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Updated: January 8, 2020
Hotel Alexandra – A time capsule dedicated to mid-century Danish design.
A good-value, welcoming boutique hotel that will delight fans of Danish Modernist design and newbies alike with its unique concept. The sixty-one rooms and lounge spaces house an incredible collection of design pieces and art from the fifties and sixties (and the occasional seventies item). The effect is not that of a museum, however, but of a playful space where guests can travel back in time. All the rooms are individually decorated, ranging from compact singles to two-room suites. In the Collector’s Suite, every item is for sale, while the Deluxe Doubles and the Panton Suite each showcase the work and spirit of a specific Danish designer, such as Nanna Ditzel. The experience is elevated by the friendly staff who is passionate about the design inside and outside the hotel, as you might expect; on arrival, they will tell you the story of one piece in your room. The adjoining restaurant, Godtfolk, is a cool-looking, informal Danish bistro, open from breakfast through to dinner, and with a pleasant terrace and garden to enjoy on sunny days.
Hotel Alexandra – Location
- Address: H.C. Andersens Blvd 8, 1553 Copenhagen.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Rådhuspladsen station is 4 minutes (0.2 mile) away.
- Area: Great location by Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square), just across busy H.C. Andersens Blvd. Plenty of tourist attractions are an easy stroll away – Tivoli Gardens is a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) and Christiansborg Slot a 15-minute walk (0.8 mile). The pretty canals of Christianshavn and Nyhavn lie within 20 minutes. Surrounded by great restaurants and shopping – Strøget, the main shopping street, and the Latin Quarter are on the other side of Rådhuspladsen. Good connections to the rest of the city from the nearby Metro station at Rådhuspladsen, and København H (Copenhagen Central Station), which is 8 minutes (0.4 mile) away.
- How To Get There: From Copenhagen Airport, the most direct route is to take the train to København H and walk for 8 minutes (0.4 mile). Alternatively, take the Metro (M2) to Kongens Nytorv, then change to the M3 to Rådhuspladsen, a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) from the hotel. The whole trip should take under 25 minutes. To minimize walking from København H, you can take the S-train to Vesterport, then walk for 5 minutes (0.2 mile).
- Handy To: Nationalmuseet, Tivoli Gardens, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.
Hotel Alexandra – The Basics
- Ages: Guests are a mainly European crowd in their mid-20s and up, looking for an affordable, unique stay. This is a hotel geared towards couples and solo travelers, though children can be accommodated.
- View: Beautiful views of City Hall from rooms at the front of the hotel.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: Laundry and dry cleaning services are available (additional charge).
- Parking: Private parking is available on-site and costs DKK 200 per day.
- Extras: 24-hour reception desk. Bikes for rent. Complimentary glass of wine each evening. Hotel newspaper and free Hotel Alexandra Copenhagen app with their guide to the city. Design items for sale at reception and online. Relaxing lobby lounge with vintage furniture, books on design to read, records to play, complimentary fruit and coffee, and an honesty bar. Pretty, plant-filled terrace and garden at the back of the hotel. Vouchers worth DKK 100 for the restaurant if you choose no housekeeping for a day.
- When To Book: Book 3 to 4 months in advance for the summer high season.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +45 3374 4444
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: hotelalexandra.dk
Hotel Alexandra – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: There is elevator access to all rooms. However, the building is old, there is no step-free access from the street and no specially adapted rooms. Do call the hotel to discuss your needs in advance.
- For Families: Cots for children aged 0-2 are available on request, at no extra charge. Extra beds are available for some Deluxe Double Rooms.
Hotel Alexandra – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Godtfolk – Funky-looking, informal Danish bistro, just off the lobby, though technically not part of the hotel. The menu is comforting Danish and international classics, including mussels and fish and chips. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open daily 8 am–6 pm.
- Lounge/Bar: Godtfolk has a sleek bar – ask about the cocktail of the week. In addition, there is an honesty bar in the lobby lounge.
