JANTZENs HOTEL: Step back in time at this Danish hotel for a unique holiday
By Trine Ejlskov Jensen-Martin | Photos: Pernille Kaalund
Known for its distinctive round churches, beaches with powder-like sand, and age-old forests, the sunny island of Bornholm in the middle of the Baltic Sea is well worth a visit – and JANTZENs HOTEL offers an experience like no other.
Founded in 1872, this is the oldest hotel in the coastal town of Gudhjem. “We cultivate the imperfect here,” explains hotel director Lars Funding, referring to the eclectic interior of the hotel. It’s interesting yet familiar, feels old yet timeless, and at every turn the mix of unique décor, vintage furniture and quirky flea-market finds embodies an intimate, peaceful atmosphere, reflecting JANTZENs HOTEL’s long history.
“We want to create a different style of hotel that treasures stillness and the feeling of calm,” says Funding. JANTZENs is steeped in over 150 years of history and is an oasis for switching off from the stresses of everyday life.
Whatever the occasion, the hotel invites you to relax into the moment and enjoy the surroundings. The focus is ‘less is more’, and recycling, upcycling and reusing are implemented in the upkeep and renovation of the building. It has been refurbished in the style that was de rigueur in 1872, featuring different shades of green, vintage brass fittings and sash windows. The building renovations are ongoing, and it is crucial for everyone involved to keep the spirit of the hotel alive and to respect its cultural importance.
Bornholm is easily reached by sea or air, and besides its dramatic cliffs, breathtaking nature and rich culture, it boasts 300 hours more sun than elsewhere in Denmark. The island is famed for its art, ceramics, micro-breweries and fine dining, and the beautiful landscape is ideal for hiking, running, cycling and many other outdoor activities.
Gudhjem is a town with proud local traditions, and the building that houses JANTZENs HOTEL is a crucial part of this. There are exciting times ahead with possible expansions, but its sense of peace and ‘hygge’ continue to be at the very heart of JANTZENs HOTEL. From the freshly cut flowers, beautifully curated rooms and unusual rock-garden, to the fresh homemade bread every morning, this place is as carefully looked after as its guests.
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