The Radisson Blu Royal hotel or better known as the SAS hotel in Copenhagen is probably one of the most iconic hotels in Denmark. Sure there is D’angleterre, but the Royal hotel is entirely designed by Arne Jacobsen and opened in 1960. Just after we had celebrated the new year, I was invited and checked in for a quick staycasion at the newly renovated iconic hotel – and enjoyed the view from room 1911.
One thing is for sure; you don’t get any better views of Copenhagen than from this hotel. When it opened it was the cities first skyscraper, and it is pretty much still the only very tall house in the center.
In resent years the hotel has revealed a complete overhaul of it 259 room including the lobby and restaurant. Many of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic feature are luckily still to be seen, like many of his recognized furniture pieces, the Swan, Egg and Drop, but his door handle, which is one of my favorites, it still seen throughout.
Luckily there is one exception to the renovation, and that’s room 606 – the room is still standing exactly like Mr. Jacobsen intended it. If you ask nicely in the reception, you might be lucky to get a quick look inside.
In between the iconic pieces you also see new designs by local designers like Space Copenhagen and updated (and relaunched) pieces like the Mayor sofa, designed by Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen in 1939, which makes a stunning appearance in the restaurant.
With the renovations done, the hotel is definitely back at the top of my recommendations for a place to stay in Copenhagen.
// Photos by Allan Torp
I was invited by the Radisson, which means they covered all expenses in relation to my one day stay. I was not paid for the article. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting collaborations that I am excited about and that have kept Bungalow5’s doors open.