Copenhagen offers environmentally sustainable, boutique and design hotels in all price categories

If you haven’t visited Copenhagen since the ‘90s, you’re in for a treat: Since 2000, the hotel scene in Copenhagen has improved immensely and now even the cheapest beds in town come with great design and consideration for the environment.

Many of Copenhagen’s hotels are historic landmarks: An epitiome of old-world elegance, Hotel D’Angleterre has been looking down on the Kongens Nytorv Square for more than 250 years, while the classic townhouse style of Hotel Kong Frederik is in keeping with its centuries-old history.

Design hotels don’t have to be new; sometimes they mean taking an ugly old building and completely refurbishing it, perhaps asking a well-known artist like Per Arnoldi to paint the rooms. Hotel Skt Petri is the five-star rebirth of a blue-collar department store, while HAY design team transformed a 1960s office building on the waterfront into the award-winning urban environment of STAY Apartment Hotel.

No discussion of Copenhagen’s design hotels is complete without mentioning the amazing room decor of Hotel Fox, a PR experiment by Volkswagen that stayed around. While some love the notion of hotel bedroom as an artist’s playroom, others prefer their boutique hotel design calm and laid-back: Axel Guldsmeden is an  enchanting mix of Balinese and Scandinavian aesthetics.  

If you crave a room with a view, try 23 stories above Copenhagen at the ultra-modern Bella Sky Comwell, purposebuilt in 2011 from futuristic-looking sustainable panels. For those who prefer to be lower down, Hotel CPH Living is a floating hotel docked on Copenhagen’s harbor with sea views from every room.  

Copenhagen has central beds in all price ranges, from the deliciously decadent Nimb Hotel where all 12 rooms are different, to budget rates at convivial Danhostel Copenhagen Downtown.

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
Photo courtesy of Copenhagen Downtown

The bright, modern hostel 'Downtown' has a youthful outlook and takes the lead over the more hyped hostel Copenhagen, at least in our opinion, thanks to its unbeatable location that couldn't be more central. Situated in an old neighborhhod...  Read More

Axel Hotel Guldsmeden
Photo courtesy of Lisbeth Michelsen

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...  Read More

Bella Sky Comwell
Photo courtesy of Comwell Hotels/ 3XM architects

You can't miss the futuristic form of the Bella Sky hotel floating over the Orestad horizon like a CGI-model in a sci-fi movie. Opened in 2011, this amazing architectural wonder consists of two interlocking towers which move gradually away from...  Read More

First Hotel Kong Frederik
Photo courtesy of First Hotels

We love the dramatic monochrome color scheme of the newly refurbished Kong Frederik, a former coaching house and one of the oldest hotels in Copenhagen. Its classic townhouse style, with its solid mahogany furniture casually suggests...  Read More

Nimb Hotel
Photo courtesy of Nimb

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...  Read More

STAY Apartment Hotel is both a practical solution to frequent travelers who find the usual poky hotel room restricted and cramped and an aesthetic one as well. This modern apartment hotel opened in 2010 on the Copenhagen waterfront in the...  Read More

Hotel SP34
Photo courtesy of Brochner Hotels

In spring 2014, the design Hotel Fox is changing into the Hotel SP34, part of the small Copenhagen-based Brochner Hotels group and branding itself as "a boutique hotel for the discerning businessman". Gone are the wacky, artist-designed...  Read More

Hotel CPH Living
Photo courtesy of Achim Hepp

Copenhagen is a city surrounded by water, so if you really want to get a feel for the place, why not stay directly in the harbor? The thoroughly modern, 3-star Hotel CPH Living is Europe's first floating boutique hotel, moored just off...  Read More

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...  Read More

Ever since stars like Robbie Williams started choosing Skt Petri over D'Angleterre its reputation as the hotel of the rich and famous was cemented. This luxury five star boutique hotel is situated in Copenhagen's historic Latin Quarter, close to...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Jane

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