Hotel Kong Arthur

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Hotel Kong Arthur

, Copenhagen
5 star

Rooms: 107

11 Norre Sog'ade - Copenhagen - 1370' - Denmark Hotel Website | | 33 11 '12 12
592 Traveller

Reviews - Hotel Kong Arthur

7/10
Comfort and Warmth
Submitted by: Jacqueline Cressey in 12/05/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The hotel Kong Arthur was a very comfortable hotel. However, it is a little distance out of the city centre. The breakfast was quite delicious and the staff were extremely helpful on our last day when we requested an extension to the occupancy of our room. They allowed us to have access and use of the room until 6pm on the day of departure at no extra charge. This was wonderful as the weather was very cold and wet.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Kong Arthur

øbenhavn

from vb22
We recently purchased a new Volvo using the European delivery programme. Having picked up the car in Göteborg, Sweden we wanted to stay a few nights in Copenhagen on our way down to The Netherlands. Prior to our trip we spent significant time reviewing Copenhagen accommodations on TripAdvisor and other forums. We were very disappointed in seeing the high prices and mediocre reviews for many (most?) properties.

The Hotel Kong Arthur is one of a number of properties locally owned by the Brøchner Hotels group in København. We noticed on the company's web site that there were a number of special offers including breakfast, wine, chocolate, Internet access and free parking and at a price that was significantly less than the published rates on the hotel's web site. An email to the hotel was all that was needed to gain a quick response of a great offer which we accepted by return fax with credit card information to hold the reservation.

We arrived just after the rush hour on a Tuesday evening having made our way across the Oresund Bridge from Malmö, Sweden to Copenhagen. As the Kong Arthur is located by the lakes we had to make our way through Copenhagen which was quite the adventure! Thankfully they have good directions on their web site which augmented our tiny Garmin GPS. And thanks to the locals (in cars, on foot and on bikes) who were patient with the foreigners in town.

The main entrance to the hotel, which is located on Nørre Søgade, is actually down a small street off this main road. Although there is little parking in front of the hotel there was enough to temporarily leave our car to attend to the check-in formalities.

Upon entering the hotel we found a grand lobby that was fresh and bright - in fact, it was clear they were in the final touches of renovations. I was concerned about finding a safe place to park my US-sized car and much to my surprise they indicated they had a private car park in the rear of the building. It is somewhat difficult to get to the parking place due to one-way streets but a map provided by the front desk helped us find our way.

The hotel appears to be comprised of possibly two or three buildings with a common, secure outdoor atrium in the centre. We were given an executive suite on an upper floor complete with bath, sitting room with a view over a small courtyard near the car park and bed on an upper mezzanine level. There was a TV at the desk on the main level and a separate television at the foot of the bed. The bath had a traditional European shower (with a drain in the floor) plus a jacuzzi bathtub and shower. We spent one evening in the sitting area after a long day of trekking around Copenhagen enjoying the chocolates and sipping on the wine they provided.

We were very fortunate in that during our 4 day and 3 night stay the weather was perfect: not a cloud in the sky and daytime temps around 15C. For us that meant an enjoyable walk around the city. Nyhavn harbour is about 1.5 km via the most direct route. Rosenborg Castle and the Botanical Gardens are about 700m and only a few minutes walk away. The Kastellet is a little over 2 km but still a nice and reasonable walk - at least in good weather! Of course we often ventured along the pedestrian only shopping streets as well.

Closer to the hotel we found Ørstedsparken which was very quiet and peaceful park - a place for the locals to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors. Also on the Nansensgade street in the back of the hotel is a small Spar market - great for snacks, drinks, etc. A few small restaurants can also be found on this street and nearby with the benefit that they are a lot less expensive than some of the other establishments!

Back at the Kong Arthur they have a small bar next to the lobby desk where you can enjoy a beer or drink at the bar or in the more private adjacent sitting area. And there is no limit as to when you can get a drink: they serve 24 hours a day. Also being setup in the lobby area were two guest computers complete with a printer and Internet access. The WiFi wireless access worked flawlessly from our room and when I mentioned to the front desk that I'd like to get a hard copy of something from a web site they actually provided me the copies (at no cost) from their check-in computers.

