Located right on the south edge of the main town less than 100m away from the Golden Gate and Ul Dluga, Dom Harcerza has an unbeatable location that makes it ideal for those who come here for just a couple of days. With many of Gdansk's attractions right on its doorstep, Dom Harcerza is the place to be if you want to savour deeply the cultural heritage of the city.
From the train station, tram no. 8 travels south on Podwale Grodzkie before it takes a sharp turn left towards the Motlawa. Stop just after the turn and you are only a stone's throw away from Dom Harcerza.
This medium-sized establishment in the heart of the city fills up quickly more for its location than for its luxury. Ideal for budget digs, Dom Harcerza offers 20 simple rooms that are clean and orderly but devoid of any modern amenities. The only redeeming factor is an aged bulky telephone that surprisingly has direct-dial connection.
Set up inside two separate buildings 20m apart on Za Murami, Dom Harcerza comprises a couple of dormitories and 10 doubles inside the main building while more doubles are squeezed inside a medieval red-brick watchtower on the west edge of the street. The ground floor of the main building is taken over by the Watra-Syrena cinema, renowned for the best sound system in the city. That said, expect the rooms here to be noisy, particularly when a film is being shown, at least twice daily. Much better for tranquillity and Old Town atmosphere are the rooms inside the watchtower. Spacious, cosy, and retaining all the elements of a medieval building, the rooms here are unquestionably good value. Extra-thick walls, small watch-out windows, and high ceilings contribute in making this place of accommodation a pearl of history. Add to this the meticulous renovation that all rooms here have recently experienced and you will understand why it's advisable to book ahead.
Arriving at Dom Harcerza with an English-only vocabulary will not be the easiest check-in, but this should on no account stop you from coming here. All members of the staff were helpful, courteous, and ready to do anything to make our stay the best possible. One of them was even kind enough to ask for an interpreter to make sure she was understood.
Dom Harcerza does not have a restaurant of its own, so no breakfast is served here. Go instead to one of the numerous eateries that line Ul Dluga and its neighbouring walkways. The food shops and cafes inside the Great Armoury shopping mall on Targ Weglowy open daily as early as 7:30am.
Birchircara, Malta Majjistral, Malta
November 4, 2005
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