Fodor's Expert Review Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Amager Blvd. 70, Amager, Copenhagen, Capital Region, 2300, Denmark See on Map
There's a comprehensive offer here for business travelers, albeit in a somewhat uninspiring 70s tower located a little out of the action, south across the Stadsgraven from Christianshavn (although that does mean the higher floors offer great views of the city). The hotel hosts Copenhagen's only casino, a fitness center including two squash courts, and three restaurants, and is one of the largest hotels in the whole of Denmark.
In summer, a selling point for the hotel is its proximity to the open-water pools marked off in a section of Copenhagen's canal, at Islands Brygge Harbour Bath (6-minute walk).
Rooms are large but a little bland. Coffee and tea-making facilities are available, and rooms come themed in the tones of autumn, spring or urban, but the real win is the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows on the upper floors.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There have been complaints about noise within the hotel. It's worth asking for a quieter room if this will bother you.
Toiletries are by This Works, as in all Radisson Blu hotels, in Mandarin and rosemary. Guests in the suites get bath salts too. The bathrooms are otherwise a bit tired, although functional.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some guests have occasionally queried the cleanliness of the rooms and bathrooms - although we found rooms sparkling when we visited, if a little tired.
The entrance to the hotel is at the back, off the street, and opens into a huge and slightly dated lobby. Depending on your taste, you might think the wavy lines and patterned carpets are retro, but we felt that the overall effect was a little soulless.
There's a comprehensive fitness center, including two squash courts, and staff will recommend jogging routes around the nearby lake.
Guests are spoilt for choice with three on-site restaurants: Filini, a decent Italian; Kyoto, dishing up Japanese food and specializing in teppanyaki; and the Blue Elephant, which serves Thai food. Breakfast is not always included in the rate.
There are two bars: the Busstop bar, an uninspiring lobby bar, and Red 7 Bar, located in the casino, which stays open until 3:45 am.
While the hotel isn't at the heart of the city, it's not miles away, so walking is an option. Otherwise, Islands Brygge metro stop is only a 5-minute walk and connects you to the rest of Copenhagen. The hotel also has rental bikes if you want to travel the Copenhagen way.
Nimb Brasserie (23-minute walk, or 9-minute bus ride on the 5C), offers contemporary dining in a pleasant setting on the edge of Tivoli Gardens. Era Ora (16-minute walk), across the lake, is a pricey but delicious Michelin-starred Italian restaurant, serving you between 9 and 17 small courses and offering a choice of an astonishing 90,000 bottles of wine.
Elegant but expensive drinks are available at Library Bar (24-minute walk, or 11 minutes on the 5C bus, or an 11-minute cycle ride). Or check out the jazz at La Fontaine (16-minute metro trip via Islands Brygge metro stop).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Plenty of facilities - from Copenhagen's only casino to squash courts - and plenty of rooms at one of the biggest hotels in Denmark, plus good views from the higher floors. A solid business hotel that in the main lives up to Radisson Blu's global standards.