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Last year at this time, we wondered how long women-only hotel rooms and floors would last? Well, for the Bella Sky Comwell Hotel in Copenhagen, the end is already here.
The Eastern High Court has ruled the hotel's 20 women-only hotel rooms on the Bella Donna floor to be "unlawful" after two men and the Danish Board of Equal Treatment sued the hotel for discrimination. Apparently, these two men never even visited the hotel, nor did any male guests complain about the women-only rooms.
In a press release, the hotel's owner, Allan L. Agerholm expressed frustration at the ruling but said the hotel will comply with the order.
"We had of course hoped to win the case, since, in our opinion, we do not discriminate the opposite sex, since the same product in the same high quality is available for men in our remaining rooms. We were of the opinion that a hotel should be allowed to differentiate between guests and between the sexes, as long as we do not put them at a disadvantage."
Considering that this lawsuit has been going on for nearly three years, we don't blame the hotel for giving up the fight. That said, the hotel only offered 20 rooms out of 812 just for women. The women-only rooms did offer different amenities including high-end moisturizers and healthier food options but they also gave women a sense of security when traveling alone.
For now the Bella Donna floor is still up on the hotel's website (the URL calls it the Lady Floor) but we imagine that will come down soon. For posterity's sake, here's what the floor included:
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Jacobsen's Room 606
Few can deny that Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, creator of the Egg, the Swan and the Series 7 chairs, was one of the most iconic architects and designers of the modernist era. Could the Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen be his finest achievement? We went on an exploratory mission to check out what was said to be the “landmark of the jet age.”
The hotel opened in 1960 and was originally built by SAS to accommodate both its first airport terminal and its passengers who needed to stay overnight to catch a flight out of Copenhagen. After a night at the hotel, passengers would check in for their flight in the terminal building attached, and wait for the airline's shuttle bus to take them to the airport.
Today, the hotel still has the same clean lines and simple detail that it had back then. The famous Jacobsen Egg and Swan chairs, originally designed for the hotel, are still found throughout the very large black-and-white-marbled lobby and in the rooms. The elegantly curved white lobby staircase pushed the limits of technology in the late 50s and looks like it could be found in a loft from 2013. Other original details include the dark wenge wood found on the main floor of the hotel. Jacobsen designed everything from the cutlery and plates, bathroom fittings and door handles to the chairs and lighting fixtures.
(There are plenty of pics for you to see in the photo gallery!)
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During our recent trip to Copenhagen we stopped in at, what looked to be, a Moroccan palace but in reality turned out to be the swanky Nimb Hotel.
Nimb is located in Tivoli Gardens (don’t be fooled – Tivoli is swarming with great restaurants and bars, not just kids and candy floss). From the outside the hotel looks like it’s a theme park ride: You expect cars with little kids and unhappy parents will emerge from within and the faint strains of “It’s A Small Palace After All” can be heard. However, once you enter the sanctity of the lobby, you find that it is, indeed, a theme park of sorts – one made for design-loving hotel geeks.
When Nimb Hotel first opened in 1909 it wasn’t a hotel at all, but a building that first housed a bazaar and a restaurant. In 2008 it was decided that a hotel should be created and Nimb Hotel was born.
There are plenty of pics for you in the photo gallery!
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What's It Like Inside a Nordic "Palace"? A HotelChatter Review
If you've not been to the Nordic city of Copenhagen , we gotta tell ya, their hotel scene is hopping with some real beauts! We've just returned and we're eager to share our hotel observations with you. First up is our take on the Palace Hotel Copenhagen. (Stay tuned for other Copenhagen Hotel Scene stories in the coming weeks!)
The 169-room Palace Hotel Copenhagen (formerly a Le Méridien and now owned by Scandic Hotels and part of the Preferred Hotel Group) originally opened in 1910 by a butcher who had a dream to own an “international” hotel. Anders Jensen hired young architect Anton Rosen to design the hotel, both inside and out, from the furniture to buttons on uniforms. Rosen’s Art Nouveau aesthetic still carries on today because subsequent designers hired to update and modernize the hotel from top-to-bottom in 2008 were insightful enough to ensure that the Palace Hotel nodded “hey” to its roots.
So let’s get to it. Plenty of pics below!
See that teensy-tiny window? That's supposedly where Copenhagen's new one-room hotel will reside.
Is it just us, or is there some kind of chiral harmony between hotel gimmicks in London and Copenhagen these days? First, we reported on locales in the respective cities promoting all-female floors, and now Copenhagen is following in the footsteps of London's soon-to-be-launched Room for London and debuting one-room lodgings of its own.
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Following in the footsteps of Copenhagen's Bella Sky Comwell, who devised an all-female floor to cater to XX chromosome guests, another hotel is stepping things up for the ladies, this time in London. The Dukes Hotel has anointed some of its suites "Duchess Rooms," themed to attract women clientele.
