Copenhagen on the cheap? Good luck with that one-even hostels are pricey. Chains that don't look all that expensive quite frankly are. And the price of paying extra for breakfast is yet another drain on your finances, Danish-style.
Hotel Sct. Thomas is popular with a budget-conscious international clientele. A lot of Danes seem to like it too, and no wonder. It must seem like an absolute steal to them.
Hotel Sct. Thomas is located between Copenhagen's Central Station and Frederiksberg Gardens within the two great neighbourhoods of Vesterbro and Frederiksberg itself.
The station is a straight 20 minute walk and you could make it up the road to the park in 10.
Breakfast is included in the price and it strikes me as one of the key elements to praise.
This features an excellent selection of gourmet breads from the bakery down the road, freshly cut melon, pineapple, yoghurt, cereals, cheese, cold meats etc. Despite there being no cooked breakfast apart from boiled eggs, I thought this was pretty unbeatable.
I also want to praise hotel staff who were helpful when BMI Regional changed our flight dates a fortnight before our trip. They were thankfully able to accommodate us and took pains to issue us with new paperwork online. The reception is friendly and welcoming. There is free internet access also.
However, in the interests of fairness I should stress that the the Hotel Sct. Thomas might not be absolutely ideal for all.
This is a three star hotel but I though there were aspects of the experience that needed a bit more work to live up to that especially if you were visiting for say, that special occasion.
Despite its impressive looks -and the giant wooden lights created in the design studio next door, this is more budget that boutique.
The room wasn't any bigger than some private facilities in hostels I've booked and although functional, the bathroom in the twin room was a squeeze for one.
I was offered a reduced upgrade online several days before my stay but opted not to take it as I feel a trip to Scandinavia has to stick to a tighter budget than holidays to cheaper destinations.
However, if you prize a little more space, you may be well advised to avail of this at the reduced rate they're offering.
I also did not find the maid service as thorough as it should have been either.
There's someone on that clean team that isn't very talented at making beds.
Another complaint I have refers to a lack of safety deposit boxes in rooms which again, seems like an oversight for a hotel that claims to be three star.
The truth is that guests need plenty of cash with them in a place like this and I feel that they should be able to lock this in a safe place within their room. I cannot remember the last time I stayed in a hotel of this grading which did not have a safety deposit box.
However I would recommend this option as this was an 'extra' holiday where we spent a lot of time outwith the premises. We did not particularly want to stay in a hostel and I feel that by chosing the Hotel Sct Thomas, we were able to stay on budget while enjoying a superb location into the bargain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The cozy Hotel Sct. Thomas is in the perfect location to see the best of Copenhagen, whether it is your first visit or your hundredth. Close to the city center, the hotel is located in the heart of the Theatre District, right on Frederiksberg Alle. This is one of the oldest and most idyllic parts of the city. From the hotel, it is quick and easy to get to the famous Tivoli Gardens, as well as many great Danish restaurants, shops and other attractions. The central station is also nearby, so you can visit the rest of the city and points beyond. In the hotel you can enjoy both Danish and international channels on the TV or use the wireless Internet access. There's a small desk on which to do work, and the beds are comfy and new. Business travelers can book meeting rooms as well. When booking through the hotels website wireless internet is complimentary. The hotel is 100% non-smoking. We look forward to welcome you to the hotel. ... more less
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