Breakfast is served in a glass enclosed atrium facility that has been built out on one side of the inner courtyard. Served buffet style there were numerous items available without limits; we usually found that a large breakfast resulted in only having a mid afternoon snack to carry us through until dinner.

Although previous postings mentioned a shortage of staff we certainly did not find this to be the case. In fact, not only were there typically two if not three people around the reception area at any time of the day - they were most interested in taking the time to hear about our adventures and provide us tips and pointers. During the day there was also a lot of activity pertaining to the makeover in progress. I can't imagine what this hotel may have looked like in 2005 but it is obvious that the transformation underway is by no means a small investment.

Indeed there was no evidence in our room or rooms around us of air conditioning so I would expect that during the warmer months it could get warm in the rooms. Our sleeping area had a large electronically controlled skylight window in the roof that opened and quickly cooled off our suite each evening. Our room's location provided us with both silence and privacy and without having to keep our windows shut and locked.

In closing - no doubt Copenhagen is an expensive city and the costs for food and lodging reflect that. My observation would be that if you are willing to spend a bit more on accommodations you can most certainly find something that will easily meet or exceed your expectations. Our experience at the Kong Arthur was nothing short of first rate - and at a price that was comparable or even less than the TripAdvisor top rated Hilton or Marriott where you won't get nearly all the perks we experienced at the Kong Arthur.

Nice experience

from MatRat
We enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Kong Arthur. We were pleased with how spacious and elegantly decorated the Executive Queen room was. It contained a bathroom, large living room, and loft bedroom. The loft was very warm, but once we opened the roof vent, the room cooled off nicely. We enjoyed watching many TV shows in English on the 2 TVs in the room. The breakfast area was very nice, and offered a good variety of breakfast items. The parking lot was very small, but we were fortunate enough to get a spot for the length of our stay. Parking at the hotel is free. The hotel is a few blocks from public transportation. We appreciated how accurate the website directions were to the hotel. Overall, our time at the Hotel Kong Arthur was very enjoyable.

overrated

from ngchang
We stayed here on business for one night, and at 2700 Danish Krone ($450USD), it was grossly overpriced. Don't get me wrong, the room was nice. However, the front desk staff was very overworked (think entire tour groups coming through at once, thereby not allowing you to get your room key every afternoon when you came back), the location wasn't near anything, it's near a canal but no rooms have views. The train from the airport to Train stop Norreport was only about 15 minutes and $5USD, but then was a 5 minute walk. I would highly recommend instead booking at 71 Nyhavn or Hotel D'Angleterre instead.

A Hotel that Seems to be Catered to the Locals

from Roy_Chan
Because I work for a Danish company, I've stayed in a couple of hotels in Copenhagen. What I like about this hotel is the free internet access, through which I am writing this review to you now. The staff are also friendly. The breakfast is Danish -- you won't find fried bacon, eggs and sausages (as in American-style breakfasts), nor will you find porridge, noddles or anything that might be preferred by Asians. Actually, I just had breakfast with a lady from Washington DC, and she circled the breakfast table more than three times before deciding on just a cup of tea and a piece of toast. "The breakfast just doesn't speak to me," she said.

What some may find appealing about the hotel is the old decor at the lobby. The hotel is also situated next to the lake -- now, coming from a modern Asian city, the lake holds no appeal to me, but the Danes do seem to view its location near the lake as a positive thing. Actually, this hotel is rated very positively among my Danish colleagues (I guess for its decor, breakfast and location), but coming from overseas, I don't really seem to be able to appreciate these points. I found the room clean, but a bit dark. The rooms were not equipped with a water heater, so I took water directly from the tap. Although there is a trouser presee, there isn't an iron in a room, which I think is an essential for the business traveller.

I was happy about the bathroom, which appears to have been recently refurbished. My hotel room was about 20 metres away from a residential block, and there were some nights when the locals were a bit rowdy, and you could hear all of that, none the least because you had to keep the windows opened as there was no airconditioning. Yes, I repeat, there is no air-conditioning, and I'm not sure how one is able to tolerate the heat during summer.

My Danish colleagues consider its location to be central. On the other hand, I find its location inconvenient. The walking distance to the Town Hall Square is about 20-30 minutes, and unlike other hotels in Copenhagen, there isn't a taxi stand outside the hotel. Unless you go by bus, getting around Copenhagen can be problematic. In my experience, most taxis refuse to pick up passengers if the journey is short.

