Boutique Hotels to Book in Denmark That Are Worth a Stay

An institution in Aarhus since 1838, Hotel Royal offers a stylish boutique stay you wont soon forget
An institution in Aarhus since 1838, Hotel Royal offers a stylish boutique stay you won't soon forget | Courtesy of Hotel Royal /
Mandi Keighran

Scandinavian countries are known for their outstanding architecture and design and Denmark is no different – immerse yourself in all the country has to offer with a boutique stay booked on Culture Trip.

As one of the world’s most renowned design destinations, Denmark does indeed have some seriously impressive boutique hotels – many of them with perks including bike hire, delicious Scandinavian-style breakfast and craft cocktail bars. From a design hotel in Copenhagen that sells Danish design icons and a bohemian-style retreat in Aarhus, to a collection of quirky family-friendly suites in Holsted, this is our pick of the best boutique hotels perfect for a weekend break in Denmark.

1. Boutique Hotel Postgården Holsted


Cosy bedroom with carved-wood four-poster bed, exposed-beam ceiling, quaint lamps and white orchids at Postgården Holsted
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If you’re planning a trip to Holsted in Southern Denmark, book a room at the Boutique Hotel Postgården, a quaint hotel that has all the comforts of home. The rooms are each individually furnished with romantic, country chic pieces, including four-poster beds, timber bathtubs and antique-style dressers. Travelling with family? There are several family rooms, including the fun aviation-themed Grand Aviator Suite, which has four bedrooms, a large living room and a kitchenette. If you’re looking for romance, however, check into the Doctor Livingstone Suite, which boasts a clawfoot tub and quirky decorative touches including a typewriter and lantern-style lighting.

2. Color Hotel Skagen


Large lounge and dining area with red sofas, wood dining tables, artworks and swirl-shaped ceiling lamps at Color Hotel Skagen
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Immerse yourself in the world of Danish design at this four-star hotel which is decorated entirely with furniture from iconic furniture brand Skagerak, a family-run company known for its beautifully crafted timber pieces. The hotel, located in Skagen, a port town at the north end of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula, has 151 rooms ranging from family and double rooms to fully-equipped apartments for four guests. The Restaurant Holger serves up classic French cuisine with a touch of new Nordic flair — think lobster consommé with grilled squash and panko fried langoustine soufflé, or fried guinea fowl and cognac flambéed mushroom soufflé with grilled salsify and raw pickled lingonberries.

3. Ocean Hotel & Conference


Bright open-plan living space with white couch, black dining table, small log stove and rear kitchen at Ocean Hotel and Conference
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This historic coastal villa, in the Copenhagen suburb of Kastrup, was originally built in the 1860s and has since been transformed into a boutique hotel with conference facilities. It is especially convenient for international conferences given its proximity to Copenhagen airport, which is just a two-minute drive from the hotel. The hotel is able to cater everything from breakfast, lunch and evening meetings, to training courses and workshops for groups ranging in size from two to 35 people.

4. Aarhus Guldsmeden

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Garden Hotel

Large four-poster bed with maroon comforter in cosy room with dark green walls and wood floors at Aarhus Guldsmeden
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The Guldsmeden brand began in 1999 with 15 rooms at this quaint spot on Guldsmedgade in Aarhus, and has since expanded to 10 locations around Denmark, Berlin, Reykjavík and even Bali. Over the past two decades, the original hotel has grown to 26 rooms and epitomises the laid-back, bohemian vibes the brand is known for—think timber four-poster beds with romantic white canopies, antique clawfoot bathtubs and gilded mirrors. There’s also a pretty courtyard where you can enjoy breakfast in the sun.

5. Hotel Motel One Copenhagen


Backless teal green sofa facing low cream chairs in lounge area with traditional patterned rug at Hotel Motel One Copenhagen
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Just moments from Strøget, the main pedestrian street in Copenhagen, this boutique hotel is ideally placed for exploring the city on a weekend in Denmark — and, in true Danish style, the hotel even offers bikes for rent. There are 200 rooms and suites, each decorated with original Danish designer furniture from the 1950s and 60s, and each floor features a different colour scheme. Before heading out to discover the city, enjoy a Scandinavian-style breakfast of Danish pastries, cold cuts, homemade compote and overnight oats.

6. Hotel Alexandra


Exterior of Hotel Alexandra with yellow single-decker bus stopped outside
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Denmark is one of the leading design capitals of the world — and this retro design hotel in Copenhagen is a bit like staying in a living museum of design. The hotel is furnished with classic design icons from the likes of Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, and the walls are adorned with modern Danish art. For a unique experience, check into room #560, which is the hotel’s newest room and a celebration of Danish female designers from the golden era of Danish design. If you like what you see, the front desk offers a collection of small design items for sale, or pick up an authentic piece of vintage Danish furniture on the webshop.

7. Munkebjerg Hotel


Two single beds and one sofa bed all with white sheets in black and wine toned hotel room with balcony at Munkebjerg Hotel
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This hotel, located in Vejle, a town in the southeast of the Jutland Peninsula, dates back to the 1880s when it was a favourite retreat for artists thanks to its unbeatable views of the Vejle Fjord. Today, it’s known as one of the region’s best conference hotels, with world-class business facilities and meeting rooms, 158 rooms and suites, and leisure amenities including a fitness centre, spa, solarium, swimming pool, tennis court, a golf green and even a casino. There are also four restaurants, including the fine dining Treetop Restaurant, which serves six-, eight-, or 20-course tasting menus featuring dishes such as halibut with red currants and olive oil, and lobster with bouillon and strawberry vinegar.

8. Hotel Royal

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Opulent lobby area with red carpet, plush black leather chairs, historical paintings and intricate vases at Hotel Royal
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This glamorous hotel in Aarhus has been welcoming guests since 1838 — including such dignitaries such as Hans Christian Andersen and Louis Armstrong. Unsurprisingly, given its storied history, it’s home to the largest hotel room in the city. The 160sqm (1,722sqft) Royal Penthouse features three bedrooms that can accommodate up to eight guests, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms, and a washing machine, making it ideal for extended stays and family vacations. Make sure to visit Richard’s Bar at the Royal Casino, where you’ll discover expertly prepared classic cocktails served in an elegant setting — think teal banquets and plenty of brass detailing.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Aliki Seferou.

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