Wylde World: Absalon Hotel, Copenhagen

Report by Sarah Brown

Photography by Yamine Daaboul


 Left: The Absalon Hotel lobby / Right:  Kunsthallen Nikolaj church

Left: The Absalon Hotel lobby / Right:  Kunsthallen Nikolaj church

Located just a five minute walk from the Central Station and twenty minutes from the airport, the Absalon hotel is a superb base from which to explore Copenhagen. In the chic neighbourhood of Vesterbro, there are quaint restaurants and shops in every nearby street and the main sights are accessible by foot. The Absalon opened in 1938, has been passed down three generations and is still family-run to this day. Although the interior style of the hotel is modern – specially curated by British company Designers Guild – the traditional Danish exterior of the building makes for a beautiful juxtaposition. 

 Left: Exterior view of Absalon Hotel / Right: Designers Guild interior 

Left: Exterior view of Absalon Hotel / Right: Designers Guild interior 

Whilst sophisticated in design, the familial nature of the hotel is evident in the warmth and attentiveness of the staff. Both friendly and accommodating to any particular requests, the customer service of the Absalon is faultless, without being overbearing. This lends a relaxed vibe to the hotel which achoes that of the city itself. Copenhagen is ideal for a casual city break and the Absalon is great for both couples and families alike.  Despite being in the centre of the city, the hotel is strikingly quiet and peaceful.

 Left: Superior Room / Right: Ceramics at MK studio

Left: Superior Room / Right: Ceramics at MK studio

The room itself was charming with an attention to detail which extends throughout the hotel.  It had a homely feel, offset by a vibrant colour scheme in the chairs, pillows and curtains, which kept things modern and fresh – yet not garish. The level of cleanliness in the room and bathroom was exceptional, and among the best I’ve experienced. Adjustable mood lighting and heated flooring in the bathroom was a delightful touch and made the stay feel that bit more special. It was palpable that a lot of consideration had gone into the customer experience. In the corridors, there were tables with water bottles, chocolates and biscuits which guests were free to take back to their rooms at any time - perfect if you’re thirsty or peckish and don’t want to go on the hunt for a corner shop!  Depending on which floor and room you’re in, there are some pleasing views of the fellow Danish buildings on offer. We threw open the window one evening and watched the sunset. There are an array of room types, ranging from the standard 'Absalon Room' to the luxurious 'Tricia Guild Suite'. The Superior Room, which we stayed in, is situated on the top floor and is virtually soundproof which gives a sense of calmness and privacy.  

 

 Left: Superior Room décor / Right:  The Little Mermaid  by Edvard Eriksen

Left: Superior Room décor / Right: The Little Mermaid by Edvard Eriksen

The main region of the hotel which includes the foyer, bar and breakfast rooms, again has an interesting colour scheme. The Designers Guild have managed to create a distinctive look to the décor without losing that classic Scandinavian feel, with the shape of the furniture and even the ceramic crockery that has been chosen. Breakfast is typically Danish but with plenty of choice that should satisfy most guests. From fruit and croissants to omelettes and bacon, everything was incredibly fresh and well presented. There is also an outside seating area which is enjoyable in summer evenings.

It's hard not to be clichéd about a hotel like Absalon, so I'm going to come out and just say it; it ticks all the right boxes. I know what you're thinking – there's got to be something missing but with everything I've mentioned, matched with reasonable prices, Absalon is the ultimate 'home away from home' in Copenhagen.

 Black & white images: Glyptotek art museum / Centre: Frederik's Church

Black & white images: Glyptotek art museum / Centre: Frederik's Church


Rates at Absalon Hotel start from £132 (1125 DKK) per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis.

For further information or to book visit the website  or call +45 33 24 22 11


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