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Hotel Imperial Hotel 4 star
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Vester Farimagsgade 9 1606 Copenhague V Copenhagen, Denmark -
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The 4-star impersonal Imperial is a busy mainstream Arp-Hansen hotel situated in the city centre just next to Vesterport train station. The non-descript hotel looks tatty from the outside and is easily missed among the neighbouring office buildings. An old-fashioned hotel with newly-refurbished rooms, the hotel is suitable for families and groups. A little dull and too hectic for a relaxing stay, the Imperial is a base for exploring the city from, but not ideal if you want to spend time unwinding at the hotel. All rooms can accommodate an extra bed, which is useful if there are more than two of you per room.

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    Location 8.6 /10

    Located across the street from Vesterport train station and is a 10 minute walk from the city centre; Tivoli Gardens and Radhuspladsen. The hotel isn't far from the landmark Radisson Blu Royal, and from the Palads Theatre. Behind the hotel is the canal, where you will also find the IMAX cinema and planetarium.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There are 279 rooms for the moment; the hotel will be adding another 12 rooms by the end of year 2012. The rooms are split into five categories: standard, superior (30m²), executive (32m²), junior suite (30-40m²) and suite (80m²). There is also a category which the hotel calls 'allergy', with hypoallergenic bedding. All the rooms have double beds consisting of two single beds put together and two single duvets, as per Scandinavian tradition. They all have complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, safe, flat-screen televisions. All rooms have the possibility of having an extra bed or are equipped with a sofa bed. All rooms except for standard have baths, bathrobes and slippers. The suites are fitted with a kitchen for guests with young children/babies or with special dietary requirements. Most rooms have bathtubs, but make sure to request this at the time of booking if you have a preference. The newly-refurbished rooms are light and airy and roomy although the standard category could do with a bit more space. The colours make a welcome change to the usual neutral tones and browns that have been a running trend in hotel rooms for the couple of years now. The sea blues and red off sets the crisp white linen nicely. The higher the category, the larger the bathrooms, which all have soap dispensers on the wall as opposed to toiletries.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The hotel opened as an Arp-Hansen property in 2005, although the building has been a hotel since the 1960s with an original 60 rooms only. Its age shows through especially in its vintage façade which could do with sprucing up and its lobby, which looks more like a mall than a hotel lobby. Dark, with very little natural light, the hotel is unconventional with regards to Danish design, which usually aims to maximise light in any building. The lobby feels impersonal and cold due to its size and its garish decor. The hall is often busy with cabin crew and business clients, although the hotel does have its fair share of leisure guests too. The hotel has two restaurants, the hotel breakfast room in the centre of the lobby but sealed off by glass walls and the Brasserie Imperial to the right of the entrance through the hotel bar area. Guests have free access to a business lounge on the lobby floor. The abstract art hanging in the lobby help add a touch of colour and warmth. There is also a TV lounge open all day. The lobby has some retro aspects like the metal frame leather arm chairs, which could look great in a less closed-in environment.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The breakfast room feels terribly dull despite the effort to jazz it up with a few features like branches in vases at the edges. But as very little natural gets through and the space is cramped when busy, it feels more like an airport lounge than a place you look forward to having breakfast in. Furthermore the dark carpets and furniture do not help ease the dullness. The food isn't of the highest quality either, but the breakfast buffet is varied and plentiful. The restaurant, the Brasserie Imperial, is a lot more pleasant although a little old-fashioned in its décor. Its glass front lines the street and therefore lets plenty of light in. The menu is a combination of French, Danish and Mediterranean specialties. The bar at the entrance of the brasserie is pleasant and its red typical Danish designer leather chairs cosy. The paintings on the wall are tasteful and adapted to the area.

    To know

    There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Imperial Hotel has 20 parking spaces on our own parking deck. Parking costs DKK 250 for 24 hours and DKK 125 per day. To gain access to the parking deck, you will need to obtain a parking card from the reception (the entrance to the parking deck is at Nyrupsgade 47). Don't forget that parking is free at weekends all over the city.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      beach volley, golf, mountain bike

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Centrally located.
    • Refurbished rooms.
    • Friendly staff.
    • All rooms have the possibility of having an extra bed upon request.

    disadvantages

    • Dated exterior.
    • Hectic atmosphere in shared areas like the restaurant at meal times.

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    • Overall Score 7.50/10
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