A five-minute walk from Norreport metro station and the edge of the historic city centre, the Ibsens is also close to the atmospheric canals, which are great for running, walking or cycling around and which really come alive in the summer. There's also a reasonable choice of restaurants and bars in the area including La Rocca, the restaurant attached to Ibsens (and where guests have breakfast).
When I last visited in October 2010, some of the rooms certainly looked tired. They are, however, clean and pleasant and I have high hopes for the imminent refurb, given how good sister hotel the Kong Arthur is looking right now. The standard single and doubles are small, so if this bothers you the ugrades to superior size is not a massive leap in price. Cable TV and free wireless internet are standard. if you can, try to get one of the rooms with partial canal views. Depending on how the refurb shakes out it's certainly worth asking about what to go for - some rooms are decorated in a classic Danish style, others, more eclectic and interesting, are kitted out with old antique pieces.
One other thing to note: as in so many older Copenhagen hotels, there's no air con and leaving the windows open in summer means some noise creeping in is likely.
The lobby is small and in need of a facelift so I hope it gets one when the rooms are redone.
Eating and drinking
La Rocca, the adjoining Italian restaurant is a bright, open space where guests have breakfast. I haven't tried the restaurant so I can't vouch for it.
There's not much on offer here, but the Kong Arthur's Spa is just around the corner. The attractive 'canals' (more like lakes really) are just on the doorstep and really come alive in summer.
The welcome you get here is good. Staff are attentive, friendly and on the ball.
Who stays there
Business travellers and leisure travellers seeking to pay slightly under the average but at a place that treats them like individuals.
You may be able to get weekend deals depending on seasonal demand.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Friendly staff
- Decent location
- Few leisure facilities
- Tired rooms (but refit imminent)