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I went back and forth on where to stay on my trip to Copenhagen. And, as Type A personalities usually do, agonized way too long over it. Although it’s definitely an important decision in the travel world, where to stay in Copenhagen isn’t a make-or-break your life decision. But, in typical Type A fashion, I acted like it was and this time, I’m really glad I did!
As happens for me with a lot of destinations, two main accommodation locations emerged as the obvious choices:
Stay in the city center where it’s more expensive, but within walking distance to everything
Stay outside the city center where it’s cheaper, but will require transportation to the city center.
For some people, this is an obvious decision. Whether you fall into the camp of “city center all the way-pay more, walk everywhere, be in the action” or the camp of “cheap as possible, don’t care about action, I’ll figure it out”, it’s an easy decision for you. This might be because you have a higher budget to work with, are extremely frugal or because you’re Type B and you. just. pick. one.
And honestly, if you are that Type B person who can just pick one, I’m really envious. Okay, I’m downright jealous. Green-eyed monster jealous. I’ll get
there somewhere one day, but probably not there exactly.
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After MUCH time weighing EVERY pro and con imaginable (and possibly making up some that didn’t exist or certainly didn’t pertain), I chose…
AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen
Beautiful isn’t it? Not going to lie and say that didn’t play into it because it definitely did!
The Exterior & Grounds
The AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen is an unusual and unique property. The architecture is beautiful with its leaning towers and mirrored windows.
It’s in a nice area although there isn’t much right around it except for the metro. For distance purposes, I took this photo while standing on the metro platform looking back at the hotel. It’s only about 1.5 blocks away. There is also a large shopping mall located just under a mile away.
It isn’t a problem if the hotel is somewhat remotely located when the metro is close with only a short ride to all the action!
While we waited for the metro, I became completely fascinated with this building!
It appeared to be apartments over a couple of businesses. Either way, really cool and different!
Finally, we arrived at our room. I say finally because…
Our room was located in a different tower from reception. So, this made it a little tricky to get there. It was kind of an over-the-river-and-through-the-woods route. We went up the tower we were in, crossed the bridge and then up the second tower.
I loved the way they number their rooms! I haven’t seen anything like this before.
The rooms aren’t huge, but that’s Europe. They are, however, nice, clean and modern.
Heads up (literally and figuratively): The closet is an open steel rod that sticks out but runs parallel to the wall. If you don’t know to look up, you likely won’t see it.
Just as I didn’t.
I wanted to take a quick photo from a higher angle to get more of the room in view and I didn’t want to stand in the chair. The built-in, very large and sturdy luggage area (shown above) looked like a better choice to get said quick photo.
Well, about that…
As soon as I stepped up, I smacked my head on the end of the steel rod. So hard. So hard I came close to passing out. I was beyond seeing stars. I’m glad it was on the top of my head hidden by my hair because a ginormous knot quickly formed.
I remember thinking “is this the first time I’m going to try out my travel emergency medical insurance(yes, you should always have travel insurance)?” I am not so sure I didn’t have a slight concussion. And that knot was there and hurt for two weeks which also happened to be the duration of my trip.
So, all of that to say, this is why you aren’t supposed to climb on furniture. Also, always look up. This is one of my photography mottos because you can achieve really cool shots from this angle. Yet I don’t seem to do it indoors.
I will now!
The beds were super comfortable and each had its own bedside table, reading light and most importantly-outlets!
In the chaos, I forgot to get photos of the bathroom which is unfortunate because it was pretty cool as bathrooms go. It was spacious, had plenty of built-in shelves next to the vanity that offered a nice variety of higher end toiletries as well as room to store your things.
The shower was a door-less walk-in with the floor sloping slightly down into the shower area. The hot water never ran out, the water pressure was strong and the white towels were fluffy!
We had floor-to-ceiling views from our room of Copenhagen in the distance. Now you see why I didn’t mind one single bit about the indirect way of getting to the room!
It was beautiful waking up to these views every morning,
crossing the tower bridge
and beautiful watching the sunset too!
Actually, the whole property is very pretty at dusk.
Don’t miss the really cool hotel signs! There is one located in front and back of the hotel. This one is at the back and the easiest one to photograph.
Why It Won
Being a Scandinavian country, Denmark isn’t cheap. Because the hotel isn’t located in the city center, it isn’t as expensive. This worked well in its favor!
At the top of most everyone’s list. Heaven forbid there not be wi-fi access because ANY downtime without a device is just no bueno, right? My excuse is that I need it for work and while this is certainly true when traveling, I must admit I was just as bad before I started my blog!
Other amenities included air conditioning (something I always look for in Europe), concierge/travel desk, and options for breakfast.
To be more of a remote hotel, it had a lot of conveniences. These included an airport shuttle as well as a cruise terminal shuttle.
And in addition to having a metro, the hotel also has a couple of restaurants including the Sky Bar that features those beautiful views of Copenhagen.
Aesthetics aren’t always at the top of my list, but they are on the list. I try to look for a fun, local hotel or something featuring the destination’s culture. However, really great room views and unique architecture work for me too when there are other supporting perks.
I always read reviews on hotels before I book and the AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen gets really good reviews. You can book your room here!
AC Hotel Bella Sky
Center Boulevard 5 Copenhagen 2300 Denmark
1. Airport Shuttle: Runs to/from the airport on a set schedule and costs 15 DKK ($2.50 USD) per person each way. No need for reservations. You can find out more information here.
2. Cruise Terminal Shuttle: The hotel does provide one and you do need reservations as it fills up quickly. If you need this service, I recommend booking it when you book your hotel stay. You can either call the hotel or email them. We actually booked when we checked in and got the last 2 seats on the shuttle. It is a long way from the hotel to the cruise terminal so this would end up being an expensive taxi ride if you miss out!
3. Metro: The metro ticket system can be tricky.
- Bella Center is the station by the hotel. There’s kiosks only, no actual person working.
- Instead of inserting tickets into machines for access, tickets are randomly checked by attendants on the metro. Make sure you know where yours is at all times.
- You can purchase single tickets or City Passes. These tickets are also good on the buses and trains. Unless you know you are only doing one metro roundtrip within a couple of hours, I recommend the City Pass because…
- Copenhagen puts a time limit on their single tickets of 1-2 hours depending on the zone type. This isn’t revealed on the kiosk when purchasing and is located in very fine print on the ticket. So don’t just assume because you bought your roundtrip ticket that you are golden until whenever you choose to return that day. The fine is pretty steep if you are caught with an expired ticket.
- You can find all ticket information here.
This at least provides you with another option other than just expensive, city center accommodations. Of note, I was a full paying customer. I didn’t receive a discount or anything in exchange for this post. I really enjoyed my stay and felt the hotel offered value and hopefully, you do too!
So, what team do you typically side with? Are you team hardcore city center/where the action is, team cheap as possible/don’t care where it’s located, or does team compromise (like this) work for you?
‘Til next time…