there, “Yes, I have been there, my girlfriend forced me to go see the christmas lights”  (yeah yeah, use the good old ‘blame the girlfriend’-card), but I’m CONFIDENT that no one can enter this park without being completely amazed by their Christmas lightning, with the impressive “Wall of lights” being the park’s flagship!
2) Delicious food with golden liqueur at restaurant Goldwasser
You know when you have had one of those amazing dinners that you instantly know you’ll end up talking about for a long time? As soon as we took the first bite of our Goldwasser’s Chateaubriand medium rare-steak, we immediately knew that this dinner would be one of those meals we'd look back at. We rounded off our fantastic dinner with their traditional 40-percent Goldwasser liqueur with real 23-carat gold flakes - a great ending to a really good restaurant experience! The prices are high in comparison to the normal price level in Poland, but the restaurant is a brilliant place to treat yourself while being in Gdansk.

Address: Długie Pobrzeże 22, 22-100 Gdańsk, Polen
Phone: +48 58 301 88 78
Website:
http://www.goldwasser.pl/en/
Goldwasser is a fancy restaurant with a fantastic decor and serviceminded staff, located next to the water.
3) Traditional Polish dishes for budget prices at Jadalnia Pod Zielonym Smokiem
Somewhat difficult to find (we walked by the restaurant twice!) because of its location on the basement floor on ul. Szeroka 125, BUT this restaurant (a highly recommended lunch spot) is well worth its Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence. This where you’ll find typical Polish dishes for very cheap prices (our lunch with drinks, soup and main courses for two persons cost less than 100 SEK/10 euros!) in a genuine and simple setting, which was exactly what we were looking for! Gdansk was pretty calm during our visit, but this restaurant was by far the most crowded one of all the ones we visited.

Address: ul. Szeroka 125, Gdansk 80-835, Polen
Phone: +48 510 071 991
Website:
http://www.zielonysmok.com.pl/
Summary of Gdansk
My first visit in Poland was Sopot two years ago, and even though the city itself was beautiful, my general impression of the service level was not positive. Gdansk, on the other hand, exceeded my expectations! Everyone were super friendly and helpful, and the wining and dining-experience alone makes it worth a visit.
We were in Gdansk between Tuesday-Thursday, and during weekdays the city is very calm, i.e. nothing for people seeking vibrant nightlife. According to the locals, Sopot is a better choice for clubbing. The quietness of the city didn’t disturb us at all, but good for people to know in order to manage expectations. When (and not if) I return to Gdansk, I’d love to go right before the Holidays to experience the Christmas lightnings and get into the right Christmas spirit.
Club Bunkier: During evenings, this preserved building from the Second World War, turns into a night club. Unfortunately, it was pretty calm during our visit in Gdansk.


Find holiday deals with Travelbird

Other than the premiere to Gdansk, it was also the first time I traveled with Travelbird. With so many elements (flights, private transfer to and from the hotel, accommodation etc), we were a bit sceptical. We all know how some offers just sound too good to be true, but I must say I’m positively surprised with everything! It's not the last time I travel with them.The flights are from Skavsta airport in Sweden (probably one of the most boring and soulless airports in the world), but my #travelhack is simply to make the 1,5 hour bus ride to the airport a part of the experience: Buy coffee, sandwiches, listen to podcasts, plan your trip, and the transport will pass in a heartbeat!

Here's a detailed blog post about our stay at the brand new design hotel Sadova.
//Yasmin

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This trip was made in collaboration with Hamburg Tourism and NordicTB.

With a couple of hours left until my flight back to Stockholm, I (Sheida) decided to go for a walk along the Alster Lake, followed by a traditional Afternoon Tea at the renowned Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Join us as we try their award-winning Afternoon Tea with one of Hamburg's most well-read tea masters! 

