Copenhagen‘s streets are currently enlivened with bright and beautiful elephants. Nope, not real ones sadly, but the Elephant Parade is in town. We’d never miss a chance to shout about such a great charity initiative, so our latest hotel of the week is Avenue Hotel, in Denmark’s design-conscious capital…
Style Couture comforts
Setting Green, historic Fredericksburg
Why this week? Avenue Hotel has teamed up with Paul Smith to support Elephant Parade. Guests can admire the floral-print creature, made especially for the hotel by the British designer, on the patio until 25 August, when it will be auctioned off to support the conservation of Asian elephants.
Our favourite bits Firstly, the city-central location. Secondly, the way the hotel showcases Danish design: Missoni fabrics add refreshing pops of colour, a pewter-topped leather-lined bar adds sparkle to the cosy lounge, and original works from Denmark’s famous photographers are displayed throughout. When it comes to bedding down, we heart room 417 on the top floor. Because there are no neighbouring rooms, you can enjoy the rooftop views in uninterrupted privacy.
Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘We’re back at boutique base camp: a 19th-century red-brick townhouse designed by Emil Blichfeldt, the man behind Tivoli Gardens’ main entrance. The bar’s buzz distracts us from our intentions and we end up downstairs; deep-sunk in soft grey sofas by the crackling fire, with martinis rustled up by the handsome-as-he’s-helpful barman, Kristian. Glossy black-and-white photos and a mini-library surround us, and we sit contentedly, page-turning and popping salted cashews in our mouths. Though the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, there’s a diet-defying array of snacks on the pewter-topped bar, including apple cake and chocolate torte, which I earmark for later.
Every now and then I look up to admire the lights: clusters of globes and sleek little glass lanterns, suspended on red cords trailing from the ceiling. The dictionary entry for hygge (a Danish concept of intimacy and comfort) should simply read: ‘Avenue Hotel; bar’. Nobody can deny the Scandinavians’ way with sexy scene-setting…’
Read our full anonymous review of Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen
You say ‘Excellent hotel, with great cocktails in the bar. The best restaurant we found was in the ‘meatpacking’ district, Fiskbaren, with lots of local ingredients in unusual dishes and a cool and relaxed atmosphere.’
(Vincent, BlackSmith, stayed on 11 May 2011)