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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Denmark
The hotel’s romantic setting makes it a popular destination for wedding parties, but conferences and other meeting groups are also among regular visitors.
Hotel of the Month, Denmark
Enjoy a lunch, weekend or week by Dragør’s charming waterfront History, tradition and Danish seaside charm make for a special experience at Dragør Strandhotel, a family-owned hotel and restaurant located in an old fishing harbour 30 minutes from central Copenhagen. By Signe Hansen | Photos: Dragør Strandhotel
Dating back to the 13th century, Dragør Strandhotel is among the oldest public houses in Denmark. Today, the yellow building houses a renowned restaurant as well as eight holiday flats, a popular café and function rooms, most with amazing views of the old harbour. The owner, Philip Helgstrand, who took over from his parents in 2006, is the third generation of the Helgstrand family running the place. “The atmosphere here is quite special: most people working here know each other and have been here for many years,
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just as many of our regular guests have been coming back since my dad’s time,” says Helgstrand, who started working for his dad at the hotel’s restaurant straight out of school and has been at the hotel ever since. Traditional food and sea views Renowned for its stunning views, settings and location, Dragør Strandhotel’s Restaurant has become a popular destination for Copenhageners looking to unwind and enjoy a tasty brunch, lunch or
dinner. Seated on the restaurant’s covered outdoor terrace, guests are in the centre of the picturesque old harbour, which is like taken out of an H.C. Andersen fairy tale. “We get a lot of guests from the nearby Hilton Airport Hotel, who come out here to get an authentic, warm Danish experience. The atmosphere is very relaxed; our staff chat a lot with the guests, explain what they can see in the old harbour and so on,” says Helgstrand. As it has done for decades, Dragør Strandhotel’s Restaurant serves a broad selection of traditional Danish dishes such as smørrebrød (open rye bread sandwiches), but also, in the evening, a range of fresh Danish seafood and dishes from the French kitchen. The hotel’s café, Café
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