It is no secret that the Danes have got design down-pat. But do their hotel offerings reflect this? LTB donned our dirty inspector overalls to find out.
The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen: It is only fitting that The Radisson Blu sets off this troika of Copenhagen’s design hotels. The only skyscraper in the city, it is both the granddaddy of the Radisson Blu hotel chain being the first ever Radisson hotel, and the world’s first designer hotel. It was designed by the legendary Arne Jacobsen whose great eye for detail and love of stylish yet functional forms can be seen throughout the hotel.
LTB’s verdict: The location is fantastic. (it’s a short two minute walk from the central train station from where trains to and from the airport arrive). The service on the other hand could be better. LTB arrived at the hotel sometime after 11 pm and almost had to beg to be checked in. The hotel’s corner rooms and its Alberto K restaurant on the 20th floor command spectacular panorama views of Copenhagen and on a clear day, you can see all the way to the spectacular Øresund bridge and neighbouring Sweden. The standard of the rooms is above average , though I would categorize the hotel as a good four-star than a five-star. The cleanliness standard could be raised somewhat, as the minibar in LTB’s hotel room still bore the previous guests’ fingerprints and wine stains.
The Radisson Royal Blu Hotel : Hammerichsgade 1, Copenhagen, Denmark. Phone: +45 33 426000
Avenue Hotel: There are some hotels that manage to make you feel as if you’ve arrived home when you check in. This hip 3-star boutique hotel in the Frederiksberg area of Copenhagen is one of them. Although it is situated on one of the city’s busy roads, entering its lounge feels like being teleported to a peaceful place where worries are either banished or stowed away to be dealt with later. DAY Birger et Mikkelsen-clad receptionists welcome one as if you were a relative coming back home for the annual family reunion, and guide you to one of their 68 rooms that are as designed in typical light, spacious and minimalistic Scandinavian style – rounded off with Missoni bedspreads:
LTB’s Verdict: Favourite hotel in Copenhagen so far. The location is perfect for travellers who like to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, but not too far away that they have to waste precious holiday time commuting. And although it is only one metro stop away from the city centre, it’s fantastically close to the cities famous artificial lakes. Avenue’s breakfast hotel also features croissants to rival those from Paris’ best patisseries (two words: buttery yumminess!) is just the cherry on top of the ice cream. Definitely one to revisit.
Avenue hotel: Åboulevard 29, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. 00 45 35 37 31 11
Skt. Petri Hotel: Named after its neighbour Skt. Petri Church (Church of the Saint Peter) this former department store turned hotel is conveniently located in the middle of downtown Copenhagen, in the heart of the Latin Quarter and close to the city’s pedestrianised shopping streets and the Round Tower, making it a great base from which to explore many of Copenhagen’s sites and attractions by foot. Ladies will be pleased to hear of Skt. Petr’s First Lady concept, which ensures they get uniquely designed room containing amenities such as exclusive luxury facial and bodycare products, a selection of inspiring women’s magazines and a customized First Lady Breakfast menu that can be served either in your room or at Brasserie Petri.
LTB’s Verdict: Scandinavia’s five-star hotels are definitely not like those you would find in other parts of the world. They are subdued, the service is a bit more laid back and amenities a little less…well…polished. This is also the case at the Skt. Petri hotel, which I would frankly rate as a four-star hotel if it was in Paris, London or New York. The rooms are tastefully designed and decorated but look like they need to be updated sooner rather than later. The breakfast buffet, on the other hand is fantastic, offering a wide range of home-baked Danish bread and pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurt.
Skt. Petri Hotel: Krystalgade 22, 1172, Copenhagen, +45 33459100