Palace Hotel (Copenhagen)

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Palace Hotel
Palace Hotel Copenhagen dk.jpg
General information
Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Opening 15 July 1910
Design and construction
Architect Anton Rosen
Other information
Number of rooms 162
Number of restaurants 1
Website
Official website

Palace Hotel is a residential hotel on the eastern side of City Hall Square in Copenhagen, Denmark. Influenced by the Art Nouveau style, the red brick building was designed by Anton Rosen and completed in 1910.

History[edit]

Floor plans of the hotel

The hotel was built by the master butcher Anders Jensen, from 1909 alderman of the butchers' guild in Copenhagen, who had made a move into the hotel business in 1897 when he acquired Marienlyst Beach Hotel in Helsingør.[1] In 1907, he purchased a lot on the square in front of the new Copenhagen City Hall which had been completed in the grounds of the city's old Haymarket just two years earlier. The architect Anton Rosen was commissioned to design the hotel which was inaugurated on 15 July 1910. King Frederik VII was among the first to visit the hotel.[2] Rosen not only designed the building but also everything from furniture to wallpaper, textiles, uniforms, luggage tags and keys. He also designed cutlery and door handles in collaboration with Georg Jensen.[3]

In 1927, Jensen sold the hotel to Valdemar Nielsen, who changed its original name "Palads" to the more international "Palace Hotel" and spent a large sum on refurbishing its interiors. In 1937, the hotel changed hands once again when it was acquired by the Danish-Norwegian hotelier Waldemar Jensen. Assisted by his Hungarian architects, he converted the Marble Garden into the "Ambassadeur", turning the hotel into a popular entertainment venue.[2]

The Danish businessman Fritz Schur purchased the building in November 1999.[4] From 2005 until 2009, the hotel was run by the Starwood chain and was put through a major renovation which was to upgrade it to a five-star hotel under the Le Méridien brand. After failed negotiations between Schur and Starwood, the hotel was taken over by Scandic Hotels.[5]

Architecture[edit]

The main entrance

The Palace Hotel building is considered one of Rosen's most important works and shows clear evidence of his appreciation of Jugendstil.[6] He received the commission shortly after completing the Løvenborg building on nearby Vesterbrogade, the first example of the style in Denmark.[7] The building is constructed in red brick and stands on a sandstone plinth. The portal and other details on the facade are also in sandstone. The copper canopy above the main entrance is a later addition.

Facade detail

A distinctive feature of the exterior is the slender tower which together with those of the City Hall and the former Hotel Bristol dominates the City Hall Square. The copper-roofed tower is 65 metres (213 ft) high and decorated with mosaics by the painter Johannes Kragh on all four sides, symbolizing morning, day, evening and night.[8] The hotel is also noted for its beautiful lobby.

Anton Rosen designed the entire block between the City Hall Square and Mikkel Bryggers Gade where the Grand Cinema is now located. It was heritage listed in 1985.[9]

Today[edit]

Palace Hotel is owned and operated by Scandic Hotels but marketed under the Summit Hotels and Resorts brand.[10] It has 162 rooms, 40 of which have balconies overlooking the City Hall Square. Other facilities include five conference rooms and a restaurant and cocktail bar on the ground floor.[11]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hote Marienlyst" (in Danish). Helsingør Leksikon. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b "A modern history". Palace Hotel Copenhagen. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Palace Hotel" (in Danish). Kulturstyrelsen. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Portræt: Schur er ikke "dus" med sine ansatte" (in Danish). Jyllands Posten. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Amerikansk hotelkæde har ikke opgivet Danmark" (in Danish). takeoff.dk. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Palace Hotel, København" (in Danish). arkark.dk. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  7. ^ "Historien" (in Danish). Savoy Hotel. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  8. ^ "Rådhuspladsen 57 / Mikkel Bryggers Gade 8". indenforvoldene.dk. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  9. ^ "Sag: Palace Hotel" (in Danish). Kulturstyrelsen. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  10. ^ "Scandic Palace Hotel i international hotelgruppe" (in Danish). takeoff.dk. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  11. ^ "Palace Hotel" (in Danish). AOK. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°40′35″N 12°34′12″E / 55.676266°N 12.570081°E / 55.676266; 12.570081