I reserved a single superior room, and stayed 3 nights in room 406, a comfortable room with a small balcony, facing the courtyard. This is a smaller hotel, with a limited staff who are very friendly and quickly get to know you--definitely a more personal level of service than in the big hotels. The staff were fluent in English, and also spoke Scandinavian in a way that non-Danes could easily understand.
Located at the interior corner of the building, the room had a slightly strange layout, with a long narrow area leading to the main room, making it feel smaller than it really was. In the entrance area there was a wardrobe, which also housed a refrigerator and mini-bar, and some bookshelves. The corridor had a desk with chair and a separate relaxing chair. The bedroom had a four-poster bed and a small, but plenty viewable, flat-screen TV, as well as doors to the balcony, where there was a table and 2 chairs. The decoration was very nice, though not typical Scandinavian. The balcony doors let in plenty of air to cool the room in the evening, without any significant noise from the courtyard area. Judging from the escape plan on the door, the neighboring rooms had more open layouts, that probably would be more suitable for two people, but this one was quite comfortable for one (and I had reserved a superior *single*).
The bathroom could use a little more space on which to set things, both near the sink and in the shower, and the shower could benefit from a curtain or door to help keep the floor dry. Otherwise, the fixtures all worked well, it was very clean, and the water pressure and temperature for the shower were good and quite stable (especially for an older building). The shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel are in full-sized bottles like you'd use at home, rather than the small ones typical in hotels; this certainly cuts waste, and I saw no reason to object. I also found them to be quite nice, and even considered purchasing some, but these days flying with large containers of liquids can be tricky.
I suspect their breakfast would be very good, but I never got to trying it. Free wifi is a nice touch that more hotels should consider, and it worked well for me in the lobby and in my room. The ground floor has a very nice area for sitting, whether to talk, use your computer, read (there's a selection of papers, I think including some English-language ones in addition to the Danish ones), or just enjoy a drink.
It is an older building, so the wooden floors sometimes creak, and not everything is shiny new, but noise was never a problem, and the fact that the building is not a modern chain hotel is part of the hotel's charm. The elevator seems to have been an afterthought, and it opens up a half floor up from the floors, so you have to walk up 8 stairs or so to enter it, and then either up or down about that many stairs after leaving it; I wouldn't see this being a problem unless stairs are very difficult for you, and I'm sure the staff would help with luggage.
It's not smack in the center of Copenhagen's attractions, but it is walking distance for most people. It is about a 15-20 minute walk to the train station and the start of the main tourist areas (Tivoli, Rådhuspladsen, and the start of Strøget). There are also frequent buses on Vesterbrogade, and it is convenient by taxi as well.
Mostly, it was the cozy feel and the friendly staff that made this a great choice for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This intimate boutique hotel is located in the hip Vesterbro district of Copenhagen. Bertrams is Guldsmeden Hotels' smallest and most intimate Copenhagen hotel, and the fortyseven beautiful rooms and lovely secluded courtyard are an oasis in a quiet area of Vesterbro. Our philosophy is simple: create a home not a hotel. Make our home a place all would want to live in - even if just for a weekend - in the heart of one of Copenhagen's most vibrant boroughs - Vesterbro. Stylish and relaxed, Bertrams Guldsmeden welcomes guests to a whole new Copenhagen experience, combining art and leisure in an intimate residential atmosphere. Built in the late 1800's our design, decor and amenities are steeped in signature Balinese-inspired roots featuring a soothing spirit that is warm, distinctive and inviting. All products, furnishings and services are organic and/or fair-trade. Our only forty seven guest rooms are set in well-appointed, intimate surroundings with details that are discovered in unexpected places. Our spirit is rooted in the true essence of friendly, traditional service. Located within a short distance to the center of Copenhagen, our guests benefit from simple access to outdoor bliss, shopping, dining, sightseeing and nightlife and the ability to return to a warm whimsical oasis. Families with children will be better served at the other Guldsmeden Hotels properties in Copenhagen, where extra beds and appropriate services are offered. We do require of guests to be over 18 years of age. ... more less
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