Smart Scandinavian design and timeless luxury

Copenhagen's most luxurious hotels are the perfect restoration of fascinating historic buildings with modern facilities and furnishings. With so many of them local landmarks, staying in one of these hotels provides both luxury and an overnight experience with Danish cultural heritage and design.

Best-known of these landmarks is the grand hotel D'Angleterre, sitting proudly on Kongens Nytorv Square for more than 250 years. Its red-carpeted entrance has become known for old-world opulence; those looking for something a little more untraditional might prefer the more contemporary makeover of First Hotel Skt Petri, a modern five-star transformation of a '60s department store.

Luxury isn't exclusively for the bigger brand-name hotels, and we find that small hotels can provide a personal level of service missing from the vast sky rises: The tiny, exclusive Nimb hotel on the edge of Tivoli, or the romantic seaside hotel Skovshoved are perfect examples.  

Other historic hotels on our list include the city hall square landmark Palace Hotel from 1910 and the world's first design hotel, the Arne Jacobsen-designed skyscraper the Radisson Blu Royal. Retro design fans will be similarly fascinated by the decor of the Hotel Alexandra, with its rooms fitted out with Danish furniture from the '30s and '50s.  

Waterfront views are offered in our last three hotels, with great harbor locations; north of Nyhavn, both Hotel Front and Admiral Hotel offer high standards of luxury, though quite different in atmosphere. On the other side of town, the Copenhagen Marriott provides brand-name, five-star treatment. 

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel


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...  Read More

Marriott Copenhagen


The worldwide chain of hotels is synonymous with a high level of quality and Copenhagen's five star Marriott, located on the Vesterbro waterfront not far from Dybbølsbro station, offers all the standard perks and services you might expect....  Read More

Scandic Front


One of the handful of boutique hotels that have sprung up in and around Copenhagen since the onset of the new millennium, Hotel Front is the stunning transformation of a rather dilapidated waterfront hotel into a glowing white cube with...  Read More

Scandic Palace Hotel Copenhagen


One of Copenhagen's oldest hotels, the grand Palace caused quite a stir when it first opened on city hall square Rådhuspladsen in 1910. For several decades, it was synonymous with luxury, but by 1985 – despite being declared a historic...  Read More

Alexandra Hotel Copenhagen


A fashionable old apartment building from 1910, retro design hotel Alexandra is one of Copenhagen's most interesting hotels, retaining a feeling of tradition along with modern facilities including eco-friendly certification. All rooms are...  Read More

Outside the city
Skovshoved Hotel
Photo courtesy of Skovshoved Hotel


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...  Read More

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen


The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel was the world's first design hotel: Opened in 1960 and created by Arne Jacobsen, it made international waves with its groundbreaking architecture, including a reflective facade decades ahead of its time and a...  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

Hotel D'Angleterre


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