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Updated: June 1, 2022
• Location: Bremerholm, opposite Magasin du Nord department store.
• Hotel website: hotelthesocialist.com
• Hotel phone: +45 3333 9922
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(Previously known as Hotel Herman K.)
Socialist – Cool and playful new spin on a luxury boutique hotel.
This new five-star boutique hotel is all about a modern kind of luxury that prioritizes new experiences and convenience. First, there is the central-as-can-be location, just off Strøget. Next, the surprising design – it’s a converted transformer station, and the dark bronze façade and concrete walls give it an industrial cool. This is offset by pieces inspired by nature created by artist Pio Diaz; the most striking is the 3D-printed ‘tree’ suspended above the bar. Service is friendly and relaxed, with hosts meeting guests at the lobby bar and escorting them to their rooms. The thirty-one rooms and suites are elegant, with marble-effect bathrooms, plush carpets, and bedspreads in soft grey, and the custom beds have a fun retro spaceship feel. Convenience is also key here – the bedside panels feature USB ports and light switches; guests can use their phone as a room key and stream their own music to the BOSE speakers and videos to the TV. The final touches are one of the hot new restaurants in town, Bobo Food Studio, a welcoming bar, and above it, a secluded roof terrace.
Socialist – Location
- Area: Superb location in the heart of the city center. Many of the great tourist attractions are an easy stroll away, e.g. Christiansborg Slot and picturesque Nyhavn are both a 6-minute walk. The pretty canals of Christianshavn and Tivoli Gardens amusement park are also easily walkable. Surrounded by great restaurants and shopping – Strøget, the main shopping street, is around the corner, and the famous department store Magasin du Nord is across the road. Good connections to the rest of the city from the nearby Metro station at Kongens Nytorv.
- Address: Bremerholm 6.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Kongens Nytorv station is 2 minutes (0.1 mile) away.
- How to Get There: From Copenhagen Airport, the most direct route is to take the Metro (M2) to Kongens Nytorv, just 2-minute walk (0.1 mile) from the hotel. The whole trip should take under 20 minutes. If arriving at København H (Copenhagen Central Station), there are several buses, e.g. the 1A, 2A, and 9A which will take you to Christiansborg, from where it is a 5-minute walk (0.2 mile) to the hotel.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €104 from Copenhagen Airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: Nationalmuseet, Nyhavn, Christianshavn, Christiania.
Socialist – The Basics
- Ages: Guests are an international crowd in their mid-30s and up, looking for a different kind of 5-star experience. Children are welcome.
- View: Can be limited as the hotel is hemmed in by other buildings in the center, but rooms higher up can enjoy views of Copenhagen’s many towers.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: Laundry, dry cleaning, and ironing services are available (additional charge).
- Parking: Not on-site; the nearest parking is in Magasin du Nord, opposite the hotel, and costs DKK 299 per day. Valet parking is also on offer for 695 DKK per day.
- Extras: 24-hour reception desk. Premium services on offer include private tours, dinners at the hotel, or a personal trainer. In-room fitness kits including yoga mats and free weights are available, as well as running routes and bikes for rent. Smart features in rooms – guests can check-in online, use their phones as room keys, and use Chromecast to stream what they like to the BOSE speakers and TV. Nespresso machines, Dyson hairdryers, and organic toiletries from Munkholm in all rooms. Roof terrace for all.
- 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 3333 9922
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: hotelthesocialist.com
Socialist – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: There is step-free access from the street and elevators to all rooms. Most rooms are equipped with walk-in showers.
- For Families: Cots for children aged 0-2 are available on request; there is a charge of DKK 200 per night for this age group. Extra beds can be accommodated in Superior Double rooms and the suites; there is a charge of DKK 250 per night for under-12s and DKK 500 for children over 12. High chairs and placemats for coloring are on offer in the restaurant, all kids get free pancakes and cocoa at breakfast, and a recommended list of kid-friendly activities in the city is provided.
- Activities: Bike rental, wine hour, and nightcap hour daily. The friendly staff are more than happy to organize tickets and restaurant reservations, or private cars, excursions, or even a personal trainer during your stay.
Socialist – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Bobo Food Studio – Vibrant and modern organic cuisine across 3 floors, just off the dramatic lobby bar. It has a relaxed ambiance and offers everything from snacks and original cocktails to extravagant tasting menus (from DKK 500 for 4 courses to DKK 1,195 for 9 courses; vegetarian and vegan menus available). Open 7 am to midnight every day.
