Sheraton Sopot Hotel Conference Centre and Spa, Poland
The Sheraton Sopot Hotel Conference Centre and Spa is one of the most luxurious five-star hotels on Poland’s Baltic coast. Operated by Starwood Resorts and Hotels Worldwide, the hotel is situated between Tri-City Landscape Park and Gdańsk Bay’s 4.5km-long sandy beach, adjacent to Molo pier, the longest wooden pier in Europe.
Sopot, commonly known as the 'summer capital of Poland', is a small well-appointed seaside resort situated between Gdańsk and Gdynia, and is famous for its spas.
Costing €93m, the five-storey, 189-room hotel (including 13 suites) opened in 2008, with its first spa, bar and restaurant.
The hotel was developed by Haffner’s Centre Ltd. The major shareholders for the project include PKO Bank Polski SA (49.5%), the City of Sopot (32.3%) and NDI (18.2%).
Sheraton conference facilities
Sopot offers a conference centre with 4,300m² of meeting space (11 meeting rooms with the largest being a 600m² multifunctional audio hall that can be divided into four) and a 400m² ballroom. A boardroom seats 15 and four meeting rooms have a capacity to seat between 25 to 40 people.
The Christopher Columbus Audiohall, which has an area of 55m² can accommodate 650 people in a theatre-style arrangement. The Marco Polo Ballroom is another large conference space holding more than 200 people in a theatre-style or round dinner arrangement. All conference and meeting rooms are equipped with the latest audiovisual technologies.
Dining at Sheraton Sopot
There are two all-day dining restaurants at Sheraton Sopot. The Wave specialises in a combination of seafood and beef dishes, popularly known as Surf and Turf, the much relished dishes from the Atlantic Coast of North America. The Wave has a lounge, Wine Cube, providing relaxation. InAsia restaurant is dedicated to the Oriental cuisines of five Asian countries: India, China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam.
The Wave features an open show kitchen and can be separated into two parts. The main section has 88 seats, leaving the smaller section (68 seats) for private functions and banquets. The terrace adjacent to the restaurant has 40 seats. The Rotunda pan-Asian restaurant will provide 40 seats, with 60 seats on the terrace and a private dining area for 18 people.
The hotel's 512 Bar & Lounge recalls the Sopot symbol, the 512m-long wooden pier in Europe. The décor features wooden floors, sail-imitating dividers and sacks reminiscent of treasure boxes. The Rotunda Bar offers excellent cocktails, spirits, desserts and salads. There is also a lobby lounge with a fireplace and library corner.
The rooms and suites feature Sheraton's signature Sweet Sleeper Bed. There are 70 zipped twin beds and 76 twin beds. All rooms offer seaviews, air-conditioning, flat screen LCD cable television, ironing board and internet access. The rooms are geared towards the business traveller but there are also facilities for the more casual visitor such as a kids' club and babysitting service.
Health and wellness
The resort, as befitting the history of the town of Sopot, has extensive spa facilities. Set over 2,000m², the spa offers various treatments including hydrotherapy pool of mineral rich water, a Hamam, Finnish sauna, aromatic steam room, ice fountain, rain showers, tepidarium with heated loungers and an indoor heated swimming pool. There is also a spa club lounge with a library and a fireplace offering traditional teas, coffees and organic wines.
The spa has been designed to take advantage of natural daylight and Baltic sea breezes.
One of the main contractors for the project was TRIXX International, which specialises in lighting systems and interior/exterior finishes.