Comfort Hotel Vesterbro Copenhagen was not my first choice for a hotel in the city. My preference in Copenhagen is to stay at Skt. Petri Hotel, Ascend Collection for 20,000 points per night. The location has direct access to Copenhagen Airport by Metro to Norreport Station, then about 300 meters walk to the hotel. For the first time since 2015 I was unable to book Skt. Petri using points when I checked 100 days out. The hotel showed ‘Sold Out’. The hotel never became available in my frequent rechecks.
Originally I planned to stay in Malmo, Sweden our first night at Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance for 8,000 points since last year Kelley had me go out and buy food as soon as we reached Skt. Petri hotel. We ate in the room and then she passed out and slept in bed all day on our first day in Copenhagen. That was a waste of our CityPass unlimited rides ticket for the first day.
I saw no reason to spend 20,000 points for Comfort Hotel Vesterbro Copenhagen since the extra cost to take the train to Malmo would be compensated with a free dinner at Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance.
I planned our second night to be Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers to fulfill my IHG Rewards Club Accelerate summer 2019 Points & Cash task for 30,000 points + $42 to buy 5,000 points. I was surprised to receive 4,500 bonus points within days of booking my one night stay for the Crowne Plaza. Especially since I ended up canceling the booking and got the 5,000 points back, along with the 4,500 points.
Anyway, when I told Kelley about staying the night in Malmo back in May, she was not thrilled about Malmo, Sweden, a place she has never been. I assured her she would like the Hotel Temperance dinner buffet and breakfast too.
“Malmo has a cute old town square with loads of cafes right around the corner from the Clarion. We can go out and drink a couple pints of beer on the square.
Then I tossed out the follow-up comment, “And hopefully we won’t get blown up!”
“What are you talking about? Why would you think we might get blown up?” Kelley asked.
“Malmo has gang problems with a lot of immigrants and apparently a lot of hand grenades left over from the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. They seem to have a lot of hand grenade bombings in the city.”
Now that I had put my foot in mouth, I decided to check the news to reassure Kelley that those were issues primarily affecting the outlying suburban communities of Malmo, not the city center and probably not too recently.
A quick web search proved me wrong.
Two held over explosion at restaurant in Malmö – the local.se (May 10, 2019).