Wake Up Copenhagen
Carsten Niebuhrs Gade 11, København V, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1577
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Stag / hen parties, Trendiness
Best for On a budget - Expert review of Wake Up Copenhagen
This stylish, efficient hotel a half mile from Copenhagen's main railway station is the one to beat in town for budget comfort. It beats its closest contenders, the Cab Inn chain, by a nose for its larger beds and smarter rooms, which give it the feel of a decent mid-range hotel even though it is only classed with two stars.
The Wake Up is a realistic stroll away from the city centre and from hip, happening Vesterbro neighbourhood but it is slightly stuck out away from the city centre action, occupying a slightly soulless corner the wrong side of the train tracks.
The nearby flagship Cab Inn City Hotel is slightly better located but there's not much in it and shuttle buses into the train station and on into the city centre do run from the Hotel Tivoli just around the corner. Its proximity to the forgettable Fisktorvet shopping mall isn't much of a plus but the harbour is nearby if you fancy a stroll.
The rooms are appealingly minimal. A splash of colour in the lime curtains offer a counterpoint to the muted whites and browns. All are identically furnished and you pay more only for a better view or for the slightly larger x rooms. The acceptable-sized beds are comfortable and larger than some of the narrow Cab Inn beds (be warned though they are still not huge doubles). All rooms have air con and flatscreen TVs (although the reception on mine was really jumpy when I tried it). The space-age style shower pod cubicles worked well.
The cheap scrappy pillows, poly-cotton sheets and small duvets were my main gripe. You're reminded this is a budget place by the shampoo, which comes in a sachet, and there's no tea or coffee making kit either. The desk and stylish chair make work or emailing realistic, as long as you can get an in room WiFi signal - my ageing laptop struggled although the signal downstairs was strong.
The decor is pleasing from the crisp, slate-grey exterior to the bright white interior enlivened with splashes of colour and out-sized lampshades. The light-flooded breakfast room is sparsely decorated but is appealing all the same. The free WiFi worked well in the lobby and lounge areas and there are enough internet connected PCs to cope with demand if you don't bring your own device.
Breakfast is standard Danish continental fare and costs 60kr. Reception sells beer, wine soft drinks and a few snacks and that's it, so don't expect to get lunch or dinner here.
This is a no frills place, so watching Eurosport or Top Gear on the large screens in the lounge or surfing online wirelessly or at the computers in the small internet area are about the only things to do inside. Failing that you could head out for a harbour-side stroll or hire a bike from the hotel (120kr per day) to range further afield.
Well, this is a budget hotel not a full service one so there are few frills. There's no phone to call the non-existent room service with for example. That said, what service is on offer is done well. The front desk handled all my requests efficiently and in a friendly way, including granting a later check out. The hi-tech check in and out machines worked really well and sped things up considerably. There's a gloomy basement room to do your ironing or store bags in the lockers (20kr).
Budget travellers who can afford to upgrade from a youth hostel room will love this place. If you don't mind getting out and finding places to eat and drink and are prepared to stay in a slightly soulless location, a stay here is mostly a pleasure. If however you want concierges, spas and Egyptian cotton - look elsewhere.
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- Carsten Niebuhrs Gade 11, København V, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1577
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Swimming Pool
- City Centre