One of the best located hotels in town, the Admiral has survived bombardment by Nelson himself and remains in the thick of Copenhagen's historical and architectural action, overlooking its heritage-filled harbour. It's also a short stroll from the bustling waterside bars and cafes of Nyhavn and close to the city centre's shops.
The rooms are comfortable and homely in an old fashioned style with solid teak furniture and period decor that just about manages not to be chintzy. Size-wise they are pretty good (at 27sq m on average that's bigger than many competitors).
The bathrooms I have seen, while spotless, are a tad dated, however there is a wide range of room types and styles (including some more modern ones) so it's well worth looking at all the optons if you can. It's worth bearing in mind that there's no air con in the rooms (all those structural beams would rot) so if it promises to be very hot you may want to consider alternatives. For most of the year, however, thanks to the mild climate and the waterfront location, this won't be a problem.
It's well worth considering the extra Dkr200 for the water-facing rooms as this is a hugely atmospheric stretch of harbour looking out onto navy ships, old cutters and modern gin palaces (not to mention the modern Opera House). Unusually, in-room Internet access costs extra, although there is free access in the lobby.
The beds are comfortable and high quality hypoallergenic duvets and pillows are a plus.
The huge beams of the old warehouse make a wonderful first impression as you walk in and the open plan space with the bar and Salt restaurant just around the corner is very pleasing. The terrace overlooking the harbour makes a great spot for refreshments and taking in the maritime atmosphere. There's a small spa (which costs extra).
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is generally included in quoted rates but check this before you book. Salt, the hotel restaurant, is well regarded for its modern Danish food and there's an attractive bar too. In good weather Salt's harbour facing terrace is especially tempting.
There's a small spa (which costs extra). Other than that the Admiral is really all about exploring the location - wandering along the harbour and around Nyhavn or exploring the city centre's warren of streets.
I had no problems with the friendly service at this well-run hotel.
Who stays there
Despite its size, the Admiral makes a great romantic escape if you can bag a good harbour-facing room. It's also a good destination for foodies thanks to the decent in-house restaurant and some high achieving restaurants nearby including Umami and Rasmus Oebeck.
If you're lucky you might get a deal at weekends but it's less likely here than other Copenhagen hotels given its popularity with leisure travellers.
It's well worth considering paying a bit more for harbour facing rooms.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Amazing interior
- Unbeatable, atmospheric location
- No air con
- No free internet