- Lounge/Bar: The lobby bar greets visitors with a lot of drama – concrete walls, green iron gates, a 12m-high ceiling, and the tree sculpture by Pio Diaz hanging from it. However, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, the cocktails are imaginative, and there is also a cozy space off the lobby, the Chambre, along with a 1st-floor roof terrace to enjoy. On the first Friday of every month, the bar hosts a Drop By event with a DJ, drinks, and snacks, where entry is free.
- Breakfast: Expect freshly baked bread, cereals, fresh juices and smoothies, and meat and cheese platters; a la carte options like eggs and avocado toast are also covered. It can be included in the room rate (always the case for suites); otherwise it is DKK 299 per person (half price for under-12s and free for under-2s). Served in Bobo Food Studio 7-10 am Monday-Friday, 7:30-11 am weekends.
- Room Service: Room service is available in all rooms 7 am-11 pm; in the suites, it includes a selection of complimentary drinks.
Socialist – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Room • Deluxe Room • Junior Suite • One-Bedroom Suite • Penthouse Suite • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: The Socialist is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The suites are all sleek and spacious. The bright and airy Penthouse Suite is a standout at 40m² across 2 levels; it features a private 30m² roof terrace with comfy seating and a dining area with a view of the city’s towers.
- For Families: Extra beds can be accommodated in the Deluxe and higher category rooms to sleep 3 people. The One-Bedroom Suite and Penthouse both have a separate living room with a double sofa bed.
Socialist – Local Transport
- Walking: Socialist’s fantastic location in Indre By (Copenhagen Center) makes it a great base for exploring the city on foot. Nyhavn is a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile), as is Christiansborg Slot (0.3 mile); pretty Christianshavn is 12 minutes (0.6 mile) away, and Tivoli Gardens a touch further at 13 minutes (0.6 mile). The main shopping drag, Strøget, is just a 1-minute walk (100m). Kongens Nytorv is the nearest Metro station at 2 minutes (0.1 mile), while København H (Copenhagen Central Station) is 18 minutes (1 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 Kongens Nytorv is on all 3 Metro lines, so you can get to all parts of the city easily; this includes a direct line to the airport, the M2, which takes just 14 minutes. Bus routes have good coverage too. E.g. the 9A runs from Christiansborg, 5 minutes (0.2 mile) away, to Christiania and north up the harbor to Refshaleøen, while the 1A, 2A, and 9A will all take you to København H station.
- 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 at Kongens Nytorv, by Magasin du Nord (0.1 mile). However, for more than one quick trip, a more comfortable option is to rent from one of the many bike stores. Socialist rents bikes to guests for DKK 150 a day.
- Taxis: A taxi from Copenhagen Airport to the hotel will take around 25 minutes (6 miles) and cost around DKK 250-300. One from København H station will take around 7 minutes (1 mile) and cost around DKK 80. 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.
Socialist – 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. (0.8 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 Nyhavn (0.3 mile) or Gammel Strand (0.2 mile). An alternative is to rent your own solar-powered GoBoat, complete with picnic table; find them at Islands Brygge. (1 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- 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 flavors with local ingredients and is built for sharing – treat your table to ceviche, Baja tacos, or Uruguayan-style steaks. The tequilas and cocktails are fine too – the owners recommend the pisco sour. (150m).
- 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. (0.2 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). (0.3 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. (0.4 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. (0.4 mile).
- AOC – The 2-Michelin-starred AOC thrills both with its location, in a 17th-century vaulted cellar, and its brilliant New Nordic cuisine, which aims to delight all the senses. Think oysters with gooseberries and green strawberries, or grilled virgin lobster with fermented cherries. AOC exclusively serves a 10-course tasting menu, at a steep 2,000 DKK. Open for dinner only, Tues-Sat. Book well in advance. (0.5 mile).
- STUDIO – Adventurous, Michelin-starred New Nordic food with an international edge from Claus Meyer and Torsten Vildgaard, both formerly of noma. Lunch starts at DKK 700 for 5 courses, while dinner is an extravagant DKK 1500 for 9 courses. Located in the Standard, an iconic Art Deco building by the harbor that also houses Almanak (modern Danish), Verandah (Indian), and the Jazzclub. STUDIO is closed Sun-Tues. (0.5 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. 10-minute walk to the Dronningens Tværgade branch (0.5 mile) or to the Mikkel Bryggers Gade branch (0.6 mile).
