Copenhagen is a metropolitan city brimming with historic sites, world-class institutions and a creative gastronomy scene. Suitable for everyone from solo travellers to families, the Danish capital is also home to a variety of unique boutique hotels that can be found in the heart of Denmark.
Hotel Herman K
Danish modern design, the Hotel Herman K lobby bar | Courtesy of Hotel Herman K / Hotels.com
With an impressive three-storey floor-to-ceiling hotel lobby and bar, Herman K is a modern and sophisticated five-star hotel with only 31 rooms, all decorated with futuristic beds that feature charging stations and Bang & Olufsen sound systems. Situated in central Copenhagen, this welcoming hotel is within walking distance of popular attractions such as Christiansborg Palace and The Round Tower. Industrial elements, including concrete walls, floors and large steel doors, have been retained from the building’s former life as a transformer station and balanced with dark rich tones and 3D art. When in need of food, head down to the on-site restaurant Roxie, which is a new collaboration between the hotel and Michelin-star Kadeau.
Hotel Sanders is a family-friendly hotel tucked down a quiet street just behind the Royal Danish Theatre off the humming Kongens Nytorv. The cosy curated spaces will make you immediately feel at home, whether you’re having coffee by the fireplace in the warm living room lobby or enjoying a cocktail on the lush rooftop terrace. A mix of colonial details, rich colours and mid-century modern Danish design mingle in comfortable but elegant rooms. Larger suites offer sitting areas, some with personal fireplaces and others with soaking tubs.
Manon Les Suites is an eco-friendly hotel | Courtesy of Manon Les Suites
A bit of bohemian rhapsody in the middle of the city, Manon Les Suites brings Bali chic to Denmark, and each apartment features a four-poster bed and kitchenette. It’s well situated for exploring both the historic centre as well as Copenhagen’s unique neighbourhoods. Focussing on a conscious approach, the hotel is Green Globe certified and pet-friendly. Manon Les Suites also has a pool surrounded by sunbeds and framed by greenery suspended in terra cotta pots – the perfect place to relax after visiting nearby attractions such as the Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Tivoli Gardens and the 17th-century Rosenborg Castle.
Fairytale charm meets stylish Scandinavian elegance at the historic Nimb Hotel situated inside Copenhagen’s iconic Tivoli Gardens. Each room and suite offers a window to the magical space, with modern and luxurious attention to detail. You’ll have access to a sleek infinity pool and bar area that offers incredible views over the city plus free entry to the park. With several well-regarded restaurants on-site, Nimb reinvents and retains its legacy as a 19th-century dining destination. Step into the former ballroom-turned-open bar for tea or cocktails and admire the orchids hanging from the ceiling and a huge fireplace.
Set in a reclaimed Neoclassical building from 1903, the Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is a contemporary hotel close to everything you’d want to see in the city, from Tivoli Gardens to the Grand Tour of Copenhagen (guided boat tours). The Little Mermaid herself would feel right at home in the hotel, with its nautical blue and green tones throughout and warm leather chairs and accents. Enjoy seasonal dishes such as red prawns with chilli, garlic and parsley or pork shank at the hotel’s restaurant, NOI. Alternatively, rejuvenate in the fitness centre and finish off in the sauna or hot stone hammam – exclusively for guests.
Located in the middle of the buzzing Vesterbro neighbourhood and not far from Copenhagen Central Station, the Andersen Boutique Hotel is a bright and shiny base for your stay in Denmark. Colourful and quirky, this independent hotel welcomes guests into an entry lounge area adorned with art by local artists. Rooms are just as vivid and brightly decorated, with wallpaper and fabric by Designers Guild. Enjoy a handful of restaurants or go club- or bar-hopping in nearby Kødbyen (Meatpacking District).
Off the beaten tourist track and close to The Lakes, the Hotel Kong Arthur provides a friendly welcome for guests looking to relax after a busy day. The classic 19th-century building offers quiet, upscale rooms with modern decor. Warm yourself by the fire come winter, or soak up the sun in the private courtyard during summer. Book a spa room and gain access to the Water Temple, complete with a hot tub, sauna, aroma steam bath and area to relax. Massages, treatments and other services are available through the in-house spa. Nearby, you’ll find Torvehallerne Market as well as the Botanical Garden and Rosenborg Castle.
In the historic brewery buildings of Carlsberg City District, Hotel Ottilia is a great place to experience a contemporary take on stylish luxury while exploring a different part of Copenhagen. This hotel blends original features, such as the grain silos, with luxe and modern furniture. Named after Ottilia, the Scottish wife of Carl Jacobsen (the founder of Carlsberg), the hotel is infused with references to her, from the thistle-themed carpets to the locally made ceramics embellishing the walls. The rooms fit within the existing structure, while the suites, which feature sitting rooms and a mini-bar, are in a different tower. Step out onto the rooftop restaurant and terrace in the morning for an organic breakfast, or stop by at night for tasty Italian cuisine.
Set between the Amalienborg Palace and Nyhavn canal on a quiet green boulevard, HOTEL SKT ANNÆ is a 17th-century hotel with a lot of history. Harkening to the classic tones of Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, the interior is dark and rich in greys and browns. SPACE Copenhagen designed the rooms, focussing on Danish brands, such as bedding from HAY and lighting by GUBI. While here, enjoy classic old-school cocktails and gastronomy in the exclusive in-house bar called The Club, or have dinner at the casual and nautically inspired The Shrimp. Alternatively, mingle with residents at Ofelia Plads, a popular public space.
A carefully curated collection of Danish design fills every floor at Hotel Alexandra. Choose a room that features furniture by Danish greats such as Finn Juhl, Hans J Wegner and Nanna Ditzel. Each of the 61 rooms is uniquely decorated with period pieces and vintage memorabilia from the 1950s and ’60s. Situated right in the thick of things, near the Copenhagen City Hall and Tivoli Gardens on Hans Christian Andersen Boulevard, Hotel Alexandra may be a throwback inside, but it offers contemporary amenities and personalised service to guests today. Enjoy the complimentary wine hour in the library or breakfast at Godtfolk – the restaurant downstairs that offers simple, organic Scandinavian food.