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We all know how cool the Scandinavians are, and how the world had fell in love with everything they do. Not only the Danes were happiest people in the world (Norwegians had overtaken now), the best Nordic cuisines, handful of michelin restaurants (NOMA and 108 anyone?) they also have lots of really cool designs, both in clothing and interior in particular. So when I knew that the latest addition to Brøchner HotelsHotel Danmark was opening, even as a regular in Copenhagen myself, I couldn’t resist but made a stay there during their opening week in May.

(Brøchner Hotels currently runs 4 boutique hotels in Copenhagen with a total of 367 rooms among Hotel SP34, Hotel Astoria, Hotel Denmark and Avenue Hotel Copenhagen.)

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The new hotel offers 88 exclusive rooms, rooftop terrace with city view and bar, urban vineyard garden, conference facilities and a conceptual restaurant. It is located right in the middle of Copenhagen, you can pretty much reach any part of the city in about 20-25 mins, either on foot, public transport, or get on a bike like all the Danes do. It is in the old museum quarter between the City Hall Square and The National Museum, Hotel Danmark offers a prime location only 127 steps to Tivoli Gardens and right next to the main shopping street Strøget.

 

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Location aside, the hotel design is of course, very nordic. Interior wise, the colour palette, the sleek and clean lines, products and materials, all these unique design elements in terms of clothing surfaces where the walls resemble soft velvet and ceramic tiles are creatively integrated into the building. The building itself, an existing former hotel was closed in October 2016 and has been rebuild into a new upscale luxury boutique hotel. During my stay it was still undergoing some renovation work, so I haven’t been able to see the whole of the completed version yet. But so far, I was quite happy with the rooms and the hotel, particularly the staff.

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One thing I have to say though, especially for travellers who are not very used to the Danish building structures, their bathrooms are very tiny. Since it is an existing building, so a lot of the rooms and architecture cannot be altered. In Denmark, it is very common in the flat to have a very small bathroom, where there’s no separate shower cabin or bath tub, especially older buildings. It is simply a shower head, sharing the same water source for the basin. My first room of the hotel has a typical Danish bathroom, there was a shower area, with a curtain, next to it was the toilet. My only concern was when I shower, since it share the same floor, I would end up flooding the bathroom. So, my advice is, better check with the hotel staff if you want a bath tub or an area where you can shower freely without worrying to flood the bathroom.

I mentioned my concern to the staff, and they had been very kind to swap me to another room, in fact, 2 rooms until I got one with a bath tub. I was so grateful for their effort to accommodate my needs, demands and requests even the hotel was fully booked during my stay. It doesn’t make the hotel any less comfortable or unappealing, it’s purely just a personal preference. In fact, the bed is so comfortable I slept like a baby despite being on ground floor and situated next to one of the busiest major roads in the city.

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To make sure guests’ well being are looked after, breakfast in the restaurant every morning is served with over 90% organic food. Cereals, hot dishes, smoothies, fresh juices, yogurt, bread, and wine. Just to be sure everyone is starting their days right. The very same restaurant Tivolihallen, is a very old traditional Danish restaurant. It is very well known for Danish cuisine, and smørrebrød (open sandwiches) for lunch. In fact, it is listed as one of the 1000 places to visit before you die.  The menu isn’t the biggest one, but if you’re staying there, why not give it a go? I had dinner there one night and saw loads of people arriving due to the fame of the restaurant.

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Theres a little courtyard, where I presume you can have breakfast during warmer days, or have a glass or two with friends under the sky.

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Every afternoon, all of Brøchner Hotels invite their guests to Wine Hour. At Wine Hour, the guests can pour themselves a glass of wine while mingling with other guests at the lobby. It is really interesting and a very chilled way to enjoy a glass or two,  you may run into friends (Which I did!), you may make new friends, you may have an interesting conversation with some other hotel guests etc. A situation like this, would fit very well with what the Danes call hygge. The lobby is very cosy and the staff are very friendly and warm, I also had few drinks post dinner and had some fun with the staff too.

 

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All in all, the hotel is small but doesn’t disappoint. It is a hidden gem in the heart of Copenhagen, where you can experience the modern charm of the Danes with a touch of traditional beauty. I have yet to see the rooftop terrace when it’s completed, that location, trust me, does give you an excellent view of the city.

 

 

Hotel Danmark

Vester Voldgade 89 1552 Copenhagen

Telephone: +45 3537 3111