First of all, you may be wondering why I am reviewing a Hampton by Hilton. I hope you have noticed that I generally try and limit my periodic reviews to something a bit different, exclusive or aspirational.
Hampton is the Hilton Group’s budget brand, and you could reasonably argue it’s not exactly the domain of the privileged or points-savvy traveller.
I would, however, firmly counter the latter claim, hence this review. We have recently focused a lot on the truly excellent value that you can get from reward stays at Hilton Category 1 hotels (5,000 points per night) and Category 2 hotels (10,000 points a night).
Always keen to back up my claims with some hard evidence, I took up a recent opportunity to stay at the Hampton by Hilton Gdansk Airport, a Category 2 hotel. In short, I was not disappointed: at 10,000 points, it is an absolute bargain. Here are my thoughts…
The hotel is brilliantly located, literally opposite the airport terminal building and so two minutes walk through the car park. On a freezing Polish night, this was extremely welcome. It’s a small airport, so this should come as no great surprise, but it just makes life so much easier than the shuttle bus system you have to face at many other airports, which often substantially undermines the benefit of the “airport” hotel.
The common parts of the Hampton by Hilton Gdansk Airport are clean, modern and welcoming.
There’s even a well-equipped gym (as there is in all Hamptons).
Hampton may be the “budget” Hilton option, but my room was clean, spacious and attractive.
I had a good-sized bed, bathroom, a large TV, desk and even a very small “lounge area” (which, combined with the desk, gave a bit of office space, away from the bed).
The more discerning traveller may object slightly to the “dispenser” shampoo and soap system, but it works fine (and keeps the cost down).
Excellent. A wide range of options, from cereal through to a Polish take on the Full English breakfast.
I don’t really understand the appeal of the Polish breakfast a lot of the time (cheese on rye-bread, with radishes, odd assortments of fish etc), but if that’s your thing, it was all there too.
Bear in mind that breakfast is always included in the stay, for everyone. That applied to me when staying as an individual, it will also apply when I stay in August with my wife and 2 children, again for 10,000 points. That really puts into sharp focus just what good value this place is at that price.
My one big complaint? One of those appalling “instant orange juice” machines. You can forget about ripe Sicilian oranges being delicately sliced and juiced in this monstrosity.
Friendly and efficient, with flawless English spoken by all. No issues whatsoever here.
Overall, the Hampton by Hilton Gdansk Airport is unlikely to be top of the list for your wedding anniversary, but it is a solid hotel that offers a comfortable night’s sleep, pleasant surroundings and a hearty breakfast. It worked brilliantly for me when I arrived at Gdansk Airport at midnight on a wintry April.
At 10,000 Hilton HHonors points, the Hampton by Hilton Gdansk Airport really is excellent value.
For more great Hilton deals, including up to 40% off cash prices, have a look at our detailed guide to Hilton Promo Codes, here.