It is within walking distance of the city centre and of the Vesterbro neighbourhood, which lies just the other side of the train tracks. Don’t expect a lovely sense of place though. The Tivoli is sandwiched between the train tracks and the main road out of town, close to the unlovely Fisktorvet shopping mall. Old fashioned Copenhagen this is not. A shuttle bus does connect the hotel with the city centre, however. Misleadingly, the Tivoli hotel isn’t actually at the Tivoli Gardens, which are about half a mile away.
The colourful harlequin themeing is more restrained and more successful than it might sound (so fear not travellers with clown phobias). Money has clearly been spent on the solid décor and the rooms feel almost plush.
Tea and coffee making facilities, irons, air con, phone, mini bar and flatscreen TVs tick most of the amenities boxes (although I thought the powdered coffee creamer was a cheap touch). The bathrooms are appealing and spotless if not lavish. The standard doubles are on the small side though, so if space is important it may be worth considering an upgrade. The higher you go the better the views, including glimpses of the harbour and across to the city's roofs and spires. The main road and the train tracks, which form the main views, are hardly beautiful, however.
The white, tiled lobby is a little stark but around the corner you’ll find a convivial little area with stylish chairs where you can drink and chat or catch up with emails via the free WiFi. The 12th-floor Sky Bar offers sweeping views of the city and across the Sound to Sweden.
Eating and drinking
The 12th-floor Sky Bar commands some great views over the city, although when I was there it was fairly empty and lacking buzz. The Tivoli Brasserie, which offers standard Danish and modern European fare, is fine but it's not a destination place so I advise heading out to eat. For food and drink it's a better idea to cross the train tracks. Walk past nearby Dybbølsbro station and cut through the meat packing district (Kødbyen) for some interesting eating and drinking options (Kødbyens Fiskebar for example).
Down in the basement, the gym is small but well equipped and the sandstone-walled swimming pool adjoining it is very attractive. At 18 metres it’s not really large enough for proper laps though, so if you want a workout the nearby DGI Byens pool over the train tracks is a better bet. Alternatively, if you're happy to brave frigid waters, a dip in the public harbour pool (summer only) is a short walk away beside the neighbouring Copenhagen Island Hotel.
Accomodation at the Tivoli includes entry to the nearby Tivoli Gardens, one of Copenhagen's big attractions, although these close for much of the time outside the summer season (although they are open during Hallowe'en and for the Christmas markets).
The hotel earned marks from me for agreeing to move my booking by a day, even though my online budget booking wasn’t supposed to be movable. The front desk handled everything well although it wasn’t busy when I visited.
Who stays there
The Tivoli should appeal to business and leisure travellers alike, including families who may be tempted by the inclusion of access to Copenhagen’s iconic Tivoli pleasure park in the room rates (although check the gardens are open if it’s not summer). Being a conference hotel it is well set up for business travellers but it has less appeal for couples seeking a romantic break owing to its slightly odd location.
Most rates include free WiFi and, if you’re lucky, breakfast.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Crisp and new with all mod cons
- The less than lovely location