- Breakfast: A largely organic buffet with home-baked buns and hot food to order. Expect meat and cheese platters, yogurts, and homemade granola and chia pudding. It can be included in the room rate, otherwise, it is DKK 142 per person. Served in Godtfolk 7-10:30 am Monday-Friday, 7-11:30 am on weekends.
- Room Service: Room service is available during restaurant hours.
Hotel Alexandra – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Single • Superior Single • Standard Twin/Double • Superior Double • Deluxe Double • Collector’s Suite • Panton Suite
- Smoking Rooms: The Hotel Alexandra is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The Deluxe Double Rooms and the Panton Suite are all special, as they are each decorated to honor a specific Danish designer, including Finn Juhl and Jens Risom. The Verner Panton Suite is extraordinary, with a bedroom in blue and a living room in vibrant orange tones, full of funky furniture and art by this color-loving designer.
- For Families: Extra beds can be accommodated in some Deluxe Double rooms. The Collector’s Suite has a hidden bed that folds out of a wall and thus can sleep 3 people.
Hotel Alexandra – Local Transport
- Walking: Hotel Alexandra’s location in Indre By (Copenhagen Center) makes it a great base for exploring the city on foot. Ideally located for exploring Tivoli Gardens (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk), visiting Christiansborg Slot (0.8 mile, 15-minute walk) and shopping on Strøget (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk). Rådhuspladsen is the nearest Metro at 4 minutes (0.2 mile) away and København H (Copenhagen Central Station) is 8 minutes (0.4 mile) away.
- Subway and Bus: Copenhagen has an excellent public transport network that includes a 24-hour Metro and buses, S-trains, and ferries known as ‘harbor buses’. A single ticket covers any combination of these within a time limit (usually 1.5 hours). You can download the handy DOT Tickets app to buy mobile tickets or multi-journey City Passes with a few keystrokes. The metro station at Rådhuspladsen is on the M3 Cityringen, so you can get to most parts of the city easily; change at Kongens Nytorv for a direct line to the airport, or take a train from København H (both routes take up to 25 minutes). Bus routes have good coverage too. E.g. the 9A runs from Vesterport, 5 minutes (0.2 mile) away, to Christiania and north up the harbor to Refshaleøen, while the 6A will take you north to Rosenborg Slot and then northwest to Nørrebro.
- Bikes: Copenhagen is extremely bike-friendly, and on two wheels is one of the best ways to see the city. Bycyklen (city bikes for rent) are available at over 100 stations; the nearest is across H.C. Andersens Blvd (0.2 mile, 3-minute walk). However, for more than one quick trip, a more comfortable option is to rent from one of the many bike stores. Hotel Alexandra rents its own bikes to guests.
- Taxis: A taxi from Copenhagen Airport to the hotel will take around 20 minutes (5 miles) and cost around DKK 250-300. Uber has left Denmark, but many local taxi companies have apps and online booking, such as TAXA 4×35. It is often quicker to walk, cycle, or hop on the Metro.
Hotel Alexandra – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Bike Copenhagen with Mike – Engaging tours of the city from the saddle with friendly local guide Mike. Learn about the city and Danish life while enjoying this bike-friendly city. Booking online in advance is required; the price – DKK 300 – includes bike and helmet rental. Tours leave from Sankt Peders Stræde 47. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Canal Tours of Copenhagen – Discover the gorgeous harbor and canals of Copenhagen, and some of its most photogenic locations, from historic palaces to iconic modern architecture, by boat. The tour lasts around 1 hour, with knowledgeable guides telling the story of gems like Christiansborg, the Black Diamond, Operaen (the Opera House), and Skuespilhuset (the Royal Theater). Tickets start at DKK 95. Tours leave from Gammel Strand – 13-minute walk (0.7 mile); there is also a stop further away at Nyhavn (1 mile, 22-minute walk). An alternative is to rent your own solar-powered GoBoat, complete with picnic table; find them at Islands Brygge. 18-minute walk (1 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Restaurant Mes – Intimate, playful venue – check out the mossy feature wall – with equally creative, attractive market cuisine from top chef Mads Rye Magnusson. It’s good value too, at 5 courses for DKK 350. Open Mon-Sat for dinner only; book ahead. Sister Restaurant Meille is around on the corner on Sankt Peders Stræde. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- District Tonkin – Friendly, casual, and affordable Vietnamese favorite. Feast on salads, soups, or banh mi – warm baguettes crammed with fillings like marinated pork in 5 spice or steamed tofu and pickles. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile) to the Mikkel Bryggers Gade branch.
