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Palace Hotel Copenhagen is a landmark establishment with the city’s best location close to Tivoli Gardens and the main pedestrian street, Strøget. A masterpiece created by some of Denmark’s most legendary architects and designers, the hotel also boasts a star-studded guestbook.
The Golden Book – the hotel guestbook – has been a lobby fixture since the inauguration of the fine hotel in 1910 when King Frederik VIII was the first to add his signature. The guestbook unveils a legion of prominent visitors, including famous Hollywood celebrities and artists, among them comedians Laurel and Hardy, the ravishing Audrey Hepburn and actor Gregory Peck. Another royal to have signed the guestbook, a veritable national treasure, is the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II.
Palace Hotel Copenhagen enjoys an international reputation. In 2013, the hotel won the prestigious World Travel Awards in the categories ‘Denmark’s Leading Hotel’ and ‘Denmark’s Leading Business Hotel’. Recently, episode 100 of the BBC crime series Midsomer Murders was filmed on location here in co-production with the Danish national broadcaster, DR. Among the actors to appear in the episode were stars from the Danish crime series The Killing.
Inspired by Art Nouveau
The history of Palace Hotel Copenhagen is a rags-to-riches fairytale. The founder, Anders Jensen (1861-1940), was a former master butcher and later hotelier and landowner. The architect was the visionary Anton Rosen (1859-1928), an exponent of a uniquely Danish interpretation of Art Nouveau that drew on elements from historicism. The founding stone was laid in 1907 and the city’s new international hotel opened its doors in 1910.
The hotel is the first example in Denmark of a total design made by one architect. Anton Rosen created everything down to the smallest detail, from the furniture to fabrics for curtains and carpets. Even the door handles and cutlery were designed by the architect in partnership with the world-renowned silversmith, Georg Jensen.
The mosaics that adorn the hotel’s 65-metre copper-topped tower symbolise morning, day, evening and night, respectively. Each of the four mosaics face one of the corners of the world. The corresponding colours are also reflected in the hotel’s 169 rooms and suites, which are today kept in an elegant contemporary Scandinavian style.
The wide hotel corridors, which were originally designed to allow ample space for elegantly robed ladies to pass each other, are adorned with original Anton Rosen sketches.
On the fifth floor, what was once large servant quarters, has now been given a new lease of life to the delight of the many guests. Hotel Manager Mads Brockmann oversaw a major refurbishment of the hotel in 2012, which was executed with great veneration for the original décor. Renamed the Executive Floor, the exclusive suites and rooms feature hand-decorated doors and gilt ceilings and offer a dazzling view of Copenhagen’s historic towers and rooftops. Furthermore, the Executive Floor features an amazing two-level tower suite in addition to a suite with a private rooftop terrace offering a sweeping view of Tivoli Gardens and the City Hall Square. Here you also find a VIP area that can be used for private functions or other events.
Palace Bar & Restaurant
The cuisine served at the hotel restaurant is inspired by the seasons and made from the finest Nordic and international produce. The menu features traditional Danish cuisine and international dishes of high gastronomic class. The historic dining ambiance also offers views to the buzzing City Hall Square from the wonderfully arched windows. The restaurant additionally features two imposing granite columns and the Palace Bar ceiling has been restored with an original Anton Rosen design.
Refreshments and food are also served on the terrace by the Palace Bar, which during the warmer months is shaded by the cherry trees – an almost Parisian experience amid the buzz of the plaza. The elegant atmosphere of the Palace Bar itself invites you to relax and enjoy a wide selection of fine cocktails and wines.
History, modern design and comfort
The hotel interiors has recently undergone a radical remodelling by designer Marianne Fryland’s Dynamo Studio. In fine tune with Anton Rosen’s distinctive design, the interiors even include an original moth motif by Rosen. The result is an exclusive hotel ambiance that combines heritage with contemporary comfort to appeal to discerning travellers.
Today, the hotel has a business centre with complimentary Internet access, three very beautifully decorated Flora Danica conference rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness studio in the hotel basement and much more. Guests who join the hotel loyalty program also enjoy access to a wealth of additional benefits, including discounts in the hotel restaurant. They also earn points for each stay that can be redeemed for reward nights.
A must for Hotel Manager Mads Brockmann is that guests at the hotel always feel warmly welcome and experience a successful stay in exquisite, inspiring and beautiful environments. He describes a stay at Palace Hotel Copenhagen as follows:
“We do our absolute best to make guests feel comfortable, whether they are visiting us for business or enjoying a relaxing city break. With free Wi-Fi, fine dining and service-minded staff, we ensure that our guest experience offers a splendid balance between modern comfort and a historic setting of national importance.”