Fodor's Expert Review
The property was originally built in the 1680s but was torn down and rebuilt—rising from its rubble, just like the mythical Phoenix rose from its ashes—in 1847 as a plush, Victorian-style hotel. It still has a kind of slightly faded glitz and glamour, and a colorful history: it was once the house of the co-founder of the East India Company, and after him, the royal watchmaker. It's a good bet if you want to be close to the royal palace.
You Should Know The hotel is close enough to city-center attractions and on a reasonably busy road, so it gets a fair amount of street noise; light sleepers should ask for rooms above the second floor.
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Suites are large and adorned with 18-karat-gold-plated bathroom fixtures and reproductions of antiques; standard rooms are very small, measuring barely 9 by 15 feet. Beds are comfortable, though.
Tip Check out the hotel's gallery corridor, where the owners (the Arp-Hansen family, who own a number of properties in Copenhagen) display their Golden Age art collection of paintings from the first half of the 19th century.
A decent size and clean, although some guests have found the step up into the bathroom a bit of a trip hazard, particularly late at night.
The lobby is elegant if a little old-fashioned, and staff are kindly.
There's a very small fitness center.
Breakfast is served in the van Plessen restaurant, and downstairs is Murdoch's Books & Ale, a snug pub done up in mahogany and brass that serves smørrebrød and light meals.
Murdoch's Books & Ale, as the title suggests, is a cosy enough spot for a pre or post dinner drink too, with book-lined walls.
The hotel is very close to the harborfront and the royal palace, and Kongens Nytorv metro stop - which gets you to the airport in about 15 minutes - is only a 5-minute walk.
Ida Davidsen (3-minute walk) is a historic smørrebrød restaurant in the heart of the city. Pluto (4-minute walk) is a friendly and reasonably priced eatery with an informal vibe and tasty options.
Bash19 (4-minute walk) is a cozy, upscale gastropub- style joint, where guests can play darts or petanque. Or try Nebbiolo (4-minute walk), a pleasant wine bar.