Why You Should Spend the Night at Denmark's Nimb Hotel

© Lasse Salling / Courtesy of Tivoli Gardens
Photo of Aliki Seferou
5 June 2018

Looking at Nimb’s impressive Moorish-inspired building with its Venetian marble façade, it becomes instantly apparent that the beautiful hotel is one of the most luxurious in Scandinavia. Learn the remarkable building’s history and get a glimpse into the hotel’s 38 exclusive suites.

The story of the impressive Moorish-style building

The building that overlooks Tivoli Gardens and houses the high-class Nimb Hotel has a long history. Prior to Tivoli opening its doors in 1843, a bazaar filled with shops and a restaurant stood where Nimb Hotel is located today. In 1862 a fire destroyed the original building however n identical replica of the building was built the follolweing year. The Chinese-style bazaar was open to the public for more than 40 years but due to the construction of Copenhagen’s Central Station in 1908, the city demolished it.

The Moorish-style Nimb Hotel | © Lasse Salling / Courtesy of Tivoli Gardens

The building that visitors see nowadays was constructed in 1909. The man behind Nimb’s spectacular design was Knud Arne Petersen, a famous architect who was also the director of Tivoli from 1899 to 1940. Petersen is responsible for the design of the Moorish-style building that resembles a palace while adding a fairytale touch to the already dreamy Tivoli Gardens.

From 1909 and 20 upcoming years, Nimb was a restaurant. In fact, it took its name from Wilhelm and Louise Nimb, two established culinary entrepreneurs quite popular in Copenhagen’s upper class. Since 1877, Wilhelm and Louise ran DIVAN 2, a restaurant in Tivoli that quickly became known as ‘Nimb’s Terrasse’.

When the new building opened its doors in 1909, Louise Nimb made sure her daughters Henriette and Serina would follow the family’s tradition and manage Nimb Restaurant. For more than 20 years Nimb Restaurant was one of the city’s most fashionable places, attracting artists, actors and Copenhagen’s upper class citizens.

Nimb Brasserie is one of Denmark’s best restaurants | © Lina Ahnoff / Courtesy of Tivoli Gardens

Why is Nimb Hotel one of the most popular hotels in Scandinavia?

After the building went under massive renovation, Nimb Hotel re-opened in 2008 featuring 17 individually decorated suites. Antique furniture all inspired from the minimalist Danish design, modern amenities such as Bang & Olufsen equipment and Apple TVs and specially selected art pieces are some of the things that make each one of the rooms at Nimb Hotel special. Every suite has its own personal style but all of them are decorated under the hotel’s motto: ‘Feel like home’.

Nimb Hotel’s Junior Suite | © Lina Ahnoff / Courtesy of Tivoli Gardens

In November 2017 the exclusive hotel expanded and now consists of 38 rooms in total. New York-based architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners designed the modern 2,000-square-metre (21,527-square-foot) Tivoli Corner, which aside from Nimb’s 21 new rooms also houses Illums Bolighus, restaurants and the Tivoli Food Hall, featuring 16 different food stands.

This summer the hotel will inaugurate a newly built roof terrace where the hotel’s guests will find a pool and a modern bar. Tivoli Corner is situated on the corner of Vesterbrogade and Bernstorffsgade, just a few meters away from Nimb Hotel, so the view from the terrace will be breathtaking.

Nimb’s Hotel Executive Suite – Suite Louise | © Tivoli Gardens

Being one of the most high-end hotels in Scandinavia, Nimb Hotel offers special services that make each visitor’s experience unique. Guests can give themselves a special treat with the Nimb butler service, learn everything about Scandinavian fashion and design from the hotel’s personal shopper, while those who travel with their four-legged friends are well taken care of by Nimb’s experienced personnel.

The cakenhagen pastry shop in Tivoli Gardens | © Lina Ahnoff / Courtesy of Tivoli Gardens

For the past 10 years, Nimb Hotel hasn’t only hosted notable figures from the local and international scene but also gastronomy connoisseurs who have visited Fru Nimb and Nimb Brasserie in order to taste some of the city’s best gourmet dishes. It’s the only hotel in the world with the most restaurants under one roof.

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