Carlton Guldsmeden Hotel, Copenhagen
Reviews - Carlton Guldsmeden Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Expensive but Child Friendlyfrom bradyky
As for the Hotel Guldsmeden, it is adequate for a nice enough stay. Our room was a junior suite that was built into the eave of the roof. The furniture was French Colonial with a four poster canopy bed. The bathroom was pretty small with a shower only and a sink nestled back into a small nook. The room was equipped with a refrigerator/mini-bar and a television. The bed was comfortable enough and the nights were mostly quiet though Copenhagen sometimes does have some loud yelling and unexplained noises that make you scratch your head. The room had no view...only a window that opened to allow in some fresh air. Each floor of our building had a common area at one end that overlooked alleys on either side. Breakfast was indeed a high point for this hotel after struggling to find sustenance at other breakfast buffets in Sweden. Scandinavian breakfast buffets typically are dominated by sandwich making ingredients including salamis, cheese, peppers, pickled herring, and assorted other things that I have a hard time eating before noon. Some had token American dishes like eggs and bacon, but the eggs were often too runny and the bacon too fat. The Guldsmeden, on the other hand, presented fresh breads, cheese, jams, chocolate, assorted juices, and coffee. There were some meats as well, but the focus was on the carbs. They claim that their entire buffet is organic and I cannot prove otherwise. For those of you lucky enough to be travelling with children, this hotel is prepared to handle them. We ordered a crib with our room and got it without begging. Each morning, a really nice employee came around at breakfast with Legos for our daughter. The only downside was the lack of bathtub in our room. Our daughter looks forward to her nightly splashing and sleeps better with bath...however, a shower had to do. Parking was charged at around $15 per day and was nearby. Also, there are a couple of grocery stores very nearby if you want to stock up on snacks, etc. The hotel is a little hard to find initially even if you know what you are looking for. The best strategy is to get close based on directions and then park and look for it on foot. The only distinguishing mark from a car is the word 'HOTEL' vertically hung with golden letters. With a million bicycles coming from every direction coupled with aggressive drivers and brave pedestrians, this mark is impossible to see. The hotel says that it is in downtown but it is a decent walk to the Stroget shopping strip. Tivoli and the Central Train Station are the closest landmarks at around a 12 minute walk each. There are numerous restaurants very nearby, but I cannot give any glowing recommendations for any we tried.
In sum, this hotel is pretty representative of Copenhagen. We always felt safe and our room was always clean when we got back. Breakfast was simple and consistently good and better than pretty much anything else we ate in Denmark. The hotel handled our baby very well with available cribs, high chairs, and toys. The location is above average but not on top of many of the attractions. At $244 per night (including parking), I felt like the room was overpriced, but that is Denmark as a whole. Everyone at the hotel was courteous and easy to communicate with which is not true to the rest of the country. When compared to Swedes, I felt the Danish were more disconnected and impersonal. Many books credit their Viking ancestry for this somewhat abrasive personality trait. However, I just think it is due to the overwhelming disarray that is Copenhagen. Though safe, you can never let your guard down when walking or driving. If you do, a bike or pedestrian will be on top of you before you know it. If I went back to Copenhagen, I would have no problem returning to the Hotel Guldsmeden because I'm not sure there is a better option out there.
Wonderful and charming!from Style_Buff
Beautiful, romantic hotelfrom sorayascot
The entrance to this hotel does not do it justice and I was getting concerned. However, when we managed to persuade the unusual lift to work and arrived at reception, it was a different world.
We arrived very early, and had expected to just be able to leave our luggage. Instead we were told our room was ready and to help ourselves to coffee and breakfast also. The breakfast was mainly organic with some great croissants and chocolate cake as well as great coffee.
The room was more the sort of romantic French style that you can never find in Paris. There was a four poster bed, with a beautiful dragonfly motif on the drapes. French doors lead out onto a balcony. The bathroom had a rolltop clawfoot bath and a separate shower. We loved the organic lavender hair and bodywash too. There was a fridge and a TV with a good selection of channels.
We sat on the balcony which looked out over other flats and balconies with window boxes and people watched.
The staff were friendly and knowledgeable regarding places to eat, drink and visit.
Had a great time!from Riflerangeblues
The rooms are lovely, very clean and spacious. Breakfast was great and the staff are really friendly and helpful. We had no complaints whatsoever and I'd definitely receommend the hotel and would stay there again.
DFDS river cruise (red route) from Nyhaven was a lovely way to start the morning and the best way to see the very under whelming Little Mermaid.
Recommend the BarBar Bar (great sandwiches) and the Obelisk, which are both very short walk from the hotel in a pleasant square. For lunch, the Italiano resturant off the main Stogart drag had good pizzas at reasonable prices.
Tivoli gardens - very over rated - expensive entrance fee, (rides are extra) for what essentially is a tacky theme park. Not at all what we expected.
