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Hotel Frontdoor

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Hotel Frontdoor

Your guests come and go via the frontdoor. The Frontdoor of this hotel has etched in its glass that its telephone number is 1. The door must be from somewhere around 1900. Many guests must have passed this door.

This was a hotel long before there were hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton or Starwoord….

The hotel is stil in operation and located in a small village in The Netherlands, not far, only a busride, from Amsterdam. Are you able to guess its location?

Actually it was rebuilt in 1905 and the telephone was installed as late as 1920…

Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade – Hotel Reviews by HH (1)

Wakeup Front I56A1375The front of Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

Introduction to numbered “Hotel Reviews by HH” – cooperation with Hotel Designs

My wife and I became hoteliers in 2000 after having fulfilled creative and caring professions unrelated to hospitality. In 2000 we started to convert a dilapidated terraced house next to our own house into a luxury 3 suites “Hotel” or Luxury B & B and operated it under the name Haagsche Suites (i.e. Suites of The Hague) until we’d closed it in December, 2013. Currently I am an almost full-time blogger on several blogs, Happy Hotelier and Chair Blog being the closest related to Hotel Design.

Shortly after we closed Haagsche Suites I’ve contacted Patrick Goff of Hotel Designs which has a section of Hotel Reviews. I remember being very proud having Patrick review our Haagsche Suites. I also remember saying to my wife when Patrick stayed at our place:”Whenever we stop Haagsche Suites I want to do what Patrick does”. So Patrick and I met in spring and decided to a cooperation between the Blog Happy Hotelier and his site Hotel Designs. Patrick will be paying for a couple of “Hotel Reviews by HH”. To celebrate and remember our deal I’ve changed the header image of the blog from a garden view of Haagsche Suites into a view of the Brighton wheel, Brighton being the place where we met. The current review is the first. I Hope Hotel Reviews By HH will become a distinct qualification or maybe label by itself. Next to the more formal styled reviews I will continue to review hotels we’ve visited in a more informal way. Oh and you can read more about Patrick in my 10 Questions Interview with him.

Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

I come from the opposite end of hotel design spectrum. I believe(d) the guest needs to get as much room as economically feasible in order to feel well. Nevertheless I’ve closely followed the other end of the hotel design spectrum, noticing the market seems to undergo a change towards this idea guests don’t matter how small the room is, as long as its design is up to standard. So I was curious how the chain who owns the Wakeup would tackle this in Copenhagen, one of the top centers of “design”, especially furniture design. While writing the review it appeared there are many more hotels in this segment in Copenhagen.

Why chose the Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade?

In May 2014, when I prepared for a city trip to Copenhagen two things drew my eyes to the new Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade:

  1. It is very well located in the city center near Kongen Nytorv, Nyhavn, the Danish Royal Palace Amalien Borg, the Danish Design Museum and the city’s main shopping walk Oestergade. Actually its location is better than many of its competitors in the small rooms, but “design” hotel, segment.
  2. The fact that it is the second Copenhagen Wakeup. That means that the first must be a success which could be repeated

Wakeup Copenhagen I56A1378 SmallThe dark gray brick of the exterior is a nice addition to the other buildings in the street

Location

At the time I visited the Wakeup was approximately 2/3 finished. The 1/3 unfinished is an office building right of it which is being converted. When finished this Wakeup will count approximately 500 rooms.

As I pointed out already, the hotel is nicely located for the aspiring city hopper. A plus is it provides for rental city bikes. Copenhagen doesn’t have a cycling plan like Paris for example. Metro station not far away, approximately 15 minutes walking distance. With your own car approach is no problem at all and it is located next to a parking garage which after the building in the basement of which it is located will been completed, will be part of the hotel. The entry to the parking garage is next to the hotel. Ladies traveling alone by car don’t have to be afraid to be bothered while reaching the hotel in the night.

I usually also look at the way the hotel fits in its environment and this Wakeup does it nicely with its contrasting dark gray brick as opposed to an adjacent building in red brick. Height is the same as other buildings in the street. The street is wide. Even the rooms in the front don’t suffer from cramped feelings because there is another high building near by.

Rooms

I conclude this summary here with 3 photo’s of the rooms and suggest you move over to Hotel Designs for the “Real” review

 

Standard Room I56A2138Standard room


Shower I56A2142 smallTo your right is an en-suite bathroom in the form of a glass in-room pod with round shower stall

Sink and Toilet small I56A2140Flush buttons above the lid when up would have been more convenient

 

Not easy to make a proper video;-)

 

Read more at Hotel Designs.

(All photos and video © Happy Hotelier and Hotel Designs)

Wilhelm Lutjens Bookcase – Dutch Design (64)

Bookcase by Wilhelm Lutjes

Wilhelm Lutjens Bookcase – Dutch Design (64)

Actually this is more like a “note to self” as I was inspecting an auction of German auction house Quittenbaum to see if I could find something for my Chair Blog (and Yes, I did find some, see Chair Blog’s Quittenbaum section). The bookcase sold for Euro 2,000.

I just happen to have a smaller version of same bookcase. Before I throw it away, I should remember I wrote about it here and should bring it to an auction house.

MH 17 Crash

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MH17 Crash

The Netherlands was shocked when it learned Malaysian Airplane, Flight MH 17, crashed in Ukraine. Presumably the crash was caused by Russian backed rebellions who fired an anti aircraft rocket to it. Of the nearly 300 passengers and crew almost 200 fellow Dutchman died in the crash. There were 80 children amongst them.

In an earlier speech the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the UN Security Council for adopting a resolution that condemned this act.

Wednesday July 23 was a day of National Mourning in the Netherlands. The first 40 bodies came home…