Absalon Hotel

Helgolandsgade 15, Copenhagen, Zealand, DK-1653, Denmark
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Family owned and The Main Station

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 1, 2012

I made this reservation through Expedia and bought it with my flight. Overall it was a good price, and the hotel location is fairly central. A short walk from the main railway station and Tivoli.

The one issue I found was that the area seems to be next to the red light district and there were quite a few ladies on the streets looking for business - UNCONNECTED to the hotel I should note. Nearby there is also a an area of great coffee shops and restaurants.

The wifi is free and is provided by The Cloud Network.

Unique Quality: The rooms are quite minimal but comfortable. I have just realised there is no room phone. There are tea making facilities and a mini fridge available for your use.

Best hotel in the area

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 23, 2011

I was in Kopenhagen with my three friends. We slept the first night at a hostel, but it was really bad, so we checked out the hotels around the central station. We saw a lot of rooms, and finally decided for Absalon Hotel. And we did not regret that.
The staff is really friendly and helpful (and patient), and the rooms are very nice. It is not 5 stars, but for the price it is really good. Denmark is expensive, but this was really fair priced, even compared with Germany and other places I have travelled in Europe.

We loved the area, with a lot of nice, but expensive cafes. There is many kebab-places, but also good restaurants.
Just few minutes to the Main Station, to the Planetarium, Tivoli and Fisketorve shopping center.
Good sushi 20 meters from the hotel!

Unique Quality: Really a 24 hour area! Close to everything.

Excellent value-for-money

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 15, 2011

I stayed at the Absalon during the Copenhagen Carnival. The hotel is very convenient located near the Central Station, but also close to a bunch of trendy bars, cafes and restaurants, including the hip Kødbyen area (just two blocks away)!
I got a spacious room on the 5th floor, with a comfy bed, TV, fridge, coffee/tea maker, aircon, safe and even a pants press! The marble bathroom had a bathtub and all the usual amenities.

I front desk staff were very friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is really great. There is a courtyard, where you can hang out.

Loved the hotel, will most likely return. Best hotel in the area!

Unique Quality: Really hip area. Friendly staff. Clean room.

Directions: Vesterbro. Two blocks from Central Station. Two blocks from Kødbyen. Three blocks from Tivoli Gardens, Hard Rock Café.

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Cheap and Comfortable

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 18, 2008

Stayed at this 3* hotel in a single room for 3 nights in March 2008.

Absalon Hotel is situated in the city's Red Light District and some may find this off-putting. However, a large proportion of the city's cheaper hotels are within the immediate area and I found it did not create any problems for me, a single female traveller.

The room was comfortable, furnished with a single bed, small dressing table with chair, comfortable chair and side table, tea/coffee making facilities, trouser press and small refridgerator. The room also had an en suite shower room - the Absalon Annex does not have en suite facility rooms. Rooms within Absalon Hotel have WiFi internet access.

Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 10:00am and is a very good selection of traditional continental fare including cereal, fruit, yoghurt, bread selection, boiled eggs, meats, cheeses and, of course, the ubiquitous Danish pastries.

Security into and within the hotel is very well controlled. Lift access to the hotel floors is controlled by your key card - you must insert it into a slot to enable the selection of your floor. Late at night, your key card is required to gain access to the hotel lobby.

Check-in time : 12:00
Check-out time : 11:00

Unique Quality: This hotel is geared to a whole range of travellers and tourists with rooms to suit. In the Abasalon Annex, rooms range from dormitory through to single, double and triple private rooms with shared facilities. Within the Absalon Hotel, rooms are provided with en suite facilities.

Breakfast is included in room rates for the Absalon Hotel but not for the Absalon Annex.

Absalon Hotel was founded in 1938 and is currently managed by the third generation of the original owner's family.

Directions: From Central Station take the exit indicated with Baggage Storage (the exit itself is, remarkably, not marked with "Udgang" signs). Cross over the road and onto Istedgade and walk down two blocks. The hotel is on the corner on the left side of the road.

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Great location! Bad area!

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 12, 2007

We booked a triple room at Absalon Hotel for the Euro2008-qualification game Denmark-Sweden. Can't complain much about that decision.
The hotel is very centrally located, just about 150-200 meters from the Central Station. To Ströget it is about 5-10 minutes walk though, so if you want to be closer to there, you should pick something else.

Best thing otherwise with this hotel is the price. You can choose between two parts of the hotel, where the Annex is much cheaper. We paid 850 SEK (about 90 euro) for a triple room, and in a city like Copenhagen, where prices for a hotel is really high, it's a really good price!

In the Annex the bathroom and toilet are in the hall, but we were lucky enough, since the room wasn't ready when we got there, to become upgraded. So for the same price we got a triple room in the Hotel part instead, with toilet and bathroom in the room.

Thank you very much!

The room was fine, a bit small if you're looking for more than beds. We had a double bed, a single bed, and then a small table. Over the single bed there was a tv, with about 20-25 international (danish, swedish, CNN, BBC etc etc) channels. The room also included a water boiler, which was very nice. A nice cup of tea is never negative! :)

Both room and bathroom very clean.

