by Suzanne King, The Telegraph, April 9, 2019
Copenhagen is perfect romantic-break territory, with its quaint cobbled streets and pretty painted houses, lakes and canals where you can take arm-in-arm strolls along the water’s edge, and no end of cosy, candlelit bars and restaurants to snuggle up in afterwards. For somewhere suitably special to stay, we’ve picked out some of the most romantic hotels in the city, each with something different to offer, from a fairy-tale façade and fireplaces in rooms to lashings of historic character and lavish five-star surroundings.
Tucked away on a quite street behind the Royal Danish Theatre is this graceful boutique hotel. It's refined yet relaxed, with luxurious rooms, a great little cocktail bar and a convenient location at the heart of the city. The bar, TATA, has a retro glamour to it, with golden velvet armchairs, dim lighting, and white-tuxed bar staff who serve up excellent cocktails. Rooms are stylish and characterful, with big comfy beds plus complimentary minibars. Elsewhere, reception can arrange in-room treatments or behind-the-scenes cultural and gastronomic experiences – a nice touch for couples on a romantic break.
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Seen from the park, this hotel’s original 1909 building looks particularly striking after dark, lit up by thousands of softly glowing light bulbs. Inside, high ceilings, crystal chandeliers and plush fabrics provide a glamorous backdrop for typically tasteful Danish design, and candles, lanterns, and lavish flower arrangements are everywhere. A roof terrace with pool and loungers is a good spot to relax away an afternoon before moving over to the cocktail bar for a pre-prandial drink. In the original building most rooms have open fires; in the new wing most have balconies (and all but one of the rooms overlook the Tivoli Gardens).
Read the full review: Nimb Hotel
There's no shortage of character here – from its prime waterfront location to the rustic meets contemporary Danish design décor. Guests can rent bikes for a morning of exploring, and every afternoon there’s free coffee and tea in the lobby, which is also where you’ll find the ‘boutique’ – a glass-fronted cabinet stocked with potentially useful items including Björn Borg underwear. All bedrooms come with great gnarly old beams, air-conditioning, Carpe Diem beds and lovely toiletries from Danish brand Karmameju. Splurge for a room with a view – it’s worth it.
Read the full review: 71 Nyhavn
This ultra-elegant palace hotel, in a prime position on Kongens Nytorv, combines period features with bucketloads of contemporary comfort and style. The lower-ground-floor spa has a sauna, hammam, fitness room and pool; the concierge can help with tickets to shows and tables at restaurants. Start the evening with a glass of fizz in the champagne bar, Balthazar, then move through into the hotel’s Michelin-starred Marchal restaurant before heading back to your room with its swish marble bathroom, monogrammed robes and Summerbird chocolates by the bed at turndown.
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Hotel CPH LIVING
This floating 12-bedroom hotel, converted from an old German barge, is permanently moored in the city centre and offers accommodation like nowhere else in the city. The Danish eye for design is much in evidence, with simple, contemporary styling, natural woods and splashes of colour from original paintings and red accessories. Arne Jacobsen desk chairs and Le Klint lamps add character to the bedrooms. CPH Living has a fine guests-only terrace on the top deck, with plenty of chairs, tables and sun-loungers, where you can sit out and watch boats, kayaks and swans gliding by.
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Hotel SKT. PETRI
SKT. PETRI, on a corner of one of the Latin Quarter's main pedestrianised streets, is one of just a handful of five-star hotels in Copenhagen and aims for a laid-back luxury feel with design-conscious interiors and casual dining options. Norwegian design studio Anemone Wille Våge has brought a grown-up, slightly retro glamour to the rooms. Black wood and smoky shades of blue and old gold are livened up by pops of emerald green and Moorish-style geometric moulding. A peaceful garden courtyard, with canvas umbrellas and olive trees, lavender and flourishing fig trees, sets the scene for an al fresco lunch.
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Nobis Hotel Copenhagen
This building, which dates from 1903, was once home to the Royal Danish Academy of Music and has been tastefully reworked by Swedish architectural firm Wingårdhs, with soft leather chairs and designer lamps, and angular metal shelves displaying carefully placed objets. Rooms are painted in beautiful moody blues and greens and come with Duxiana mattresses on the steel four-poster beds, hand-tufted rugs on chevron-patterned oak parquet floors. Point your camera in just about any direction and you’d have a shot worthy of an interiors magazine. Head to Restaurant Niels for Nordic ingredients with classic French techniques.
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Manon les Suites
To say somewhere has the wow-factor may be a cliche, but in this case it’s spot on: no one walks into that eminently Instagrammable atrium without ‘Wow!’ing out loud. Exposed piping and steel landing walkways meet luxuriant planting and four-poster day beds around a patchwork-effect tiled pool, where glowing fish lamps and giant terracotta pots dangle on chains from girders supporting the glass roof five storeys up. There’s also an attractive roof terrace with tables, day beds and loungers, and tiered bench seats, dotted with brightly coloured cushions and pots of herbs.
Read the full review: Manon les Suites