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History

HISTORY

The hotel`s history goes back to World War II.

Our history

The hotel's history goes back to World War II. Entrepreneur and businessman Henrik Tholstrup saw the need for hotel capacity in Copenhagen. Tholstrup therefore bought the existing military barracks, which were used as an emergency hotel by the allies, and in 1947 he founded Hotel Østerport. At that time the address was Østerbrogade, but the name of the road was changed to Oslo Plads in 1962. In the swinging 60’s, Hotel Østerport became a popular place for people to meet for beer and enjoy time with friends due to its centrality and excellent connection to the city’s transport network. In 1981, the legendary chef, Erwin Lauterbach, opened Restaurant Saison here at the hotel. For eight years he enchanted his diners with his French-inspired cuisine. Among them were some of the biggest artists of that time. Once, the famous Joergen Nash offered a work of art in return for a meal. The hotel has undergone many extensions and renovations. Such as, in 1955 and most recently in 2019, the current lobby was redesigned in connection with a complete renovation of the hotel.

Are you old enough to remember Ejler Jørgensen and Erwin Lauterbach ?

Here started the food adventure - followed up on state television. "Unforgettable food broadcasts with Conrad and Aksel". It was in the swinging 60s - just 15-20 years after the Second World War, and the Danes had just gotten rid of the ration labels that had really frozen the enjoyment to the simplest imaginable. Through history two legends in Danish gastronomy, Ejler Jørgensen and Erwin Lauterbach have left their food prints at Hotel Oesterport . The picture shows “The cold lunch table” at Hotel Oesterport in the 60s.

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