Cramped room, lousy parking

from Jensine
I got a room next to the elevator which was quite noisy. No aircondition, so the room was warm (not hot). Small single room, with very small TV.

A mixed experience

from otdol
The location is fabulous - 5 minutes walking distance from the center, right in front of "the lakes" which are absolutely perfect for a morning jog. I stay in Copenhagen at least twice a month but I stayed at the Kong only once and here is why - the hotel is lovely, "old world" charm but i was given a room adjacent to the elevator and I could tell every time it passed by. The room was fine, albeit very old fashioned. The breakfast is probably the best I had in Copenhagen but when I ordered my dinner from room service - well, I am still waiting for it to arrive...no explanation or apology was ever given for this. Both mornings I was late for work as it took the taxi 45 minutes - the staff at the reception were clueless and some of them quite rude. When one of them said to me that the delay in the taxi is not her problem - i took the hint and took my business elsewhere....

wonderful hints of medievel magic

from A TripAdvisor Member
with a child named for one of the knights of the round table--what better place to stay in copenhagen than kong arthur-with it's medievel facade over looking an ancient canal and large antiques and old world art-the building started out as a home for young apprentices in old world copenhagen and many of the stately remnants remainthe staff was cheerful and spoke perfect english and offered to secure tickets to any events going on (the jazz festival was in full swing )-our room in the modern section was large the linens fresh the comfortors fluffly-the windows open (no a/c) and so we packed a small square 220v fan to keep the air moving-it was very quiet at night--the bathroom was large and there were comp/toiletries--the extra bed was a roll away---the internet worked in our room for our laptop and there was a private desk for guest use of hotels internet-plus a private room for ironing etc-laundry could be turned in at desk for 1 day service-the inner couryard was lovely with trees and umbrellas and it was only 1 block to small markets and 10 minutes walk to main shopping and the place to pick up boast for sightseeing---we had a GPS tom-tom that helped us naviagte the twisty pedistrian walks and also to help us drive the streets-theplus a jazz band played on site nightly) hotel has a secure parking lot for cars- the reception has lovely club like atmosphere and full coffee bar with drinks--- the hotels also has a sushi, tapas restaurant on site-the included breakfast was large with fresh fruit, many cheese variety fresh bread lots of yougerts and pastries-lots of hotels are closer but more expensive-this was a jewel-

Okay, but problems

from WisconsinTravler5
Our least favorite hotel in Europe.
Good points: friendly staff, live entertainment, clean, good character, good size rooms and good breakfast.
Bad points: no air conditioning (it gets very warm in the afternoon in late June), they turn off your room electricity when they know you leave your room (odd), far from main tourist attractions and they made errors in our check out date.

Great Ambiance

from A TripAdvisor Member
Rooms are small but clean and well-appointed. Internet Access. Private, modern bathrooms. Charming pub area. Delicious breakfast: eggs, bread, pastry, fruit, cheese, cold cuts, etc.

Staff is very friendly and helpful.

Ashort walk to transportation, city center and Rosenburg Castle.

Would definetely reccommend and return.

A very nice business-class hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel offers standard four-star business class accommodation. I can only assume that the problems encountered by those who vent their spleen on this website about the Kong Arthur Hotel were victims of human error in exceptional circumstances.
My spouse obtained an extremely favourable room rate simply by telephoning the hotel. As a regular business guest staff were happy to offer an upgraded room at the very reasonable rate.
The room was a good size, well furnished, immaculately clean, contained all necessary amenities (hairdryer, mini bar, stationery, etc.), and extremely quiet as it looked out onto a large and bright inner courtyard.
The bed was extremely comfortable and all bedding was immaculate, starched white cotton. Sleeping there was akin to sleeping in a cloud of white softness all night long.
The breakfast is plentiful and very varied.
Reception staff are wonderful - particularly the dark-haired young man with glasses who works weekends. Nothing was too much trouble for him or his colleagues.
A very good business-class hotel in a quiet part of Copenhagen. Recommended for the business traveller and for the tourist who doesn't mind a 20-minute schlep to the historical centre.

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  • kong arthur hotel
  • kong arthur copenhagen
  • Address: 11 Norre Sog'ade - Copenhagen - 1370' - Denmark
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