“A cool, colourful city base with friendly service and a central location”
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.
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.
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.
Children (4-12 years)
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.
Dyrehaven, just outside Copenhagen is an 'animal garden', where you can walk amongst deer and rabbits roaming free.