You can find more than 1.000 hotels across Denmark – from luxury hotels in the city centres to more simple, humble but still comfortable hotels on the countryside. However, you can also find five star hotels far away from the major cities.
Hotels in Denmark are rated on a scale from 1 to 5 stars, if the hotel is a member of Horesta – an organisation organizing most hotels in Denmark. However, some hotels – a few luxury hotels included – have chosen not to be rated, and does therefore not have any stars – even if they actually could have earned 4 to 5 stars.
Below follows an overview of hotels chains represented in Denmark.
With 24 hotels all over Denmark, Scandic is the largest hotel chain in Denmark, offering family friendly stays for a fair price. Breakfast is always included in the rate, and the room offers all needed facilities expected in a budget plus hotel. If you are using Scandic Hotels in Scandinavia on a regular basis, consider being member of Scandic frequent guest programme, where you can earn free stays when you have saved enough points. The amount of needed points for a free stay depends on which hotel you would like to stay overnight.
Scandic have hotels in cities of Esbjerg, Frederikshavn, Glostrup, Herning, Horsens, Hvidovre, Kolding, Lyngby, Odense, Randers, Ringsted, Roskilde, Silkeborg, Sønderborg, Vejle, Aalborg plus two hotels in Aarhus – Scandic Plaza in Downtown Aarhus and Scandic Aarhus West. The brand new Scandic Aarhus City opened in summer of 2012.
In Copenhagen Scandic have both standard hotels and a two luxury hotels: The luxury hotels includes Palace Hotel (located at the City Square in Copenhagen) and Scandic Front Hotel. The Scandic standard hotels in Copenhagen includes Scandic Webers and Scandic Copenhagen (both Downtown) and Scandic Sydhavnen (about 5 kilometres away from Copenhagen Airport).
The Norwegian hotel chain First Hotels is growing fast in Denmark after taking over management of the former Choise Hotels. Choise Hotels stopped operations in Denmark in 2011. First Hotels is operating nine hotels in Copenhagen and seven hotels outside Copenhagen is the cities of Aalborg (First Hotel Europe and First Hotel Aalborg), Hotel Atlantic in Aarhus, First Hotel Høje Taastrup, First Hotel Kolding, Grand Hotel Odense and Hotel Marina in Vedbæk north of Copenhagen.
The flagship hotel is First Hotel Skt. Petri build in the former department store Daells Varehus with a luxury profile and five star facilities. Besides Skt. Petri, First have seven other hotels in Copenhagen, among them the luxury hotel First Hotel King Frederik very close to Copenhagen City Square.
The majority of First Hotels belongs in the upper 4 star segment – besides the mentioned luxury hotels. Rates always include breakfast.
With 12 hotels located all over Denmark – several in beautiful locations on the country side – Comwell offers a 4 – 5 star hotel experience with quite a bit a natural elements.
The Comwell flagship is however the brand new Bella Sky Comwell Hotel right next to the Bella Conference Center south of Copenhagen. With its unique architecture (two freestanding 23 floor tall towers, slightly slanting away from each other and drawing a V on the Copenhagen skyline). The new hotel opened in the spring of 2011, and is among many other facilities hosting a “female only section” on the 17th floor. Bella Sky is the largest hotel in Nordic countries with its 814 rooms.
Outside Copenhagen Comwell is having hotels in Elsinore, Holte (north of Copenhagen), Kolding, Middelfart, Rebild Bakker, Roskilde, Sorø, Sønderborg og Vejle. The hotels in Elsinore, Rebild Bakker and Vejle are all located outside the city areas in beautiful natural surroundings.
In Middelfart on the west coast of Funen, Comwell is operating two different hotels. One of the hotels, Comwell KongebroGården, is a 5 star luxury hotel located right on the bank of The Little Belt with great views of both The Old Little Belt Bridge and The New Little Belt Bridge.
Rates on Comwell hotels always include breakfast, and a stay at Comwell is mainly targeted at adults without children. The Comwell hotels in Elsinore and Vejle have special wellness sections with spa and other wellness facilities.
Luxury hotels with 4 or 5 stars located in the city centres are the trademark at Radisson, the international hotel chain with eight hotels in Denmark. The target group is the business segment or the upper leisure segment.
Radisson operates three major hotels in Copenhagen, among them the famous Royal Hotel in Downtown Copenhagen, designed into every detail by the world famous Danish designer Arne Jacobsen. The hotel was opened in 1960 and is still the only “skyscraper” in downtown Copenhagen offering unique views over the Downtown area including Tivoli and the city hall right next door. Besides the luxury Royal Hotel, Radisson also operates Scandinavia Hotel on Amager and Falconer Hotel & Conference Center in Frederiksberg. Frederiksberg is also part of Copenhagen.
Marriott and Hilton
The two international hotels chains both made their arrival in Denmark in 2001, each with one hotel in Copenhagen. Marriott Copenhagen is located on the harbour front within walking distance from the downtown area with great views over the harbour, while Hilton Copenhagen Airport chose a location right next to Terminal 3 in Copenhagen Airport, right next to metro station in the Airport. Both hotels are 5 star luxury hotels, obviously targeted at the business segment.
An economy hotel chain with eight hotels in five of Denmark’s largest cities, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg and Esbjerg. Cab Inns slogan is “Sleep Cheap in Luxury”, and it is without doubt an economy experience to stay overnight in a Cab Inn hotel. However, Cab Inn hotels are normally located in the downtown area, within walking distance from the city centre.
The majority of the rooms are extremely small and can be compared with cabins on a ship. The rooms are available in four different sizes: economy, standard, commodore and captains class. All rooms have private bathrooms, TV and free internet. Breakfast is available but necessarily included in the rate.
The biggest of the Cab Inn hotels are the 716 rooms big Cab Inn Metro in Ørestad south of Copenhagen Downtown. This hotel opened in October 2009 and the exterior of this hotel where designed by the world know architect Daniel Libeskind.
Another economy hotel chain with 5 hotels in Denmark, the majority located in the Copenhagen area including two hotels in Downtown, Hotel Astoria and Hotel Centrum, one hotel in Ishøj (south of Copenhagen), one hotel in Ballerup (west of Copenhagen) and finally Zleep Hotel Billund in Jutland (right next to Billund Airport). Besides the 5 hotels in Denmark, Zleep Hotels do also have a hotel in Hamburg, Germany.
All rooms have private bathrooms and TV, but no telephone. Breakfast in not included in the rate – but a Scandinavian Breakfast can be bought on each hotel. The rooms are also slightly bigger than the hotel rooms at Cab Inn Hotels. Besides the breakfast restaurant and a sitting room with TV, there are no other facilities on the Zleep Hotels.
By Henrik Lange, Highways-Denmark.com