With its elegant rococo palaces, Little Mermaid, and colorful medieval streets and canals, Copenhagen makes the ideal setting for a romantic break. For those looking for the perfect base for a weekend escape or Valentine’s treat, book you and your loved one into one of Copenhagen’s distinctive boutique hotels, where maritime charm, cozy atmosphere and distinctive decors merge with Scandinavian service and efficiency.
Luxury and opulence is apparent at Hotel D’Angleterre, an 18th-century landmark that has been made more attractive by a recent and very comprehensive renovation. Guests can enjoy a similar type of old world elegance at hotels Phoenix and Opera, where Louis XIV and English styles respectively make their mark.
For an upmarket hotel with a difference, Nimb Hotel, in Tivoli, really stands out. This tiny hotel has just 17 rooms, each of them unique, and impeccable service. Luxury is also found out of town and the coastal coaching inn Skovshoved Hotel, a wonderful mix of old with new.
Round off a romantic weekend of pampering and indulgence with a complete spa treatment: Two of Copenhagen’s best spas are found at Hotel Kong Arthur’s Ni’mat spa and Hotel Axel Guldsmeden, where guests can relax with a mix of both modern and traditional treatments.
Copenhagen’s romantic appeal is boosted by its proximity to the water, and a room with a sea view makes all the difference. Those partial to sea air and a maritime flavor will be charmed by Hotel 71 Nyhavn or Admiral Hotel, two renovated harbor warehouses modernized to a high standard; in contrast, Copenhagen Island is a prime example of modern Scandinavian architecture.
Copenhagen Island Hotel
Hotel Copenhagen Island is a striking building; a modern steel and glass construction perched in Copenhagen Harbour designed by the architect Kim Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon. As the name would suggest, the hotel sits on a purpose-built island just minutes from the Fisketorvet mall. Among the facilities offered by the hotel are meeting rooms, a fitness center, and 24-hour reception. The hotel rooms are as stylish as the facade, with sea views and a calming, blue-toned color scheme. Copenhagen Island is a member of the Copenhagen-based Arp-Hansen chain of hotels, which means guests can expect a similar level of service and online price offers.
Hotel Opera Copenhagen
Hotel Opera’s biggest draw is its undoubtedly its location, hidden away under the arch of Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre. While very few productions now take place in the old building on Kongens Nytorv, the area retains an air of grandeur and theatricality. Three-star Hotel Opera is situated in an old building that has been completely modernized; rooms are however a little on the small side, though the traditional English decor is quite charming. Hotel Opera has most modern facilities, including 24-hour reception, free WiFi and laundry service; it is a member of the local Arp-Hansen chain of hotels.
Situated on elegant Bredgade between auction houses and exclusive art galleries, Hotel Phoenix offers its guests historic surroundings and an elegant atmosphere. Within walking distance of attractions including the Marble Church, Amalienborg Palace, and the Little Mermaid, the Frederiksstaden quarter is an exclusive setting for one of Copenhagen’s oldest four star hotels. All of the 213 rooms and suites in the Hotel Phoenix are decorated in Louis XVI style and this being an old hotel, are all slightly different in size. The hotel has an excellent brasserie bar, Murdoch’s Books & Ale, as well as a more exclusive gourmet restaurant, Von Plessen, at street level.
Admiral Hotel Copenhagen
This maritime-themed hotel is located on the harborfront a little north of downtown Copenhagen and out towards the Little Mermaid. A former warehouse dating from 1787, the building was restored in the late 1970s as part of a European project to restore places of cultural heritage. Its nautical details include the peephole windows. Landmark buildings visible from the hotel include the Opera House and Amalienborg Palace. The hotel restaurant Salt, with its outdoor terrace right by the water, is excellent. Despite this luxury and location, the 366 rooms of the vast Admiral Hotel seem to be used almost entirely by business guests; this spells potentially great weekend deals for online customers.
