From my first experience with this hotel, I knew this was something different. Booked through a random booking website, trying to find a stopover hotel near the station. Website made error, hotel refunded me without question with short notice despite cancellation policy, absolute honesty apparent immediately.
So much so that when meeting plans went pear shaped, I decided to stay a few more nights. Rarely have I been this impressed.
As I walked in, the Balinese decor - in Denmark(?) - together with the hot humid weather gave me geographic discombobulation, but immediately felt in familiar surroundings. An offer of a cold drink as I checked in, and the room was great - they are compact (but this is an ancient city, so deal with it) but very comfy. The bar is great for a cold beer - more importantly a damn tasty selection of locally brewed sustainable beer, and a great variety of local craft liqueurs and spirits.
I Clicked with the very friendly staff instantly - I feel it would be wrong to single any one of you out - every single one of you there are amazing, warm, genuine human beings who I was privileged to meet - and I can't wait to be back.
OK, so an admission. I am a human rights journalist, so I often see the human toll first hand of all those little consumer knick knacks, cosmetics, and fancy things that the west loves to drape itself in. The hotel and beauty industry is guilty of horrendous labour and environmental abuses, from the use of country destroying palm oil in its bathroom cosmetics, to the use of unsustainable slave produced ingredients in its mini-bars - very little in most hotels have respect for those who make the product. And at the coal face - that lack of respect means human rights and environmental abuses on an industrial scale, out of sight, out of mind. So to experience an affordable hotel that is committed to fairness and sustainability of human labour - the essence of fair trade - is not just a breath of fresh air, but a necessary step in bringing about some fairness in our unbalanced world... and a powerful and working demonstration that organic and fair trade policies can easily be incorporated into the running of a hotel. Most salient however, this is a simple lesson that other hotels just simply have no excuse not to implement fair trade and sustainable sourcing and practice - it really doesn't make a difference to profit, and makes for far happier workers AND guests.
Every part of every part of the hotel has been looked at thoroughly to ensure that it is the purest, tastiest, most karma-free experience. Even the breakfast (or should I say especially) is a powerful experience in sustainability and deliciousness.
Sandra and Marc have created an amazing, lasting, and inspiring concept with Guldsmelden, and I implore everyone who cares about justice in this world, if you are in Scandinavia, France, or Bali, go to these hotels.
I cannot thank you all enough for making me feel like I was in a house full of friends, and people out their actually making a difference on this Earth, instead of just talking about it.
In a word you mob: RESPECT!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Axel Hotel Copenhagen