We picked the Island Hotel from its Trip Advisor reviews, a google maps scouting of the location, and its great price. We weren't disappointed.
The Island is reasonably accessible from the S-Tog station, but it is advisable to catch a cab if you have more than light luggage. In the gorgeous summer light it is a 20-30 minute stroll by the water to Copenhagen town hall. It is next door to a mall, convenient to a supermarket. We took a cab from Kobenhavn Home (central station) which cost 50 DKroner (and a fairly direct route).
Check in was efficient, and impressively there was a room ready at 7.30 am. We booked a balcony room for a little extra indulgence, and were not disappointed at all. Although I don't think there are wings as such, we were in the east "wing" of the hotel which might allow a better view up the river, and I would recommend this orientation. The long bright, warm evenings with bread, olives, cold meat, cheese and bread for supper sitting on the balcony, whilst the Danes basked in the sun by the water across the river till 9pm are unforgettable.
The rooms are modestly sized, but with plenty of room for two suit cases to open. The bathrooms are a good size. The rooms are clean. The beds feel soft, but are quite supportive - they must have a soft pillow top mattress. Separate dooners/quilts allow for individualised temperature control. The air-conditioning tends towards warming, rather than cooling, but this seems to be a norm for most of Copenhagen. Opening the French doors airs the room nicely.
Housekeeping was the only niggle. We had variously re-supplied toiletries, and were required to call for supplies on one day. The room was not made up and no new towels supplied on another. Otherwise the room was very well kept.
Small negatives are also a lack of glass ware for wine or other drinks, and no in-room safe.
Wifi is complimentary, and mostly worked well, though reception was patchy at times. The rooms were quiet, with great sleep quality. We slept with our windows open most nights, and weren't troubled by noise from the water at all, despite the jazz festival and World Cup big screens across the river.
We also opted for breakfast. The menu was unchanging, and hot food consisted of hash browns, scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausages, with hard or soft boiled eggs. There were a selection of cheese, cold meats, cereal and yoghurt, as well as fruit and a large bread selection. Coffee is brewed and at the table. It is decent, if limited.
We catered for other meals ourselves, usually opting for trip to the supermarket on the way back to the hotel.
This is a decently priced, well located hotel, particularly for summer in Copenhagen. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Copenhagen Island, a modern and stylish hotel with 326 rooms, is located in the pulsating neighbourhood Vesterbro. It lies right on the waterfront, offering excellent views of either Copenhagen’s harbour or across the city’s roofs and towers. The entire area around the hotel is buzzing with life and especially Islands Brygge and Kødbyen are well worth a visit when you’re staying in Copenhagen. ... more less
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