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Hotel Astoria Hotel 3 star
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Banegardspladsen 4 DK 1570 Copenhagen. Copenhagen, Denmark -
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Despite its cold art-deco atmosphere, the three star Astoria Hotel is a Copenhagen landmark. Open in the 1930s, it was the city's first five-star hotel. Today the large grim concrete block of a hotel situated in the seedy surroundings of Central Station wouldn't be our first choice, but if location and budget are your two main criteria, then the Astoria is a suitable choice. The hotel is pretty basic, despite its size; it feels more like a block of rooms for rent rather than a hotel as staff presence is seldom felt apart from at reception. Slightly eerie, we quite liked the Astoria anyway for the history it represents.

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    Location 9.74 /10

    The Astoria is located right behind Central Station, a two minute walk from Tivoli Gardens. The immediate surroundings of the hotel aren't the prettiest in town, and although they look on the seedy side, it isn't more dangerous than anywhere else in the city. You will however notice a tremendous amount of bikes parked here for the day! Great camera opportunity!

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    For its size from the exterior, the hotel is actually one of the smallest in Copenhagen with only 90 rooms. The categories include single, double superior and double standard. The rooms are fairly bland, with white walls, carpets, and minimalistic retro-looking furniture, but all staying basic. The rooms actually reminded us of student accommodation in halls, but with a Danish twist. The aubergine chairs and bed spread help to soften the interiors. All rooms apart from the singles have double beds made up of two single beds and two single duvets - this is a Scandinavian tradition and is common in hotels here. The rooms have flat-screen televisions but no mini-bar. The bathrooms are small but well-appointed with soap-dispensers on the walls, so if you like your toiletries make sure you bring some with you. The rooms have bath-tubs, which could do with a renovation.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    It is fair to say that this tired hotel has seen its hey-day as it has slowly slipped from being the city's first five star hotel to its current three star status. From the moment that we stepped inside the lobby, to meandering around the long corridors, the place felt very eerie, the weight of its past heavy in the air. Wandering around the Astoria felt like entering a time-warp. The hotel isn't much to look at, but there is something about it that was pleasant although we can't quite put our finger on it. Perhaps it was the Art Deco interiors, or the original double-backed doors to the rooms - our host explained that the double doors were used for guests to leave their shoes and laundry outside the rooms for staff to collect them without having to disturb the guests. An ingenious idea that adds charm to an otherwise plain hotel. The hotel structure was actually modelled on that of an old-fashioned train with cabins and the feeling is uncanny when standing on one of the hotel's long thin corridors. On the same subject, the hotel also has the oldest revolving doors in the city at the entrance. This mix between traditional 30s Danish design and Art Deco gives the place a quaint appeal that has been pulled down by the lack of life and atmosphere of the hotel, which is a shame. Otherwise in terms of facilities, there is a breakfast hall on the ground floor. Here you will also find a computer, free for guests, coffee machine and a vending machine selling cold drinks and snacks.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    The hotel seemed empty when we visited it, so the dining hall looked pretty closed. The hall itself is situated to the left of the entrance. A large hall, it looks like it may have been used for balls and functions back in its hey-day. Today the large room serves as breakfast room. The breakfast consists of a range of options from English breakfast to lighter healthier alternatives like Danish breads and jams. The room, like the rest of the hotel feels eerie and is bland despite the bizarre colourful paintings of tango dancers hanging on the walls. The lighting features that hang from the ceiling, the large cluster of white opaque bulbs, help dress the room. There is no room service.

    To know

    The hotel was built in 1935 to be the city's first five star establishment. At the time of writing this review (July 2011), the hotel was part of the Dgi Byens group, but it was taken over by Zleep Hotels shortly after our visit. The group also has hotels in other Scandinavian countries, but this is their first property in Copenhagen. Wireless internet is free and there is a safe for valuables at reception.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      sauna, massage, spa, beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, tennis, golf, beach volley

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Guests are left alone for the duration of their stay.
    • The history behind the hotel.
    • Located next to Central Station, which is practical when coming from the airport.
    • The oldest revolving doors in Copenhagen!

    disadvantages

    • Too quiet.
    • Lack of facilities.
    • Lack of atmosphere.

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