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Trip Report Isabel’s July Trip to Copenhagen and Stockholm, with photos

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I've been back for a month now but had to get the photos done and Portugal reprot done first. But finially have time to post a little about my Scandinavian experience. After spending 12 days in Portugal with my husband, he flew home and I flew from Lisbon to Copenhagen. Spent 4 days in Copenhagen, 2 in Stockholm, then 2 more back in Copenhagen.

I flew Sterling Air (booked months in advance from the US, €183 one way). Flight was OK but very tiny seats, and they don’t even give you water without charging. Then it took 1½ hr to get the luggage (5kg weight limit for cabin bags so had to check). Train station is in the airport and it’s a quick 12 minute trip to central station in Copenhagen (54DK/$9 roundtrip ticket). I flew to and from Stockholm, also booked in advance from the US, $144 roundtrip. To get into Stockholm from the Airport is a convenient bus, takes about 45 minutes, $24 roundtrip ticket).

The CabInn is one of a chain of about 5 hotels in Denmark with the motto “Sleep Cheap in Luxury”. Well not exactly cheap or luxurious, but about as cheap as you can get in Copenhagen ($100 for a single) and not bad. The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the train station and just a block from the back of Tivoli and from the Glyptotek Museum and has 325 rooms. The standard room can sleep one, two or three people. For one it was great, plenty of room to spread out, spotlessly clean, nice bathroom. The second person would have to either sleep on the pull out bed (under the main bed) which rolled out easily and was comfortable but when the bed was pulled out there was very little floor space left (although very easy to roll it back in for daytime). There was also a bunk bed – quite high up so nice for the person in the main bed but there was no way I’d ever sleep up there - too high and too narrow. That’s the only other drawback – the beds are only 30inches wide. So – great for one, fine for two, would be really crowded for three. There was free internet access on two computers in the lobby, TV, a lift and a good breakfast – but at almost $10 a person I only ate there once, definitely not worth it. There was no AC but even though the daytime temps were in the upper 80s, it cooled off nicely at night and I had no problem sleeping. I think it’s a much nicer location than the other side of the train station where most of the other budget hotels are located, and given the high prices of everything in CPH I would definitely stay there again.

In Stockholm I stayed at the Adlon Hotel, booked through a booking site it was only $84 a night including probably the best hotel breakfast I’ve ever had. The hotels in Stockholm have summer specials of about half their normal price so I found it much more affordable than Copenhagen. The hotel is about a two minute walk from the train/bus stations and the street is pretty boring (Burger King, 7-11) but not seedy and two blocks in is the main pedestrian shopping street which is the nicest way to get to the old town, the harbor, etc. The hotel is quite nice, extremely clean, free internet access in the lobby, TV, lift, and the breakfast – incredible. They had at least four kinds of meats and five kinds of cheese (including things like Brie), cereals (including hot and cold), eggs, breads, toasts, cakes, pastries, fresh fruit (pineapple, watermelon, oranges, etc), juices, coffee, teas, hot choc.

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