Year after year Copenhagen has been top of the list on travel lists from players like Condé Nast and Lonely Planet. I absolutely agree, Copenhagen is a wonderful city to visit, a perfect place for a long weekend getaway. The city has so much to offer, but again it’s also a relatively small city, so you can cover most on foot in just a few days. I am not saying that you’ll get to see everything there is to see, but you’ll get a good sense of Denmark’s capital.
Just a decade ago, Copenhagen could only proud itself with a few cool design hotels, but surely someone got the memo that we wanted and needed more, because many have arisen since and I went to visit a bunch of them, to give you a head start and choose the best hotel suited for your needs and your next visit to Copenhagen.
There are a ton of hotels in Copenhagen, from budget friendly to pricier and of course, I would not be able to cover all of them, nor would I. The idea with this guide is to give you an insight to the best hotels where the overall design and interior is in focus, meaning if you are looking for a basic hotel room with a nice bed, four walls, and a in room bathroom, then you should just jump on to Yelp. These are my pick of the best design hotels Copenhagen has to offer from $ to $$$.
Full disclosure, I have visited and stayed at all these hotels and checked-in at some of the biggest rooms the hotels had to offer, but I wanted to show the best of the best. Common for all the hotels mentioned, the service is impeccable.
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in the middle of the newly developed part of Copenhagen called Nordhavn (the Northern Habor) and behind the earthy red neo-baroque façade of a 1918 former merchant’s house, sits the Audo, a hybrid hotel concept by Bjarne Hansen of much-loved Danish design brand Menu. The Audo is a 10-room only residence with all rooms on the top floor, all individually decorated in a warm and welcoming Scandinavian feel, thanks to Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Peter Eland of Norm Architects – a longtime Menu collaborator. Indulge in Aesop toiletries and Tekla towels and enjoy your meals in the downstairs restaurant or the many local spots around the corner.
is the Tivoli hotel, it’s very luxurious and only has 38 rooms. It has a gym that will make most other hotel gyms look very sad, it even comes with its own temperated room, CrossFit area, and roof top pool (the only one of its kind in Copenhagen). From all ground floor suites, you step out on your balcony which is inside the Tivoli gardens, other hotels only have a view of the garden, so this is very unique. One of my favorite features of this hotel, is its grand wine bar, one of Copenhagen’s best kept secrets. Beautiful white walls, oak floors and a wooden burning fireplace bigger than your first apartment. Even if you don’t end up staying at the Nimb hotel, do yourself a favor and grab a pre-dinner cocktail here.
is the first hotel the Swedish Nobis group opened outside Sweden. In an historic landmark building that originally served as the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music you can check-in to a 5-star hotel with views of Tivoli. Probably the best features in all of the rooms are the high ceilings, the 4-poster beds, and the grand all-marble bathrooms. Many of the rooms tend to be a bit small, but the interior and the bathrooms makes up for it. You’ll also find many great designs pieces scattered through each room including a lot of very cool lighting. Down the magnificent white-marble staircase connecting all floors you’ll find a great restaurant.
is, what I believe to be, the original Copenhagen design hotel. For years it was the hotel the coolest popstars would check-in to on their tours, it had the coolest parties in its massive high ceiling lobby and has always attracted the hippest people in town. With its recent makeover Skt. Petri is back on track. The style is laidback modern luxe with a twist of retro glamour, black wood floors covers the rooms, which is styled with greens and golden browns. There’s also an independently-run street-level restaurant, DADA, specializing in ‘Middle Eastern cuisine’, which is definitely worth a visit and just around the corner you’ll find Skt Peders Bageri, treating you to the best cinnamon buns on Wednesdays. You are also minutes away from great places like Torvehallerne (the food halls) and restaurant Høst, which you have to visit.
is a 4* sustainable boutique hotel created by Cofoco. The hotel is best described as a small Parisian style hotel curated with a Danish sense of space and time. The interior is a mix between the modern and classic, vintage and new. Coco is designed to make you want to stay and never leave. The hotel is full of character with 90 individual designed room making you feel very welcome and very comfortable. As an added bonus staying at Coco, you’ll get a great discount when visiting one of Cofoco’s many restaurants, including some of my personal favorites: Høst and Spuntino.
here you really get the feeling of living like the locals. Rye115 is a newer, small family-owned hotel with a real guesthouse vibe. Its relaxed vive is only emphasised by the bathrobes, communal eating, vintage finds and slow living throughout. They do not house a restaurant, but you’ll get freshly baked banana bread at check-in and homemade organic breakfast at the long table in the communal room. The host couple knows all the best local spots for lunch and dinners, plus a few secret pasta places.
has been a favorite among bloggers for years, its serene Scandinavian interior really draws you in. What makes Hotel SP34 extra compelling, is its location in the old Latin Quarter of Copenhagen and the fact that it is a natural part of the neighbourhood’s habitat; a bohemian area with a vivid atmosphere buzzing from the many exciting restaurants, local bars, galleries and vintage stores. Even the name stems from the address in Sankt Peders Stræde 34 in Copenhagen. In many ways, Hotel SP34 is the essence of Copenhagen, both in its exterior and interior. Situated in 3 original connected apartment buildings, each with its own distinct architecture, colour and character, it reflects the authentic Copenhagen. The buildings used to be homes to local Copenhageners, which today means you get the sense of staying in a typical Copenhagen apartment.
is your budget design destination in Copenhagen. Recently opened, this fun and colorful hotel, is certainly a great addition to the Copenhagen scene. Overlooking the newly renovated Rådhuspladsen, you can almost not find a more central hotel in town, you are literally within walking distance to all of Copenhagen. The rooms are best described as a white capsule, where you have everything you need for a pleasant night; a surprising amount of storage under the very comfy bed (which fits the entire width of the room, you literally crawl into bed). A tablet controls everything from blinds, lighting, and TV, which plays free movies and streams from you own devises too. The top floor is the big L-shaped social hub of the hotel, with bar, lounge and workspace decked out in furniture and lighting from Vitra. Pro-tip book your breakfast in advance to save money, but I would strongly suggest exploring the Copenhagen morning food scene too, as the hotel buffet isn’t super cheap. They do know how to make a good cup of coffee though.
is located on the quieter side of the main city square and the busy shopping street, 2 minutes’ walk from Copenhagen’s most photographed street; Magstræde. The rooms are small, so be prepared, yet super cosy and you’ll definitely come across a Danish design piece or two, and it is all topped off with a very neat rooftop terrace. The other good thing is that you can book single rooms, again small, but as a single traveler that might come handy.
or as most Copenhagener’s call it, the SAS hotel, is a daily reminder of one of Denmark’s greatest and best-known architects, Arne Jacobsen. The landmark hotel has been one of Copenhagen’s highest buildings since it opened in 1960. Recently it got a massive refurbishment staying true to the original interior, so if you love midcentury Danish, this is your pick. You’ll see many of Jacobsen’s iconic pieces – the egg and Swan – everywhere in the lobby – and make sure to get a tour of room 606, a time capsule room; perfectly left preserved as it was originally intended and build in the Sixties. Needless to say, the higher you go up, the better the view. Ask for a room facing Tivoli for the very best view of the old gardens in town.
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