Radisson SAS Royal Hotel

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Address: Hammerichsgade 1, , Copenhagen, 1611, Denmark

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.8

A central, comfortable stay awaits at the world's first design hotel - but it needs a refurb.

It may look like a standard 1960s' tower block but inside, the very central Radisson Royal Hotel is a trailblazer being the world's first 'designer' hotel. Arne Jacobsen was the man who designed it almost down to the screws and fixings. It has much to celebrate still, not least a flagship restaurant plus comfortable, streamlined rooms and public spaces. Some rooms are tatty, however, which badly lets down this classic Copenahgen hotel. Room for improvement.

Location
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
3.7
90%
Service
3.2
90%
Value for money
3.4
90%
Bedrooms
3.5
90%
Public areas
3.3
90%

Location

Right by the train station and Tivoli gardens, you can't get more central.

Bedrooms

The standard rooms are on the small side but most rooms I have seen were in decent condition and pleasingly furnished. The maple wood veneers and light pallette used on the fabrics create a light, bright feeling, although the small bathrooms are far from luxurious. Worryingly, quite a few guests have complained on various forums about down-at-heel rooms though.

Try to get rooms as high up the building as possible, for both the views and to get away from the street noise (it's not a serious issue, but it does get quieter up the higher you go).

There's free broadband and/or WiFi in all rooms.

Public areas

The 'egg' chairs and other classic Danish design touches are nice but the management needs to redo the lighting in the lobby. It feels gloomy.

Eating and drinking

Alberto K is the hotel's fine-dining flagship and is a destination place for non-guests. It's certainly in the top 10 Copenhagen restaurants. The Cafe Royal, by contrast, serves food all day but is really nothing special. I was also disappointed by the bar here. I'd heard good things about it but there are far more atmospheric options and greater choice elswhere - not least at the nearby [node:171047].

Leisure facilities

The large fitness centre here is well equipped and modern.

Service

I found the service here professional, although being such a large hotel there is a sense that you are a number not a name.

Who stays there

Business travellers and couples on weekend breaks.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Great views / scenery
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Classic design hotel
  • Central
  • In need of an update
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