First Hotel Twentyseven, Copenhagen, Denmark – Review

By Henry Feintuch on 11 July 2012
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Imagine a place to stay in central Copenhagen, just a few meters from the town square (Radhuspladsen) and a five-minute walk from world renowned Tivoli Gardens.  A hotel with a unique contemporary vibe, excellent service, good dining and a broad selection of bars, including one that is an international tourist attraction.

That place is First Hotel Twentyseven. During a recent stay, this charming boutique property lived up to its billing as one of the trendier hotels in Denmark. The hotel is on a rather non-descript block filled with office buildings, bars and shops. But when we entered through the clear glass doors, surrounded on both sides by the First Hotel chain’s flying elephant logo, our first impression was anything but ordinary. We were greeted by a life-size vintage photo of a woman’s skirt being blown up over her head, revealing her seductive lingerie.

Check-in was personal and efficient. While our passports were being copied, we eyed the guest lobby refrigerator filled with beer, flavored water, juices and other beverages. Nearby was an assortment of baked goods and candies available for purchase. We were offered a carafe of ice water and directed to one of two petite elevators just beyond a tourist information rack filled with mini-cards depicting a wide range of local destinations.


Our room was small but efficiently laid out. After inserting the room key in the foyer’s dock, the room sprang to life, with the lighting and flat screen TV kicking in. (There was no air conditioner, but there was scant need for one.)

The far side of the room featured ceiling-to-wooden-plank-floor windows covered by sheer curtains and a set of blackout curtains. Our request for a king-size bed was met with two low-lying full size beds pushed together and covered with matching white comforters and four comfortable pillows. High intensity lamps were on each side of the bed, with remote controls to operate the rooms’ lighting tucked inside the headboard. A turquoise-colored club chair to the right of the bed had its own reading light.

Red lacquered built-in cabinets provided tight space for hanging garments and folded clothing; they also held a small iron and ironing board for freshening up our clothing, and a safe. The compact but highly stylized bathroom featured a black tiled floor, single rounded sink, large mirror, commode, hair dryer and a glass-stall shower. The shower arm was fully adjustable along its vertical track; a wall-mounted liquid soap dispenser offered a combo shampoo-body wash.

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