Scan Magazine, Issue 87, April 2016

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Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Denmark

Hotel of the month, Denmark

Romance and relaxation In the idyllic Danish beach town of Hornbæk lies the Hornbækhus Hotel. Built in 1904, the house has been a seaside resort ever since, and through careful renovation it has retained many of the quirky features from its long history. The hotel itself, along with its beautiful surroundings and proximity to Elsinore, makes it the perfect romantic getaway or wedding venue as well as an ideal setting for memorable conferences.

and is equipped with all the necessary technology for seamless modern meetings, seminars and speeches. “We have 26 rooms in the hotel itself, and then we have the annex, Anneks Villa Strand, with an additional 16 rooms,” says Nielsen.

By Louise Older Steffensen | Photos: Hotel Hornbækhus

Hornbæk is part of a network of old fishing villages along the northern coast of Zealand. In 1906, Hornbæk was included as part of the railway and the town transformed into a place for the rich and famous to escape the pressure of Copenhagen and relax with their loved ones. With its serene beech forests, its long, sandy beaches and its idyllic agricultural countryside, it is easy to see the attraction then and now. The hotel is located less than a minute from Hornbæk’s centre too and is close to the local golf course. Famous visitors include Hergé, the father of Tintin, who left a cartoon as thanks for an enjoyable stay, and Piet 90 | Issue 87 | April 2016

Hein, who wrote a poem about the “personable hotel”. Although the hotel has changed staff as well as owners since his visit, the personable aspect is still at the heart of Hornbækhus. “All of the permanent staff have been here for ages,” daily manager Betinna Nielsen explains. “We also have a lot of guests who return for a few days every year. Come to think of it, even most of our temporary staff have been with us for years.” From the late 1970s until 2002, Hornbækhus was the designated conference centre for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The hotel includes a 60-person hall ideal for weddings or conferences as well as a smaller 20-person room,

During the summer months, the annex turns into a bed and breakfast perfect for families and couples. The hotel has its own team of chefs, experienced with large catering events, who make everything themselves – even down to the morning cracker bread. The hotel has a partnership with a local spa, and several great package deals for couples and families are available through VisitDenmark and the hotel itself. “We’re a place where you can experience proper Danish ‘hygge’,” Nielsen adds. “You can relax by yourself or with others – we have room for everyone!” For more information, please visit:

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