Tietgensgade 65, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Capital Region, 1704, Denmark
Great for kids because of the attached state-of-the-art recreation center, the DGI-byens Hotel was due a timely, full renovation in early-mid-2018. Its aesthetic has always been bright minimalism and this is unlikely to change as the hotel gets spruced up, and the hotel's key selling points - a buffet breakfast included in all room rates, plus a bowling alley, climbing wall, shooting range, swimming pool and spa steps away - will be retained.
Bowling is free with your hotel stay.
Rooms are currently clean and basic, with some Danish design touches. Guests have complained they are looking a little tired - so hopefully the renovation will deal with this.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some of the rooms can be noisy as trains rumble past on their way to the nearby main train station. Ask for an even numbered room if this will bother you, as these face in the other direction.
Bathrooms, too, should be included in the update, as they have been looking a little tired and in need of better ventilation.
The lobby is more of a reception desk right at the back of the main recreation center than a lobby per se - the hotel does have its own entrance too but following the arrows on the floor of the leisure center, past the pool and other facilities, is a fun approach for kids (and warmer in winter, particularly if you are coming from the town center or the station).
The pool is great, as you would expect from a recreation center: a large 100m in diameter ellipse-shaped pool; climbing and diving pools, with boards and trampolines; a spa; a children's pool iwth a fountain, and even a baby pool.
A great full-service sauna gives the full Scandinavian experience, including encouragement to go from very hot to very cold temperatures quickly for the health benefits. Massages and treatments are also available.
Lots of options for fitness here: from bootcamps for the kids to ping pong, badminton courts to football, and a small gym.
The hotel's restaurant, Vestauranten, is in a separate building that was once a cowshed. Breakfast is a reasonable spread and the restaurant is available for banquets and a la carte dining in the evenings too.
There's no bar, but you are close to the delights of the trendy meatpacking district.
The hotel is well-located for Tivoli and the Vesterbro and meatpacking districts, and well-connected by bus or train to other attractions. It is also almost on top of Copenhagen's main train station.
Fleisch (5-minute walk) is an appropriately-named acclaimed butchers and restaurant to try in this neighborhood. Or there's fresh fish and good wine mecca, Kødbyens Fiskebar (5-minute walk), with its relaxed atmosphere and seats outside in the warm evening sun (weather permitting!).
Fermentoren (8-minute walk) is a great craft beer bar. Check out the slightly swear-y sign at Jolene (6-minute walk) and enjoy the rough-and-ready atmospere of this former slaughterhouse turned party venue.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The much-needed 2018 upgrade should bring this bright but basic hotel back up to scratch as one of the cheapest city-center options that still offers reasonable value for money, with an included breakfast and a host of amenities to amuse the kids in all weathers in the next-door recreation center, from bowling to swimming.
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