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“Not for Ease of Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Axel Guldsmeden - Guldsmeden Hotels
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Helgolandsgade 11, Copenhagen 1653, Denmark (Inner Vesterbro)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 117 Hotels in Copenhagen
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“Not for Ease of Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What's good is the location which is central and a 10 mins walk to Tivoli Garden, the train station & the stops for the hop on hop off buses. The tourist information office was most helpful & informative. The help yourself tea & snacks were nice too!

What's not so good is the steps up to the entrance and more steps up to the reception desk. Not great for checking in with heavy bags and there were no porter assistance too. We were grateful to fellow hotel guests helping us with our luggages. Fortunately they had a lift to the upper floors.
Then to our dismay, we had 3 steps down to our room after opening our room door. The room was most comfortable and quiet as it faces the inner courtyard.
The bathroom had a traditional tub and it was impossible to keep the floor dry after a shower. The towels were not as rough as read in other reviews. The toiletries were excellent and it's organic! Very nice!
All in all it was very homely and nice staying in Axel. Just tell them in advance not to give you the room with steps. And be prepared to lift your luggages in some parts of the hotel before snuggling up to your comfortable soft bed.
Copenhagen is a lovely city to visit with many attractions with transport ease to get to. Even taking the train out is easy. Get a day pass to cover your return and bus connections to the castle & sights.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

After a two year hiatus we returned to Copenhagen and the Axel, and enjoyed both. It is a short walk from central station (five minutes maximum), an easy walk into central Copenhagen, and a block over from the beer mecca Mikkeller Bar and their restaurant Ol & Brod. Yes, there are some street noises on the weekend--the hookers (who work a street over) and mission denizens (about four blocks over) are the likely source, but it is not enough to ruin a nights sleep, nor consistent. The hotel itself is gorgeous, the rooms nicely equipped, and the staff top notch.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Our room was comfortable with a welcome sitting area, though the bathroom (shower, no bath) was a little small. The little snacks and apples available free each day are a nice touch. The Axel's location is easily walkable from the central railway station (even with cases in tow) and within walking distance of the main sights, and walking is the best way to see Copenhagen. If you want a change from the identikit chain hotels this is a good choice.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This 129-room hotel is in a fairly attractive old building, well situated - close to the main railway station, Tivoli Gardens, bars, restaurants of all types, and the famous Strøget shopping precinct.

Our room was reasonably sized and well furnished save for woefully inadequate cupboard space: a single wardrobe with 15" of hanging space for two people for a week!

The biggest drawback though was our sub-standard bathroom. The bath itself was an odd-shaped affair made of pseudo rough-hewn stone, which was uncomfortable to sit in, difficult to get into and out of, and the water pressure was so weak that it took over 20 minutes to half-fill. The shower was dark, with a narrow plastic shower-curtain, also with weak water pressure of erratic temperature.

The room has a fridge, but is not air-conditioned. The TV has a restricted bouquet of channels - for example, we didn't get to see any of Wimbledon which was on during the week of our stay.

The hotel offers a generally good buffet breakfast, though its coffee is disappointing and the meal is overpriced at DKK179 pp.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I like the hotel the location was great for walking around and going to Tivoli Gardens it was a two block walk from the train station and we were able to easily find our way there from the airport as the first stop. The staff was great and although I have read some reviews with people were complaining that the street was noisy I found that to be an entertaining part of the trip. Our windows open right out onto the street and we could see the different people coming and going at the cafe across the street as well as some of the locals arguing about parking spots. if you are a people watcher I think you will enjoy. For those who wish a quieter less urban stay you should request a room facing the garden.
The staff was very welcoming and always ready to assist. The room while small compared to what I might normally stay in was very comfortable very clean and enjoyable. WIFI was spotty...thats a problem for me and a refrigerator woukd have been nice but all in all I would stay there again

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This very Scandinavian, organic, Eco friendly hotel is not for those who seek the comforts of a chain like the Holiday Inn. No AC on a hot day, road noises for those who love their windows open at night and a creaky bed could render lower scores from the faint at heart but the true nature of this lovely, dedicated to sustainability in the future hotel is an experience in discovery. Truly comfortable if ones consciousness can overlook small inconveniences, the friendly staff with attitude t-shirts sporting mottos like "Love Food Hate Waste" or "Recycle is the New Black" make this a delightful experience.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is perfectly located if you are coming into the city from the Airport as is two roads away from Copenhagen Central station. 2 minutes walk past the station and you are at Tivoli.
The rooms were clean, and stylishly furnished. We stayed in a double standard on the top floor which was nice. Note it is a Danish thing to have 2 seperate duvets on the bed, which to be honest was actually quite nice. The floors are creaky but our room 520 was at the end of the corridor so we never heard anything. Unfortunately although the bedroom is quite spacious the bathroom is a little small, an the shower can be a little temperamental. However the bathroom was very well equipped with toothbrushes for use and shampoo and conditioner, like big bottles even had a razor.
The hotel is very reasonably priced for Copenhagen and I was pleasantly surprised how nice the hotel actually was. The hotel has a spa you can use, and bikes to rent. The breakfast is an additional charge of 170 kroner per person per breakfast, which works out quite a lot. What we choose to do was pop to lidl around the corner, at the top of the Main Street from the station to the left past Kababish it's 2 mins from the hotel.

Note the restaurant across the street, it always looked busy so we tried it one lunch time, it took 40 mins to get a cold lunch, no cooking involved. My partner enjoyed his traditional herrings however I caught food poisoning from this restaurant so avoid if you can! There are plenty better restaurants at the other end of the road, lots of cafe like bistros which are much nicer.

Tip for Tivoli, the entry into the park is 99 kroner each, but then you pay if you want to go on rides. However you can buy an all ride pass, which is expensive but the price works out to the value of three of te bigger rides so if you do fancy the rides it is probably easier to get the all ride pass.
The weather was lovely whilst we went, however I don't think anyone was prepared for it. So if you go in July take suncream!

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Helgolandsgade 11, Copenhagen 1653, Denmark
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Location: Denmark > Zealand > Copenhagen > Inner Vesterbro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Copenhagen
#3 Spa Hotel in Copenhagen
#7 Romantic Hotel in Copenhagen
#9 Business Hotel in Copenhagen
#20 Family Hotel in Copenhagen
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Axel Guldsmeden - Guldsmeden Hotels 3.5*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Axel Guldsmeden is an experience of charm and style, and the best night’s sleep you will find in inner Copenhagen. Situated in the heart of Vesterbro, Axel has 129 rooms, conference facilities, an organic brunch & evening restaurant and a luxurious spa with own-brand organic products.The four-star Axel Guldsmeden is the environmentally friendly choice for a visit to Copenhagen – all products, food & drink, furnishings and services either organic, fair-trade or both. ... more   less 
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