A mile from the city’s main railway station, Bertrams occupies the heart of the happening Vesterbro neighbourhood. A selection of quirky independent fashion boutiques and cool little bars cluster nearby. Buses into the city centre stop right outside.
Decked out in elegant four posters billowing with white drapes, the rooms offer a pleasing and tactile palette of colours and textures including wood, stone and rich textiles. The rooms are not huge but feel light and airy. The emphasis is on stylish homeliness rather than a trying-too-hard design aesthetic. Some rooms have small but useable balconies with chairs and tables. There’s inexpensive WiFi access (20kr per 24 hours) in the rooms and throughout the hotel.
The peaceful courtyard garden out back is Bertram’s crown jewel (at least in summer) and the hotel-provided fleece blankets will take the edge off evening chills. Inside, the café, with its open kitchen, adds to the family feel of the place.
Eating and drinking
Although they cost extra, the organic, carefully-sourced and, above all, tasty breakfasts and brunches at Guldsmeden are well worth considering. The room mini-bars are stocked with unusually tempting treats. Although it lacks a bar, the small café/restaurant inside will happily serve drinks.
Being so small, Bertrams is short on facilities but local food, drinking and shopping options abound, including nearby sister hotel Axel’s plush new spa and the DGI Byens swimming pool behind the main station. Alternatively explore further afield by renting a hotel bike.
I was really impressed with the warmth and hospitality of the staff. Everyone I dealt with was very professional and eager to help out.
Who stays there
Bertrams is an ideal place for couples on treat weekends or business people seeking to escape the facelessness of some of the corporate hotel brands.
Double rooms are very reasonable value compared with offerings from blander corporates at equivalent rates (although you will need to book ahead to secure these rates).
- Culture vultures
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Welcoming staff
- Beautiful rooms
- Limited facilities
- Remote location, at least by Copenhagen standards