Hotel Kong Arthur, Copenhagen
Reviews - Hotel Kong Arthur
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Kong Arthur
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 experiencefrom MatRat
A Hotel that Seems to be Catered to the Localsfrom Roy_Chan
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 parkingfrom Jensine
A mixed experiencefrom otdol
wonderful hints of medievel magicfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Okay, but problemsfrom WisconsinTravler5
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 Ambiancefrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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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Other names for Hotel Kong Arthur
- kong arthur hotel
- kong arthur copenhagen
- Address: 11 Norre Sog'ade - Copenhagen - 1370' - Denmark
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