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“Good location but room too small”
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Ibsens Hotel
Ranked #15 of 117 Hotels in Copenhagen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 15, 2014

Hotel in a good central location easy to reach city centre and airport.
Room clean but very compact-no wardrobe or cupboard space and bathroom slightly larger than one on cross channel ferries! Service was ok but hardly welcoming or particularly friendly or helpful.

Room Tip: Try and avoid one overlooking courtyard as this is shared with restaurant and was noisy at night.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

The good things about this hotel were the friendly staff, the excellent breakfast buffet and its brilliant location for the Latin Quarter, the lakes, Botanical Gardens, parks and food market. We could walk everywhere and then relax in the very comfortable area on the ground floor with its easy chairs and cosy fire. This made up for the lack of space in our bedroom and meant we had somewhere to spend time at the end of our tiring days exploring the city. The "cosy hour" was a nice idea and meant we could enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the late afternoon. La Rocca Restaurant which adjoined the hotel was a lovely place to eat and not too expensive.
The down side of the hotel - or at least at the back and looking down onto the courtyard - was the noise in the evenings, which wafted up from below. Apart from the sound of the kitchens at La Rocca and merry-making in the courtyard in the early hours, there was the constant drone of machinery (extractors, refrigerators?). This could not be eradicated by closing the window as it then became an annoying hum! We advise people to request a room at the front, overlooking the street where, one evening, we could watch a fantastic display of lindy hop dancing and an excellent live band performing in the street. Despite the noisy nights we liked the Ibsen with all its art work on the walls and trendy furniture. It had a nice atmosphere and the breakfast was superb. Staff were courteous and helpful.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front, overlooking the street (especially corner rooms) would probably be quieter as th...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

I had read some reviews about the size of the rooms, but I still decided to go there because it had a great location and I didn't intend to really stay much in the bedroom. But a few things caught my attention and it surprises me that they go unnoticed or ignored by the staff. For instance, the cushion on the bed had a big brown stain and there were holes in the black fabric used to cover the wood of the bed. To me it seemed just careless management.

There is also a problem with the luggage if you intend to leave it there after check-out: every guest gets the same password to get into a tiny room where they can leave their bags. In other words, there is no real security feel to it.

The only other thing that bothered me was the toiletries. I really hate (but that is really something specific and most people don't really care) when hotels use soap/shampoo as the same product and worse - put it in wall dispensers. For the price, Ibsens should really look into it.

Now to the good side: windows that open! How rare is that? It makes the small rooms seem bigger, it gets the air more fresh once you are inside and you can actually hear the city if you want to. Location is great: you have everything near you and it's just a short walk from one of the best places to eat in Kpenhagen: Torvehallerne market. Staff is really friendly and the place is very nicely decorated. I only didn't care much for the keychain, which is not very practical.

Final verdict: if you are looking for a place to just go back at night, change and sleep, this hotel will be a good choice if you get a good deal on the room (it gets expensive sometimes and then it's not worth it).

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

We stayed one night prior to cruise and 3 nights after the cruise. On the first stay, the room, X-large, we had booked and paid for was not available so they gave us a medium room, however we were compensated by a partial refund and an upgrade on our second stay. Be aware if you are there during a heat wave,as we were, the hotel does not have air conditioning. There was also noise from an air conditioner (for the restaurant next door?) that ran all night. Also if you are there during Destruction day, as we were, there will be blaring techno music until 2 am outside the hotel.
I do not know the standards for a Danish hotel but there are some quirks, in room 556 the soap dispenser for the shower is outside the shower and over the toilet paper so when you reach out to get more soap, water drips onto the toilet paper. The phone for this room is in the window, odd place for a phone. They also only provide one bath towel, no face cloths or hand towels. Bed was okay, two twin beds pushed together to form a queen/king. Breakfast was good but is an extra cost. Did not eat at any of the restaurants owned by the hotel. Staff was friendly and helpful and really appreciated the luggage storage (free). The front lobby can be crowded during peak checkin and checkout times and the one small elevator is slow. Location is very good, three blocks to Metro/Train/subway. Lots of restaurants nearby. Wifi worked well. HD TV in rooms. Just be aware of some of the quirks of the hotel.

Room Tip: Get an, large, x-large or suite if you want space.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

Loved this place. Once you`ve hired your bike, you are very close to every area of the city including the areas most locals actually hang out, Norrebro and Vesterbro. The lakes are very close and you`ve got the wonderful Torrvehalleren food market on the next street where I went repeatedly.

Room Tip: I had a room in the loft which was excellent but the sun did wake you up very early.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

Got this hotel cheap with a coupon. Breakfast not included, looked good tho. Comfy soft beds and pillows. Great localization, a short walk to train, metro, shopping and Torvehallerne food halls. Polite staff.... Highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

We keep telling ourselves, "It's only for two nights... It's just a place to sleep." But it's hard not to be aggravated by this immensely expensive room that has fewer amenities than a Medieval Monk's chambers.

The room, not counting the bathroom, is 8' wide and 11' long. It has a double bed, a small desk, a chair and a weird construction with a few cubbyholes. The foot of the bed also has some cubbyholes near the floor, but anything you put in them will require hands and knees for retrieval. There are two lamps and a flat screen TV which is mounted on the above the desk, but facing the side(!) of the bed. There is nothing like a dresser or chest of drawers to store clothing... just a hook on the wall with three old wooden hangers and some shelf space under the window. It's hard to live out of a suitcase when there is nowhere but the bed to put it on while rummaging for what you need. It is also the first room I've had, in a country outside the US, that didn't have a water heater or coffee maker. To wake up to a cup of coffee involves going down to the lobby and shelling out about $5.00. There are five amenities in the bathroom: a wall mounted soap dispenser, two small shelves for toiletries, and two plastic cups.

There is a phone in the room and free WiFi service. The location is convent to many downtown attractions.

We have often stayed in small rooms in "boutique " hotels (in Japan, Vietnam, Paris, and elsewhere). They were all as well appointed has regular rooms, just with smaller beds and less floor space. This room is not just small, but Spartan. It is an inexcusable ripoff at about $350 per night.

Room Tip: I have no idea what the other rooms are like, so my tip is to ask questions. Because we did not boo...
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Stine J, Guest Relations Manager at Ibsens Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you for your review. I am very sorry you were not prepared for what kind of hotel Ibsens is. We do our best to explain it both on our own website and via our thid party channels. Yes, the rooms are small. This is why we try to be as transparent in our communication as possible calling them Tiny, Small, Medium etc. The style of the hotel is Scandinavian minimalism (for instance flexible hangers and Muuto dots instead of a big closet). And then we love arts and handicraft. I hope you got to enjoy some of our own unique pieces :-)

Despite Ibsens not being your kind of hotel, I hope you had a great time in Copenhagen!

Kind regards,
Stine Jørgensen / Ibsens Hotel

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Additional Information about Ibsens Hotel

Address: Vendersgade 23, Copenhagen 1363, Denmark
Location: Denmark > Zealand > Copenhagen > Indre By (Inner City)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Copenhagen
Price Range: $120 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibsens Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 118
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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