Review of Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, Copenhagen, Denmark
Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is an excellent choice if you're looking for a luxury eco-friendly hotel. With a raft of environmental and sustainable policies and practices, it's a first-class business hotel that's equally suitable for tourists visiting the beautiful city of Copenhagen.
The hotel is just 7km from Copenhagen Airport – on arrival at the airport we took the hotel's airport shuttle bus, which after a journey of about 10 minutes, dropped us right outside the door of the hotel.
We stayed in a spacious family room – actually two connecting rooms, one with a super-king-sized double, and one with twin beds.
This arrangement was ideal for a family of four. Not only did we have plenty of space to spread out, but we also had two bathrooms – very useful when travelling with teenagers!
There were also no arguments about who would sleep where – with all four beds featuring super-comfortable mattresses and quality, soft bedding, we all had a good night's sleep.
The rooms were lovely, with fresh and modern décor, relaxing seating areas and great views towards the city. To further improve chances of a restful night, there was a complimentary This Works Deep Sleep aromatherapy spray on each bedside table.
The bathrooms were stylish and spotless, with more lovely freebies for guests: Eco Boutique toiletries, with a soothing scent of aloe leaf and green tea. The bottles containing the shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion are made from corn and potato starch, and completely biodegradable.
This is just one of the many eco initiatives in place at the hotel. In fact Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is considered to be Denmark's most sustainable hotel, and has won awards for its sustainability.
The environmental impact of every aspect of the hotel has been considered, from the architectural design to the décor used inside. Perhaps the most visible proof of this is the Atrium – a lofty indoor space that's home to 60 fully-grown trees, and 4,500 other plants.
This has created a stunning and unique hotel interior that's instantly calming, with the trees and plants helping to keep the air in the building clean and fresh. The hotel's BARK restaurant is situated here, so you can enjoy a cocktail or meal underneath the green canopy – or just take a seat at one of the tables to catch up with emails, or read a book.
The exterior of the hotel is covered with solar panels, which generate some 10 per cent of the hotel's electricity.
Denmark's first ground water-based cooling and heating system is situated underneath the hotel, keeping rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. The system makes the Crowne Plaza extremely energy-efficient – the hotel uses around 70 per cent less energy than similar hotels.
Further energy savings are made through the use of low-energy lights throughout the hotel, and an intelligent light-management system in corridors that only switches lights on when sound or movement is detected.
Minimising food waste is a priority in the hotel's restaurants, and organic produce is used wherever possible – resulting in a silver Organic Cuisine Label.
Breakfast is served in the STORM restaurant and offers a huge variety of food – including an omelette station and a good selection of freshly baked Danish pastries – with plenty of choice for vegans and vegetarians. We loved the great selection of fruit juices and smoothies.
The coffee served at breakfast supports the Orang Utan Coffee Project in Sumatra – where coffee growers and organisations work together to produce delicious coffee in a sustainable way, while working to protect the rainforest's endangered animal species.
One of the best bits about breakfast, though, was the welcome. We've never felt so well looked after in a hotel before, and one staff-member at breakfast went out of his way to be helpful. His delightful cheerful and friendly approach was infectious, and had everyone in the restaurant smiling!
Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is a five-minute walk from Ørestad metro station. The city's public transport system is clean, efficient and reliable, and it's just 12 minutes from Ørestad into the centre of the city.
There's so much to see and do in Copenhagen, with beautiful cobbled shopping streets, art galleries, museums, parks and gardens.
Highlights include the colourful, waterside architecture of Nyhavn, and the Botanical Garden with its historic glasshouses – where you're likely to spot a red squirrel or two as you wander around the lakes and woodland walks.
Another must-see attraction is Tivoli Gardens. It's famous for its fairground rides, but it's also a beautiful park filled with flowers and free-roaming peacocks.
With Denmark's largest shopping mall, Field's, right next door to the hotel, we really felt that the location offered the best of all worlds – close to the airport, close to Copenhagen city centre, and with shops, supermarkets and restaurants right on the doorstep.
The fact that Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers maintains high levels of comfort and service for hotel guests, while excelling in its sustainable approach, makes it ideal for an eco-conscious stay in Copenhagen.