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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.