Ibsens Hotel

Nansensgade, Copenhagen, Denmark Book from

A cool, colourful city base with friendly service and a central location
For some hotels, a street address is nothing more than data for customers to plug into their SatNav for directions. For Ibsens, however, it’s an important part of its personality: the rich life of Nansensgade (a gallery-, bookshop- and café-lined thoroughfare in central Copenhagen) filters through the eclectic spaces of this former guesthouse. Fabrics and sculptures are by local designers Krestine Kjaerholm and Pia Hutters, the safe boxes in the lobby are daubed in graffiti-style art, and the leather luggage tags used as key fobs come from nearby boutique The Last Bag.

All this design could make a hotel stuffy, but not Ibsens (witness the record player in the lounge, complete with some cool old vinyl to spin at your leisure). The overall vibe is casual, funky and warm - helped along by smiling staff and simple, cosy rooms. And, when the weather’s fine, the reception's large floor-to-ceiling windows open to the let the bustle outside flow in. The result is a hotel where the hospitality of its guesthouse pedigree is still very much alive, but brought up to date with modern touches and wonderful splashes of colour.


  • A fantastic location between the trendy downtown area and the beautiful lakes; you can hire bikes at reception
  • A choice of 3 on-site eateries serving tasty Spanish, Italian and Japanese fare
  • The laid-back ambiance make it ideal for solo travellers, families and friends; rooms range from good-value and compact to indulgent and spacious
  • Quirky details - maps of Copenhagen on carpets and walls, shaggy throws on chairs, the weather forecast on blackboards in the lobby
  • Excellent breakfasts and a daily 'cosy hour' during which guests are invited to enjoy complimentary drinks


  • Service can be hit and miss, which is disappointing at these prices
  • The Small Single Rooms are small and the Medium Rooms aren’t much bigger (best for short stays)
  • Noise from outside can be a problem, and if you close the windows, you may get too hot
  • Bathrooms are tiny though squeaky clean
  • Larger than most i-escape hotels but a great city base

Best time to go

Summer brings long days and short nights, and is the best time to visit Copenhagen - a city known for its notoriously moody weather. But winter is the best time to dodge the tourists and discover the uniquely Danish concept of hygge - something that loosely translates as the cosy and warm feeling that comes from intimate surroundings, good friends and good food.

Our top tips

If you want to have a real local experience and listen to some astoundingly good jazz, check out Hvide Lam at nearby Kultorvet 5. It's smoky, small and filled with friendly locals. On most nights, you'll find a collection of old Dutch guys whose gruff exteriors belie the smoothness of the jazz they produce.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 118
  • 3 restaurants and a bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Large Room


Ibsens is 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, wooden furniture and anglepoise lamps. Dashes of colour are provided by bedspreads, cushions and chairs.

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 tiny ensuite shower rooms.

Occupying the large corner plots of the building, the Junior Suites have space and light aplenty, along with big bathrooms with tubs. They also feature a grandeur that only architects in days gone by seemed able to capture - soaring ceilings, chandeliers, bay windows and, in some, French balconies.

Features include:

  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Phone
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Breakfast is a key part of the Ibsen’s experience and it’s fantastic. All ingredients are sourced from within a 100 miles and organic – great, punchy, creamy cheeses, nice cuts of ham and salami, delicious pastries, yoghurt, muesli with fruit and delicious bread. The 100 miles ethos means no orange juice is provided as oranges don’t grow in Denmark, but there are plenty of other tasty options to try. Eat in the art-bedecked lounge or, if the weather’s co-operating, outside in the courtyard.

For other meals there are 3 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.

We dined on traditional Spanish tapas in the Pinxtos restaurant, where the 3-course set menu offered great value – the dates wrapped in bacon were a particular stand-out. For a more exotic culinary experience, try Ibsen’s Japanese restaurant Sticks’n’Sushi.

If you'd prefer to eat out, there’s plenty of choice on your doorstep.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Wander just beyond the Nørreport metro station (10 minutes away) to the pedestrian walkway of Kultorvet, leading to Strøget - the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe
  • Spend an afternoon soaking up the famous colourful houses and equally colourful street life in Nyhavn, once home to Hans Christian Andersen. After you've enjoyed a canalside pint, take a boat to the world-famous Little Mermaid statue
  • Hop on one of the hotel's unreserved rental bicycles to explore. When you tire of the bustle, you'll find peace among old military barracks, lakes and nature trails in the star-shaped Kastellet area
  • Check out the impressive Rundetårn ('Round Tower'); built in the 1600s, it is the oldest working observatory in Europe (15 minutes’ walk)
  • Visit the Tivoli Gardens at night to see the weekend fireworks and experience the romance created by hundreds of glowing fairy lights
  • If all the sightseeing gets too much, head to the Ni’mat Spa at Ibsens' sister hotel Kong Arthur. Ibsens guests get a discount on treatments and use of the facilities

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets


Children of all ages are welcome. Copenhagen is a very safe city for families to visit; there are bike lanes everywhere and it is easy to walk around Vesterbro and Christiana.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Junior Suites have plenty of space for families and can take 2 additional beds or 2 baby cots. Excluding the Small Rooms, all rooms can hold at least a baby cot or extra bed (although it would be a squeeze in the Medium Rooms).


Babysitting can be arranged on request.

Kids Activities nearby:

Dyrehaven, just outside Copenhagen is an 'animal garden', where you can walk amongst deer and rabbits roaming free.

Kid Friendly:

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