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May 30, 2008
March 7, 2008
Perth, United Kingdom
September 27, 2003
The DGI-Byen is a three star hotel just to the West of Copenhagen's
central station and ten minutes walk from Tivoli. The hotel, built in 1999, has 104 rooms.
I booked a single room for a three day visit in September 2003. The
room was small but clean, comfortable, not without rail noise and decorated in a modern Scandinavian style, with wooden floors and solid colour walls. I had a
single bed, coffee making facilities and a TV with around a dozen
channels in Danish, English and German. The bathroom had a shower but no bath. Internet access was nominally available through the TV
and a keyboard available from reception, though I failed to achieve a
Included in the price was a buffet breakfast served in the hotel restaurant
each morning. This consisted of bread, fruit, ham, cheese, cereal, boiled eggs,
yoghurt, danish pastries, with coffee and fruit juice. A good opportunity for a
decent start to the day and if need be, a chance to get away with a light lunch.
The unique selling point with the DGI-Byen is its sporting facilities. DGI
stands for the "Danish Gymnastic Institute" and the hotel is only part
of a complex which includes a swim centre, a spa, a bowling alley and a
gymnasium. Indeed the first view many will get of the hotel when arriving from
the station is the 18m high climbing wall which acts as sign post for the
While these facilities can be used by anyone on a pay per visit basis, hotel
guests have free access to the pool and are entitled to a basic spa treatment
during their stay.
I never made use of the spa; however, I did get my money's worth in the swim
centre. The swim centre consists of a number of pools located in two halls. In
the first hall is a fun pool which also has jacuzzis. In the second hall is a
very innovative pool. This consists of an oval pool in which to swim laps - each
of which is a full 100m. In the centre of this pool is a smaller pool with a
hydraulic floor to allow its depth to be changed. This tended to be used by
youngsters with pool toys and was also used for teaching purposes. The second
hall was completed with a dive pool, which in addition to dive platforms
featured a climbing wall from which to jump. The pools had attendants though
these seemed to be fewer than I am used to in the UK.
The changing room shower area also offered a sauna which guests were free to
use. Bring a 20kr for your locker - you get it back afterward.
In conclusion, the hotel offered a modern take on three star facilities. The
staff were professional and the hotel is strongly recommended if you feel that
during your visit, you would like to escape the city for a bit and do a little
From journal Copenhagen - three good days, two sore feet