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Although it dates from 1906, the Ibsens is hardly aged—this excellent moderately priced property keeps current by embracing the middle-class Bohemianism of the surrounding Nansensgade neighborhood. It's evident the second you step into the lobby, which doubles as the breakfast room and is cozy enough to seduce folks into hanging during the day. The Ibsens recently drummed up some publicity for itself by announcing it would be the first hotel to accept artwork as payment (using the Artmoney.org program), and the fruit of that program lines the lobby walls (with varying degrees of finess) but natually, most people pay cash. Rooms are cozy, too, and although high-floor rooms have sloped ceilings or rafters, they are not overly restrictive. In fact, you could say they're comfy in that European way—nothing flashy, but executed with style. Most overlook the street (it's a quiet street), although some avail themselves of the view of the courtyard it shares with the Hotel Kong Arthur, owned by the same people and slightly more expensive. The breakfast buffet is abundant but expensive.

—Jason Cochran