71 Nyhavn Hotel
At the end of the lovely quayside street Nyhavn, 4-star 71 Nyhavn Hotel is located in an old warehouse from 1804. It has retained many of the original features, including the exposed wooden beams in the bedrooms, many of which have a sea view. Some of the rooms here are admittedly on the small side, but this hotel is ideally suited for those partial to historic buildings and being close to the water. As part of the local Arp-Hansen chain, the decor at 71 Nyhavn is similar to that in affiliated hotels. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, Pahuskælderen, and meeting facilities for smaller-sized meetings.
Axel Hotel Guldsmeden
The Axel Guldsmeden is a surprising find on this rather unpromising street: A environmentally sustainable, exotically-furnished spa hotel just blocks away from let’s be honest, the pretty grotty Central Station in what’s left of Copenhagen’s once mighty red light district. Guldsmeden has 129 rooms furnished in the Axel group’s signature blend of Balinese and Scandinavian design they refer to as ‘laid-back luxury’. The hotel is also very proud of its lavish, totally organic breakfast buffets, and they encourage you to dig in as much as you like to keep you going until teatime. Other perks of this unusual boutique hotel are bike rental (charged per day or for three days) and its wonderfully luxurious spa, sauna and steam bath – in keeping with the hotel’s philosophy, all spa products are totally organic.
D’Angleterre Hotel Copenhagen
Despite the fact that the closest most people will get to staying in this historic mansion of a hotel is a fancy lunch in the hotel’s ground floor restaurant, D’Angleterre is one of Copenhagen’s best known landmarks and has come to epitomize luxury and affluence. It’s stood proudly on the King’s Square since 1755 and attracts dignitaries, royals and celebrities who value the hotel’s high levels of discretion. The list of prominent people who have stayed at the Angleterre goes back as far as HC Andersen, with Grace Kelly and Laurel and Hardy in between (the heroes of silent comedy used their hotel balcony to wave to fans).
Hotel Kong Arthur
Centrally located in a grand old building overlooking the lakes, independent boutique hotel Kong Arthur feels surprisingly quiet and secluded, thanks to the enclosed courtyard, and the atmosphere is relaxed yet efficient. Each of the 155 non-smoking, fairly spacious rooms has a fresh, understated appearance as well as its own unique details. Hotel guests can make use of the hotel’s Ni’mat spa; recently refurbished, this is the oldest spa in Copenhagen and includes hot tub, sauna and aromatic steam bath. There are three excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity – Spanish, Italian and sushi – as well as everything needed for business guests, including fully equipped conference and meeting rooms.
Part of the glittering white Nimb building on the edge of Tivoli gardens, this Moorish palace houses Copenhagen’s most exclusive boutique hotel. Nimb has just 14 rooms, nine of which are suites, and all of them unique. Old-world luxury sits comfortably with the ultra-modern here with open fireplaces and antique furniture next to B&O flatscreen TVs and an iPod docking station; lounge decadently in your room while below you the thrill seekers of Tivoli play on. For the jetsetter sightseer, a private limousine service in the hotel’s own Audi A8 can drive you around the city. A stay here starts at DKK 2,000 a night; pampering is naturally included in the price.
A 17th-century country inn north of Copenhagen in the upmarket coastal suburb of Skovshoved, popular with both the jetset crowd and the boating circuit. A stay here combines old world luxury with five star pampering. The hotel has been listed as one of the world’s hippest small hotels by Conde Nast and its restaurant was recommended by the Michelin guide for four consecutive years from 2007 onwards. With just 22 rooms, this hotel offers a personal touch and sea views from most of its modern, though romantically-styled rooms. Not surprisingly, the hotel is popular with wedding parties.
About Jane Graham
After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen’s relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant there’s no shortage of taste testers for her traditional Danish cuisine – or excuses for missing out on the country’s vast array of family-friendly activities. Armed with diapers, stroller and snowsuits, Jane continues to find art and culture wherever she goes.
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