As you’ll have seen on my Instagram, a few weeks ago I popped over to Copenhagen for four days. Hands down, it’s one of the best cities I’ve ever visited! It’s super easy to get to from the UK with just a short plane journey and there’s lots to do. Note, you will probably need some extra dosh because entertainment there can be quite expensive. So you’ll want to get the best for your money in other areas, like your accommodation.
In all its minimalist and oatmeal coloured glory, Danish style is really quite iconic. Outfits appear effortless but are normally expensive and well tailored. Interiors are a force to be reckoned with and the food is great. Keep some space in your trousers for all those extra Danish pastries! This Copenhagen girls’ trip was a fantastic mini adventure! Note I am not referring to the car here; in fact you actually cycle everywhere.
If you’re considering Copenhagen as a long weekend break, prepare yourself for some incredible sights, wonderful evenings out and a city rammed full of culture and style. To help you guys along, I’m kicking off a Copenhagen series of posts with details on ‘where to stay’. Visited: Autumn 2018. Stayed at: Absalon Hotel, located in the heart of Copenhagen (Vesterbro). Review: Highly recommend & would return!
The Absalon Hotel is located right in the heart of Vesterbro. The area houses some of the best shopping, dining and activities (like Tivoli Gardens) experiences in Copenhagen. There are some great independent and chain style restaurants nearby with epic rooftop views or Tivoli Gardens, so you can see the rollercoaster, flowers and everything it has to offer in all its glory. Vesterbro is hip, friendly and definitely a place you’ll leave and want to return to live. Expect lots of buzzing cafes with outside seating and plenty of individuality too.
“I like to be in walking (or cycling) distance of cool shops, bars and restaurants when doing a short trip abroad.”
I also don’t like to be too far from the airport (transfers are a drag). The Absalon Hotel in Copenhagen is perfect. I’d done a mountain of research before visiting Copenhagen and from the moment we stepped out of the cab we knew it was in an incredible position. Reassuringly it ticked all the boxes: Right near the train station; Short distance to everything that’s great and buzzing about the city; Walking distance to the meat packing district. The breakfast also deserves a massive shout out. Talk about filling ourselves up until a late lunch! On offer are an array of pastries, a continental breakfast and great tasting coffee. It’s available until 10am so we made a brunch out of it and didn’t hold back!
Now don’t get me wrong, I live in London and I understand that places like this can cost a pretty penny. So I usually have high expectations to match. I was surprised however to see that some rooms start from £137 per night. This is very inexpensive considering the cost of Copenhagen locally. Other rooms went up through to around £450 (depending on size and dates). In short, The Absalon did not disappoint – hence me writing this post to share everything with you!
above & beyond.
The staff couldn’t do enough for us, from helping out with directions and suggestions on where to eat right through to free refreshments and biscuits. They told us how to organise our (free) bikes to get around the city and pointed us in the direction of ‘wine hour‘ (free wine daily at their sister hotel across the road). Now guys, you may have heard that Copenhagen can be super expensive. They’re not wrong. So four days of ‘wine hour’ is a huge saving not to be overlooked!
In a hotel I expect a smooth check in, staff on hand instantly to help and an offer of taking bags up to the room. This is usually standard but there was something about the warm and genuine welcome that we received that really stood out. They were keen to have us enjoy not only our stay in the hotel but also our trip in general. To make our stay even better, on offer were babysitters (great if I revisit with my baby), bike rentals, the option of a later checkout, free luggage hold, free foreign currency exchange, a pillow menu, ice, free mineral water, free biscuits, Nespresso, newspapers, parking, umbrellas, stamps and so much more!
I’d already had a look online at some of the rooms so knew we were in for a real treat. As anyone on a long weekend city break knows (ladies, especially you), space is key! As two young women on a much needed break to let our hair down and spend hours on hair and makeup (may as well be truthful here), we needed a lot of room. And boy, is that what we got! A lounging area to sit and relax, a desk with lots of information and a neat little tablet we could take out with us as our interactive guide. It allowed us to make free local and international phone calls too.
The almighty beds have lots of comfy cushions, some big side tables, then there’s an entire other room for tea, coffee, wardrobes, mirrors etc. The bathroom was also worth a big shout out – an entire walled mirror with attached hairdryers and plenty of high quality toiletries. When two of you can use the bathroom and get ready at the same time, what more could us girls want?
The culture (for me anyway) felt so different to the UK or any other city I’ve visited. I loved it. From the beautiful cobbled streets to the street lamps, the language and the food, it’s a real treat. The hotel itself though has a real stylish vibe, synonymous with that of London’s Shoreditch. Designed by a British interior designer, it’s cool, colourful and comfortable. I’ll definitely be returning. My friend and I loved nothing more than returning to the hotel after a day of exploring to rest up on the comfy beds with a little TV before getting ready to head out for dinner.
“We both agreed that if we could design our own hotel, it would be exactly this.”
The Absalon Hotel online or
1653 Copenhagen V
Tel: +45 33 31 43 44