Cabinn Hotels

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CABINN Hotels is a Danish-owned hotel chain with eight hotels in the five largest cities of Denmark: four in Copenhagen, one in Aarhus, one in Odense, one in Aalborg and one in Esbjerg. CABINN Hotels is owned by the entrepreneur Niels Fennet.


CABINN Hotels was founded in 1990 by Niels Fennet, who got inspired by the practical cabins he and his family stayed in on an overseas tour from Denmark to Norway. He found that the cabin contained everything needed for a stay and the functionality made it possible to have it all in a little space. This concept he transferred to the hotel business. [1]


CABINN Hotels have four room categories to accommodate price levels. Economy is the cheapest and smallest room; Standard is the most common room and a little bigger. The two last categories, Commodore and Captains are the most expensive.


CABINN Express[edit]

CABINN Express is the first hotel to be built in the CABINN chain in 1990 in Copenhagen. CABINN Express is the smallest of all the CABINNs with 86 rooms and 260 beds. It is located in Frederiksberg close to the city centre and Forum Metro station at Danasvej 32.

CABINN Scandinavia[edit]

In 1992 Niels Fennet expanded with CABINN Scandinavia, bigger than CABINN Express with 201 rooms and 617 beds. It is located around the corner from the first hotel on Vodroffsvej 55 in Frederiksberg by the lakes.

CABINN Esbjerg[edit]

CABINN Esbjerg is from 1994 and was the first outside Copenhagen. With this hotel, CABINN Hotels became not just local but national. The hotel has been expanded several times, latest in 2007, and now has a capacity of 320 beds in 150 rooms. It is located by the pedestrian street and the main railway station on Skolegade 14.

CABINN Aarhus[edit]

CABINN Aarhus is from 2001 and is located at the square Store Torv next to the jugendstil theater designed by Danish architect Hack Kampmann and the big cathedral on Kannikegade 14. There are 192 rooms and 486 beds, and the breakfast buffet is on the top floor. In 2010, Fennet started on a project to rebuild the hotel and expand and the architect behind is the American architect Daniel Libeskind. The project is estimated to be finished in 2013.

CABINN City[edit]

CABINN City is the fifth CABINN. It opened in 2004 and is the most centrally located in Copenhagen on Mitchellsgade 14, behind Tivoli Gardens. It is drawn by the Danish architects Hvidt & Mølgaard and is neighbour to the historical police head office drawn by the architect Hack Kampmann in 1920. It has 352 rooms and 1020 beds.

CABINN Odense[edit]

In 2007 Niels Fennet continued his national expansion with CABINN Odense in the biggest city on the island Fyn, Odense. It is located on Østre Stationsvej 7-9 next to the railway station and H.C. Andersen museum.

CABINN Metro[edit]

CABINN Metro was realised in 2009, when the seventh Cabinn opened in Ørestad, Cabinn Metro. The architect Daniel Libeskind designed the hotel which has resulted in a very unusual building with a complex facade and raw walls on the inside. The hotel is one of the biggest in Scandinavia with 710 rooms and 1760 beds. The hotel is close to the Ørestad Station and Copenhagen Airport Kastrup Lufthavn on Arne Jacobsens Allé 2.

CABINN Aalborg[edit]

Aalborg is the fourth-biggest city in Denmark and CABINN Aalborg opened there in 2010. It has 239 rooms and 630 beds.

The environment[edit]

CABINN strives to limit the release of CO2 by using environmentally friendly cleaning companies, sorting at source of trash, non-smoking hotel etc. In the year 2010 CABINN Metro received the Green key from the municipal[clarification needed] for their environmental policy.

Inventor of CABINN[edit]

Niels Fennet was born in 1944 in a small city called Valby. His parents divorced when he was little, and he was raised by his mother in a large one-room-apartment on Vesterbro[disambiguation needed]. His mother was a teacher and later became the principal of several elementary schools. Niels Fennet was her only child.

He finished his studies as instrument mechanic, but since it was difficult to find a job in this area, he started his own consulting engineer company at age 24. He built schools, factories, theaters, shops and most successfully cinemas. In a book later written about Nordisk Film, the most prestigious Danish Film company, it was mentioned that he saved their business by rebuilding their cinema Palads in a more economic way. He rebuilt the cinema from one cinema to 22 small ones. [2]

By the end of the 1980s, Niels found that the engineering business didn't satisfy him. It was a problem for him, that his work placed him in the most difficult position between owners who hired him and creditors who invested money and the people who did the actual construction work - he built but never owned the buildings. With the vision of Hotel Cabinn, Niels realised his dream of continuing building and constructing but this time, it was all for himself - he would own the buildings and also run them. Niels Fennet met his wife when they were both teenagers and has stayed by her side ever since. Lise Fennet is responsible for the company's economy and the daily care of the hotels. Together they have three children, all girls. Niels Fennet also has talent for painting and playing music. [3]


  1. ^ Henriksen, Niels. Nordjyske Stiftstidende, 2011
  2. ^ Sevel, Ole."Nordisk film set indefra",2006
  3. ^ Daell Bjerrum, Vibeke. Berlingske Nyhedsmagasin,2011

Further reading[edit]

  • Henriksen, Niels (2011). "Drømmeland tur/retur". Nordjyske Stiftstidende
  • Sevel, Ole (2006). "Nordisk film set indefra". Aschehoug
  • Daell Bjerrum, Vibeke (2011). "Rig undtagen på anerkendelse". Berlingske Nyhedsmagasin