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 – and there are even more, so I will of course continue to update this guide as I visit the different hotels.
Full disclosure, I have visited and stayed at all these hotels and check-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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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 temperate 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. It is 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 a 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 the 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, P eatery, specializing in ‘Nordic Mediterranean 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 your budget design destination in Copenhagen. Recently opened, this fun and XX certainly is a great addition to the Copenhagen hotel 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.
is one of the newest all new design hotels in town. It’s part of the Brøchner hotels, same group as Hotel Danmark, and is their top 5-star hotel. The interior is very industrial, which makes perfect sense, as the building used to be a transformer station, with many of the original elements still intact, like beams, staircases, and the giant green front door. The first thing you meet is the very dramatic 20m-high lobby with a stunning brushed steel bar. All rooms are very contemporary modern, think grey, white and black, some with their own balcony, and all with a very futuristic cocoon-like bed design.
is a two tower (24 floors) hotel. Architectural I really like it, but it isn’t the most central hotel in town. You will have to jump on a bike or take the metro to get to the city center. While you can argue the location isn’t the best, you certainly get less city noise and also a magnificent view of the city and the largest untouched green area of Copenhagen. Just remember to ask to stay on the right side of the hotel, as you’ll end up looking into the other tower or a residential area instead. The newly opened Japanese restaurant on the top floor comes with probably the best view of the sunset you’ll find in Copenhagen.
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.
Soon to be visited and added to the list: Sanders, SP34, The Audo, Manon Les Suites