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Hotel Phoenix Hotel 4 star
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Bredgade 37 1260 Copenhague Copenhagen, Denmark -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Walking into the 4-star Phoenix hotel is like walking into a time-warp of Louis XVI kitsch. It isn't to everyone's taste, so have a look at the photos before booking your stay. Not a designer Danish item in sight, this hotel is probably better-suited to an older generation that prefers good old fashioned wardrobes to a handful of hangers hanging off a few pegs on the wall. Location is the hotel's strong point - two minutes away from the Design Museum, it is surrounded by high-end Danish furniture design boutiques. If frills and flowers are your thing, then you'll find them in abundance here! The hotel's main clientele is made up of cruise customers on a stopover.

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      Phoenix   -   © M. Challe / EASYVOYAGE

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      Phoenix   -   © M. Challe / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 5.28 /10

    Located on Bredgade, the hotel is in set in a prime city centre location for furniture browsing. It is also a two minute walk away from the Design Museum on the same street. Nyhavn is at the end of the street if you fancy a stroll on the cobbled streets that line the old harbour. Most attractions in the city are within walking distance from the hotel, including the Little Mermaid and the Amaliensborg Palace. The handful of cafés, bars and restaurants in the area are also worth stopping at.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There are 213 rooms spread over four different buildings and are decorated in the same style. Although dated with white and gold furniture some may find slightly garish, the rooms are on the whole very clean and comfortable with cosy beds. The heavy carpets and drapes give the room a winter retreat feel, which is a welcome advantage in the cold Danish winters. All rooms have a mini-bar and a large flat-screen television. Standard rooms are on the small size with just enough room for your luggage. The Phoenix is the type of hotel to have quilted satin bedspreads and frilly pillow cases to match gilded mirrors and faux-fireplaces. Budget-allowing we recommend that you opt for a superior category if you plan to spend a lot of time at the hotel. Room categories range from single to superior, most of which have bathtubs. The marble bathrooms, although functional, are dated and look fairly grim. There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    The hotel opened in 1991 and has been well-maintained since, however the style is extremely dated, but if kitsch is your thing, then you'll be in your element here! The cold bare marble lobby leads to a reception desk right to the back past the ancient glass-case working grandfather clock. The half-working fountain in the middle of the space looks like it has seen better days. You'll find two computer terminals here, free for guests. To the right of the entrance is the hotel bar, a non-descript dull affair of a pub, is in dire need of a makeover. There is also a restaurant, which looks more like a conference area than an evening dining option. Bare, with a few paintings in the style of Louis XVI hang on the walls, thick carpets cover the floors and very little lights comes through the windows. The dining chairs, with a floral painted pattern on the backs, add a touch of interest to the room. There isn't much in terms of facilities. Most guests staying here tend to use it as a practical base to explore the rest of the city from due to its central location. Some of the paintings dotted around the hotel are originals by well-known Danish artists, which the owner shares from his private collection.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    Technically the hotel only serves breakfast, but for large groups, it can cater for lunch and dinner with plenty of advance warning. Meals are served in 'Von Essen', the restaurant in the basement. More like a conference area than a restaurant, the space is fairly non-descript. The adjoined English-inspired pub, 'Murdoch's Books and Ale' is often empty, but if you don't want to go far, then it is a practical option for a quick drink. The pub is dull and lacks atmosphere - it could do with a refurbishment, although the leather banquettes lined by a glass bookcase lit by spotlights create a moody atmosphere, which on a cold winter's day could be quiet inviting. We were not able to try the food at the restaurant, but the menu told of a Mediterranean/French fusion style cuisine.

    To know

    The hotel is part of the Arp-Hansen group, one of the largest Copenhagen chains; some more contemporary than others. See our reviews of the Phoenix and Imperial hotels.

    The hotel has had a long turbulent history. It first opened in the 1800s as a summer residence until the Second World War, when it was seized by the Nazis. It was then turned into the Danish Communist Party headquarters after the war, followed by the office of a local newspaper, until 1991, when it was taken over by the Arp-Hansen group and turned into its present-day function. The hotel opened on 1st May 1991 as the owner wanted to highlight International Workers' Day.

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon, sauna, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, beach volley, golf, fitness

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

    advantage

    • Location.
    • Sun terrace.
    • Friendly staff.

    disadvantages

    • Lacks atmosphere.
    • Extremely dated.
    • Not to everyone's taste.

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