The Absalon Hotel’s classical architecture stands out during the day with its white façade and by night, when we arrived, the bright changing lights really set the scene for a vibrant entrance. Located in the heart of the city and 5 minutes walk from Central Station, from the outside you really appreciate the size of this Grande Dame hotel.
Our room was spacious with a small outdoor terrace and separate living room. The purples and greens used in the wallpapers and fabrics are all by the UK’s Designers Guild. The warmth and colour really make this hotel stand out from the usual minimalism associated with accommodation in this design city. The marble bathroom included a large bath and shower and Philippe Starck elements. The lighting, as in the bedroom, featured various settings to adapt the brightness according to mood and time of day.
Breakfast is in the long and vast rectangular lounge and whilst busy, it runs efficiently. The organic buffet features a range of cold and warm foods including smoked salmon, herring, cheeses, pastries, eggs and of course a wide variety of juices and hot drinks. It is designed in a sunken style so you feel relaxed on one of the cosy sofas planning a day out over a drawn-out breakfast.
The hotel is home to a fun bar which spills out onto the front street, a cosy lounge area with a fireplace, games room and a peaceful courtyard. Also, in the lobby is a vintage phone booth which acted more as a photo moment than a telephone!
The Absalon Hotel has a CONCEPT24 package which allows a late departure at no extra cost meaning you can keep the room for 24 hours, no matter the time of arrival. Also if you are staying for more than one night, an option to decline housekeeping and opt for a reward of one of several experiences is available, this with the environment in mind.
We are non cyclists here at Luxuriate but we still hired a “Velorbis” bike from the hotel’s reception to further explore the hip Vesterbro neighbourhood located in the world’s number one cycling city and visited some attractions below if you are in need of some inspiration.
To book and discover more, visit: www.absalon-hotel.dk
Top 5 Vesterbro Experiences within walking/cycling distance of The Absalon Hotel:
1 – The Meatpacking District has been transformed from meat only to a new and creative cluster with galleries, nightlife and restaurants. Kødbyens Fiskebar was among the first restaurants to break the ground and help transform the Meatpacking District to a foodie haven and is today accompanied by a wide variety of eateries. This restaurant is famous for its seafood and natural wines. https://fiskebaren.dk/en/
2 – The district also includes plenty of alfresco spaces which form part of the many restaurants and bars. One of the busier ones is WarPigs with 22 taps of quality and crazy beers, the space is big, noisy and hip. https://warpigs.dk/
3 – NOHO is open all day until late and its New York vibe with the bar’s bright, fluorescent signs, quirky plant-covered wall and a pink flower ceiling will make any meadow wither in comparison. https://www.noho.bar/
4 – Do you need a local and vintage souvenir to bring back from Copenhagen? Edison & Co. is an interior and design store in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. It is full of cool and quirky vintage and retro bargains of Danish design. It’s easy to sense how all items in the store is carefully picked. Besides design furniture you can also find many renovated vintage lamps, pillows, glasses and much more. https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/planning/edison-co-gdk1081437
5 – Modern timeless Danish menswear, inspired by Scandinavian minimalism and the raw atmosphere of the northern coasts. Legends was hatched in 2013 and has since been creating their own range of clothes, shoes and accessories in their renowned high quality. The style is relaxed yet minimalistic. The designs have a simple yet aesthetic look, that combines the classic with the contemporary. www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/planning/legends-gdk1106017
By Peter Sousa