- Gemyse – High-end vegetable-focused restaurant from Nimb Hotel, housed in a beautiful conservatory-style space in the middle of Tivoli Gardens (note: you need to pay admission to Tivoli during park opening hours). Organic, seasonal vegetables with global spices is the star of the show. You can also have fun toasting your own dough twists and marshmallows on the fire in the restaurant’s garden. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Høst – Award-winning cool-yet-rustic style meets a Nordic kitchen that likewise embraces both in celebrating local ingredients. Expect delights such as birch-smoked scallops or rare ribeye with pickled trumpet and fried beech mushrooms. There’s a great value 3-course set menu for DKK 350, while 5 courses with wine pairings go for DKK 895. Very popular, so book ahead. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- simpleRAW – Vegans of the world, rejoice. simpleRAW serves a varied menu that is fully vegan and gluten-free yet full of flavor. Drop in for a juice, generous brunch, vegan burger, or healthy lunch bowl. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Palæo – Casual ‘Stone Age dining’ for health-food lovers at Torvehallerne and other central locations. It’s all about organic vegetables, berries and nuts, and local meat and fish, with no gluten, no dairy, and no added sugar allowed. The inventive menu includes breakfast bowls, wraps, and mains like vegetable spaghetti with spicy meat sauce and homemade parsley pesto. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Marv & Ben – Contemporary Danish favorite ‘Marrow & Bone’ entices with its open kitchen, organic wines, and imaginative locally-sourced food – expect dishes like scallops with zucchini and fermented gooseberries. Order a la carte or go for a set menu (4 courses for DKK 400, 6 courses for DKK 600 without wine). 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Hija de Sanchez – Mind-bogglingly tasty, authentic tacos from Rosio Sanchez, who left legendary noma to start her own place, make this place one of the highlights at Torvehallerne. (It is open April to October, though fortunately, the branch in the Meatpacking District is open year-round.) The tacos are freshly made with corn imported from Mexico and the 3 fillings on offer change daily, so try everything. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- ØL & BRØD – This Vesterbro spot from local craft brewery Mikkeller offers cool modernist looks, mouthwatering smørrebrod for lunch, and creative takes on Danish food for dinner. Also, there is great beer courtesy of Mikkeller and a huge selection of akvavit. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Schønnemann – Open since 1877, this traditional Danish spot is a great place to track down some famous smørrebrod for lunch. Head in early, as there’s usually a line of locals and tourists out the door, order a couple of generous open-faced sandwiches, and finish with beer and/or snaps. 13-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Admiralgade 26 – Relaxed yet funky restaurant that puts a modern, international twist on its beautiful food. There is simple pasta cacio e pepe as well as lamb breast with daring sea lettuce and pickled mustard. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Llama – Lively Latin-American-inspired restaurant which brings salsa and spice to the Copenhagen scene. Instead of the usual Nordic minimalism, Llama is decorated with a riot of colorful tiles. The menu marries Latin flavor with local ingredients and is built for sharing – treat your table to ceviche, Baja tacos, or Uruguayan-style steak. The tequilas and cocktails are fine too – the owners recommend the pisco sour. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- BrewPub Copenhagen – Microbrewery with a pub and restaurant in a 17th-century building by City Hall. Serves 11 of its own beers on tap as well as other selected craft beers. The lovely ochre-walled courtyard is a highlight. The restaurant develops dishes to complement the brews and tours with beer tasting included are on offer. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Taphouse – A beer lover’s paradise, with 61 taps serving an ever-changing selection from around the world. From porter to IPA, whatever you’re looking for, the friendly staff will help you find it. There are also beer tastings that you can join. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Café Halvvejen – Old-school cozy Danish pub/restaurant by the Rundetårn (Round Tower). Mingle with locals and enjoy a beer or akvavit as you take in the traditional atmosphere. The food (served 12-3 pm only) is tasty and filling, with classic smørrebrod, herring, and meatballs on the menu. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- The Jane – The bar of choice if you want award-winning craft cocktails and the slinky chic air of a speakeasy. Later in the night, the Jane’s bookcases open up to reveal more bars and a dancefloor as it transforms into a hot club, with DJs spinning electro, deep house, or R&B. