The writer was lucky enough to stay at Copenhagen’s Hotel Alexandra just last week. While the sensation of original Danish Modern surrounds of the highest order and old-school (Danish) hospitality is still fresh I wanted to pen this personal recommendation to everyone passionate about Danish Modern and Midcentury design to add Hotel Alexandra to their travel wish list. Denmark is already a mecca for lovers of good design. A night or 3 at the wonderful Hotel Alexandra on Hans Christian Andersen Boulevard in the heart of Copenhagen though is a dream come true.
For starters, Alexandra is run as a traditional hotel with real room keys, caring, knowledgeable and utterly charming reception staff that aren’t afraid to offer an opinion on dinner or where (or not) to spend an afternoon. They are worth the tariff alone. I was at a loss having done all the key galleries and museums I cared to see in the city centre. It was a gloriously sunny afternoon but the city was awash with football fans. Not shy of a long walk though, I was dispatched to Frederiksberg to view the Frederiksberg gardens, castle and all the cool Copenhageners making the most of the early summer heat as well as a splendid new art installation, In Is The Only Way Out, by Danish artist Jeppe Hein in the underground space that was once the Copenhagen water reservoir, The Cisterns, located below the lush green lawns of Søndergarten. All part of a brilliant plan that lead me further afield to Nørrebro to walk trending Jægersborggade before returning by what’s surely the happiest cemetery in Denmark, Assistens.
But for those less inclined to all that walking, an afternoon trying out each of the in the beautiful vintage Danish Modern chairs in the lobby would have been almost as enjoyable and much more relaxing. The hotel offers a well-stocked honesty bar but after 9 there is your choice of wines on the house and I was delighted to see just how many of my fellow travellers from all over Europe were happy to indulge. For breakfast I chose the cinnamon rolls at the local Sankt Peders Bageri over an in-house breakfast but I’m certain the latter would have been a good option too. I definitely stole a peek.
For more information, take a look at the Hotel Alexandra website and instagram account. I will be back. But if you’re yet to experience Hotel Alexandra and love Danish furniture, design and culture as much as we do, now you know where to stay in Copenhagen.