A weekend trip in November took us to the beautiful city of Copenhagen for the very first time.
We were looking forward to visiting, having heard so much about Denmark’s famous design heritage and quality of life.
On our first night, we stayed at the famous Hotel Alexandra, a retro boutique hotel in the heart of Copenhagen.
Along H. C. Andersens Boulevard, Hotel Alexandra sits centrally tucked away in a grand neoclassical row building.
It’s only 5 minutes walk from the metro stop, around 7 minutes from Tivoli Gardens, and it’s near all the hotspots including the Little Mermaid statue and Design Museum.
There are some lovely cafes and restaurants nearby, with convenience stores like 7-11 and cinemas all a short walk away. The location is wonderful for reaching everything by foot.
After a quick flight from Gatwick to Copenhagen, Hotel Alexandra put us into the Danish mindset from the moment we stepped off the Metro and walked through the hotel doors.
We could hear The Beatles playing softly in the background.
Greeted with a warm smile by Julie at reception, we were given plenty of information, a map, an app to download, and a chance to leave our suitcases as our room wasn’t ready yet.
I loved the fact that they had a secure luggage storage facility in the basement, as that meant we could wander around the city hassle-free while waiting to be able to check in.
Rooms, Service & Details
Each of the rooms are minimalist and retro-inspired, featuring ‘50s and ‘60s furniture. Amenities at Hotel Alexandra include free wifi, flat-screen televisions, and free tea and coffeemakers.
We stayed in a Danish Retro standard double room. It was warm, comfortable, and ambient.
The bathrooms are cosy with a touch of vintage about them - and importantly, are eco-friendly. The hotel provides mini toiletries by Orla Kiely, whose orange-brown floral designs perfectly complement the retro philosophy.
Our window opened out onto a lovely view of the main road to the right - so not too noisy. The service was delightful - someone brought us an iron and small ironing board for us to use before going out for dinner.
The hotel keys are attached to a large, brass keychain which feels delightfully vintage - this is in fact the original key design from the beginning of the 1900s. Another quirky detail that sets the hotel apart.
Communal Area & Lobby
The communal area downstairs near the lobby is what one can only describe as deliciously retro. Countless books on art, life, and design sit nestled in floor-to-ceiling shelves, with vinyl records lining different nooks.
There is a huge emphasis on Danish chair design at the hotel - there’s a tribute to a different chair or design philosophy on every floor. It was almost like being at the Design Museum.
I also like the fact that their logo looks a little bit like the universal symbol for anarchy. It gives a different, independent, and almost rebellious quality to the hotel.
They offer a free drink to every guest staying at the hotel. On our first evening, we poured glasses of red wine and went to relax on vintage chairs in a little alcove in the lobby, which felt like stepping into a time warp leading to ‘50s Denmark.
Breakfast & Food
Guests of the hotel are provided with breakfast vouchers to redeem in the morning at Godtfolk, the modern restaurant next door. The menu offers a choice of different breakfast options as well as a self-service station with classic Danish breads and delicious spreads.
Godtfolk served beautifully presented breakfast. I chose ‘The Veggie’ which came with sliced avocado and garlic mustard on toasted buckwheat with beetroot sprouts, chia porridge with nuts, smoothie and fresh berries, and a small fruitbowl with mint and honey.
Harry got ‘The Heavy’ - two grilled organic sausages with two fried eggs, along with Danish cheese and homemade jam. Both were delicious and filling.
I can’t think of a better way to have started our first trip to Copenhagen. We were in the centre of the city, nestled in our very own slice of Danish retro heaven.
I would happily stay here again.
Tak, Hotel Alexandra, for your hospitality.
Please note: this stay was sponsored in exchange for social media coverage. However my review of Hotel Alexandra Copenhagen is completely honest, all opinions my own.
Mel left London to chase summer around the world, one country at a time. She loves the ocean, writing postcards, and solo exploration. Travel with her on Instagram.