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Ruby – Intimate venue with classic style – low lighting and leather armchairs, laid out like a fancy apartment – known for some of the best cocktails in town. There is table service, making it a great choice for a special occasion. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Mikkeller Bar – Cool in white with gold pendant lights, Mikkeller is a classy beer bar from a star microbrewery. It draws the crowds with 20 creative craft beers on tap, including Mikkeller creations involving coffee, chili, or lychee, gourmet accompaniments, and a warm atmosphere. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Mother Wine – Cozy wine bar/shop for fans of Italian wines and aperitifs. Take advantage and try a few of the drops on offer – lots of lesser known and natural wines – before buying a glass. On Thurs-Sat they host aperitivo, with Italian light bites to go with your wine; Fridays there is also live jazz. Closed Sun-Mon. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Ved Stranden 10 – Wine bar on the canal with a great selection of European wine. It’s a deservedly popular spot to enjoy the view of Slotsholmen’s spires with your drink. They hold weekly wine tastings on Wednesdays. The bar has an excellent sister restaurant, the international-flavored Admiralgade 26 around the corner. 15-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Lidkoeb – This sister bar to Ruby is located in a sprawling old apothecary’s shop, and is similarly great with seasonal craft cocktails. Take time to discover the different spaces, from the courtyard strung with lights to the whisky den on the top floor. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- The Living Room – Shabby-chic café/cocktail place with a fireplace for added ‘hygge’. Enjoy great coffee, smoothies, and organic brunch. Open late for stronger drinks. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Bastard Café – Quirky café/bar for socializing over drinks and board games. That’s right, board games – the collection is huge, and the staff is happy to help you get started. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Coffee Collective – Coffee shop with its own roastery, at Torvehallerne and other central locations. They roast their beans daily for freshness and the knowledgeable staff can help you choose from the blends and single-origin cups on offer. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Strøget – The main shopping artery in the city, stretching from Kongens Nytorv to Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square), and from luxury fashion houses to high street brands respectively. Highlights include the famous department store Illums Bolighus, Royal Copenhagen for elegant porcelain, and sleek Danish fashion at Mads Nørgaard. Starts a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) away.
- La Glace – The local grande dame of patisserie, an institution since 1870. Enjoy their beautiful creations – the layer cakes are a specialty – and the historic ambience. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Paludan Bog og Café – Sprawling, ever-popular bookshop/café in a historic building. You can combine browsing the shelves with a coffee or meal – the brunch is especially good – meet friends, or find a quiet space for yourself. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Henrik Vibskov – Edgy fashion boutique for the daring by artist and designer Vibskov. Expect bright colors, prints, and sculptural forms from his own line, as well as a selection of other brands. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Time’s Up Vintage – Glamorous vintage boutique that deals in luxury European labels for both men and women. Find clothing and accessories from 1960s to 1990s, including couture items and big names like Chanel and Valentino. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Stilleben – Design store where smaller local designers rule – browse funky textiles, ceramics jewelry, bags, and much more. Great for unique gifts. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- NN07 – Local menswear brand NN07 is all about quality, block colors, clean lines, and contemporary cool. All chic yet easy to wear – very Danish. 13-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Maduro – Cute, beautiful, and affordable gifts for everyone in your life. From arty posters, bags, and lamps to adorable toys, take away a fun piece of Scandi style. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Storm – Deeply cool concept store stocking young, street-style-driven labels for men and women. Not just for fashion, you can find books and music here too. 15-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Posterland – Decorate your walls with art prints, vintage posters, and images of the top sights in Copenhagen from Northern Europe’s biggest poster company. