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Hotel Radisson Blu Royal Hotel 5 star
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The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is one of the city's main landmarks and few five star hotels. If you know what you are looking out for, then you will be able to appreciate its unusual structure that was especially avant-garde back in sixties' Copenhagen, when the architecture was still extremely traditional. It was an extremely popular hotel that marked the beginning of the era of designer-extraordinaire, Arne Jacobsen, whose name you will probably hear time and time again as you visit the Danish capital. The hotel has recently been renovated but its 60s spark has somewhat died away. The hotel is still a good place to stay, with lots of Jacobsen furniture - his original suite has even been left just as it was and is now open for visits. The hotel is a good option for all kinds of guests, from couples to groups of families.

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    Location 9.1 /10

    The hotel is centrally located right across from Tivoli Gardens and 5 minutes' walk from Central Station, which is linked to Kastrup Airport. There are a number of bars and restaurants in the area, however most tend to be considered as tourist traps as they can offer very little value for money in a city that is already fairly expensive. Most places of interest are within walking distance of the hotel (maximum 30 minutes).

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The hotel looks a lot smaller than it actually is from the outset. With only 260 rooms spread over its 22 floors, this means that the accommodations are spacious; a lot more so than at most city centre hotels. The hotel has the aspect of an art-deco business hotel, which in some ways it is, but it also has a loyal crowd of repeater leisure guests. Business rooms are on floors 10 to 20; they have the best views of the city. They also have added amenities like access to the business lounge and newspaper deliveries. In total, there are six categories, including single compact, single standard, standard double, family room, club, junior suite and the very special suite 606. Suite 606 is in fact an original Arne Jacobsen piece of design and this is the room he liked to stay in when he visited the hotel before he died in 1971. The room has been left exactly as he designed it and today the hotel organises tours of the room - ask for Paul at reception, who has been with the company over 30 years; he'll make the best guide and will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about the hotel and the designer. The room is also available for rent. It's impressive enough - and it's from the designer's furniture that the legacy of contemporary furniture arose. We can now buy pieces of furniture from the likes of IKEA without ever knowing that the original work that inspired it was Jacobsen and other Danish designers like Wegner and Kjaerholm.

    Otherwise, the room decor doesn't vary much from room to room, but the size varies from 14m for a compact single, to 151m for a suite but room size tends to average at around 25m. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, in-room safes, air-conditioning, hairdryer, mini-bar, iron and 24 hour room service.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The hotel is a landmark in the city due to its avant-garde architecture; if however you don't know what you're looking for, then you may dismiss it as just another hotel. For its time, the Royal was ahead, and while everyone else was building out of stone and cement, this hotel was one of the first examples of more modern architecture for 1960s Denmark. The hotel has changed hands several times since its opening, but management has always made sure its design heritage has been preserved. The hotel building as well as its interiors was entirely designed by Arne Jacobsen. This was the start of the designer's legacy. It is worth reading up about the hotel before your stay as you will miss subtle aspects of the interiors, like the cell-like shapes repeated in the rooms and corridors, as an homage to Jacobsen by the designer, Yasmine Mahmoud, who was in charge of the last refurbishment in 2001.

    The main lobby, restaurants and other seating areas are completely kitted out in Jacobsen furniture. You will notice his Drop, Swan, Seven and Egg chairs upholstered in various fabrics. The range is now continued exclusively by designer Fritz Hansen, hence the availability of pieces from the Jacobsen range. Design aside, the hotel has a history of itself and has welcomed a great many famous guests from royalty to presidents and stars. There are photographs chronicling its history in the lobby opposite the elevators. In fact, it will show you that part of the lobby used to be a stunning orchid garden, which is now a spiral staircase and lobby bar.

    The hotel is extremely well kitted out with one of the largest gyms in the city (2000m). Guests can also have a massage with enough advance warning. Otherwise, apart from the lobby, there is the Alberto K (after the architect of the hotel, Alberto Kappenberger) restaurant on the top floor, as well as the breakfast room at the Caf Royal, which is on the ground floor. The hotel also has large conference facilities, meaning that the lobby area may be fairly hectic at times, which, for a leisure guest, may be off-putting. There is no spa or leisure pool, although you will find a small interior lap pool in the gym.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    There are two restaurants and a bar. The Alberto K restaurant is the place you'll find in all the guidebooks. The restaurant is found on the top floor and boasts some of the best views of the city. The decor itself may be a little disappointing as it is more cosy than sleek. However, do appreciate how everything in sight, from cutlery to glasses has been designed exclusively for the Royal Hotel by Jacobsen. The food is a mix between Mediterranean and Danish specialities and although we didn't have the opportunity to try, it is supposed to be a good address. Advance booking is recommended. For guests who book a club or junior suite, breakfast is served at Alberto K. Otherwise it is open for dinner only. For more of an informal experience, Cafe Royal is open throughout most of the day and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. For a quick snack or drink, the bar, Bar Royal, down in the beautiful lobby awaits with its sleek Seven stools lined up neatly!

    To know

    There are two Radisson Blu hotels in the city; the Radisson Blu Royal of this review and the Radisson Blu Scandinavia. There is complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel. Unlike most hotels in the city, the Royal has 24 hour room service. The hotel has designated parking, which costs the same as parking it in the city (average of 250 Kroner for 24 hours). Remember that it is free to park all over the city at weekends. The hotel is also better-equipped for welcoming families than other hotels we have seen; it has high-chairs and a special children's menu at Caf Royal.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aerobics, golf, mountain bike, fitness, sports

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Hotel history.
    • Spacious rooms.
    • The views.

    disadvantages

    • The surrounding area is one of the busiest areas of the city.

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