The location is great, just around the corner from the central station. But the area is a bit... well... the view from the lobby is over three sex clubs, and the first person I met when I went outside the hotel at midnight was a girl asking "wanna have some fun, handsome...?".

Sure I did, but not the "fun" she was asking about... Headed off to the local pub instead, just 150 meter from the hotel. Much more fun. :)

Breakfast was included in the price, and it was full of danish sweets with lots of chocolate! The breakfast room was huge, divided into three parts. But despite us getting there shortly before closing time we still had to wait to get an empty table. Felt like half Copenhagen had gathered there to have breakfast.

Unique Quality: The location, perfect if you arrive in Copenhagen with train. Much harder to find a parking spot though.

Directions: Turn left and then right when you exit the central station.

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Great location

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 28, 2007

I stayed here late October 06, a city cruise break through DFDS seaways from Harwich - 5 United on trip, cost £160 each for a cabin both crossings and supposedly 3 nights accomodation in the Absalon. I couldnt fault the hotel itself in anyway, but ok it really depends on what you want. For 5 United fans on the lash, it was perfect - close to the centre and everything else! maybe too close for some! There were several of yer local dopeheads always around after dark. The parking was in a secure underground supermarket public car park nearby and here's a tip - this would have been really expensive for the 3 days we were there, but choose the lost ticket option and you pay a fraction of the price!!
Best drinking advice, stay well clear of the City Centre and just head on down road left when you come out of the hotel - some great bars! (see tips)
I got a call on Tuesday afternoon from DFDS saying the Thursday night sailing back was cancelled due to North Sea storm warning and they put us up for an extra 2 nights Free of charge - making it a really cheap break, well it would have been except for the 2nd mortgage needed to pay for the drinks!

Directions: Behid the Central station

Perfect Location

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 7, 2007

Good - breakfast, location (seconds from train station) and very cheap . Shared showers/toilets but clean and very roomy.

Cons - bang smack in what id say is their red light district. as long as you aware, u is safe. they walk the street and hang out of doors! Also note the walls are thin so you hear next door, and also when people are outside coming back from clubs etc!

Unique Quality: Location and price make this perfect if stopping over for a few days and aint too fussy

Directions: Near station (West side)

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not nice unless you can afford a luxury room

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 26, 2006

The hotel looks really nice outside, and all the common areas (lobby etc) are also well mantained, but the rooms are not that nice. While the size and the cleanliness are acceptable, you will notice that you don´t have a double bed, but two rather narrow and uncomfortable beds joined together (don´t attempt any kamasutra), the pillows aren´t even pillows, the TV is the oldest I´ve ever seen (ours didn´t work properly and they said they would report it to their technician, but that never happened), the wardrobe is old and decrepit, and there isn´t much else in the room to make your stay comfortable The heating in our room didn´t work and they didn´t do anything about it either. Also, note that there are no toilet facilities in the room, so you´ll have to share 2 showers and 3 toilets with all the neighbours on your floor.
There is indeed free internet access for the guests, which is good, but there is only 1 computer! you´d love to see the queues and even the arguments, sometimes, when people are taking too long (yes, it´s happened).
Let´s not forget to speak about the area in which the hotel is located. You will find quite amusing that what they call "Copenhagen city centre" isn´t exactly a small area. Any tourist map that you are given details the whole of the "city centre", including quite a few neighbourhoods. So OK, I admit that the Absalon Hotel is well located, and many budget hotels are located nearby, as well as the fact that it´s quite close to the Tivoli and the City Hall, but bear in mind that when they say city centre, they´re not talking about "the main area of the city", or "walking distance area". You need to know as well that the street where the Absalon is on and the ones around are full of Striptease clubs (with signs in the street inc. coloured pictures of naked women) and prostitues. Don´t take from this that it´s a dangerous area, but it is rough. Unpleasant, especially if you come back to the hotel in the evening/night and you are accompanied by kids (it wasn´t our case, luckily enough).

Unique Quality: Also, note that exchanging money (into Danish Kroner) will cost you 11% of it, if you do it at any bureau of change. The Absalon claims to offer money exchange free of charge but they do take the money off: they have a flat exhange rate (7.0 as opposed to the real 7.5ish, into euros, for example), so you will lose money anyway (quite a lot if you´re exchanging a lot of money). The best to do it not letting them fool you with the "free money exchange" service and change the money before you leave your country.
Nevertheless, the staff at the hotel is quite nice (not everyone is especially nice, but in general they are), and they all speak English very well.
The breakfast, despite being the same every single day (not a big selection either), is quite emjoyable.
And about the price of the rooms I need to say what I´ve heard at the desk of the hotel (august 2006):
1200 Kroner for a double "luxury room" (ensuite, tea facilities etc. but never seen one), which is 109 pounds or 160 euros. the room described at the start of this writing is a regular room, costing at the hotel 70 pounds, or 103 euros. Of course, you might find special deals on the internet, we all know that. The general idea that we got is that they invest all the money in advertising everywhere, and keeping the common areas decent, and the outside appearance in good condition, but the rooms need a total makeover, they haven´t invested a penny in them in years (since the hotel was opened, probably).
I would only advise people to stay at this hotel if they find a wonderful deal on the internet. Don´t let the "3 strars" fool you. This hotel felt like a 1 star hotel. 2 being generous. Trust me, I´ve travelled throughout Europe for quite a few years now. and my final tip is: if you can afford to spend a little more than what this hotel costs, especially if you are with little kids, avoid this area (western part of Vesterbro, around Central Station). The area around Nyhavn, for example, is much nicer (and more expensive, I suppose), but are many others.