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Tivoli Gardens – One of the oldest theme parks in the world, delighting visitors since 1843, Tivoli is full of rides as well as quality restaurants, theaters, and exotic towers and pavilions set in beautiful grounds. The rides range from the gentle to the thrilling; an unlimited-ride wristband is good value for going on a few. On summer nights, the illuminations draw the crowds, as do the free concerts on Friday known as Fredagsrock, and the fireworks on Saturday. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek – This grand fine-art museum is home to the largest collection of ancient art and objects in Northern Europe, but also works from the Danish Golden Age and more than enough French art from 1800-1950 to delight fans of Rodin and the Impressionists. The building is graceful, with a lovely glass-domed conservatory and café at the center. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Tycho Brahe Planetarium – Go on a cosmic journey at Northern Europe’s largest dome, with a unique domed screen. They also screen IMAX and 3D films, making this a great family day out. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Nationalmuseet – Dive deep into Danish history at the National Museum. The collection spans from Danish Prehistory – featuring a 3,500-year-old Sun Chariot – through the Middle Ages and right up to the modern Welfare State. There are also finds from further afield, including ancient Mesopotamia. The website offers handy downloadable tour guides, including ones for children and families. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Rundetårn – The oldest working observatory in Europe, the Round Tower dates back to 1642. Today, it attracts visitors with its spiraling ramp up to an exhibition space and gorgeous views from the platform at the top. And yes, you can still stargaze (do call ahead). 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Christiansborg Slot – Somewhat dark and forbidding, Christiansborg Palace is the home of the Danish Parliament and the Prime Minister’s offices. Visitors can explore the formal Royal Reception Rooms, the ruins under the current palace, and the popular Royal Stables. The views from the tower, the tallest in the city, are a highlight and free to boot. Around the palace are more noteworthy sights, including Thorvaldsens Museum, dedicated to the great Danish sculptor, and Det Kongelige Bibliotek (The Royal Library), featuring the arresting ‘Black Diamond’ building. 15-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Rosenborg Slot – Spire-topped Rosenborg Castle, set in the lovely park of Kongens Have, was King Christian IV’s dreamy summer residence, now a royal treasury and museum. The rooms are set up to give you a picture of royal life from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and highlights include the Crown Jewels and the imposing Knights’ Hall with the coronation thrones. 19-minute walk (1 mile).
- Havnebadet Islands Brygge – On a hot summer day, swimming in the clear harbor water is a true Copenhagen experience. The harbor baths at Islands Brygge are well worth the trip; they are some of the nicest and free to boot, with 3 pools (one lap pool and 2 for children) and a platform like a ship’s prow for diving. Open May 15–September 15. 19-minute walk (1 mile).
- Nyhavn – Once a busy port and now the most photographed location in town. Nyhavn is unmissable, filled with pretty and old gabled houses, cafés, bars, ships, and, of course, tourists. Check out nos. 18, 20, and 67, where Hans Christian Andersen once lived. Most of the bars and restaurants here are touristy, so you will be better off going a few blocks away, or grabbing your own bottle to enjoy on the quay. 24-minute walk (1.2 miles), or use one of the many public transport options.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Irma – Well-stocked branch of popular supermarket. Wide selection of groceries and essentials. Open daily till 12 am. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Tivoli Food Hall – ‘Fast gourmet’ food court on the edge of Tivoli (and accessible without entering the park). 15 stalls include burgers from Cock’s and Cows, baked delights from Brødflov, and grilled ones from Bobbabella, which is run by the Michelin-starred Kadeau team. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Torvehallerne – A must for foodies, this ‘super market’ has 60 stalls, perfect for stocking up for a picnic or a sit-down meal. Seek out seasonal fruit and veg, fresh seafood, artisanal coffee at Coffee Collective, gourmet porridge at GRØD, fresh pasta at Il Mattarello, superb ice cream at Is à Bella, and much more. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).