In the month of April I made a week-long trip with Michel, discovering German aviation history in Friedrichshafen, Danish railways history in Odense and navigating the sea to discover some Estonian history in Tallinn. We stayed the night in Odense before visiting the Danish Railway Museum the next morning after arriving without my bag in Billund Airport on Sun Air of Scandinavia.
The Radisson Blu HC Andersen hotel is located a short 15 minutes’ walk away from Odense railway station where we arrived by train from Vejle.
Right around the corner of the hotel is the house of the famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, hence the reference in the hotel name. The entire centre of the quite cosy little town is located within walking distance of the hotel so it is perfectly situated for a visit of the town.
When first arriving the red bricks make the hotel look a bit dated as it was indeed opened back in 1982 together with the adjacent Koncerthus, which it even has indoor link with. Luckily the hotel did do some interior redesigning and the lobby area looks rather modern and inviting but still holding some nice 1970’s/80’s retro elements.
Check-in was swift and we were allocated a room on the 4th floor, strangely the entrance and lobby are located on the ground level, but in the building it is floor 2 so we really where only on the 3rd floor.
The elevator was a real timewarp to early 80’s design and when exiting the elevator we actually felt like we indeed travelled back in time to 1982 as the corridor was still in its original design, most likely to keep the plaques telling Hans Christian Andersen stories positioned throughout the corridors.
Luckily the room itself was recently renovated and had a kind of boutique hotel feel to it. Note that this hotel does not have air-conditioning and that there is a fan provided in the room to help you cool down on hot days, we were there in April so we were happy with a warm burning heating and a lack of air-conditioning was not one of our concerns.
The room had two single beds, a small desk area with a HUGE flatscreen TV above it, a sofabed along the window with a coffee table and an extra chair. There was no traditional wardrobe but instead an open hanger system to store your clothes, as well as the safe. There were two complimentary water bottles provided (because of Michel’s silver status in Club Carlson) but I missed tea and coffee facilities which I kind of expect in a hotel of this class.
The bathroom was relatively small and simple and in a typical Scandinavian style. But it was also freshly renewed and offered a good rain shower, unfortunately the water streamed out of the shower and flooded the entire bathroom.
They offered more than sufficient towels and while showergel and shampoo was provided in a dispenser they still offered a small bottle of bodylotion.
Breakfast was served in the main restaurant, the buffet was presented very nicely and classy and there were plenty of items on offer. Noteworthy was the size of the breads and pastries, they were enormous, like real bakery size instead of the smaller hotel size you usually get. The hotel also had some very nice teas on offer.
I really liked my stay at the Radisson Blu HC Andersen Hotel Odense, up to now I never had a disappointing stay at one of their properties so I really should look into directing more of my business towards them in the future.
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