Cosy up in Copenhagen at Avenue Hotel – video

December 9, 2010 by  

On a winter’s day I’m dreaming of the cosy lounge at Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen. I’ve been seduced by its warm Danish charm, imagining myself curled up on the soft, crushed velvet sofa in front of the flickering fire, idly leafing through one of those designer coffee table books. The white pillar candles would be flickering, dripping wax onto an antique silver tray, the nightlights glowing in their coloured glass holders and I might help myself to a chocolate that’s been thoughtfully left out for me on the table.

Lounge at Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

Lounge at Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

I’d be admiring the kilims covering the oak floor, perhaps planning a trip to Marrakesh to be hopelessly out-bargained by a carpet seller in the souk while being plied with fresh mint tea from an ornate silver teapot. I’d be coveting those design classics, the coffee tables that I swear I saw in some designer magazine, the Bestlite lamps (want one for my living room) and the soft woven Missoni throws in shades of semi-precious stones. Above my head are abstract photos in glowing colours and perhaps I’d order myself some tapas or today’s hot dish from the bar menu and later pour  myself a nightcap from the drinks tray waiting on the bar. I could be just as much at home here sharing a drink and a gossip with friends as happy to sit alone and just people-watch. Avenue Hotel’s lounge could definitely be my home from home in Copenhagen.


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Lounge at Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

Lounge at Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

Lounge at Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

Lounge at Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

When you arrive from the airport as I did by train to the Forum metro station a couple of blocks away, you could easily pass by Avenue hotel, set in a residential neighbourhood, with cyclists whizzing by on the busy Åboulevard leading into town. With the large floor to ceiling windows it  looks from the street almost like an interior design showroom or the turn of the century apartment building that it apparently once was. The staff were lovely and efficient and of course everyone in Copenhagen speaks perfect English, or so it seems.

At the back you’ll find a decking patio to live the outdoor lifestyle with awnings, soft cushions and lanterns flickering, or pumpkin masks as I found when I visited at Halloween. Behind the patio there is a small car park and a place to put your bike or rent one from the hotel. Oh,didn’t you know that in Copenhagen you should do as the locals do and go everywhere by bike, whether dressed for a party in high heels or wrapped in a warm scarf and fur lined boots?

Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

Lounge at Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

Lounge at Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

I took the small lift up to my third floor room with a quiet aspect toward the back of the building looking out on other neighbourhood apartment blocks. As the 68 rooms have each been carved out of the original apartment building they vary in shape and size, but I was lucky to have a very spacious one with room for a sofa and desk. If the lounge has a slightly exotic feel, the rooms are more about pale Scandinavian design with cream carpets, tan leather chairs against a glossy black desk and gorgeous coloured Missoni bedspreads. The double bed (actually twin mattresses and duvets) was super comfortable and the duvets puffy and warm – I do like to be cosy when I curl up to sleep.

The clean lines continued into the bathroom which had a functional feel with double sinks, a wall of mirror to preen myself in and plain white tiles, with a hairdryer and toiletries neatly lined up in a row. Of course those Copenhageners take their social responsibilities seriously but why did I hang up my used towels to save the environment, as the sign on the wall told me, only to find fresh ones on my return to the room? Or do they fold them so cleverly that you can’t tell the difference? Everything was very fresh and clean although there were a few signs of wear and tear where the grouting in the bathroom had been refreshed and some marks lingering on the tan cotton sofa covers.

Bedroom at Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen

Bedroom at Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen

Bathroom at Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen

Bathroom at Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen

I loved walking up the elegant period staircase which really felt like the old apartment building, past the electric blue or burnt orange curtains although again I noticed some marks on the dark carpet. The corridors meandered charmingly at odd angles and it reminded me of the large Victorian houses in England that get carved up into flats, where the slightly scruffy communal areas open up to much more elegant scene behind each front door. Breakfast was really a tour de force of everything from croissants, cereal, juices and a changing range of cold hams and local cheeses. Did I tell you how the Danes love their bread? I eyed the dense bricks of sourdough, with sprinklings of seeds on top and there was even a twirly machine that cut thin slices of cheese. I had to calm the excitement of such gadgetry so early in the day with refreshing pot of Moroccan fresh mint tea in a  silver tea pot, while munching on my meusli surrounded by more of those arty food photos by Danish food photographer,  Claes Bech-Poulson.

