Presents are a thing of the past in the ESLT household, instead we buy each other experiences and memories for our birthdays, Christmases, anniversaries etc. So with Mr ESLT’s birthday coming up I had to get my thinking cap on with regards to where would be an awesome place for him to celebrate it. He loves Germany but as we are visiting Berlin for New Year I thought what about a country he hadn’t visited before (flying through the airport doesn’t count). Then I remembered he had mentioned on more than one occasion that he would love to visit Copenhagen. Perfect.
That was it then, flights were booked so the next thing to tick off my list was to find a hotel. Research ensued until I finally decided on the Best Western Hotel Hebron which looked to be a hop, skip and a jump from the central train station. With a self set budget of £100 per night this hotel was well within budget at approx £90 per night which allowed me to have a bottle of cava put in the room as an arrival treat. Getting to the hotel was easy, we jumped off our plane straight onto a train and off at the Central station and followed by a short walk, we were there.
From the outside the hotel looks lovely, a very traditional building with flowers and a row of bikes which you can hire. To the left you will find Lady Love ‘where your wet dreams come true’, needless to say it’s a strip joint. I must however point out that the area did feel very safe and in no way seedy despite our neighbours. Even when we returned late at night the street wasn’t full of undesirables, in fact if anything it feels like a suburban street and not the city centre street only five minutes walk from Tivoli it actually is.
The reception area is modern and check in was easy, with one swipe of my MasterCard to pre authorise payment it was done. I was expecting the room to be like the ones I’d seen on Tripadvisor, modernly decorated complete with leather sleigh beds. Unfortunately the reality of what faced us was far from what I had pictured. Instead it appeared that we had stumbled into my grandmother’s spare bedroom! I’ve never stayed in a Best Western hotel before. Maybe they are all more suited for people with ‘traditional’ tastes. To add insult to injury the bed was so soft it was like a marshmallow and even the technically minded Mr ESLT couldn’t get the TV to work.
Our room was on the 4th floor and very small, however I had expected that so I can’t complain. We also visited during a mini heat wave with one of the nights being unbearably hot. Like most hotels in Copenhagen, the Best Western Hebron does not have air conditioning as generally the weather in the city does not warrant it. Instead we were provided with a large table top fan which did help…a bit. Other amenities include a safe in the wardrobe and tea and coffee-making facilities. The bathroom is actually a wet room which again was fine and perfectly functional for our needs, I mean come on who visits European cities to laze around in a bath for hours? Not me. Toiletries are limited so don’t forget to bring everything you will need in that department for your stay.
Breakfast was included in the nightly rate. It was served from 6.30am to 10.30am Monday to Friday and 7.00am to 10.30am Saturday and Sunday. Mr ESLT and I are not breakfast, or early morning people for that matter so only managed to find the breakfast on one occasion. To be honest I was expecting a light European offering but was pleasantly surprised to find pastries, fruits, cereal and a hot buffet selection together with tea, coffee and a number of fresh fruit juices. If you are a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day you will not be disappointed here. Plus Copenhagen is quite an expensive city so if you are on a budget it would be a great idea to fill up on the breakfast offers and maybe forgo lunch?
All in all this hotel is a hidden gem, the location for all attractions is fantastic, we walked all over the city from this base. There is also a ‘hop on, hop off’ bus stop a couple of minutes walk from the hotel together with numerous bars and restaurants. The building itself is lovely with character and charm from the outside together with a quaint yard at the back where you can sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee or a local Carlsberg beer. If all the bedrooms could be modernised then this hotel would get a tick in every box but unfortunately I think this is a clear example of you get what you pay for. If I was to return to Copenhagen I personally would push my budget a bit and find a funkier hotel. But if your budget is small but you want to still be amongst the action and don’t mind a bit of chintz then this hotel is a winner for you.