I stayed here for one night as a break in my train journey from Stockholm to Hamburg - solo girl in early 20s- in September 2011. Was apprehensive from some of the prior reviews of Absalon and also the Vesterbro district in general. I really didnt want to spend a lot of money on a quick overnight stop, so I wanted budget, and that takes you to this part of town. However I was plesantly surprised.
Location - really close to central station (and easy to find), to Tivoli, city hall, walking distance to national museum, Glypotek gallery and the tourist centre (check it out, free maps, brochures, get the Copenhagen Card)
Area - seriously, I come from Cape Town and felt much safer in Vesterbro than I do at home in the city. When it started getting dark there were some homeless junkie type people wondering around, but nothing sinister or threatening. Absalon is still pretty close to the main street, if you wonder further into the Vesterbro there are more tattoo shops and dingy bars, but where the hotel is its pretty chilled. Its actually quite a pretty street with nice building facades and lots of restaurants close by. I only felt a bit weird because I was a young girl walking around alone in the evening. However the next week when my friend and I were back in Copenhagen and went to a bar near the hotel, we were disappointed not to have seen more "red light activity" in the area. Felt very safe the 2 of us, saw like two prostitutes, no dealers, so not as bad as some people make it out to be..
Absalon Annex - one of the bonuses is that the ANNEX shares reception with the Hotel, so its got the service provided to the more upmarket hotel, there is ice cold water available, free internet at the lobby computer.
This also means that you get the same breakfast as the hotel guests - huge bonus!
This breakfast was a feast! all different types of tea, coffee, juice, then there was cereal and yogurt, bread, ham, salami, cheeses, philidelphia cheese, nutella, rolls and all sorts of different pastries as well. Definitely a good start to the day- would go back for the breakfast variety and standard, the dining room was also really nice and quite big to accommodate everyone.
The Annex rooms are in a section to the one side of the hotel, but still entered from hotel reception so you feel safe.
My room was TINY, but Copenhagen is expensive and space is money! however, it was clean and sufficient for my overnight stay. i could have stayed there about 3 nights and the size would have been manageable. there was a desk and cupboard, the bed was quite narrow, but it was still comfortable and I got a decent night's sleep. The decor is definitely outdated, there is nothing modern about the rooms, but if you are on a budget and want to explore this expensive city, its a decent clean safe place to stay. My section was fairly quiet, but the doors opening and closing are quite loud, so if it the rroms there were full it may have been noisier??
The bathroom, although old, was really big. Its a shared, but never had to wait long (but then like I said, my section wasnt full). the shower was clean and big. no complaints - and I was super apprehensive about shared bathrooms after the horror stories I had read about how they can be.
So all in all, I was very happy there. Would I go again? If I was on a budget short stop I definitely would. For what you are paying you are bonusing from the fact that it is affiliated to the hotel and the breakfast is of that standard. Maybe an upgrade to the hotel part, depending on my budget.
If you are looking for a hostel/backpacker vibe, this is def more of a hotel with a budget area with shared bathrooms ,than a hostel. there is no communal chill area to meet other travellers if you travelling solo and want that.. so keep that in mind.
Oh also, dont be alarmed, but when you check in they take your credit card and swipe it as a deposit, but with my credit card I still got a text to say a charge had been made. Then when I checked out they swiped the card again to make the charge. I was only charged on my card once, even though they swiped twice. I was worried they had made me pay twice, but they hadnt. THe second swipe was just to confirm the "pending" deposit swipe
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best Vesterbro location by Meatpacking Area (restaurants, night clubs and galleries), Central Train Station and major attractions. Renovated 2014, all new incl. Samsung LED TV, REN soap and shampoo. Common Living Room with kichenette. Bathrooms and showers are in the hallway. Part of Absalon Hotel - Feel free to use facilities: Bar, Breakfast, Laundry, Bike rental etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Absalon Annex Hotel Copenhagen