Directions: Central Station (København H). No need to take any means of transport from here. Vesterbro district. 5 minutes away from the Tivoli and the City Hall.

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Reasonably priced accommodation

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 29, 2006

This hotel suited us fine. The train station connecting us with Copenhagen airport in under 15 minutes was just a minute's walk from our front door and the room was reasonably priced for Copenhagen at (an average of) £78 per room per night. We stayed 4 nights and found it very accessible for all the areas we needed to be close to.

There was no air conditioning however, and we had to sleep with the windows open, which meant it was quite noisy (the hotel is on a main road with lorries and buses passing frequently) but if you are tired enough you won't find it a problem. It was unusual for us to be in our room before 4am, so we were very tired. The room was clean though and had everything we needed including a hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a tv with many stations in English, a fridge and trouser press (the hairdryer was a little ineffectual though and I ended up using my own.) The shower was excellent: very powerful and hot, but there was a slight smell from the drain in the bathroom.

Unique Quality: There is also free to use internet in reception: just ask reception for the password if necessary, although most of the time the previous user has left it logged on. They do recommend that you limit your usage to 15 minutes so that other guests don't need to wait too long.

As you will find in the areas surrounding most major train stations, this is the red light district, and it is quite obvious in the small hours of the morning. There is a sex shop directly opposite the hotel and after midnight a band of hookers and pimps paraded this stretch of street (rather unsuccessfully I might add) On returning from a night out, Rob and I would sit on the windowsill eating ice cream and watch the buzzing nocturnal activities which continued until daylight.

Directions: exit 10 from the train station, cross the pedestrian crossing and walk straight ahead. The hotel is clearly visible from here.

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Absalon Hotel

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 18, 2005

The walls are very thin, like cardboard... in fact i think they was! I could hear the tv in the next room, and talking in othe rooms... i would hate to think what other people could hear comming from my room ;) but on the up side the rooms was clean and the staff was very nice.

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Where to stay

by written on March 12, 2003

Absalon Hotel is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Copenhagen.
The train from the airport to the Central Station takes only 12 minutes and Absalon Hotel is just a short walk away from the Central Station. The location is central, cultural as well as geographic, and a large part of Copenhagen’s many amusements are in the vicinity of the hotel. Within easy walking distance you will find Tivoli, The Town Hall Square, the pedestrian shopping street ‘Strøget’, the exhibition centre ‘Øksnehallen’ and an endless number of restaurants, cinemas and theatres.
The hotel reception is open day and night, and our well-educated staff is at your service 24 hours a day. Skandinavian breakfast buffet is served every morning in the cosy breakfast restaurant. If you arrive by car, you can either park in the street or in one of the secure parking grounds situated apr. 250 metres from the hotel.

I have been at the hotel and it was confortable and we had a great treat. computers room to logg for free to teh net downstairs!
check the homepage for avility and fares.

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Hotel Absalon ***

by written on January 28, 2003

our rooms were ok, but we didn´t have one of the best ones, I think. The hotel probably started as a small one and later they added more and more rooms from the already existing buildings around the hotel. Thatfor our way to the room was a up and down, elevator and stairs, long small floors.....you better don´t come back at night drunken ;-)), you won´t find your room anymore..... the price was probably ok for copenhagen, although it seemed for me really a lot for what we got....but it is very very central!!!

Unique Quality: doble room 100 Euro

Directions: near the station

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Near the Central Station

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 22, 2002

Reasonably priced hotel/hostel. Included breakfast is always fresh and very good.

Unique Quality: Also FREE Active Internet!

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Many hotels close to everything.

by written on September 12, 2002

The Absalon was a prett nice place that offers a free breakfast every morning (if you're awake in time). The bed was pretty small, as was the room, but it worked nicely since it was just me in there. I had to share a bathroom with a few people but that was no big deal because they kept them clean.

Unique Quality: Close to everything and a free breakfast every morning.

Directions: Near Central Station.

The Hotel Absalon

by written on August 26, 2002

£70 English money

Unique Quality: Its run by two brothers, who look like twins. Its adjacent to the topless bar in the red light district.
Its open all hours, no curfew on times you come back.
Internet facilities and lovely staff. Great views of the red light district.

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Address: Helgolandsgade 15, Copenhagen, Zealand, DK-1653, Denmark

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