When I first set off traveling the world I was staying in hostels daily, they were the best way for me to save some money and get a good night’s sleep. I’m sure we’ve all got one or two stories of some pretty dodgy hostels we slept in – I’ve got plenty!
The times are a changin’ for hostels these days and there’s no better example of this than Steel House in Copenhagen. I never thought I’d be checking in to a hostel that had a gym, pool, bar and so much more. My initial thought was that this would be one those Stainless Steel Suppliers, but this luxury hostel in the hip neighbourhood of Vesterbro is a must for anyone who wants to see how hostels have changed over the years.
The location is perfect, it’s only a 10 minute stroll to either the Central Station or Tivoli. If you’re looking for trendy bars, coffee shops and restaurants then you’re a stone’s throw away from the Vesterboro area. Steel House is on a lovely quiet street next to a beautiful lake which winds its way around the west part of Copenhagen.
The style of this place is unique, that’s down to the fact it used to be the Headquarters of the Danish Union of Metalworkers. It has a New York loft feel to it combined with metal elements that pay homage to past inhabitants, the mixture of the two gives a really cool industrial chic design.
Service and facilities are something that is certainly not lacking here. At reception you’ll always find someone willing to help and super accommodating, it’s manned around the clock. There is also a self-service element to the hostel which is cool too; check-in via an app and lockers to leave luggage are just some of the features you’ll find. Then you’ve got the huge list of awesome facilities:
– Games room (pool and table football are my favourites there)
– TV lounge
– Bikes for rent
– A cinema in the basement! Yes you read that right!
– Swimming pool
– Yoga classes
– Free walking tours
– Morning jogs
– A Bar
– Free Wi-Fi
I could go on, but I think you get the idea that this hostel has everything you need to keep you happy.
They have dorm rooms, four or six bed options, which are all pretty swanky. Really well designed, with nice wooden floors, air-con and en suite bathrooms with toilets. One thing to note: if you want to use the lockers you’ll need your own lock. I found the bed really comfortable and I woke feeling good. The cabin beds that are in the dorms all have a private light and power sockets – nothing worse than searching for power to charge your tech only to learn it’s one socket between all of you.
If you feel like a bit more privacy then there double rooms, good option for a couple. They come with a TV, double bed, and some even have a private balcony with chairs.
The Restaurant & Bar
One of the first things you’ll see when you walk in is the bar, it’s right next to the reception. Here you can buy anything you need from beers and wine, to coffee and soft drinks. The food is simple but tasty, ready made bagels and salads etc are all there. Your breakfast will come in a bag, but don’t think that means it isn’t good! The roll, granola bar, fresh juice and coffee were more than enough to get my day started. If you feel like whipping up a feast then there’s a kitchen with all the mod cons you need, fridges and tables.
Is it worth the money?
Without question this place gets a 10/10. For the price you pay it is absolutely amazing what you get. I mean there’s a pool and a cinema there, add in breakfast and a bed, all for around $25 (ish) – it’s a winner!