Propellen's history

Propellen's history

Welcome to Propellen!
We look forward to welcoming you to our four-star, all-round hotel where we pride ourselves in giving top-class, personal service.

The hotel boasts 91 rooms, 3 suites, comfortable restaurants, bar, attractive function rooms and modern conference and meeting facilities. Our guests can treat themselves to a refreshing swim in the pool or enjoy the whirlpool tub, fitness room and sauna. They can also relax with a game of table tennis. For children, there are both indoor and outdoor play areas.

You are always welcome to contact us for further information or - better still - drop by and see for yourself!

Hotel Propellen is the perfect choice, regardless of whether you are visiting Billund for business or pleasure!

A truly special place
In the very heart of Jutland – where heather blankets the countryside in wonderfully subdued shades of purple and green – lays a truly special place.

Just imagine! A hotel, right in the middle of this beautiful landscape. Surrounded by the inland dunes of Grene Sande and the moors of Randbøl Hede. And with aircraft from all over the world at the nearby airport and laughing children at the world-famous theme park LEGOLAND as its nearest neighbours. Yet still so peaceful, so welcoming, so delightful.

This place is Hotel Propellen – and there is no doubt that both the idyllic solitude and hectic activity of its environs have helped make Propellen the enormous success it is today, perched on the edge of Randbøl moor.

Propellen takes to the air
Initially, Propellen was a restaurant and discotheque, not a hotel. It was founded by Teddy Jensen, a traffic controller employed by SAS and a spare-time estate agent – a man with many pokers in the fire. Together with an associate, he had a wonderful idea: Billund needed a dance hall. Ideas became thoughts. Thoughts became plans. And plans finally became reality. Airborne at last – a dream come true – Propellen was launched in 1977.

Pioneering spirit and variety
Their vision was to create a place which was full of life – and they caught the mood perfectly. After just five years, it was time to expand. The discotheque was extended and a function room added. This combination was almost unheard of in the Danish restaurant trade at the time. The pioneering spirit was resilient though, and Propellen became the frontrunner for a whole new way of organising functions and receptions in Denmark.

And even today, the dreams and visions of the founder live on. The physical surroundings encourage diversity – and celebrate variety. Moving from room to room, it is as if you yourself become part of the story. In one corner of the restaurant, there is peace and tranquillity. In another, there is room for play.

Adversity fosters development
Progress is easy when times are good. But it is often adversity and hardship that produce the greatest changes and foster the most innovative development.

In 1985, Teddy and his wife Agnes suffered a tremendous blow when their home was destroyed by fire. Forced by circumstances, they moved into Propellen, and it was precisely this event that led to its development as a hotel.

The first 20 rooms were built. The restaurant was renovated. And in no time at all, Propellen had completely changed character, becoming a truly family hotel, where the owners' presence made all the difference.
That is how it remains today. Although Propellen has changed owners long since, its past lingers on in the present. Yet while Propellen has become a first-rate international hotel, with guests from all over the world, it has retained it's cosy Danishnes and wonderfully homely atmosphere. The fact that many of our staff has been with us for years – several even worked for Teddy Jensen – also clearly shows that this is a great place to be.

Times change - as does Propellen
The requirements on conference facilities have also changed over the years. Nowadays, corporate guests from home and abroad demand sophisticated technical equipment and well-appointed meeting rooms. The entire professional market is constantly changing – and Propellen constantly keeps pace.

Our latest addition is a completely new conference centre with seating capacity for 150 delegates, four meeting rooms, the very latest AV equipment and plenty of space for the social activities that invariably accompany a corporate function.

No matter whether they are attending a conference, seminar or course, our guests are thus always assured truly professional service – in a friendly and homely atmosphere.

Our basic philosophy is that everyone should be welcomed just as they are. For us, it makes no difference at all whether you visit the hotel for business or pleasure, come alone or with children. Everyone is equally welcome.

Hotel Propellen is made special by the people who work here – from the maid to the waiter, from the head chef to our friendly receptionist, the first smiling face you meet on arrival. Propellen's history can therefore only be told through the lives of the people involved.