I’ve not had much luck with getting decent single rooms in Scandinavian hotels - the place in Copenhagen last year was a particular low - but luckily Hotel Kong Arthur bucked the trend.
I was a bit early for check-in but the friendly staff stowed my bags whilst I went out to enjoy some of the Copenhagen Christmas spirit - Gløgg and special Christmas Ale to be exact.
My single courtyard-facing room was very comfy AND it had a double bed. There wasn’t much room to swing the proverbial cat but how much room does one actually need in an hotel room anyway? They still managed to fit in a (slightly unnecessary) armchair and a desk though. There was also a decent sized safe,minibar (an electronic one so beware),plenty of cupboard space and tea-making facilities so I was a happy chappy. There’s no a/c which is fairly common in mid-range hotels in Scandinavia so things got a little stuffy at night but you can adjust the radiator and/or open the window.
The room was very clean but I suspect it hadn’t been updated in a while as there weren’t many free plug points. I would suggest taking a USB extension cable for any device you wish to access from the comfort of your bed whilst it charges. The free WiFi was good and there’s a wired connection if you need it.
The bathroom was functional with the usual small shampoo and conditioner containers and tablet soap - why more places don’t just move to wall-mounted dispensers escapes me - so it’s worth picking up your favourite shower gel at Boots before you fly. For some reason the water for the sink didn’t get really hot and I couldn’t grasp the purpose of the obliquely angled mirror on the ceiling but it did allow me to examine the top of my head for signs of nascent slap-headedness.
The bed was slightly soft for me but I still enjoyed several good kips. On Saturday evening there was the tell-tale bass thud of a party going on somewhere but it wasn’t too annoying.
As mentioned previously staff are all very helpful and smiley the only slight hiccup being during ‘cozy’ hour when the good folk at reception double-up as bar staff and have to serve everyone who has piled into the bar area for free booze (mmm…free booze). A bit of a pain when you're waiting for your room key but then I decided to join in the fun as well so it worked out ok.
Location of the hotel is just about perfect - down a quiet cul-de-sac but just a short hop from Nørreport station, so getting to and from airport is a breeze. Re transport, the type of metro tickets you buy will depend on where and how much travelling you do. I did a mixture of walking and Metro travel over five days so a 2 zone klippekort was probably about right.
If you’re on a bit of a foodie tip when you visit CPH then it’s worth noting you can book many restaurants well ahead online (even the big ticket places like Noma and Geranium) but most of the old-school places require that you call them. I also found it very difficult to get reservations for places like Restaurant Schønnemann at this time owing to Christmas lunches which the Danes book up months ahead. But then there’s always plenty of Pølsebod stands to choose from if you eat of the pig (and I do).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Kong Arthur is situated right between the beautiful inner lakes of Copenhagen and the buzzing downtown, only 15 min. from the airport by metro. The style is exclusive and modern with a hint of medieval - we call it a mix of rustic and chic. The atmosphere is cozy and informal: A lit fireplace, comfy sofas, pillows in the window sill, a stack of books on the shelves, beautiful courtyards adorned with green plants, cobbles and a unique peacefulness. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kong Arthur Copenhagen
- Kong Arthur Hotel