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Ibsens Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Vendersgade 23, Copenhagen 1363, Denmark   |  
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Ranked #43 of 117 Hotels in Copenhagen
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“Great stay with only minor caveats”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Ibsens. The hotel was a good find for us, as we appreciate a bit of style but don't require (or want to pay for) many amenities beyond cleanliness and a good night's sleep.

The room:
Having read tripadvisor reviews, we booked a "large" room and were comfortable in the average-size room we were given (top floor, under the eaves, facing the street). We did not have any problems with noise from within or from outside, even when sleeping with the window open on weekend nights. Loved the Hay furnishings and the bed was super comfy. I do think the room needed more lighting, however. And as is the case with many European hotels, a small shelf in/near the shower to hold toiletries would be helpful.

The staff:
The front desk staff were friendly, but definitely seemed frazzled at times. We found that our TV didn't turn on (of course, we weren't there to watch TV, but we do like staying on top of what's going on in the world), and when my husband first mentioned this to the front desk staff, the response was essentially "too bad" and we were told there were no extra batteries to try in the remote. When we mentioned the TV the next day to another staff member, she said she would look into it while we were out for the day, and she did. Another day our room key went missing after we handed it in before heading out for the day, as is hotel policy. Not a big deal, but it was implied that we lost the key and we were asked several times "you haven't found it yet?" I initially didn't love the fact that our key with room number on it was floating around somewhere, but decided it wasn't a big deal since we weren't storing any valuables in our room. On one of the nights we stayed, there was flooding in parts of the hotel due to excessive rain, so it's understandable that the staff may have been a little overextended.

The location:
Location was great for us... easy to get to/from the airport and elsewhere in the city from nearby Norreport station, and easy walking to most of the attractions. Although we didn't know it when we booked, the hotel is super close to the Torvehallerne food market. This turned out to be a huge bonus for us, as we ate there at least 5 times! We also enjoyed brunch at Kalaset across the street. We didn't have breakfast at the hotel (try Grod at Torvehallerne!) or eat at either of the two restaurants, but a good tip is that the kitchen at the tapas place stays open later than most in Copenhagen, which seem to stop serving food by 9pm.

Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stayed 4 nights.We made sure we saw the room before checking in. Glad we did because the rooms on the skinny courtyard, may be quiet, but I would have been claustrophobic. We were high up facing the street, windows opened wide and our view was so "Europe". Loved it. Rooms small, but one is never there. Two minutes from Torvehallerne Market.Staff extremely helpful.
Val from Vancouver, August, 2014

Room Tip: Busy Hotel, prebook if you can. You can pay for Breakfast, but fun to go to the market up the street...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed for only a single night, but were upgraded to a suite and found it quite roomy and comfortable. Location seemed central and enabled us to stroll only a short distance into some scenic parts of the city. The only negative comment was that the lift seemed to be fairly slow, but as we were only on first floor, we could and did use the stairs to overcome that.

Room Tip: The suite we had was on the corner, and was very large with big windows allowing plenty of light, an...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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not toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our stay at Ibsens. This was our first exposure to a Scandinavian country and it was quite lovely. While the rooms were much more "cozy" and small then we are used to in Canada, it was perfectly comfortable and clean. Best beds of our trip and lovely duvets.

The hotel itself has a lot of character and is in a convenient location to Norreport station (about a 7 min walk). Staff was always helpful and friendly.

Our only minor complaints are the hallway is quite dark and the bathroom lacked a shelf for toiletries. Really nothing major though. We did not partake in the breakfast but it looked nice, we were just trying to stay on budget and often got our own groceries instead.

Lovely stay and I hope tp return soon!

Stayed September 2014, traveled with family
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hotel Ibsens is a fun boutique hotel in the Nansengade area of Copenhagen. Staff is friendly and helpful. Rooms are efficiently small but well appointed. Bed was comfortable, and full bathroom was generous. Everything was sparkling clean. Larger rooms are available for more money. Our room looked out onto the street, quiet enough, but looking into a courtyard where summer outdoor seating was stored would have been quietly dismal. Best of all were the plentiful breakfasts; expensive but so good and so plentiful that we could survive till dinner with just a quick coffee stop. It included an abundant assortment of fresh breads and pastries, seasonal fruit an vegetables, hard boiled eggs, a different assortment of cheese and sausage each morning, several yoghurt choices, juice, tea, coffee and champaign. We return to Copenhagen again in a few weeks, and I am likely going to book in for an overnight stop.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room. [but the streetScape is fare more interesting than the quiet courtyard.]
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This hotel was very close to the Norreport metro and was in a convenient and nice neighborhood. Room was a small but typical European room. The room was clean for the most part but we didn't get our room cleaned during our two night stay. The room had no AC but cooled fine with the windows opened. However, it's hard to sleep with windows open due to outside noise at night; earplugs recommended. I recommend renting a hotel bike and touring the city that way. Front desk personnel was very friendly and helpful. Overall, I'd recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: No A/C so either open windows and deal with outside noise at night or sleep with windows closed and...
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed 2 nights and would recommend. I chose the hotel for the location and was not disappointed. Easy walk to the Metro station and into the main shopping areas, and many bars and cafes close to the hotel give the area a bohemian feel. The hotel had helpfully contacted us a couple days beforehand to offer an upgraded room for an additional £20. However we decided to wait until we had seen the original booking. On reflection that was a mistake as our room turned out to be very small with virtually no hanging space. Unfortunately by then it was too late for the upgrade as the hotel was completely full. But our room was quiet and clean with a very comfortable double bed. It also had 2 single duvets which was a surprise at first but actually works well - partners of duvet hoggers take note! Apart from the congestion around the single lift the only minor problems were the intermittent wifi and a low wooden barrier step between the bedroom and shower room which resulted in a stubbed toe in the middle of the night. Food-wise we breakfasted at the nearby Torvehallerne covered food market - very chic and definitely recommended - and for our last evening we ate at Pintxos, the least formal of 2 restaurants attached to, and accessed through the hotel. This serves Spanish food and has a great atmosphere although with Copenhagen prices the set 3-course menu with wine came to over £100 for two. The hotel staff are welcoming and helpful and the lobby/lounge/reading area is a cosy place to relax or to enjoy the hotel's 'happy hour'.

Room Tip: The standard rooms are quite small and no have no clothes storage except a few coat hangers on a cou...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Additional Information about Ibsens Hotel

Address: Vendersgade 23, Copenhagen 1363, Denmark
Location: Denmark > Zealand > Copenhagen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Copenhagen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibsens Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ibsens Hotel is an oasis in the heart of the city. It overlooks the Nansensgade area, bustling with café life and small shops. Just a 5-minute walk away, you will find the city lakes in the one direction and Nørreport train and metro station in the other.The lobby area offers a café, a library room and a cozy livingroom area with a fireplace. The minute you step inside, you will sense the Nansensgade atmosphere: ”Mingle” tables, magazine holders, an old record player and beautiful textiles adorning the lobby. All design pieces are made by neighbouring artists. ... more   less 
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