Good hotel, but too hot!from CruisinCherie
The entrance to the hotel is not directly visible from the street. There is only a name on the building high over a small passageway. When we entered the door, we saw no reception area, just a very small, dark vestibule. We needed to take a (claustrophobically small!) elevator to the first floor. The gentleman at the desk was very friendly. The first room to which we were assigned was like an oven. The windows faced the (busy) street and the sun was streaming in. We left for a couple of hours and decided that we would try to change rooms upon returning. We did this and the lady at the desk was very accommodating. She had us look at another room, facing the back, which was much quieter, had a balcony, and did not have the south sun baking on us. Although better than the first room, it was still very hot in there with no breeze or air moving at all.
The room was very nice and quite large by European standards. Very comfortable bed with plush linens. We had a bathtub and a shower in the bathroom! However, there was no facial tissue and the only soap was one ceramic soap pump, which the sign said was to be used for soap AND shampoo. Since this is not by any means a budget hotel, a bar of soap and a box of Kleenex should not be an unreasonable request.
Also, the refrigerator did not work at all in our room. This was also true in the first room we were assigned to. It was well stocked, but was not at all cold! We mentioned this to the staff, and they had a handyman look at it. He tried to fix it, but still did not work after his attempt. We were disappointed, as we were hoping to have some cold drinks to offset the hot weather!
The continental breakfast (included in room rate) was very good, but the very small dining area was extremely crowded, and serving plates often needed replenishing. Again, however, the staff was pleasant and tried to help with requests as much as possible.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel, but NOT during hot weather! There was no air circulation, and particularly with 20+ hour daylight in July, sleeping was a problem.
If you decide on this hotel, make sure you request a room away from the street side, as those rooms can be very noisy.
The hotel is about a 15 minute walk to the train station and Tivoli Gardens. There are many restaurants on that walk, plus some grocery stores and convenience stores.
Not so lovelyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms are quite nice – we couldn’t see any difference in the two rooms, why did we have to move? An explanation would have been nice. As others have stated the lack of air con. is a major failing. Our room had a balcony which overlooked a yard with garages that was accessed from the main street, we observed several people use the yard as a public toilet & other strange behaviour. It would have been possible to reach the balcony from the yard by climbing onto the garage roofs which were attached to the hotel building. It was therefore impossible to leave the balcony doors open due to securely issues. Due to the oppressive heat we got little sleep
I did not consider the area to be safe & would not recommend it to single travellers. We felt the area to be far less safe than around Termini area of Rome or even down town Rio for example.
Breakfast is okay but has limited choice – one type of cold meat & two choices of cheese, different breads, 3 types of fruit & limited cereals – normal continental breakfast fare.
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Very good choicefrom Mario2008
Location was a little further from the train station that most of the other hotels in the area (about five blocks); however, if you have a Copenhagen card or weekly bus pass, you can take the 6A bus a block away from the hotel, and it will take you practically everywhere you may need to go in CPH.
Mostly goodfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The only thing that took away from our stay was that the annex building, without air conditioning, gets quite hot, even when it is only in the high 60's/low 70's of a high in the day in summer. Even with the window wide open, we got a little warm while sleeping, but I think something as small as a fan would be a huge help. They also didn't have washcloths, but I don't know if that's just the standard in europe.
Other than that, a pretty good stay.
Comfortable and friendly hotelfrom MB747
Guest rooms have excellent bathrooms (shower only, no bathtub), comfy beds, telephones and tvs with many English language channels. Rooms do not have air conditioning-- but this was not a problem for us during our stay in July 2005. There are a few rooms that face onto a busy street; if you are sensitive to noise I would ask for a room in the new annex.
The rates include an excellent buffet breakfast with a wide selection of breads, meats, cheeses, fruits, yoghurt, boiled eggs, juices. The staff kept the buffet well stocked throughout the morning and they kept the dining room clean and tidy.
The staff are charming and friendly and made some excellent suggestions for bars and restaurants to visit. They are happy to serve you coffee, tea, beer and snacks at any time during the day.
The guests came from all over the world and were also very friendly. We had some great conversations at breakfast.
Copenhagen is one of the best cities in the world for cycling. The hotel provides free bicycles or you can rent one and store it in the hotel's courtyard. Bikes are a great way to get around the city.
We very much enjoyed our stay at the Guldsmeden and would stay there again without hesitation. We got a good rate that we found to be very good value. Highly recommended.
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Cinema in English With the exception of children's films, films are generally shown in the language in which they were filmed and have Danish subtitles. Therefore most films are shown in English.
Ice skating at Kongens Nytorv In the winter you can go ice skating at Kongens Nytorv. It was a lovely atmosphere with people of all ages and abilities. Skate hire was only 40,- and the ice was in great condition (probably due to how cold it was!) A lovely experience.
Trips out of Copenhagen If you have time visit the Louisiana art gallery in Humlebaek for a superb day trip out. Also worth a visit is Roskilde.
Other names for Carlton Guldsmeden Hotel
- hotel guldsmeden
- carlton hotel copenhagen
- Address: 66 Vesterbrogade - Copenhagen - 1620 - Denmark
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