FINALIZATION OF A COMPLETE RENOVATION
After the completion of the soft-renovated rooms, the hotel quickly realized that these rooms did not meet the now higher expectations. Consequently, the hotel decided to do a full renovating of all soft-renovated rooms. Simultaneously, the hotel decided to add three new luxurious apartments located at Sankt Annæ Plads 14. This renovation process would turn out to be the last in the extensive full renovation of the hotel which lasted 5,5 years.
A four star hotel
Hotel SKT. Annæ was classified as a four star boutique hotel and now offers 145 rooms and suites. This year there was added 10 more rooms to the Deluxe category and all the hotel’s Standard rooms got a soft renovation. The design and furniture is kept in a modern Copenhagen style, where everything is carefully selected to preserve the hotel’s soul and historical charme. The vision is to create the experience of Copenhagen from the inside.
Second round of the total renovation of the hotel took place. This time the construction project resulted in 99 new Deluxe rooms and a total renovation with a new design, in the restaurant and kitchen. The hotel also archived their very fist bar. The hotel initiated the beautiful new surroundings and the restaurant opening in September.
Change of name
Hotel Neptun changes its name to Hotel SKT. Annæ inspired by its residential street, Sankt Annæ Plads. When the first renovation phase was finished, the hotel wanted to shake off some of the old dust - including the old name. At the same time the municipality’s construction project around “Sankt Annæ Plads” was finished and inaugurated. The plaza got, like the hotel, a major upgrade and the green recreational space was built with playgrounds, petanque and benches. This was a part of two larger renewal projects, where the first one secured the plaza against heavy rain.
The second big project was Kvæsthusmolen. This is a 12,500 m2 pier intended to host different events and sports activities. Besides that, the pier cover a major parking facility, which is under the surface of the harbor and consists of three floors that can accommodate up to 500 cars.
The beginning of something new
The first renovation phase begins and this becomes the beginning of 21 new rooms and a total renovation of the hotel reception and lounge. It was found, that the building and the old houses holds many stories. Throughout the renovation project a lot of quirks and secrets was revealed in the walls and constructions, which caused the builders some troubles. Plans and drawings had to be changed continuously, since the original floor drawings of the buildings did not match what was found in reality. All the small surprises delayed the process, but was also reason for laughter and funny stories.
The hotel is bought by the Hildebrandt family, who today are the hotel’s owners.
Papers from World War II
The real story is not known, but these papers was found under the floorboards during the recent renovation of the hotel. The papers are from the time around World War II and witness that budgets was tight in these years. It is assumed that the papers was used to isolate the buildings.
The Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi was born (1864-1916). He becomes internationally known for his rigorous color spectrum where black, white and brown shades dominate. Hammershøi had a very different painting style for his time, and even though it was debated, he was recognized around the world. He had a special connection to his city of birth, Copenhagen. The city, its buildings, apartments and surroundings was often subject to his evocative artworks. This atmosphere is what the hotel and the designers has strived to create in the hotel’s decor and design.
The password is Neptun
In 1851 Mrs. Svendsen opened Hotel Neptun, but without the licenses, that she needed. Therefore, the operations of the hotel was illegal and her primary guests became smugglers, criminals and other lawless people. Mrs. Svendsen created a password to enter the hotel, and for many years you had to say “neptun” to be let in.
Copenhagen takes shape
Sankt Annæ Plads was officially created in the 17th hundreds, when the citadel of Frederiksstad, with Amalienborg in the middle, was founded. Before that, there was only a narrow street with a small water channel. It was filled up and the plaza was constructed. The name of the street origins back to the Middle Ages. Back then, there was a chapel devoted to Virgin Mary's mother, Saint Anna.