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Boundaries for "center" of Copenhagen

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Boundaries for "center" of Copenhagen

My husband I will be traveling to Copenhagen for a week long conference mid July. He will be attending a conference at Bella Center. We can obtain fairly discounted lodging at Crowne Plaza Towers. However, in my searches, it seems that this wouldn't be the best spot for exploring, evening dining, etc. If we were to stay more centrally and my husband could have access to public transport within a 5 block walk from lodging to go to Bella Center, what boundaries should we consider? Is Tivoli Gardens considered central? We'd prefer a boutique hotel or lodging with character - not a large spartan site. Please advise so that I can better narrow down our choices. Thank you.

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1. Re: Boundaries for "center" of Copenhagen

Not sure how far it is from your husbands conference, but the Andersen hotel is a lovely, quirky boutique hotel and very central- not far from Tivoli.

Copenhagen is a compact city too, wouldnt take him long to reach bella sky im sure x

Edited: 16 March 2014, 22:47
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Bella Center and the Crowne Plaza Towers are both in a newly developed part of Copenhagen a few km outside of the city center. Even though it's not in the center, it's extremely easy to get there via the clean and safe Metro system that runs 24/7 every few minutes, it's about a 10-15 minute trip.

However the area is pretty much all modern architecture, so if you're looking for character and the feel of the old city, it's not the right place to be.

Tivoli is definitely in the center and as Claire mentions, Copenhagen is a compact city, so if you pick a hotel around the center, you'll never be too far from a Metro station so your husband can get to the Bella Center easily enough.

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Yes, Tivoli is very central, right next to the Central Station - beware though, that there is no metro stop at the Central Station and the best way to get to the Bella Centre is by metro.

The Crowne Plazas is probably what you would refer to as a large, spartan site, it is a brand new hotel, but in a very new part of town. In the same part of town you'll find the slightly quirky - but huge - Hotel Bella Sky. The views are great there, but I've never stayed, so do not know the hotel.

A nice boutique hotel is the Hotel Axel Guldsmeden, very close to the Central Staion, another cutesy hotel a little further from the Central Statio, but still walking distance to a Metro station is the Hotel Sankt Thomas (around 1,2 km. from the Metro)

The Andersen Hotel looks close to most things, remember, Copenhagen is somewhat small and most things are within walking distance.

Another option could be to stay at one of the hotels in Nyhavn (The New Harbour), 71 Nyhavn Hotel see: 71nyhavnhotel.dk or The Admiral Hotel: www.admiralhotel.dk, both close to the Metro station at Kongens Nytorv (The King's New Square). Some friends stayed at The Opera Hotel just behind the Royal Theatre recently and really liked it: hotelopera.dk - also close to the Metro at Kongens Nytorv.

I hope you'll enjoy Copenhagen!

Edited: 17 March 2014, 11:59
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It's approx. 1.5 km - 20 mins walk from Tivoli to Kongens Nytorv. Could be a better option to take the train from Central Station to Orestad and change to Metro to Bella Center.

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5. Re: Boundaries for "center" of Copenhagen

I did check Andersen previously - sold out for our dates already!!

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Have you considered renting an apartment for your stay through airbnb.com or similar?

You'll find it will probably be a lot better value for money and there is a really good selection in the city centre.

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7. Re: Boundaries for "center" of Copenhagen

Thank you all! Jacob D, you read my mind! Smallish mermaid, I appreciate the info about central vs. Metro. That is very confusing! Hans Den, I have to study your post. Something about the language confuses me! Geordie, I did consider this...but there is not a lot near Tivoli and I wasn't sure that was "central", hence my post. I'll select some spots and see if you'll weigh in on location! Such a unique culture that Denmark affords! Can't wait!

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What confuses you?

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9. Re: Boundaries for "center" of Copenhagen

If you're checking out apartments and hotels, look for the districts of K, Ø, V, N, S after the 'Copenhagen', these are the central parts of Copenhagen. They might also be written as Norrebro (N), Osterbro(O or Ø), Vesterbro (V), Amager (S, confusing yes, but S stands for Southern Bridge, meaning it is to the south of the inner city), Inner city (K).

Another option is Frederiksberg, an independent (affluent) city within the city of Copenhagen.

Vesterbro is the part of the city, where Tivoli Gardens are - just around the gardens it is mainly office buildings, but just a five/ten minute walk will bring you to the heart of the neighbourhood of Vesterbro - a nice place mostly, lots of cafes, resaturants and good shopping (I live there, so might be biased!) - it also contains the red light district, but if this puts you off (I'm no porn fan myself, but historically it is interesting to note that Denmark was the first country to legalize pronography and trade was roaring in the sixties and seventies, but it is just really sad to see the women walking the streets). It is easily avoided, if you stay away from Istedgade and the streets there. Nearest metro to Vesterbro: Forum or Norreport, but best option is to take the train from the Central Station and change at Orestad, as Hans wrote.

If you are looking at maps of Copenhagen 'M' are Metro Stations and 'S' are the local trains, they almost all go to Central Station and to Norreport, where you can change for the Metro.

Another tranport option is to "go native" and rent bicycles.

Best of luck - and don't forget your bathing gear; you can go swimming in the harbour or go to the beach, there is a beautiful beach at Amager, close to Femoren Metro Station.

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10. Re: Boundaries for "center" of Copenhagen

When searching on airbnb I'd suggest filtering by Indre By, this is literally the city centre.

Anything near Norreport or Kongens Nytorv will be very convenient for you husband catching the metro to his conference while still putting you right in the city centre.