“A cool, colourful city base with friendly service and a central location”
The overhaul of Ibsens has created a blend of old and new: fittings are modern, but the original character of the 1906 building has been beautifully preserved. None of the 118 rooms are alike, so you might find exposed wooden beams, nooks beneath dormer windows, sunken bedrooms, or quirky alcoves. The décor is Scando-simple, with clean lines, retro-style wooden furniture and anglepoise lamps. Dashes of colour are provided by bedspreads, cushions and chairs in silver-blue, purple, orange or lime green.
The carpet patterns are scaled up or down according to the size of the rooms, which come in Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large (where we stayed). None are particularly big - the Small Rooms are tiny - but the design makes the best use of the compact space: hangers and wall hooks are provided for clothes, and there’s room for suitcases under the bed (a French double in the Small Rooms, a double in the Medium Rooms and a kingsize in all others). All feature large flat-screen TVs, desks, free WiFi and small ensuite shower rooms.
The Junior Suites occupy the largest corner rooms and have space and light aplenty, along with big bathrooms with tubs. They also feature a grandness that only architects in days gone by seemed able to capture - soaring ceilings, chandeliers, bay windows and, in some, French balconies.
Extra beds can be added to all rooms from Medium upwards, and some Extra-Large Rooms come with 3 single beds - ideal for groups of friends.
Breakfast (not included) is a buffet laid out by the check-in desk. First up is a variety of loose teas and coffee, as well as oatmeal porridge (authentic to Denmark), locally baked bread, fresh fruit and a choice of fresh juices. Guests can have their meal in the art-bedecked lounge or, if the weather’s co-operating, outside in the courtyard.
For other meals there are 2 restaurants leading off the main lobby. La Rocca dishes up divine Italian fare proffered by a mostly Italian staff. Don’t miss the mouth-watering truffled pasta served inside a giant carved-out wheel of parmesan cheese - if it's not on the menu, a very nice per favore might persuade the chef to make it for you. The other restaurant, Pinxtos, serves traditional Spanish tapas plus tasty fish and meat dishes.
There’s plenty of choice on your doorstep if you'd prefer to eat out. A great lunch option is Café Bankeråt, set further down Nansensgade. You get large portions of tasty pub fare like burgers and nachos in a setting whose décor is the very definition of eclectic (note the taxidermy work).
Children of all ages are welcome. Copenhagen is a very safe city for families to visit with bike lanes everywhere and it is easy to walk around Vesterbro and Christiana.
Children (4-12 years)
Extra beds and baby cots can be added to all rooms except Small Rooms (though the Medium Rooms would be a squeeze with any more than 2 people). Junior Suites have plenty of space for families and can take 2 additional beds or 2 baby cots.
Babysitting can be arranged on request.
Dyrehaven, just outside Copenhagen is an 'animal garden', with deer & rabbits roaming free and you can walk amongst them