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.
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.
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.
The spa is excellent and ideal for a spot of pampering for guests or non-guests.
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.
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.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- People watching
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Genuinely friendly and skillful service
- Lovely interiors
- Some street noise, especially at weekends
- Slightly edgy location