Sitting about four kilometres north of the city centre, the Adina is located in a quiet, mostly residential area of Copenhagen. From a visitor perspective, there's not a lot going on around here, though exploring the neighbourhood to see how the locals live is worthwhile. It's a short train ride into town, or a bicycle (the preferred form of transport in Copenhagen, which is up there with Amsterdam for its bike friendliness) can be rented from the hotel.
The hotel is a large, modern brick building surrounding a bright, grassy courtyard. There is a large pool with a gym and a sauna. Though the rear of the hotel is directly adjacent to a major road and railway lines, the rooms on this side face inwards to the courtyard, so there's no noise to worry about. The hotel restaurant, Otto's, is located on the ground floor next to the lobby.
This is an apartment hotel and as such the room is bigger and there are more facilities than you'll find in a regular hotel. After a couple of weeks on the road, having a washing machine and dryer in the room is a godsend for getting some clothes clean. The living area features a kitchenette with cooking facilities, a full-size refrigerator, dining table and couch opposite the large TV. The bedroom is separate with a generous built-in robe. After staying in some of the typically cramped confines of old European hotels, a room of such generous proportions is a welcome change. The only negative is that Wi-Fi is free only in the public areas of the hotel – there's a charge for accessing it from your room.
Otto's offers a range of modern cuisine and an excellent buffet breakfast. Unfortunately the restaurant is closed on Sundays, which means there's no room service on this day either and it's a bit of a walk to find alternative options in the area. No visit to Copenhagen is complete without trying smorrebrod – the Danish open sandwiches typically served on rye bread. Avoid the touristy restaurants of the famous Nyhavn waterfront – just a block or two away from this main drag you'll find plenty of cafes selling the local fare at a fair price.
While there's not a lot for tourists to do in this part of Copenhagen, the hotel is located close to one of the city's major attractions – the Little Mermaid statue, celebrating the famous character from local Han Christian Andersen's fairy tale. Many will find this site underwhelming (the statue is quite small and sits with a backdrop of industrial smokestacks and factories across the water). However, the statue sits on the Langelinie promenade, which offers a scenic route along the water into town. Along the way, a short walk inland will take you to the Amalienborg – the home of the Danish royal family, including our own Princess Mary. Time your walk to arrive just before midday and you'll see the changing of the guard.
Although it's not as centrally located as some hotels, the space and facilities of the Adina make it a comfortable, spacious option, particularly during a long European trip.
Adina Apartment Hotel Copenhagen, Amerika Pl. 7, 2100. Apartments at the Adina start from 1013DKK ($A210)
The writer stayed as a guest of Adina Apartment Hotels.