While this kind of marketing ploy was recently ruled illegal in the Danish capital, London is willfully flaunting notions of political correctness by providing a package of clichéd feminine perks to "tempt single female travelers or groups of women," according to the NY Daily News.
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Twenty-First Century Betty Friedans looking for female-friendly lodgings on their next trip to Copenhagen would do well to stay at the Bella Sky Comwell. The hotel's Bella Donna floor is touted as the "first women-centered" project of its kind in the hotel world, and has been curated to appeal strictly to a ladylike demographic. We think Manhattan's The Pierre could learn a thing or two from these guys.
Just how successful are they? Well, that, of course, depends on your idea of femininity.
There's a neat little blog out there called We Love You So, which has a tie to the "Where The Wild Things Are" movie. Here's the blog "About" section:
The film represents years of work from hundreds of different artists, writers, photographers, musicians, actors, and creators of all degrees.
This place has been established to help shed some light on many of the small influences that converged to make this massive project a reality.
The story behind Hotel Fox is that it was once an aging hotel that Volkswagen (yes, VW) decided to spruce up by hiring 21 artists, graphic designers, street artists, illustrators and the like to decorate the hotel's 61 rooms. Each artist was given license to create whatever they wanted in their own personal style.
We Love You So particularly liked the room titled "Sleep Seasons" by Australian design collective, Rinzen.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
When you look out the window of the Hotel Bethel, don't you see, like, such a pretty picture that it reminds you of a certain Disney World ride? Perhaps a certain Disney World ride involving boats and a song that will never, ever leave your head long after the ride is over?
Sitting right in the heart of Copenhagen on Nyhavn, this former Seaman's Hostel offers spectacular views of the canal and harbor and is within walking distance of all sorts of shopping and attractions. We've heard the cool thing to do is to sit outside at the restaurants along the harbor (Nyhavn literally means "New Harbor") and drink beers. Right behind the hotel is a cute little church, which the website promises is the "only seaman's church in Denmark."
And this view and kickass location can be yours starting at only 595 DKK -- that's just about 100 USD per night. For this quintessential Denmark postcard-esque view, that's really, really not a bad deal after all. Not a bad, bad, deal...
We know those Scandinavians are a pretty innovative bunch, so it's not surprising that the claim to have the world's first 100% carbon neutral hotel chain comes out of Denmark. The chain is small, though, which makes it easier--just four hotels under the Brochner Hotel brand, including Ibsens Hotel, Hotel Kong Arthur and Hotel Danmark, all in Copenhagen.
Now that New York's Fashion Week is almost over, what will fashionistas have to look forward to? Well, there's always Copenhagen!
We had no idea that Fashion Week was going on in Copenhagen next week but it is and the Avenue Hotel is getting ready for the onslaught of fashion-minded guests. According to their hotel blog which is written by receptionist Rasmus:
Only a few days left before Copenhagen Fashion Week officially begins which means the hotel will be bustling with activity (even more so than usual) and from Wednesday till Saturday various events will take place in the lounge....
Furthermore, there's a slight and noticeable increase in the AOBL (Average Overall Beauty Level) with every other hotel guest being either a model or a fashion big shot. Although their presence certainly makes me look less attractive I can't say that I mind them being here and judging from previous years they also enjoy staying at Avenue Hotel.
Ah the old AOBL measurement. Yep, that's a tricky one. Er...
As for the hotel, it has a modern clean design plus it was just refurbished in 2005. Judging from reviews, rooms tend to be on the small side but guests love the free breakfast and free WiFi included in the room rate which averages about $200. Totally different from NYC Fashion Week Hotel prices that's for sure.
When your Eurail pass takes you north to Denmark, alight at the Central Station København (and no, we're also not sure how you say that funny-looking "o", but we do know that most Danish speak fantastic English). Our tip for a reasonably-priced hotel near the Copenhagen station is the Hotel Hebron. It's a 1900 building and a long-serving hotel which is now run by the Best Western chain, and it's really just a few minutes' walk from the central station.
The added bonus is it's also just a short stroll from some of Copenhagen's most visited tourist attractions including the Tivoli Gardens and the famous shopping street of Strøget (there's that funny "o" again). Even if you're not Eurailing, a good way to get to the airport in Copenhagen is by train from Central Station so you can't lose here for location.
As for the hotel itself, it's not fancy, but it's also not expensive, or at least not for a well-located Scandinavian hotel. It has three stars and rooms have all the basic necessities, although not all have bath tubs; but being modern-thinking Scandinavia, there is free Wifi throughout the hotel.
Nightly rates include breakfast--watch out for those fish the Danish love to eat at breakfast--and start at 1,350 Danish krone ($250) for a basic double room; mini suites which have a separated bedroom will cost 1,600 DKK ($300).
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