Axel Hotel Guldsmeden

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Address: Helgolandsgade 7 To 11, , Copenhagen, 1653, Denmark

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.3

One of Copenhagen's best hotels for service, style and comfort.

This is the flagship of the excellent, three-strong Guldsmeden chain and also one of the best hotels in town. The service is amazingly welcoming, while the bedrooms and public areas are spot on in their combination of style, solidiity and comfort. There's also good food and a pampering spa, all in a very central location.

Location
3.7
90%
Eating/drinking
3.6
90%
Leisure facilities
3.7
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
3.5
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
3.7
90%

Location

The Axel is in the thick of the cluster of central hotels in the streets near the station and occupies a fairly traffic-free street. It is also in the party zone/redlight district so it's a slightly edgy locaction. Don't get me wrong -  it's not unsafe and you shouldn't be hassled. There is a strip joint a few doors down and there are sex shops in the vicinity. If that makes it sound like some kind of ghetto, it just isn't and I wouldn't let this put you off.

Bedrooms

The bedrooms come in the Guldsmeden's tradmark Balinese/French colonial style. The mix of cool soft linen, teak wood and stone and textile is a winning one. Rugs, vibrant art, flat screen TVs and DVD players complete a stylish ensemble. Other nice touches include the decent toiletries, organic mini bar, feather duvets and sleek dressing gowns. On the downside, some of the rooms are small and the ones on the ground floor in particular can be noisy. If you're lucky you may be able to nab a room with a balcony.

Public areas

The lounge is super stylish and great to sit and chat over a drink in.

Eating and drinking

The Axel may offer Copenhagen's best breakfast - and that's not a title I bestow lightly in the land of the minimal cheese, ham and bread roll petit dejeuner. The morning buffet compares very well to some of the big hotel chains. There's lovely bread and pastries, marmalade and even a decent cup of tea.

The light lunch consisting of cold meat, cheese and salad is simple but also very tasty. I also found the lady who runs the restaurant utterly charming and hospitable as she rallied round taking my order and tempting me to a glass of wine.

Leisure facilities

The spa is excellent and ideal for a spot of pampering for guests or non-guests.

Service

Like its sister hotels, the Axel really excels in the warm yet relaxed wecome it gives. It's hard to do well and I was really impressed. I've worked in hotels in my past and I know how hard it is to keep up these standards of service and to make guests feel genuinely welcome.

Who stays there

Couples, singles or business travellers seeking friendly faces in warm, welcoming surroundings.

Price advice

The Axel is justifiably popular so book as far ahead as you can. The smaller, noisier rooms go last so if it's full you run the risk of a less appealing stay - check before you book. Out of season there are some surprisingly good rates on offer - again it pays to book in good time.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Genuinely friendly and skillful service
  • Lovely interiors
  • Some street noise, especially at weekends
  • Slightly edgy location
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