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are Nodes

A Grand Luxery Hotel in the Heart of Hamburg

Seeing it was Sunday, freezing, and most of the shops were closed, an afternoon spent in front of an open fire with a warming cup of tea felt like a good idea. During the walking tour the previous day (read our full Hamburg guide here), our guide Tomas Kaiser told us a lot about the coffee and tea export in Hamburg, so I was inspired to go for a tea- tasting or doing some sort of activity involving tea. After some research, my choice finally fell on a proper English Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten on Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14. The Wohnhalle, where the Afternoon Tea is served daily between 2.00 pm-6.00 pm, has been awarded with the “Golden Teacup” twice for best regional tea culture amongst high-class gastronomic establishments. Surely, they must know their tea. Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesFairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesDuring the holiday season Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten will impress you with their stunning Christmas decorations.

Enter Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten

If you’ve been to a Fairmont Hotel before, you already know that they are breathtaking, but during Christmas time the atmosphere is magical - and Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hamburg was by no means an exception! Since I was a bit early, the friendly staff where kind enough to give me a little private tour of the hotel while waiting for the clock to strike tea time. I was led through a common area into a beautiful hall where the staff were in the midst of preparing the final touches for the annual children's Teddy Bear Tea, that was about to start later the same afternoon. Every Sunday starting from November 27th to December 19th (2.00 pm- 6 pm), Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten hosts a "Afternoon Tea" for the children where they can enjoy a buffet, participate in various crafting activities, play with all the toys and expect a visit from Santa. I must admit, I wouldn't mind staying there longer... just look at the beautiful floor to ceiling windows with the blue shimmering lights! Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are Nodes Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesFairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesFairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are Nodes

Afternoon Tea - Christmas Edition

At two o' clock I was back in the Wohnhalle; comfortably seated in my armchair and ready for some tea. While overlooking the beautiful view of Inner Alster Lake, and listening to the pleasant sparkles from the fireplace closeby, I was already enjoying my visit. I had the pleasure to be served by a really service-minded, friendly and, above all, knowledgeable tea-master, who was a big reason for why my visit became so memorable and why I so warmly can recommend it to others. I decided to go for the traditional Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea (59 euro) which included scones with clotted cream, a variation of savouries, such as roast beef with truffle remoulade, salmon with horseradish, egg salad with cress, cucumber with cream cheese, cakes and biscuits created by created by Christoph Rüffers, head of Haerlin Restaurant and of course lots and lots of tea. Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesFairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesFairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesFairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesThe beautiful tea-menu. I was recommended to try the Golden Assam tea. Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesFairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesTo make the tea perfectly steeped the tea master uses a tea sand-timer. 3 minutes for black tea, and 2 minutes for green tea.  Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesScones with clotted cream and jam. Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesThe pastries are created by Christoph Rüffers, head of Haerlin Restaurant which is also located in the hotel (one of Germany’s leading gourmet restaurants and bearer of 2 Michelin stars).  Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesOpera-slice, poppy-fig-slice, blood orange mousse & chestnut biscuit and almond & cranberry cake. Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesAnd last but not least; the savouries! The salmon with horseradish and egg salad with cress were my favorites!

More that's going on at Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten

- Gourmet Restaurant Haerlin has 2 Michelin Stars and has been awarded with several awards such as "German Restaurant of the Year", "Hamburg's Best Chef" and "Chef of the Year". - In the autumn 2016, the hotel also opened the new design restaurant NIKKEI NINE that offers innovative Japanese cuisine with Peruvian elements. Reservations for Afternoon Tea at the Wohnhalle: Open Hours: Monday - Sunday from 2 pm - 6 pm. Price: 59 euro or 73 euro with a glass of champagne. Reservations for Children's Teddy Bear Tea: T: +49 (0)40 34 94 3302 E-mail: gastronomie.hvj@fairmont.com Hours: (only in December) 2 pm-6 pm Price: Children over the age of three 50 eur, adults 65 euro, children under the age of three are free of charge. If you have any questions, or want to share your Fairmont-experiences, please drop us a comment! And don't forget to check out our Hamburg video where Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten is featured! #christmasinhamburg #holyhamburg

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