- Kadeau – A 2-Michelin-starred heavyweight of the New Nordic scene, Kadeau gives diners a taste of the island of Bornholm in a relaxed, warm environment. The ever-shifting menu evokes a sense of place and is full of surprises – think squid with mushroom broth and ants, or horse mussel with beetroot and spruce shoots – and the wine list is excellent. Book well in advance. Closed Sun-Mon. (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. (0.7 mile).
- 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. (0.8 mile).
- 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 the corner on Sankt Peders Stræde. (0.8 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. (0.9 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Ved Stranden 10 – Wine bar on the canal with a great selection of European wines. 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. (0.2 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. (0.2 mile).
- Brønnum – Lively bar in a gorgeous historic building by Kongens Nytorv. Enjoy the signature seasonal cocktails, the elegant décor, and the inner courtyard in summer. (0.2 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. (0.3 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. (0.3 mile).
- Nebbiolo Winebar – Cool Italian wine bar focused on small producers/shops selling Italian specialties, just off Nyhavn. Usually packed with locals enjoying a glass of vino served with antipasti. On Sundays they serve family dinner – 2 courses and a glass of wine for only DKK 150. (0.4 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. (0.5 mile).
- Den Vandrette – Welcoming wine bar right on the harbor, with outdoor seating. The menu changes regularly, allowing you to discover mainly organic and biodynamic wines, available by the bottle or the glass. The food – both snacks and filling mains – is likewise mostly organic and locally sourced. (0.5 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. (0.5 mile).
- 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. (0.6 mile).
- Nærvær – Intimate wine-bar/restaurant on the waterfront, with stunning views across to Nyhavn. Expect a strong wine selection, especially by the bottle. The food menu is French-based, with both Asian and Nordic influences. (0.8 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- Atelier September – Sleek white Atelier draws fashionable locals by simply serving great coffee and a pared-back menu of nourishing food – try the open-faced sandwich with avocado on rye. (0.3 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. (0.4 mile).
- Sonny – Trendy French-inspired coffee house serving single-origin coffees and delectable homemade cakes. (0.4 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 1-minute walk (100m) away.
- NN07 – Local menswear brand NN07 is all about quality, block colors, clean lines, and contemporary cool. All chic yet easy to wear – very Danish. (0.1 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. (0.2 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. (0.2 mile).
- Stilleben – Design store where smaller local designers rule – browse funky textiles, ceramics jewelry, bags, and much more. Great for unique gifts. (0.3 mile).
- Stine Goya – Women’s fashion from one of Denmark’s hottest designers. Think bold, playful colors and prints mixed with a quintessentially Nordic sense of ease and cool. (0.3 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. (0.3 mile).
- 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. (0.4 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. (0.5 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. (0.5 mile).
- Brødflov – Cute organic bakery making some of the most fragrant bread and delectable pastries in town – the kanelsnegl (‘cinnamon snail’) is heavenly. There’s also a counter to sit at and enjoy a quality coffee or sandwich while watching the crowds by the Christianshavn canal outside. (0.6 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. (0.3 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. (0.3 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). (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. (0.6 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. (0.6 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. (0.7 mile).
- Designmuseum Danmark – Fantastic showcase of Danish and international art and design. See the works of Danish luminaries like Kaare Klint and Arne Jacobsen and gain insight into this design-conscious city. The museum shop is a great place to shop for gifts, from books to glass and ceramics. (0.7 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. (0.8 mile).
- Christiania – Self-governing community, and the most unique part of the city. Venture beyond the infamous Pusher Street, where cannabis is sold, and you will find homemade houses, bars, artist workshops, and lovely green areas. In summer, you can join a local guide for an insider’s tour of Christiania. 17-minute walk (1 mile), or take the M1 or M2 (metro) to Christianshavn and then walk.
- 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. 20-minute walk (1 mile) or take the M1 to Islands Brygge and then walk.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Irma at Illum Underground – Well-stocked branch of popular supermarket. Wide selection of groceries and essentials. Open daily till 8 pm. (0.1 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 fruits and vegetables, 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. (0.7 mile).
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