The Alexandra Hotel doesn't give away much from its non-descript exterior and is easily missed when walking past. However, it's a real boutique design gem that only the most clued-up of design-fiends would know. Completely kitted out in original 30s and 50s pieces of furniture by some of the most renowned Danish designers like the well-known Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Hans J. Wegner and Borge Mogensen, makes for an impressive impact! And we haven't even started on the Verner Panton suite! The hotel is well-suited to guests looking for an authentic stay in the Danish capital, but isn't recommended for young children.
The hotel is on one of the city's busiest roads, the Hans C. Andersen Boulevard and there isn't much to do in the immediate surroundings. However, the canal is a couple minutes' walk away and the trendy district of Norrebro is also within walking distance. The city centre is about 20 minutes away on foot.
There is complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel. There are smoking floors, so do enquire about this at the time of booking. Every evening from 10:00pm-1:00am, the hotel puts on a wine party for its guests.
Hotel Alexandra is one of the rare authentic Danish design hotels in a city that has inspired and changed the way we apprehend and employ design, which is why this hotel is so important. As you walk into the lobby area, you will immediately be greeted by a retro living area stocked full with some of the best design books around. A great place to snuggle up and catch up on your design knowledge! To the back of the living area, there is a large table for groups or meetings. The reception is small, but the staff is friendly and very efficient. On the ground floor you will also find the hotel restaurant to the right of the entrance and small garden to the back, which is great during the summer. The hotel is a listed building, like a lot of hotels in the city centre, so there is a cosy homely atmosphere throughout. Every detail has been studied to make the decor as true as possible to some of Denmark's leading designers such as Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen. In fact, not only will you find original furniture in the shared areas of the hotel, but a range of rooms have been themed according to a particular designer's work. With only 61 rooms, the hotel doesn't have the need for any other facilities like a spa or gym. Guests can buy books, posters and deco items at reception.
There are 61 rooms in total and four categories: small Danish Retro, Danish Retro, Classic Danish and Deluxe Danish. The rooms range in size but in style too. Every room is different. The small rooms are single rooms with 30s and 50s furniture. The Danish Retro is similar in style but is more spacious and has a double bed (staying true to Scandinavian tradition, it is made up of two single beds with single duvets). The classic and deluxe rooms are tributes to the great Danish designers (Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl and Hans J. Wegner for example). Each room from this category is kitted out in as much original furniture from each designer as possible. This is the most popular category for design aficionados. Each room, especially from the classic and deluxe range are works of art in themselves although they can look plain to the untrained eye, so if you're thinking of staying here, make sure you do your homework to truly appreciate the style of your room. The rooms all have flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi access, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, a safe and a hairdryer. Worth mentioning is that all rooms have been soundproofed so if you needn't worry about the sound of traffic outside - however, as this is a listed building, permit to install air-conditioning are hard to come by; there is no air-conditioning here, so be prepared for it to be a little stuffy in the summer months. Our favourite room was of course the Verner Panton suite, which is bright, colourful, cosy and spacious as well as an original concept. It feels a lot like being on a tasteful Austin Powers set.
The hotel has one restaurant, which is to the right of the main entrance. It has more of a casual farmhouse atmosphere, with pine furniture and a bistro style decor. The restaurant feels comfortable and is miles apart from the more factory-line hotels where guests have to queue for every part of their breakfast. Here the atmosphere is cam and relaxing and with just 61 rooms, it means that guests always get a table straight away. The breakfast consists of a buffet of cold cuts, cheeses, breads, teas and coffees as well as fruit, yoghurt, cereal and muesli. In the winter there might be hot food for breakfast. Beware that the restaurant closes for a month over the summer (Juyl-August). Otherwise the restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner. It serves a range of Mediterranean and Danish specialities. The restaurant has a small waiting area just at the entrance with typically Danish red leather sofas, which is open to guests in the day for those in need of a curl up on a sofa after a long day's work or sightseeing!
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