The three star Danmark Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the city and it shows. The entire hotel is in bad need of a refurbishment as the decor is extremely old fashioned. So if you are after a bit of old-school Denmark before Arne Jacobsen played his hand at design (so before the 1960s), then this is the place for you. Like most hotels in the Danish capital, there is no restaurant serving lunch and dinner although it does have a partnership with the establishment next door. The hotel is centrally located two minutes from Radhuspladsen from where you can walk to most places.
The hotel is located on Vester Vorgade, which runs right passed the capital's main square, Radhuspladsen, where you will find the city's town hall and the landmark hotel, Radisson Royal. There are a number of bars and restaurants in the area although they are a little on the expensive side and not necessarily of good quality. The hotel is just 5 minutes' walk from the Dansk Design Centre (not to be confused with the Design Museum on Bredgade near Ny Haven) and from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, which has a good collection of paintings and sculptures - not to be confused with the Carlsberg Museum in Frederiksberg. Ten minutes' walk away you'll find Tivoli Gardens and Central Station.
Like most hotels in the city, check-in isn't until 2:00pm, but if you arrive early and your room isn't ready, you can store your luggage in the hotel's luggage room. This is usually safe, but it is at your own risk and reception does not store any valuables behind the desk. The Danmark Hotel is part of Brochner Hotels, which also includes the Ibsen, the Fox and the Kong Arthur.
The hotel comprises two separate buildings linked by an exterior courtyard. The main building, where you will find the reception, dates back to the 1790s whereas the second was built in the 1980s. The decor doesn't differ greatly however. In terms of interior decor do not expect to be graced by some of that swanky minimalist design the Danes are renowned for! The style is 'ancient Danish', meaning that it looks like it hasn't been changed since well before the 60s, when the design boom hit. The reception is in the breakfast room, which is small and where there can be a queue during busy mornings. The decor here is also fairly uninspiring but this part of the hotel has been renovated recently to make it a little cosier. The hotel is comfortable and fairly clean. Unlike most hotels in Copenhagen, there is no Wi-Fi here in the rooms, but there is complimentary internet access via Ethernet cable. For warmer days there is a small exterior courtyard with tables and chairs. Otherwise in terms of facilities there is a computer that is free for guests to use by the lift in the main building.
There are 88 rooms in total none of which are of the exact same shape and size as the building dates back to the 1790s and was transformed into a hotel in the 1980s; in spite of this it has the aspect of a residential home. The decor of the rooms looks like it dates back to the 1700s. It is described as 'authentic Danish'. However, if eerie Victorian portraits of noblemen and women smiling coyly aren't your thing then stay away. The carpets are stained and the soft furnishings dated - the hotel is dire need of a refurbishment. The furniture is on the garish side and there is no air conditioning as the building is listed and therefore could not be installed. For a breath of fresh air be careful when you open the rickety windows. As the hotel is situated in a fairly busy area though, it can be a bit noisy at times if you leave your windows open. As in most hotels in the Danish capital the double bed in made up of two single mattresses with two single duvets - this is a Scandinavian tradition however. The advantage is that there are well-placed sockets, meaning that you can work on your laptop and charge your phone without having to move furniture to find somewhere to plug them in. Some bathrooms have bath tubs and others have showers, so if you are particularly fond of one or the other, do place a request when you book. The hotel, like the other establishments part of the chain, encourages its guests to reuse towels as much as possible. All bathrooms have a hair dryer. There is no mini-bar or safe in the rooms.
Otherwise there are several room categories including singles, small doubles, standard doubles, double superiors and junior suites. The main difference between the categories is size and view.
Like most three star hotels in the city, the hotel only has a breakfast bar at reception. Although appearances may be deceptive, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the breakfast on offer. You won't find bacon and eggs, but you will find fresh fruit, brown bread and red berry smoothie. Guests are welcome to have breakfast in the courtyard or at a table just outside the hotel. The bar is open most of the day for guests wanting to have a coffee break. There is a restaurant on the corner of the block which can be accessed directly from the hotel, where most guests tend to eat as it is convenient, but as there are over 600 restaurants of very high quality all over the city, we cannot say that you aren't spoilt for choice. In this old style Danish pub you will find a range of dishes from burgers to the typical Danish open sandwiches, 'Smorrebrod'.
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