The Scandinavia recap continues today! After our quick stop in Oslo, we hopped on a short one-hour flight to Copenhagen, Denmark, where we couldn’t wait to finally see all of the sights in Denmark’s capital city, and call the vibrant Absalon Hotel our temporary home away from home!
The Absalon Hotel is one of the oldest family-owned hotels in Copenhagen, founded in 1938! At the time the hotel opened, there were only 11 rooms. Since then, the hotel has expanded quite a bit and now has 161 rooms and suites.
The hotel is about a 15-minute taxi ride from the airport and 5-minute walk to the train station – and is in a fantastic location for visiting Copenhagen! Just about everything we did was within walking distance of the hotel – the farthest out we were was probably a 30-minute walk.
We had a bit of a hiccup with our room after checking in. Being winter, it was freezing outside so we were looking forward to warming up for a few before heading back out to explore the city, but the heat wasn’t coming out and our room was an icebox. Maintenance came to take a look and said since it was an old system it would take a couple HOURS for it to warm up. We asked to switch to another room just in case it still wasn’t working when we got back because moving all of our belongings late night after a long day of travel was the last thing we wanted to deal with! It took jumping through quite a few hoops and almost two hours until we were finally switched to another room, but alas, we were and it was a much better room!
Our room was very spacious, which was great, since we were already starting to acquire a lot of things from our travels! We absolutely loved the color scheme – so bright and fun – especially in the winter, when things tend to be a little more grey than usual. We also loved the fruit plate and welcome note the staff had left for us!
My favorite part of the room was the bathroom because it had the coolest mood lighting feature in the shower! It was such a nice added feature, now I want to install one in my shower at home!
The brand of soap, shampoo, and conditioner was new to us, but we really liked it! I also really liked that everything was in a jumbo dispenser, so you didn’t have to worry about running out of anything!
Service + Amenities
Breakfast was included in our room rate, so we were able to enjoy another big European-style breakfast buffet! These are especially great because you eat so much you’re really fueled up for all of the walking and exploring for the day! Plus, each table had their own carafe of coffee. Yes, please!
The hotel also has an incredibly helpful concierge, who can point you in the right direction for dining out or seeing attractions (you can also purchase tickets directly from the hotel), and can even help decipher your train ticket written in Swedish (the only time we really ran into a language barrier issue during our entire time in Scandinavia)!
Despite the bumps we hit on day one of our stay, overall, we really enjoyed The Absalon Hotel. I do wish the management was a bit more proactive in resolving the issue (I was the one chasing a resolution), I do want to give a major shout-out to the maintenance man on call who went above and beyond to help get the problem fixed and even brought us a couple cappuccinos for the inconvenience once we got settled into our new room!
It’s close proximity to the train station was incredibly helpful for our early morning train to Stockholm, and the famous Tivoli Gardens and shopping areas were a quick 5-10 minutes away by foot. Plus, the hotel has won numerous awards, including TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice, Small Danish Hotels, and the World Luxury Hotel Awards!
Stay tuned for more on Copenhagen next week!