When I finally crossed the border from Poland into Kaliningrad in August 2016, I was looking forward to my stay at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center. At the third time of asking, I secured an amazing 4 day visa for Kaliningrad. I was able to collect my visa on the border and get ready to explore. Despite the fact that I backpacked through 20+ ex Soviet Union regions and territories, this was my first time in Kaliningrad, the European part of Russia as many refer to it as. Kaliningrad borders Poland and Lithuania.
Having stayed in Ibis Hotels a lot down the years, including in Bahrain and Kuwait, I couldn’t wait to get checked into my room here at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center. The Hotel was very impressive, I was made to feel at home straight away and I was on the 6th floor in Room 612, with a great view. Here are my favourite things about this hotel.
1.Prime Location – Downtown Kaliningrad City
Kaliningrad City is a bit of a sprawling beast, moreso than I imagined. The Ibis is bang in Kaliningrad Center which made a perfect location for my sightseeing. Here are my tips on backpacking through Kaliningrad City.
I was right next to Kant Island so I could easily tour the Cathedral, the riverside walks by the fishing village and a short dander down Lenin Boulevard to Victory Square. I will write more about the sightseeing when I have time.
2.Excellent Food – Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
I had a fantastic breakfast and a business lunch here. I had Russian sausage and potatoes with a herring salad as a starter and washed down with a coffee and a local juice.
Breakfast was a huge buffet, similar to my other stays in Ibis Hotels.
Good staff and a high level of customer service are essential to me these days when I travel. I spoke to the bar and reception staff and they were all very welcoming and friendly, especially Constantin and Michal. Michal even found time to have fish with me on his night off!
I am used to staying in Ibis Hotels now and I know what to expect from them. Even so, each time when I walk into my room I anticipate clean and cosy room and I had it here. In the magic of Kaliningrad I also had a good night’s sleep!
I took advantage of the laundry option too and got some laundry done – well needed when you travel as much as I do.
5.Working WiFi Everywhere!
The amount of places I have been with crap WiFi in this modern age is ridiculous. And while some people might say I shouldn’t care, well I should. All the money I earn comes through online work so I need to have good WiFi to get my work done. Here at the Ibis, I could Skype from my room, blog from the lobby, tweet from the bar etc. Excellent, consistent WiFi.
Here are the details for booking the Ibis Kaliningrad Center:
MOSKOVSKY PROSPEKT 52
How to reach the hotel
GPS :N 54° 42′ 34.81” E 20° 30′ 18.81”
Contact the hotel:
- Tel. (+7)4012/596430
- Fax. (+7)4012/596431
Here are my videos from my time at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center: