Would you as a reader think that this photo shows a granary from the 18th century, which today houses a hotel of high international class.

Admiral Hotel

Photographer: Marcus Vigilius Brendstrup – April 2015

The picture tells a lot of the copenhagen history.

On your left side you’ll see a boat and nothing extraordinary in that boat, except it lies next to a very extraordinary old warehouse, in the centre of Copenhagen, now housing the four-star Copenhagen Admiral Hotel.

This uniquely designed Copenhagen hotel is housed in a converted 18th century warehouse.

No two rooms in the hotel are alike. Each has been individually developed in close cooperation with a group of the best interior designers to reflect its own characteristic ambience.

However, one feature is common to all of the rooms – they capture the feeling and the mood of the building’s history thanks to their characteristic beams, the aura of the city lights and the ever-changing reflected light from the water.

It all started in 1787.

The warehouse was originally built as a granary for the trading company Pingel, Meyer, Prætorius & Co. and, thanks to its architectural beauty, the building bears witness to the wealth generated by late 18th century trade.

The warehouse started life at the time when all shipping was under sail. In those days, the harbour was a hive of bustling activity and the warehouse was a focal point for the shipping trade, not only to other parts of Denmark but to the Danish colonies and the rest of the world.

The king becomes a neighbour.

In 1794, the government palace, Christiansborg, was razed to the ground and the Royal Family joined the homeless! Fortunately, four wealthy nobles had commissioned the leading architect of the day, Nicolai Egtved, to design four rococo palaces around an octagonal plaza on the opposite of Toldbodgade from the warehouse. Denmark’s monarch, Christian VII, acquired the entire Amalienborg complex after the Christiansborg fire and moved in.

On September 3rd 1807, the wings of history passed over the warehouse once again.

During the second Battle of Copenhagen, a huge English fleet besieged Copenhagen and bombarded the city. While cannon fire flew over the warehouse, the streets were filled with the homeless, the wounded and the dying. What is now the hotel’s lounge and where the old grain drying oven once stood, was then used to provide shelter for the many wounded.

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel opened in 1978 and was converted from a first class granary to much more then a first class hotel.

There is no other place quite like Copenhagen Admiral Hotel. Outside, you have the harbour promenade and the views of the harbour. Inside, the massive wooden beams complement the elegant and inviting appointments. Small, secluded gardens are right outside the 11 unique meeting rooms, which can accommodate from 2-300 delegates.

You can read more about Copenhagen Admiral Hotel, using this link:

As a reader of this article, you might get the impression, that this article is some kind of commercial work for the hotel, but that’s not the case why News and Reflections, are writing this article.

For a period over three months, we will bring our readers pictures, showing you places in Copenhagen we find unique, beautiful, exiting or in some way, representing what we as journalists and photographers find giving us a great time living and being in Copenhagen.

Thus, an introduction to a series of pictures from Copenhagen and around Copenhagen, we will share with our readers the next three months.

Yours sincerely,

Marcus Vigilius Brendstrup

Executive Editor


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