Bar at Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen

Bar at Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen

Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen

Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen

Who will Avenue Hotel appeal to? In the week apparently it’s a favourite of Danes who need a base for business in Copenhagen while at the weekend I spotted couples and groups of friends as well as the odd family with children. Although the hotel has a grown-up feel, younger guests are made welcome with  family rooms and a sandpit out the back, while the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Anyhow, I always think that as children get older, why shouldn’t they be introduced to lovely places like Avenue?

In terms of location, Avenue Hotel isn’t quite bang in the centre of things but then not too far to go either. Personally I love to explore the city on foot and it took me around 15 minutes stroll down the main road, past the string of lakes and endless stream of bikes to reach the Tivoli gardens. You might not be able to easily pop back every 5 minutes between sightseeing, but you’ll look forward to returning to Avenue Hotel at the end of the day, to sink into those comfy sofas and sip a cocktail in front of the fire. On a winter’s day there’s no better place than Avenue Hotel to be cosy in Copenhagen.

Need to know

Rooms at Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen typically range from DKK 1200 for a standard double to DKK1450  for a larger A+ room for a spring time Saturday night, thats £135-165 or €160-195 or $215-255. The room rate includes breakfast (with home baked bread) and taxes. The rates are based on those available on the Mr and Mrs Smith website at time of writing.

You can book your room at Avenue Hotel through Mr & Mrs Smith who always guarantee the best rates available at time of booking

Avenue Hotel, Åboulevard 29, 1960 Copenhagen, Tel. +45 3537 3111

From the airport it’s a direct line to the nearest Forum metro stop, 10 mins walk from the hotel and the journey takes around 20 mins (once you’ve worked out which of the many ticket fare combinations you need to buy from the machine)

The metro will also take you into the central area, or you can take several buses near the hotel, or it’s around 15 minutes brisk walk to Tivoli gardens or of course you could hire a bike from the hotel.

Video music credit: The music on the Avenue Hotel video was Feel What you want by Kristine W . Thanks for Kristine’s permission to use this track.

Heather stayed as a guest of Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen through Mr & Mrs Smith, where you can find many other delighful boutique and luxury hotels to stay around the world.

Here’s what Heather got up to in Copenhagen

Burning the midnight oil – my TBEX Copenhagen diary
TBEX Copenhagen – what were the highlights for you?
What the TBEX girls want for Christmas – a Georg Jensen Grape ring

 

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Comments

10 Comments on "Cosy up in Copenhagen at Avenue Hotel – video"

  1. Donna Hull on Sat, 11th Dec 2010 8:37 pm 

    From your review, Avenue Hotel sounds like a good choice when visiting Copenhagen. I’m adding it to my list for when I return. Copenhagen is such a great city plus a popular port for those sailing the Baltic.
    Donna Hull´s last blog post ..Saturday’s scene- Riding in the Snow

  2. Donate now for Passports with Purpose 2011 | Heather on her travels on Sun, 12th Dec 2010 7:21 pm 

    [...] If you don’t believe me,  read what I said about these lovelies in their portfolio; The cosy Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen, the country house chic of Fawsley Hall in Northamptonshire or the modern luxe of Avenue Liberdade [...]

  3. Anil on Mon, 13th Dec 2010 5:26 pm 

    I could so see myself living in that lounge!

  4. Heather Cowper on Tue, 14th Dec 2010 10:09 pm 

    @ Anil
    It was a very relaxing place to stay – I could have sat in that lounge for ever. Probably why I never got to bed very early

  5. A tour of the Georg Jensen silver workshops in Copenhagen | Heather on her travels on Sat, 18th Dec 2010 11:40 pm 

    [...] Cosy up in Copenhagen at Avenue Hotel [...]

  6. Alicia on Thu, 13th Jan 2011 1:35 am 

    When it comes to hotel accommodation during a very long or tiring travel, comfortable room is something we deserve were we could relax and get ready for the next day. Nice presentation, the video presentation says it all already and I agree very well that it is one of the finest.

  7. Heather Cowper on Mon, 24th Jan 2011 10:46 pm 

    @ Alicia – Thanks, I’m trying to do videos with most of my hotel reviews these days to show what it’s really like

  8. Top 5 Gastronomic Wonders of Copenhagen | Heather on her travels on Fri, 22nd Apr 2011 1:57 pm 

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  9. Daniel on Tue, 14th Jun 2011 2:16 pm 

    Boutique Hotels are my fave!! Nothing beats personalised service!!

  10. Heather Cowper on Tue, 14th Jun 2011 7:51 pm 

    @ Daniel – I couldn’t agree more, I prefer somewhere with loads of character and style

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