architecture, hotels, Aarhus, Denmark, Aalborg, Sønderborg
Architecture library in Aarhus (photo: VisitDenmark)

Danish cities experience 2019 hotel boom

As in the capital Copenhagen, the hotel and venue boom of 2018 is continuing across Denmark into 2019 and beyond, and there is no sign of it slowing down.

Copenhagen is adding a plethora of hotels in 2019 and beyond, but many other Danish cities are experiencing the same boom, VisitDenmark says.

In Aarhus, the Brøchner hotel chain is set to open its very first boutique hostel in the centre of the city in 2019. Located in a former library in Mølleparken, the 560-bed property will have an outdoor area, social spaces and a food court.

In late 2019, Radisson Red, the new brand from the Radisson Hotel Group inspired by music, art and fashion, will open in the same city with 78 rooms, a restaurant, gym and meeting space.

Being in the centre of the city, it will be close to both the main retail streets, attractions and the historic Latin quarter with its numerous bars and cafés. The main railway station is within walking distance and there will be relatively easy access to the airport 40 kilometres away.

The Aarhus waterfront will also become home to a new landmark conference hotel. The complex will include a 29,000 m2 hotel with 500 rooms, and the meeting facilities will seat 2,000 conference-goers or a total of 3,500 concert guests.

The conference facilities will include a waterfront restaurant. The new conference hotel, to be operated by Scandic, will be designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and will include an exterior public walkway covering the full height of the building with gardens and sea views.

Aalborg and Sønderborg
In the north of Jutland, the new budget chain Zleep is opening a 126-bedroom hotel right next door to the train station in the centre of Aalborg. With “value rates and good quality rooms” it is aimed at tourists and business travellers alike.

May sees the opening of the new Hotel Alsik in Sønderborg’s old industrial harbour district. The whole site has been transformed by Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry into a new city quarter with unique architecture.

The masterplan was initiated in 2009 and, in under ten years the majority of the project has been realised with the new quarter becoming known at Byens Havn (City Harbour).

The 190-room Alsik Hotel has been designed by Henning Larsen Architects with two hotel towers, 19 and 70 metres high, respectively, and will be run by the German company RIMC. There will also be three restaurants with one overseen by Chef Jesper Kock from Det Glade Vanvid in Aarhus and conference facilities for up to 400 people.

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