Carlton Guldsmeden Hotel

, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Carlton Guldsmeden Hotel

, Copenhagen
3 star

Rooms: 64

66 Vesterbrogade - Copenhagen - 1620 - Denmark Hotel Website | | 3322 1500
255 Traveller

Reviews - Carlton Guldsmeden Hotel

8/10
Clean, quality, comfortable and central
Submitted by: Tony Chambers in 03/05/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Very centrally located - within walking distance of the town hall, Tivoli and the main shopping areas. Hotel itself is very clean and the rooms are spacious and well designed. It is boutique-like with the breakfast room in a library/reading-room setting (a bit smokey though when we were there). If you a looking for a good, comfortable non-chain hotel in Copenhagen then this is the place for you. Overall good value for money.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Carlton Guldsmeden Hotel

Expensive but Child Friendly

from bradyky
We recently spent ten days in Scandinavia with seven days in Sweden and three days in Copenhagen. Before going further, I must interject that these two countries are nothing alike. Though separated only by a long majestic bridge (that costs $30 to cross either direction), the landscape, attitudes, and cost are very different. We spent three days in Stockholm and three days in Copenhagen...if given the choice, I would take Stockholm every time.

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
This place lived up to the positive reviews below. The rooms were a gorgeous clean white, the furnishings unique, the breakfast exquisite, and the service of the staff impeccable. They went out of their way to help us make restaurant reservations, tell us where to visit, offer us tips, and generally ensure that we enjoy our vacation. We highly recommend this place. Do take advantage of their bicycle service and cycle around town for a bit. Copenhagen is a beautiful city and this hotel is ideally located.

Beautiful, romantic hotel

from sorayascot
We stayed at this hotel post cruise, having stayed at the Square pre cruise. The hotels are chalk and cheese.

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
We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights, primarily to watch the England v Denmark match, (less said the better!) with a city break tagged on. The hotel is very centrally located and an easy walk to the cafe's, bars and attractions. It seems like it might be a noisy location, but we had a room in the annex and it was very pleasant.

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
We stayed at the Hotel Guldsmeden July 10-11, 2005, during a heat wave in Copenhagen, with temperatures in the high 80’s/90.

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 lovely

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our experience of this hotel is not as favourable as previous posters, this was primarily due to us been forced to change rooms after been in the room first allocated for two-three hours, the attitude and aggressive manner in way it was demanded tainted our stay in Copenhagen. This was the last night of a trip travelling around a few other countries, we were tired on arrival so decided to catch up on a little sleep before going out again. After two different hotel staff rudely barged into the room we were told “you should not be in this room you must move” and were told that had we not been in the room our belongings would have been removed by the hotel staff. The tone of this was aggressive, the person stating this (poss head of housekeeping?) appeared to be of the opinion that this error was ours & we should be suitably chastised .It was clear that it would be pointless attempting to discuss the issue so we meekly moved to a different room. At no point was an apology made nor were we thanked for moving without making a fuss. I was uncomfortable with the way people had entered the room so discourteously & the suggestion that someone would actually move our belongings without our knowledge or permission.
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.

Boutique Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This Hotel is a cute boutique hotel in a very central location. Just a short, nice walk to the main shop area. The rooms are nice, but my complaint also is the lack of airconditioning or at least a celing van. We had nice warm weather, but the heat builds up in the room and it gets uncomfortably hot even at night. Had I stayed there during a cooler time, I would have loved the room. The breakfast is very good, but the breakfast room is definitely too small for all the guests. It is very crowded and the personal is doing their best to get people in and out, but I would have wished a more relaxed atmosphere for breakfast.

Very good choice

from Mario2008
Stayed for a week at the Guldsmeden in July and it was an excellent choice for the price. The room was very nice and clean, although it is true that it can be noisy on the street side. However, this was mostly during the day, when I did not spend much time at the hotel anyway. The breakfast was excellent, and the staff worked very hard to keep everybody happy even when the breakfast room was at its most crowded. The staff, by the way, is extremely friendly and helpful. One little complaint: they use a room at the back of the breakfast room to hold luggage for guests checking out, so you had the annoyance of people coming in with big bags in the already crowded breakfast room. Other than that, you cannot go wrong with this hotel.

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 good

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at Hotel Guldsmeden July 14-17 2005, and found it to be a good hotel for the price in the rather expensive city of Copenhagen. It is located within reasonable walking distance of most places you would want to go, and was clean and seemed safe. They have keypad access to the annex building where we stayed, and to the main gate after hours. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the breakfast is quite good and food is replenished even late into the breakfast time.
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 hotel

from MB747
The Guldsmeden is a comfortable and friendly hotel near the center of Copenhagen. The hotel has 64 rooms and limited public spaces (no lobby) so I agree with previous reviewers that it is more like a b & b than a hotel.

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.

Top Local Tips for Copenhagen

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.

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  • Address: 66 Vesterbrogade - Copenhagen - 1620 - Denmark
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