A Homey Feel at Ibsens Hotel in Copenhagen

, , , , , By Catherine Lazure | Nordic Design


You’ll find Ibsens Hotel on hip and trendy Nansensgade, about 300 meters away from Nørreport station, a stone’s throw from the fool hall Torvehallerne and the lakes. It is walking distance from every sight and, as it is slightly outside the hustle and bustle of the touristic attractions, it allows you to discover a more intimate side of Copenhagen. The lovely neighborhood is home to many cafés, eateries, galleries, and second-hand stores. The Dinesen showroom and hip restaurant Höst are just around the corner.


When arriving at Ibsens, you are first welcome by red neon signs “Hotel” on the exterior. You’ll notice the beautiful old building it is housed in, which was revamped in 2007 to give it a modern flair. The lobby lounge is stylishly decorated with lots of art, comfy couches and a cheerful color scheme.


The front desk staff is very helpful and dedicated to their guests. They were friendly, but polite and professional. In fact, such personal and attentive service is at the core of what they value:

“To us, it is important to treat our guests as we would treat a family member. We like to say that we are welcoming our favorite uncle in our home. We want our guests to feel just as much at home as we feel. (…) Instead of being thought of as the individual human beings we are, unfortunately there has been a tendency that people are referred to as numbers in a system. This is a tendency we would like to rebel against. We want to put people before the system, so to speak, take that odd approach to our everyday life and challenge the norms.” – Kirsten Brøchner, owner and CEO of Arthur Hotels, the group behind Ibsens.


I had a beautiful, extra large corner room on the fourth floor, with three large windows letting in plenty of natural light. I enjoyed looking outside, watching as businessmen and families cycled by, getting on with their life in this amazing city.

The décor was cheerful, with a hint of retro. I liked the fresh touches of yellow and green here and there. The room was clean and cozy, and furnished with some timeless HAY products, among others. I slept very well on the large bed with its numerous fluffy pillows. There was no safety box, but I used the ones available in the lobby, as well as a luggage room in the basement.

Most guests I met during the “cozy hour” in the lobby lounge (at which you get complimentary glass of wine) were not at their first visit. They like to return to Ibsens Hotel for the “homey feel and character”. They also said that rooms vary greatly in size, so be sure to know what you are booking.

“Some are big, some are tiny, some have heating stoves, some have French balcony, some are for “girls night out” and some are for romance. So there are plenty to choose from.” – Ibsens Hotel


The breakfast buffet, with lots of fair-trade, organic and local produce, was a highlight of my stay.

Interesting facts: The Arthur Hotels have been carbon neutral since 2008, and the people behind Arthur Hotels are the initiators of the global environment label CO2-Neutral Hotels.

All in all, Ibsens is a fine little hotel for a city break or if you are in Copenhagen for work. While it might not be a first choice if you are looking for the trendiest interior and latest designs, it is the place to go for a homey comfort, a casual atmosphere, a stylish hangout, and a convenient location. Isben has charm and quirks, and it is a great value for money.



Photos: Arthur Hotels


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  1. Eveline
    18 Jan 2015 / 9:52 am

    I like it, I would love to stay there. One tiny remark: it is called Ibsens Hotel, not Isben….

    • Catherine Lazure-Guinard
      18 Jan 2015 / 10:43 am

      Thank you so much for noticing my mistake! Shame on me…
      Now corrected :)

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