If you plan on venturing on a trip to Copenhagen (which you definitely should) than you should consider a stay at the Ibsens Hotel. No stranger to research, I had looked into hotel after hotel for our trip and decided one of the hotels we were going to stay at was the Ibsens Hotel.
Owned under the Arthur Hotel brand, the Ibsens Hotel has a modern but cozy feel to it from the moment you walk in. As soon as you walk in through the entrance you’re greeted by the friendly (and English-speaking) hotel staff. At first glance you won’t be able to see or tell much from the hotel but that was part of the beauty I found in staying here, there were surprises around every corner. Inspired by the “Nordic Cool” trend this 118 boutique hotel offers comfort and luxury to its patrons.
The Ibsens hotel opened in 1997 but the real Ibsens Hotel, the one you experience today in your visits to Copenhagen didn’t open until 2011. The idea behind the renovation and the re-opening was to bring the essence of Copenhagen back into the hotel and they did an excellent job in making this happen.
In the heart of Copenhagen
You can spot the Ibsens hotel from miles away with his red neon sign glowing day and night. It was the one aspect of the ‘old’ hotel that they kept and for good reason. If you’re coming from the Copenhagen Airport, you can board the train to Norreport station where you’ll be able to spot that neon sign right from the platform. It’s a quick 5 minute walk (if that) from the station.
The Ibsens hotel is located in the Nansensgade district of Copenhagen. Here you’ll find lots of boutique hotels, restaurants and shops. Basically across the street you’ll see the Trovehallerne food market, probably the most delicious and unique food market I’ve been in! The hotel is also a quick 20 minute walk straight to Nyhavn.
One of the things I look for in a hotel are the amenities and ‘freebies’ that are offered. Let’s be honest, the more you get for your money the better. The Ibsens hotel offers a delicious breakfast every morning in their lobby. Filled with delicious breads, pastries, yogurt, cheeses and meats you’ll find something for everyone. All of the food is sourced from local and good organic farmers. It’s definitely one of the best hotel breakfasts I’ve experienced.
The other best thing? Happy hour! Every evening between 5-6pm the Ibsens hotel offers a complimentary happy hour where you can enjoy a pint of beer or glass of wine before getting your night started. It’s the perfect way to sit and relax after a day of exploring before heading out for the night.
A helping hand
From the moment we walked into the Ibsens hotel we were greeted with friendly and helpful staff. Between having our room ready earlier than expected to the check out process, everything was perfect. Being that we were on the second floor and facing the street noise could have been a problem for some people. There was one night in particular that the noise was above what some would have found acceptable. Because we live in the heart of Toronto, we’re used to the odd siren or noisy passersby so it didn’t bother us too much but the staff was quick take initiative and call to offer us a room change if we wanted. That’s what I call 4* service.
The little extras
Between the luggage tag room keys to the sign under the bed that read, “Feel safe. We did clean here too .. (and we didn’t find any monsters)” the Ibsens hotel makes sure every aspect of your stay is taken care of.
By now you should know that staying fit while on vacation is really important to me which is why I loved staying with Ibsens. They were one of the few boutique hotels in Copenhagen that offered a fitness room. The fitness room had all the basics you would want or need for a quick workout before or after a day exploring.
The only complaint I would have with the hotel is the bathroom. This could be a very American thing for me to make note on but the shower wasn’t really a proper shower. In the corner of the bathroom there was a spout that came out of the wall with a curtain that wrapped around. If you don’t know what you’re doing at first you could get a bit of water all over the bathroom. We got used to it after a while though.
Book your stay
Average room price: $260 CAD
Distance to Nyhavn: 20 minute walk
Closest metro station: 5 minute walk
Nearest attraction: Torvelhallerne