Home for the Weekend: Copenhagen’s Hotel Kong Arthur

Being part of Copenhagen’s family run Brochner group, the Hotel Kong Arthur appealed to me instantly.

I’ve recently been finding myself more and more reluctant to stay in formulaic chain hotels, even on short break trips. And choosing something a bit different can quite often mean stumbling across somehwere a bit special. The vibe from the Brochner group felt personal, and that came across on the website. Of the four hotels that currently make up the group, the Kong Arthur felt like it would be a good fit for me and Mr Holiday Addict. We don’t like things bland, but we do like them understated with a home away from home sense of style. This place seemed right up our weekend street!

The Hotel

Hotel Kong Arthur

Hotel Kong Arthur

There’s everything you’d expect from a decent hotel – a lovely lounge and bar area, friendly and efficient service and rooms that were finished to a good standard. The hotel is carbon neutral, which is a definite win, and the WiFi is free (as it should be) as well as super fast. My only issues really were a lack of in room air-con and, despite breakfast consisting of a lovely spread, the service being on the slow slide. It was a little hard to find a clean table! But I can forgive that, since when we returned after a day out, there  was a glass of complimentary vino for those who fancied an evening tipple in the bar area. We sat outside in the courtyard with ours – it was a nice touch.

The Room

Our Room at the Kong Arthur

Our Room at the Kong Arthur

Our room was a really good size, and the period building meant lovely high ceilings. The decor was great – the colours were neutral without being dull, and the bed was huge! The bathroom had plenty of shelf space for all my make-up junkie nonsense, and there were mirrors and plug sockets aplenty. As well as a hairdryer that actually had enough oomph for a change (if you ever hear somebody roar in frustration from a hotel room next door to you, it’s probably me when I’ve switched on yet another ridiculously rubbish hotel hairdryer)!

The Location

Copenhagen Lakes

The hotel was just a few steps away from the lakes

Central, and close to Coenhagen’s lakes, this is a great spot. It’s less than ten minutes on foot to the main station at Norreport and about a twenty minute walk to the colourful harbour of Nyhavn (though I couldn’t time it exactly, I got distracted by shops).

The Verdict

This is one of those hotels which will always be worth staying in if the price is right. Would I stop here again? I think so, but I actually spotted a couple of the other hotels in the Brochner group while we were out and about, including the Ibsens Hotel which is just nearby – I think I’d give that a go the next time I visit Copenhagen, And I’m sure there will be a next time, because I really felt at home in this city.

Colourful Nyhavn

Copenhagen – I loved it!

I stayed one night in Hotel Kong Arthur at a media rate and booked the other two nights of our stay via the hotel website where summer rates started from 900 DKK per night. My opinions as always, are my own.




  • Jo says:

    I’m with you Clare, bland and formulaic chain hotels just don’t do it for me either. The only exception I would make is that if there is something really particular that makes it special. In Saumur I elected to book a river view room of a Mercure – which happens to be one of my least favorite chains. While the room was chain bland, it had the most amazing views of the river, the old town and the chateau. The breakfast room had the same views. I was pleased with my choice, but my thoughts on chains remain the same……

    • Clare says:

      I agree sometimes the location or the views make chains the right choice. I’m also becoming more fond of B&B options and I’m thinking apartment stays are worth a try on city breaks too, though I’ve not done that yet. I think it’s great that there are so many possibilities now, but I can get sucked in to hours of searching without noticing!

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