Jul092018

Sheraton Sopot Poland and our LOT in life

Sheraton Sopot has an ideal location for Poland’s premier Baltic Sea beach resort city of Sopot, Poland. This hotel was SPG category 4 at 10,000 Starpoints per night or 5,000 points + $81 (after city tax) as a Cash & Points night. The flexible rate was 787 PLN/$212usd for our dates or 614 PLN/$166usd for advance purchase rate.

Sheraton Sopot will be rising to 35,000 points as a Marriott Rewards category 5 hotel when the new program launches August 2018.

Sheraton Sopot is adjacent to the beach, yet also located adjacent to Monte Cassino, the main pedestrian street in the heart of town.

View from Sheraton Sopot room.

We ended up in Sopot, Poland on our early summer itinerary primarily due to an unused MegaBonus free night certificate expiring July 7 and the only eligible Marriott brand hotel at category 5 we could fit into our trip was Sopot Marriott. The option to walk 20 minutes down the pedestrian beach path the next day from Marriott to Sheraton was also a consideration for staying at these two hotels.

Loyalty Traveler – Sopot Marriott Resort & Spa on Poland’s Baltic Sea Beach

Sheraton Sopot

Sopot is one of the most upscale cities in Poland. The town has a population of about 36,000 and is situated in a relatively forested area between the large cities of Gdansk (465,000) and Gydnia (250,000).

People on balcony are outside Sheraton Club Lounge of Sheraton Sopot.

View from Sheraton Lounge balcony to square and Sopot Pier (entrance between two red roofs).

The hotel is situated on the square leading to Sopot Pier, Europe’s longest wooden pier. A ticket for 8 PLN is required to access the pier, however, a Norwegian tourist told me the pier is free access in off-season.

Swan and Sopot Pier

Sheraton Sopot beach side garden

Sheraton Sopot view from near pier entrance

Sheraton Sopot Lobby

The hotel lobby reception is off the front entrance, but it seemed to us that most people staying at the hotel used the side entrance to exit the hotel off the square to Monte Cassino (side of hotel seen in photo above). The front of the hotel was lined with taxi cabs.

Front entrance to Sheraton Sopot.

Sheraton Sopot reception desk

View of Sheraton Sopot lobby from reception desk. Doors at far end lead to main square with fountain.

Sheraton Bar 512

We ate lunch at Sheraton Sopot Bar 512. Prices were comparatively high at 42PLN for a deluxe burger ($11.50usd), although I have to say that it was unquestionably the best burger of many burgers I have eaten in Poland. Burgers in most restaurants are priced 10 to 24PLN. Beer was 15PLN for Tyskie pint. Normal price of Tyskie beer is 8 to 12PLN.

Sheraton Sopot Bar 512 burger.

That burger was part of our LOT in life when our 10:00pm LOT Polish flight to Krakow was canceled after more than two hours of delays. The irony is LOT contracts with Sheraton Sopot for passenger compensation hotel accommodations and we ended up back at Sheraton Sopot at 2:00am after having checked out of the hotel at noon the day before. Best part was our airline compensation package included breakfast in Wave Restaurant and 70PLN food credit we redeemed at Bar512 before heading back to Gdansk Airport for our rescheduled flight.

Sheraton Sopot Bar 512

Sheraton Bar512 lobby fireplace

Sheraton Bar 512 lobby seating

Sheraton Bar 512

Wave Restaurant

Wave Restaurant is where the breakfast buffet was located. Good spread of food with made to order omelettes and all the usual food stuffs. The room was very crowded and I had only had about five hours sleep when I went to the breakfast room.

Wave Restaurant beach side patio.

Wave Restaurant breakfast tables in as quiet a space as I could sit in the busy restaurant.

Wave Restaurant fresh fish display.

Polskie Smaki Restaurant Café is another Sheraton Sopot restaurant I never noticed during my two days at the hotel. Not sure where the entrance is located. Seems to be located near the Club Lounge, but obviously accessed from a completely different route.

Sheraton Sopot Room 447 

Sheraton Sopot Room 447a

Sheraton Sopot room 447 World Cup view

Sheraton Sopot room 447 view of Sofitel Grand Sopot, the 1927 ‘grande dame’ of Sopot.

Sheraton Sopot 447 view of Sofitel Grand Sopot beach garden.

Sheraton room 447 coffee corner.

My only complaint about the Sheraton room design is the colored glass on the wall created too much light in the room at night with the bathroom light turned on.

Kelley’s favorite bathroom of 9 hotels we stayed on trip.

Sheraton Sopot 447 bathroom.

Sheraton Sopot Room 447 bathroom.

Sheraton Sopot SPG Lounge

One of the best aspects of my stay at Sheraton Sopot is my key card holder stated SPG Platinum elite, yet I gave up SPG Platinum after 2011 and I don’t think I have even been SPG Gold since 2013.

On my hotel exploration I found my way to the Sheraton Lounge to learn my key card opened the door.

Instead of a beach pub, our World Cup Qualifying Rounds party night happened in the Sheraton Lounge with 5pm and 8pm games.

Sheraton Sopot lounge World Cup with Zywiec.

Sheraton Sopot lounge.

Sheraton Sopot lounge

The young woman restocking the bar kept adding six-packs of warm Zywiec and we kept refilling our glasses with added ice cubes from the large bucket in the hard alcohol space. The bucket of ice ran out just as the final game ended.

Fitness Center and Sheraton Sopot Spa and Pools

The fitness center and spa with pool are located downstairs from the Club lounge.

Sheraton Fitness Center downstairs from Club Lounge.

Sheraton Sopot fitness center

Sheraton Sopot Fitness Center

Sheraton Sopot Fitness Center

Sheraton Sopot Spa and pools

The attendant at the Spa refused to allow me entry when I said I only wanted to see the pool and not swim. I was not in the mood for arguing. Pool and spa photos are on the Sheraton website.

Sheraton Sopot Overview:

Location: 5/5

Room comfort: 5/5

Facilities: 4/5 (Can’t rate pool, but Marriott Sopot appears to have larger pools adn a friendlier staff that did not mind letting photograph the pool area during our stay).

Restaurants: 4/5

Lounge: 4/5

Sheraton Sopot is currently SPG category 4 at 10,000 Starpoints for a standard reward or 5,000 points + $75 for Cash&Points ($81 after city tax).

The hotel rises to Marriott Rewards category 5 at 35,000 points August 2018. Marriott Sopot, currently at MR category 5 for 25,000 points per night will remain at 25,000 points in August 2018 as a new Marriott Rewards category 4 hotel.

 

 

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. RE the pool attendant that did not want to let you in…Hotels in Poland that I stayed at last year had nice spas that had a no bathing suit (but mixed gender) policy. Maybe this was the reason?

  2. @bluecat – that sound like a reasonable explanation.

    @shay peleg – I ate mostly soup at the lounge. Kelley made a meal of it since she likes canapé style food and making sandwiches.

  3. Ric Garrido, I hope you have already claimed 2×250 eur compensation for your flight cancellation from LOT. You’re entitled for it as per EC 261/2004.

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