Scandic Webers

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Scandic Webers Room 324

I like Scandic’s no-nonsense approach. Corner room 324 at Copenhagen’s Scandic Webers, for example, is light and spacious and comes equipped with everything tourists or business travelers need: coffee and tea maker, ironing board, safe, air-conditioning, a large workspace/desk, flat-panel television and free wireless internet.

Scandic’s hotels share a core philosophy of “being easy,” offering “value for money,” and to be “open-minded, caring and considerate,” in short, the chain says, “showing common sense.”

The Swedish Scandics boasts Swan “ecolabelling” in recognition of the chain’s active environmental work. The chain is striving to bring the same “eco standard” to all of its hotels throughout the Nordic region.

Scandic Water Bottle

I also appreciate the water bottle, shown here. The Scandic chain used to transport 4 million bottles of water annually to its hotels. That was unsustainable, management felt, which is why the chain now invests in the best water there is — H2O from its own tap.

In guest rooms, you’ll find attractive hand-blown glass water bottles designed by an Olympic swimmer, who has an obvious affection for water. Her handprint wraps around the bottle. Fill the bottle from water dispensers that serve still or sparkling. Your cost: $0.

The 152-room Scandic Webers is only a couple of blocks from Tivoli and Central Station.